Necessary Detour by Kim Hornsby

Necessary Detour by Kim Hornsby
Publisher: Top Ten Press
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full Length (358 PAGES)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Gardenia

After a stalker’s attack, rock star Goldy Crossland flees L.A. for her secluded lake house in Northern Washington. Retired from the music business, she hopes to avoid both the press and her psychotic fan. But obscurity leaves her restless, and when a mysterious–and disturbingly handsome–new neighbor moves in, she can’t resist spying.

Pete Bayer is undeniably attractive, but Goldy quickly realizes there’s something strange going on in the log house across the bay. Is he a member of the paparazzi? Or a much more sinister threat? Despite her suspicions, Goldy can’t deny her fascination with him.

When the press discovers her hideout, it’s Pete who offers an escape route, but it comes with a price. Unwillingly drawn into his dangerous world, Goldy soon learns the reason behind Pete’s secrecy–and her crush on her charming neighbor takes a deadly turn.

Right from the start, I was hooked. Goldy, Rock Star, gorgeous, about to retire as she finishes her tour… and an attempt is made on her life! I mean, who would want to electrocute a rock star with her own microphone? Immediately I was drawn to her and her determination to foil this latest attempt to kill her. She is a strong female figure. She knows whom she is where she is going and she is fighting for her right to lead a normal life after retirement.
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The story is well woven with all the necessary ingredients that make this a thrilling suspense. Her house by a remote lake in Washington State is the perfect hiding place to begin her retirement. Strange acting neighbors, with a hunky sexy addition as the main attraction, definitely make the mind wander with all sorts of possibilities.

I particularly liked how the author uses this remote lake location, Goldy’s fame, and the neighbors’ secrets, to weave their lives together so they will be tangled to a point where they most all flee at a moments notice as a group.

The romantic aspects of this story are tastefully depicted… Goldy has now taken the reins of her life and has divorced her cheating husband of twenty years. The fact that she is a few months pregnant does not deter her from finding her own happiness by taking a chance on her own, rather than continue in an unfulfilled marriage.

I enjoyed how these characters’ lives become intertwined and a solid friendship develops. Lives are placed at risk, efforts are made to help each other, and finally, a happy resolution is reached claiming love triumphs over all.

I have now read this book twice. Yes, it is that good. I fully envision reading it again some winter night, where I might be longing for a good story with plenty of thrills and a romantic undercurrent of a love that will not be denied.


  1. Thanks so much for taking the time to read this twice! I loved writing it and was particularly fond of Goldy having been a rock singer myself.

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