Series: The Edens #1
Published by Devney Perry LLC on October 26, 2021
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Suspense
Source: Kindle Purchase
Winslow Covington believes in life, liberty and the letter of the law. As Quincy, Montana’s new chief of police, she’s determined to prove herself to the community and show them she didn’t earn her position because her grandfather is the mayor.
According to her pops, all she has to do is earn favor with the Edens. But winning over the town’s founding family might have been easier if not for her one-night stand with their oldest son. In her defense, it was her first night in town and she didn’t realize that the rugged and charming man who wooed her into bed was Quincy royalty.
Sleeping with Griffin Eden was a huge mistake, one she’s trying to forget. He’s insufferable, arrogant and keeps reminding everyone that she’s an outsider. Winslow does her best to avoid Griffin, but when a woman is found dead on Eden property, the two of them have no choice but to cross paths.
As clues to the murderer lead to one of Quincy’s own, Griffin realizes Winslow is more than he gave her credit for. Beautiful and intelligent, she proves hard to resist. For him. And the killer.
Indigo Ridge is a book I’ve been meaning to read for…well, I guess since before it released. LOL DPerry shared the first chapter in her newsletter and I was hooked. Lucky for me, my friend Nadene recommended it to me during COYER’s Recommend Me a Book Readathon.
Winslow “Win” Covington is new in town, a fact everyone in towns continues to remind her of. Win’s grandpa is the town mayor so she’s spent a good bit of time in Quincy but apparently that doesn’t count. Now she’s not only an outsider but she’s also the new Chief of Police. A woman Chief of Police. Another thing to add to her list of faults. Her first night in town, she stops by the local watering hole and ends up having the best sex of her life with a guy who she assumed wasn’t a local. Unfortunately for Win, that guy happens to be maybe the most native of residents in Quincy, his family having essentially founded it.
Griffin Eden is the eldest of the Eden clan. As the sibling responsible for the running of Eden Ranch, he has no time for relationships. He therefore keeps his romantic entanglements to one-night stands with non-locals. Imagine his shock over realizing his latest tryst was with none other than the new Chief of Police. He does his best to avoid Win while also keeping the pot stirred on her outsider status. Jerk move. LOL
However, the body of a young woman is found on the Eden Ranch which means Win and Griffin will have to give each other some face time whether they like it or not. And their bodies happen to like this change in circumstance. A LOT. Win, though, is determined to do her job thoroughly and find the answers about this young woman. She’ll have to fight much of the town as well as people in her own department to do so.
Okay, I really appreciated the character growth in Indigo Ridge. Win had a lot to overcome, dealing with some heavy things as well as settling into her job and new hometown. I liked how DPerry doled out the information we got on Win’s past, too. Griffin was a hard nut to crack but I enjoyed watching as the fissures in his shell slowly gave. Both Win and Griffin had to come to terms with the fact that life wasn’t necessarily better alone.
The secondary cast made the story even more enjoyable. From Win’s grandpa, “Covie”, to ALL of Griffin’s family – especially his siblings. DPerry incorporated them all in ways that made it feel as though I was a part of the community. And that was a nice feeling.
The suspense element was very well done. DPerry left lots of clues and red herrings throughout and I was surprised at whodunit. Truly. I didn’t see it coming.
Indigo Ridge was a wonderful introduction to the Edens series and I’m eager to dive into the next books. Thanks, Nadene!
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