Her narrow escape from blue-eyed assassin Tom Booker has made former data analyst Dani Britton question all of her choices like trusting good guys who carry badges. On the run and haunted by the government-sanctioned massacre of her coworkers, Dani finally settles in remote Redemption Key, Florida, at a bar where strong drinks and shady deals are the norm.
The bar owner, a local operator with a past of his own, gives Dani a job, no questions asked, and soon Dani’s ability to read the sketchy characters doing business at the bar proves invaluable. The libations flow, and the Key’s laid-back vibe and warm waters start doing their therapeutic work. But as the mercury rises, a twisted deal starts to go down?threatening to take Dani with it. Like sharks smelling blood, players on both sides of the law circle for the kill. And when charming apex predator Booker joins the frenzy, he may turn out to be the only one on Dani’s side.
I really enjoyed getting to know Dani in the first book of this series, The Widow File, which I just realized I never reviewed. I’ll have to go back and do that! Not sure how I missed it!
So in this second installment, Dani is keeping quiet, but doing things by the book, my kind of girl. She’s recuperating from a rough run-in in the first book. Rebuilding. Regaining her strength. And keeping a low profile. It’s set in Florida, a little place called Redemption Key, close to Key West. More low-key, with an odd array of characters. I love that Sheila spent quite a bit of time in Florida, researching for this book. That’s my kind of vacation!
I really liked getting to know Dani a little better in this book. She keeps things to the vest, not wearing anything on her sleeve, so it’s not easy getting to know her, but a little bit goes a long way! I also liked the supporting cast in this book. Some old, some new, some attractive, some stinky. Literally.
I liked this book, but I didn’t love it as much as I have some of Sheila’s other books. There were some very high points for me in this one and you must listen to me when I say that you need to read this book until the very last page. There were definitely some pretty intense moments that I’ve come to know and love in her books. However, I had a hard time getting into this book as much as I have some of her others. I am interested to see where Dani goes in the future, and I hope that Sheila keeps her stories coming.
I give Redemption Key 3.5 out of 5 bookmarks.
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