Vindicate by Beth Yarnall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Vindicate (Recovered Innocence #1) by Beth Yarnall
Cora has been on her own since she is sixteen years old. Her life since then has consisted of trying to prove her brother’s innocence. For five years he has been sitting in jail for the murder of his girlfriend. Cora believes him when says he is innocent. Now five years later she is still trying to vindicate him but he has given up. When Cora finds the Nash Security and Investigation private detective agency she can’t help but have hope that her brother will be set free. She never imagined that she would find love in the process.
Leo is about to finish law school as soon as he does he plans on leaving his father’s P.I. office and making his own way in the DA’s office. Then one day he meets Cora Hollis and her story makes him stop and take notice. He is drawn to her strength and her perseverance. She intrigues him like no other woman ever has.
This was the first book of Beth Yarnall’s I have read. I love the character of Leo, he was a jerk in the beginning but I could tell there was more to him than he showed. He wants to be a better man for Cora.
Cora and Leo had great chemistry. Leo starts off as just wanting Cora because she seems to not fall for his charms. But what he really notices is that she needs him, he wants to help her save her brother. Leo starts to care and tries to find ways to convince Cora they would be great together.
Cora’s life over the last five years has been taken up by trying to prove her brother’s innocence. She won’t rest until he is a free man. Cora is young and inexperienced; Leo is way above what she is used to when it comes to men. She has never been kissed or even been on a date. Everything about Leo is new and exciting to her.
The story was full of sexual tension, angst and plenty of mystery and suspense. I loved the story and the characters were well written and well developed. The only thing I did not like was that Cora’s parents apparently wrote off their son when he was convicted and believed him guilty. I thought the author could have given some more details about that. The little bit we read of the parents wasn’t enough for me to understand why parents would turn their back on their son while their daughter steadfastly believed in his innocence from the start. Over all it was a very enjoyable read and I would definitely recommend if you like your romance light with an extra dose of mystery.
The next book in the series will definitely be added to my TBR.
RECEIVED AN ARC FROM NETGALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.
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