Forbidden Ground

Karen Harper
www.KarenHarperAuthor.comLet the dead stay dead… Despite a traumatic childhood in Cold Creek, Ohio, the Lockwood sisters have reunited there for the wedding of youngest sister Tess to the town's sheriff. Maid of honor Kate Lockwood is determined to break through best man Grant Mason's defences. An anthropologist, Kate makes her living studying the dead. She is particularly interested in the prehistoric Adena civilization that once called the area home. A large burial mound sits on Mason family land, and Kate wants permission to excavate. But Grant refuses and tells Kate to stay away from the mound. Kate respects Grant's desire to honor his grandfather's belief that the dead should not be disturbed. However, the more she researches the more it becomes clear that Grant is hiding something. When one of Grant's friends is killed—and the sheriff is away on his honeymoon—the couple joins forces to assist the deputy in the investigation. When Kate comes under attack she is certain it is connected to the burial mound. Grant seems concerned for Kate's safety, but despite their explosive attraction she can't help but be suspicious of his motives. Can Kate trust the man she's come to love, or will the wrong decision be her final act?


Reviewed: 2016-04-27
In Forbidden Ground, the second book of the three book Cold Creek Series we meet the oldest sister, Kate when she comes back to Cold Creek for the wedding of Tess and Gabe, whom we met in the first book, Shattered Secrets. These books stand alone but it’s nice to have read each in order too, so you know who they are talking about when they mention Tess and Gabe. Tess and Gabe don’t figure into this story however, because they are off on their honeymoon when this takes place.

Kate was looking forward to excavating some ancient Adena mounds, one in particular while she was in her old home town. She’s frustrated that she meets such a handsome block to her plans in the form of property owner, Grant Mason. The story was intriguing. The series books are somewhat formula books but with very different, interesting and exciting stories. What kind of gets me is how quickly the Lockwood girls fall in love. There is no long sexual tension in these books, they seem to know right off when they’re attracted to someone and even though there was no sex in this story, Grant Mason felt the same way Kate did, in a remarkably short period of time, but could they trust one another?

Grant had boyhood friends and secrets he was protecting but one by one his friends were meeting with terrible accidents. Following the pattern of the previous book, this time I was able to select the culprit rather quickly maybe half way through. Still an exciting read and enjoyable historic information.
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