by Rebecca Zanetti
Release Date: December 15, 2020
Publisher: Raz Ink, LLC
Book #2 in the Anna Albertini Files series
Number of pages: 342
Romantic Suspense M/F
Read 3/4/21 to 3/5/21
The Past Never Stays Buried
Anna Albertini is settling into a routine while ignoring the fact that the blue-eyed Irishman she’d allowed into her bed has up and disappeared on her. Two weeks without a phone call is no big deal, but still. With her hottie Italian boss goofing up the prosecuting attorney’s office, she at least has something to fix. Until she appears in court, across from her sister Tessa’s dirtbag ex. Then she has a mission.
Unfortunately, Anna isn’t the only person who wants the ex put behind bars…or in the ground. Which is not a problem until she and a local cop find the ex-boyfriend deader than dead…with both her sister and Aiden standing over the body.
As a prosecuting attorney, it’s Anna’s job to build a case against Tessa and Aiden. As a sister, it’s SO her job to get Tess out of this mess. As Aiden’s…what? Lover—girlfriend—friend from the past—it’s Anna’s job to figure out who the heck he really is. She has to dig out the truth, regardless of her ambitious boss or the cranky cop trying to thwart her every move. Sometimes a woman has to take matters into her own hands, regardless of the consequences.
This story didn’t touch on Anna’s past kidnapping very much, but what we do learn is concerning. Yet, there is so much going on in her life right now it’s quite easy to forget she still has that hanging over her head.
If you haven’t read the first book in this series, Disorderly Conduct, you may want to stop reading this review here. While I don’t give spoilers in most of my reviews, my review of this story will have info that could spoil the first book for you. Plus, this is a continuation series with the same main character throughout so it’s really meant to be read in order.
I know not everyone will agree, but I think most do, when I say I adore Aiden. Anna has a lot of options out there when it comes to the men in her life, but I feel as though Aiden is the right one for her. Her devotion to him being a good person was tested in the first book. It’ll be pushed to its furthest boundaries in this one. Yet I couldn’t help but feel the same as Anna, there’s just something about Aiden that makes me think he couldn’t possibly be the bad criminal he’s painted to be by the police and others. And regardless of if he’s “good” or “bad”, it’s obvious he will do everything in his power to protect Anna…yet he cannot seem to stay out of her life. Their connection is real and it is strong.
As usual, Anna finds herself in outrageous and often dangerous situations over and over again. Her likability, good intentions, and quick mind keep her mostly out of trouble. But not totally out of trouble. It’s a lot of fun to go along for the ride with her either way.
There’s another mystery solved in this story. We learn a lot more about the inigmatic Aiden, Anna finds another lawyer friend to lean on while trying to find ways to set her sister up with her other lawyer friend, some old school days rivalries are possibly put to rest (but maybe not). Yet we’re no closer to finding out where Anna’s childhood abductor is and what he’s up to.
I’m enjoying watching Anna and those around her get in and out of trouble. I’m especially appreciating all of the love connections. I’m really having a lot of fun with this series and look forward to more of Anna’s antics.