This is the first book in a series for Ella Grace. Ella Grace is a pen name for Christy Reece. The story starts 18 years ago with the double homicide of Beckett and Maggie Wilde. It’s made to appear as a murder-suicide by Beckett Wilde. The couple’s identical triplet daughters, Savannah, Samantha and Sabrina are away at summer camp at the time of their parents deaths.
From there the story skips ahead 8 years to their senior year of high school. Prom night to be exact. Savannah’s date is drinking and obnoxious, so she goes outside in the parking lot to look for her sister, Samantha. What she finds is four would-be rapists.
Meanwhile, on his way home from work is Zach Tanner, local bad boy and son of the town slut. He sees the scene in the prom parking lot and steps in to rescue her. He drives her home and this begins a fragile friendship that quickly turns into first love. Both of them know Zach is going into the Army in two months. The night before he leaves for basic training he gives Savannah a promise ring and she gives him her virginity. He tells her that he’ll come by in the morning to say goodbye. He never shows up and her heart is broken.
Ten years later, Savannah is a Nashville assistant district attorney and is back in her hometown of Midnight to clear out her grandfather’s possessions after his death. Zach is now the police chief in Midnight. Savannah is soon deep into investigating her parents’ deaths after finding some letters of her grandfather’s.
It’s a good start to a new series. Good mix of romance and suspense. Good mystery also. It did drag a little bit in the middle for me though. A sweet story of first love lasting for years with doses of murder and mayhem sprinkled in.