A Dark Horse by Blayne Cooper is a FANTASTIC book! I absolutely loved every second I spent reading it. You want mystery, boom you got it. You want action, boom you got it. I know you want that romance, and boom you got that as well. Blayne Cooper has written a wonderful book that is every bit worthy of 5 stars!

Natalie Abbott is a young college professor, who has gotten her career on the fast track to tenure. She has worked and studied tirelessly to get ahead in life, while coming from a childhood of poverty. One day visiting her mother, she learns that her step-brother has dropped out of high school and has skipped town with his girlfriend and headed to New Orleans. So what would any big sister do, she heads down to the Big Easy prepared to drag his dumb-ass home.

Natalie’s contact with NOLA PD is Detective Adele “Ella” LeJeune. Ella is a cop through and through. Her heart is 100% into helping the people of NOLA, and she will stop at nothing to help Natalie find her brother.

The story follows the lives of Natalie and Ella over the course of two years. Issues in the missing brother’s case keep bringing the ladies back into each others lives. Both of main characters are well developed and you really get to know their emotions and why they are the way they are. They are flawed but they are resilient. These are strong women you will read about, emotionally and physically. This is not your woman in peril type of novel. Blayne Cooper gave her characters depth.

While The Dark Horse is a mystery filled with twists and turns it also has a romance that is every bit the mystery’s equal. No part of this book felt rushed or glossed over. The story is long enough (you are definitely getting your money’s worth) so that Ms. Cooper can work her magic. The love story is so sweet, it pulls at our heart strings. Isn’t that what we are constantly searching for in reading the romance genre! SOOOO GOOD!!!

5 out of 5 stars

A Dark Horse
by Blayne Cooper
Link: http://amzn.com/B00VII9XYM


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