Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Review: Vindicate by Beth Yarnall

Beth Yarnall kicks off a steamy new series—perfect for fans of Kendra Elliot and Emma Chase—featuring a San Diego investigative team with a soft spot for lost causes and a passion for redemption.

Cora. . . . I got my driver’s license on my sixteenth birthday so I could visit my brother in prison. Five and a half years later, he’s still locked up for a murder he didn’t commit and I’m still trying to find a way to set him free. Then I hear about Nash Security and Investigation, a private detective agency that helped exonerate a wrongfully convicted man after thirty-nine years in prison. The problem? They’ve already taken on the one pro-bono case they’ll accept this year.

Leo. . . . I’m this close to finishing law school—and never working another day at my dad’s P.I. office—when Cora Hollis walks through the door. She’s got a box of files, a handful of leads, and an independent streak a mile wide. She fascinates me and I can’t say no. Suddenly I’m volunteering to help her find a missing witness who could be the key to her brother’s case. But nothing is what it seems and giving in to the attraction between us could be more dangerous than finding the real murderer.

ebook, 242 pages
Expected publication: November 17th 2015 by Loveswept 
Series: Recovered Innocence #1
Genre: New Adult/Romance/Mystery

Kristine's Thoughts:

** I received an advanced readers copy from Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

Cora and Leo's paths crossed when Cora showed up looking for help from Leo's dad's business. Her brother was convicted of brutally murdering his girlfriend five and half years earlier and sent to prison for life. Not once did she question his innocence and spent every waking minute working towards getting him freed. When she heard about the P.I. firm that managed to help get a different man freed who was wrongfully convicted she had to get their help. Although Nash Security and Investigation had already taken their one pro bono case of the year, Leo offered to help because he was instantly drawn to Cora.

Ok...enough about the plot...

This book centres more around the attraction and budding relationship between Cora and Leo than it does around the murder investigation and freeing Cora's brother. Don't get me wrong, the investigation is a pivotal part of the story but you learn more about what is going on inside Cora and Leo's head than anything else. Throughout the entire book the investigation and research that went on impacted the relationship but the major focus was on the two of them together. Cora's reluctance to live a life of her own while her brother was in prison proved to be an overwhelming complication for the two of them. I did feel like there was enough of the murder investigation to make the book a little more than just your typical new adult story although I wouldn't have minded a little bit more. Don't worry though, there was enough chemistry and steam to satisfy fans of the new adult genre.

It was told from both Cora and Leo's point of view. This is a style that I love and one that had me flying through the pages. I easily finished it in one day. Although I would have liked more of the investigation I still thoroughly enjoyed the story. It kept me entertained for a few good hours and provided everything I have come to expect from this genre. I will keeping my eyes pealed for the rest of the Recovered Innocence series and any other work by this author.


About the Author
Best selling author, Beth Yarnall writes romantic suspense, mysteries and the occasional hilarious tweet. For a number of years, Beth made her living as a hairstylist and makeup artist and co-owned a salon. Somehow hairstylists and salons always seem to find their way into her stories. Beth lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their dog where she is hard at work on her next novel.  

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