The Dark Falls, CO series
is a multi-author series set in Dark Falls, CO.
Bad things happen there,
but there are heroes that rise
when the darkness comes.
Follow the series to meet these heroes
and the heroines who claim their hearts.
Each book in the series can be read as a standalone, but readers may enjoy the series best if read from the beginning.
NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author
An investigation of jewelry store robberies across the city should have been routine for Detective John Sevier. But the woman he once thought he might marry owns a jewelry store, putting her in the line of fire and making this investigation anything but ordinary.
John is off his game at a time when he needs to be more on than ever before.
As the perpetrators begin to feed off violence, going from damaging property to taking lives, John doesn’t know if he can move fast enough to take down a violent group set on causing as much damage as they can before they go down.
This book introduces the players, the team of the Major Crimes Division in Dark Falls. John Sevier is the first one we center on, divorced and not really thinking of a relationship since long hours and late night calls aren’t conducive to such things.
With multiple jewelry stores being hit, John’s thoughts go to the woman he once loved, the woman who left. Her family owns a jewelry store and although it is far more upscale than those being hit, he’s concerned.
Ava left school when her father became ill, working the jewelry store while finishing her degree online. The store is a true family business, with most of the designs created by her sister Janna and others commissioned from local artisans.
She leaned her hip on her desk and tried to get her heart to stop pounding and her hands to stop shaking. “It’s good to see you. You look good.”
Oh hell. She should just shut up. It was true, though. He still wore his brown hair short in what she guessed was some kind of police regulation, above the collar kind of cut. His skin was tanned and scarred in some spots, making her want to trace the pattern of his history written there and ask him about every little mark. His jaw was the kind you read about being chiseled, and that mouth looked like it could do things no woman could refuse.
What was she doing? She focused back on his eyes and tried to get her inner hussy to shut the hell up for a minute.
“You, too. I should have stopped in and said hi before. I, uh…” He ran a hand over the back of his head, from the base of his neck up to the top of his head. It was something he’d done in the past, too.
“I’m sure you’re busy,” she offered. “I heard you made detective.”
He nodded. “That’s why I’m here.”
Ava tilted her head.
“I wanted to stop in and make sure you knew about the jewelry store robberies that have been happening.”
She frowned. “I think I saw something in one of the papers about a store being robbed last week, but honestly, I don’t pay a lot of attention to the news when I get busy. There are others?”
John was all business now. “Yes. There are details I can’t share, but what you need to know is that three stores have been hit. They’re all lower end stores that don’t have a guard posted. You have your guard out there all day, every day?”
Ava was stunned. She didn’t think people really robbed jewelry stores anymore. There were guards in many of them and most of the other owners she networked with had high quality cameras and good security systems.
She looked toward the front of the store where Kirsten was standing guard, even though there were several walls between them, and she couldn’t actually see the showroom from her office. “Yes, Kirsten works two days a week, and we have two others. Kirsten and one of the others are former military, and the other is a former campus officer from one of the out-of-state colleges. I don’t remember which school.”
At the moment, all she could remember was that they all had families, loved ones. She brought her hand to the gemstone on her neck. Her birthstone, garnet. “Have there been injuries?”
John looked grim. “Thankfully, only during this last robbery. One clerk was shoved into a glass case. No serious wounds, though. He’ll be fine.”
Ava stared at a spot over his shoulder. She had to wonder how fine she or any of her people would be if they were held up at gunpoint. She assumed they had guns, or a weapon of some other sort.
He went on. “They’re not hitting shops like yours yet, but I wanted to make sure you guys are on your toes. Your cameras and alarms are working?”
“You’d be surprised how many times people let those go, thinking the alarm sticker in the window is enough of a deterrent. Until their insurance company forces them to get into compliance, they let things go.”
Ava blinked. “Our cameras and alarms are all working. We put paste jewels in the window displays, but that’s the only fake thing around here.”
John stepped closer, and Ava was overly aware of the small size of her office in that moment. The man had always taken her breath away, but now that he was more than a college boy, he was almost overwhelming.
She’d long known she’d been an idiot to let him go. The point was no more obvious to her than it was right now as his eyes bore into hers. Still, he was here for business reasons. She needed to remember that, even if her body seemed to have other ideas at the moment.
“Good,” he said. “I want you to be safe.”
Ava swallowed. She opened her mouth to say something—she had no idea what that would be, since the sight of him in her office after all these years had her flustered beyond reason—but the intercom on her phone buzzed.
Ryan, Lori. Dark Falls (Dark Falls, CO Romantic Thriller Book 1) (Kindle Locations 220-252). Kindle Edition.
To say that John and the rest of his team were frustrated is an understatement. The eyewitnesses couldn’t give any kind of a description because the perpetrators were totally covered up in nondescript clothing, and ski masks. We on the other had get to see the bad guys and some of their plans, and see the aftermath of the escalation in the robberies.
John keeps in touch with Ava as things escalate and the chemistry between them is powerful. There is a slow build to this relationship as John not only gets to know Ava again, but also learns to interact with Janna.
Hold your breath suspense and action, romance that gets hotter with every encounter and so much more!
I will definitely be reading all the books in this new series!
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Lori Ryan is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author who writes romantic suspense and contemporary romance with steamy love scenes and characters you won’t want to leave in the pages when the story is over.Lori published her first novel in April of 2013 and has fallen in love with writing.
She is the author of the Sutton Capital Series; the Heroes of Evers, Texas; and the Triple Play Curse Novellas, a set of novellas with sexy baseball players at their core as part of Bella Andre’s Game For Love Kindle World. She has also published in Melanie Shawn’s Hope Falls Kindle World and in Robyn Peterman’s Magic and Mayhem Kindle World.
She lives with an extremely understanding husband, three wonderful children, and two mostly well-behaved dogs in Austin, Texas. It’s a bit of a zoo, but she wouldn’t change a thing. She loves to connect with her readers. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or subscribe to her blog.