Harper is so invested in her job that she wouldn’t know a celebrity if she was run over by one. So, when she is roped into being the babysitter for a Hollywood starlet she is unhappy. Her partner raves about the beautiful woman she gets to spend time with, yet all Harper can think is that this will be time away from her job.
Dani is looking for a change. She is hoping that researching her upcoming role as a cop by leaving her hometown will be enough to shake things up and put aside the unwanted fame. When she chooses Harper to shadow she does so because she sees something in Harper’s photo. Something that calls to her.
When her and Harper meet it couldn’t be more obvious that Harper has no idea who Dani is, a refreshing change for the celebrity. But Dani is keeping a deadly secret that puts them both in danger. She has a stalker and he has followed her across the country and decided to up his game.
My Favourite Part
Genvieve Bevier narrated this audiobook and it was excellent. Her storytelling skills coupled with Hill’s magnificent writing made this an all consuming audiobook for me. I didn’t want to stop. All I wanted to do was find out what happened next.
My Least Favourite Part
The title and the cover are not fab. The tile make sense but it doesn’t convey the stalker, the life or death scenarios or the excitement. The locket sounds like a historical romance.
The cover isn’t going to sell this book because it is not thrillery enough. Also, doll and balloon made me think this was the story about a kid who was killed. The cover should be darker. Take a page from mainstream thrillers, I beg you.
You should 100% ignore the cover and get this audiobook. It’s a wonderful story. The pacing is spot on. The romance is sweet and the characters are memorable. I fell in love with them as a couple and wanted to see them get their happy ever after.
This book is a testament to the genius that is Hill when she decides to write an edgy, page turner and Bevier’s narration was so so good.
Excerpt from The Locket by Gerri Hill
Dani took a deep breath before opening the door. She was told she wouldn’t be flooded with requests for autographs and pictures. She was told it would be very professional. She was also told that Detective Jeremiah wasn’t thrilled with the assignment and that she shouldn’t take it personally if the detective was short or rude to her. In fact, they’d offered to assign her to someone else if, after they met, she wasn’t happy with her choice. They were being extremely accommodating. The fact that Detective Jeremiah didn’t want her to shadow her made her more confident that she’d made the right choice.
She took a moment to look at her attire. A black T-shirt. Her favorite pair of jeans. A black leather belt. Dark gray Saucony running shoes. A black jacket. And a Dallas Cowboys cap that she’d picked up just that morning. It wasn’t enough to hide who she was, but with her hair pulled back in a ponytail, she hoped she looked less like a celebrity and more like an everyday person.
She finally pushed open the door and walked inside the squad room. Activity and conversation ceased immediately as all eyes turned her way. She put on her famous façade, she smiled brightly— a smile that no one but her would know was forced— and faced them all. As promised though, no one rushed forward.
“Hello, everyone,” she said cheerfully. “Lieutenant Mize? I’m supposed to meet with him.”
They all seemed to look at each other, no one speaking. She raised both eyebrows questioningly.
“Down… down there,” someone finally said, pointing. “Second door.”
“Thank you.” She headed in that direction, then turned back around. She gave another smile. “Relax, everyone.”
Nervous laughter followed and she mentally rolled her eyes. Men.
Lieutenant Mize’s door was ajar, and she knocked twice on the glass before pushing it open. Two men turned to look at her. One older, sixtyish she would guess, the other younger, a handsome man with sandy blond hair, perhaps in his early- to mid-thirties. They both stared openly, neither speaking. She turned to a woman who was seated. Dark, thick hair, parted on the side and swept across her forehead— Detective Jeremiah. The scowl on her face was only slightly less than the one in her photo. The eyes, however, were the same… the dark brown eyes that had drawn her in the first place.
“Judging by the idiotic looks on their faces, I’m assuming you’re Danielle Stevens.”
Dani nodded. “Yes. And you’re Detective Jeremiah.” She held a hand out. “Pleased to meet you.”
“Yeah.” The woman hesitated before standing and shaking her hand. She was taller in person than she’d appeared in the photo.
“Yes, I heard you weren’t thrilled when you accepted this assignment.”
“Yeah… that’s not exactly how it went down. You know, accepting it and all.” Dani nodded. “I know. Your people told my people.”
“Oh? We have people?”
Dani smiled, so wishing she didn’t have people. “We do. And I’m sorry if this is an inconvenience.”
“An inconvenience? Yeah, I’m sure for my five rape victims, it’s an inconvenience that I’m being pulled off the case… you know, to babysit you for seven damn days.”
Dani was surprised by the hostility in her voice, and it must have pulled Lieutenant Mize from his trance. He came around his desk and held his hand out.
“Pleasure to meet you, Ms. Stevens. I’m Lieutenant Mize. This is Detective Springer,” he said, motioning to the other man, who still hadn’t found his voice. “And I assure you, Detective Jeremiah,” he said, casting a glare in her direction, “meant nothing by that. We have her workload covered while you’re here.”
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Bits and Bobs
- ISBN number: 9781594935862
- Publisher: Bella Books
- Audiobook Publisher: Audible Studios
- Narrator: Genvieve Bevier
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