Since the first book is free, I definitely recommend you pick at least that one up, but you’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t read them all. All of the books can be read as stand-alone, but the character development of Sydney Rye through the series is one of the best parts of the books.
Sydney has come a long way since she was Joy Humbolt–she and Dan have settled into a calm, relaxing routine. But, Sydney’s nature doesn’t let her be calm and relaxed for too long.
Dan is long-suffering–which is very very sweet; however, Sydney is drawn into more adventure when she rescues Anita, a reporter who is in danger of being raped and murdered because she’s investigating the atrocities of one man–a sexual predator with the power and money to protect himself. Just the kind of person Sydney loves to take down.
The action is pretty well non-stop and the reappearance of Mulberry into Sydney’s life creates not only tension between her and Dan, but an interesting twist for the next book in the series.
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