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Julian Montgomery is a shiftless gambler crisscrossing the country in pursuit of poker games and cocktail waitresses. Or so the rest of the world believes. In truth, he’s a special agent for the FBI, moving from one assignment to the next. When a murderer surfaces in his small southern hometown, Julian’s assignment is to protect the one woman who is far from happy to find him back in Crystal Lake, TN.
Rowan Covington has never aspired to any life that would lead her away from the place her family has called home for generations. And if Julian thinks she’s going out of her way to welcome him back, he has another thing coming! When it becomes apparent she’s the target of a killer driven by revenge, Rowan learns the truth about the one man who holds her heart—and how far he’s willing to go to save her.
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"The plot of this story was powerful, and progressed really well ... I couldn't for one second put the book down. As for the dialogue, it was great in showcasing the love-hate relationship Rowan had for Julian because he was the one that left her. Both the main characters as well as the secondary characters were well-developed, adding their own impact to the story to keep this reader interested. The sex scenes were hot, and illustrated just how much Julian and Rowan still wanted each other after so much time apart. What I liked about the hero was that he didn't allow Rowan's attitude towards him to turn him away from protecting her while with the heroine, I liked her strong and feisty attitude and how determined she was to not need anybody even though in the end it was evident that she did. RETURNING TO LOVE was a great book by this author whose work I've read for the first time. Yet now I can't wait to read more of her stuff because for sure the secondary characters of this story are destined to have their own tales told."
The Romance Studio
"Lisa Phillips takes us into the home and life of small town southern people. The homey kitchen and all the wondrous smells made me think maybe Ms. Phillips was describing her own kitchen; it was so warm and inviting. The corn bread and apple pies made my mouth water, my heart shivered with the horror of the deaths piling up and my breath stopped at the love story that was unraveling. Julian and Rowan were explosive. They danced a sensual dance of fire that could not be extinguished. Wow, it was beautiful!
I do not want to spoil this for y’all, but Ms Phillips has not lost her touch. Her descriptions are vivid, her dialogue is sharp, and sometimes laugh out loud. The mystery is a great story; the flushing out of the villain is as well. We are also saddened by the passing of a parent. Rowan and Julian have a great supporting cast, Ryan and Logan and Daisy and Ava. There could certainly be sequels written all over them! Welcome back to the front, Lisa. Thank you for the chance to sneak into your world."
Paranormal Romance Guild