~~ Following a difficult divorce and the loss of her brother, Catalina Amalia Miranda finds herself back home in picturesque Bisbee, Arizona. The plan is to reopen the art gallery left behind at her brother’s death and focus on picking up the pieces of her broken life. She arrives in town with a huge to-do list and a heart full of sorrow. When an unexpected visitor claims to have rented a room from her late brother, Cat is too tired to resist. The stranger, a handsome Brit named Miles, proves to be just what Cat needs as he thwarts a home invasion. Together, Miles and Cat discover a plot more twisted and depraved than a simple burglary.
Kissed is a solid book for mystery lovers. The stunning scenery and cultural diversity combined with vividly described works of art make for a visceral, visually well-developed reading experience. The characters are complex enough to be interesting. The blossoming relationship between Cat and Miles is complemented with plenty of cheeky, flirty dialogue. The romance moves at controlled pace, just enough to be believable. CJ Shane really hits the mark with this Borderlands murder mystery. Small town charm meets puzzling circumstances in this delectable detective-romance hybrid. ~Jennifer Jackson, IndiesToday
~~ Kissed is a mystery/romance set in Bisbee, Arizona and revolves around Cat Miranda, a Mexican-American beauty who has recently inherited her brother’s art gallery after he passes away. Cat decides to move into the living quarters upstairs, but she’s soon surprised when she discovers that her brother has rented one of the rooms to Miles Trevelyan, a British researcher visiting the Borderlands in preparation for writing a book. And if that surprise wasn’t enough, the two of them are awakened one night when a burglar breaks into the gallery for purposes that are immediately suspicious. Cat and Miles then embark on a journey to discover the truth behind a Jax Beringer painting known as “Kissed.”
I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but the reader then jumps on a wild ride to unravel the mystery, which includes a not-so-little secret hidden behind one of the gallery walls, a David Hockney painting that ends up in the wrong hands, a bisexual artist with a trail of broken hearts in his wake, a female carpenter with a “unique” hammer stuffed in her toolbox, and way too many people showing up at the door wanting to purchase the gallery. Way too many.
One of the things that impressed me most about this book was the sense of place that seems to underscore the entire novel. Ms. Shane has done her research, and along the way we’re transported to the Borderlands region of Arizona where we learn about its people, its history, its culture, and its cuisine . . . all while trying to solve a mystery. And yes, she and Miles do eventually get their HEA, but not before they have to clear a few hurdles on the road to romance. Anyone looking for fun read, try Kissed. It’ll be well worth your time.
Kissed: A Cat Miranda Mystery
by C.J. Shane
Cat Miranda returns to her childhood home in Arizona to take over her brother’s art gallery following his untimely death. On her first night home, an intruder breaks in. Cat realizes that she is being targeted by a murderer with links to an 8-foot tall painting in the gallery titled “Kissed.” In her struggle to stay safe, Cat finds an ally in Miles Trevelyan, a charming visiting British scholar. The heat rises with more assaults on Cat, and between Cat and Miles, too, as their feelings for each other grow. Can they discover what's behind the painting “Kissed” before Cat becomes the next victim?
~~Great plot, great writing, great characters. Great book!
~~This is a borderland story with a blending of culture and countries and a look at the way families deal with their members on both sides of the border. The characters are well presented and easy to relate to. This story takes fascinating look at dealing with interpersonal relationships. Emotions and experiences shared in this book go from sincere grieving, fear, suspense, challenges, murder, break-ins, exploration, abuse, revenge, compulsive obsessive behavior and even romance. CJ Shane’s writing is well researched and presented, definitely one of my favorite authors. I had a difficult time putting the story down.
~~~ I loved this introduction to Cat and Miles. They are delightful characters who work together to find out why someone is after Cat. This story is well written and kept my interest from start to finish with suspense, danger, intrigue, and romance.
~~I read this book just after a trip to Bisbee. This author has crafted a narrative that is rich in history and cultural awareness. The story is aptly descriptive of this eclectic little town. I found myself looking up the places and events she included and not only learned about Bisbee but discovered a few things about my hometown, Tucson as well…a good read!
~~I loved this book, it was the perfect mix of romance and mystery. Very hard to stop reading it once you start.
~~Kissed was a surprise. The main character is strong yet vulnerable and not afraid to show it or voice it. Paired with a handsome visitor, they become the dynamic mystery/crime-solving duo. The book is filled with small touches of humor, chills thrills, and the love yet sometimes nosey helpfulness that comes inside a small town such as Bisbee. I enjoyed this book at a beginning of an endearing mystery series.