Tuck is determined to keep Laurie safe, even if it means risking his own heart in the process.
Police Officer Tuck Chandler works hard to protect the citizens of Kitner, Texas. He’s also good at holding women at arm’s length. Jilted by his fiancée for his dedication to his job, he’s not about to open himself up to hurt like that again.
Laurie Blake is a struggling photographer. After growing up in a wealthy family, she’s determined to make it on her own, even if it means doing it the hard way.
When Tuck is assigned to a puzzling burglary involving Laurie’s fledgling photography business, he goes into it with his usual perseverance. He wants to help her – if she’ll let him. As the case unfolds and the mystery deepens, another question arises.
Will their pasts get in the way of a future together?
I enjoyed reading Finding Peace, the first book in Melanie D. Snitker’s Love’s Compass series set in a small town in North Texas. Laurie is a photographer who is determined to prove she can set up a successful photography business without needing money from her wealthy parents. She rents a store front with an upstairs apartment in an area of town that’s affordable but not necessarily the safest neighborhood.
Tuck is a policeman who responds to a call out by Laurie because her car has been broken into outside her photography studio. Not long after the car burglary, Tuck is called out again for a break and enter at Laurie’s studio. A lovely friends-to-more romance develops when Tuck hires Laurie to photograph his adorable four year old nephew, Gideon. Laurie specialises in family photography of special needs children, and she understands how to communicate and relate to Gideon who is on the autism spectrum.
I loved the mystery and suspense in the story that was related to the burglaries, and how it played out and impacted on Tuck and Laurie’s romantic relationship. Laurie purchases a weapon for self protection reasons. She knows her personal safety may be at risk, and she visits the practice range with Tuck to learn how to safely manage and store the weapon. I recommend Finding Peace to contemporary romance readers who like small town Texas romances with a mystery thread in the story and a light faith element.