Review| Covering Ollie – Freya Barker

Burning for Autumn was an amazing book and a great start to a series. So I was really excited when the release of Covering Ollie was announced! This book was released this week and I really recommend it! Today I am here to tell you what I thought about it. A big thanks to the author for providing me an ARC to read and review.

Living in Durango, Colorado for the past eighteen years allowed Ollie Rizzo to build her own business and carve out a quiet existence for her and her teenage daughter. She’s used to going it alone. However, their new silver-haired neighbor might present a problem—not only is he handsome—he’s also Durango’s new chief of police; a complication she can’t afford.

For recently widowed Joe Benedetti, the job offer as Durango’s new chief of police came at the right time. With life, the new job, and his two young sons settling into a comfortable routine, he does his best to ignore the beautiful and intriguing woman across the street. Yet when he discovers she’s caught the attention of the FBI, there is no way he can stay away.

Their worlds collide with the appearance of FBI Special Agent Cruz Livingston. The agent has a warning to deliver, one that spins life in Durango out of control, giving Joe a crucial mission—keep Ollie alive.


Covering Ollie is another perfect balance between romance and suspense. Freya knows how to bring these characters to life and really make you care for them. While reading I knew something was going to happen and just as I thought I knew where the book was headed, this story took a turn I didn’t see coming. This is a book that I didn’t want to put down and I needed to know how it would all turn out.

Joe was a character we met in Burning for Autumn. He lost his wife to cancer and is taking care of his two sons. Joe is doing what he needs to survive. Starting a new job as the chief of police, he never even thinks of romance.

Ollie has had her share of hard times in her life and is doing her best to raise her daughter. Ollie is a strong independent woman who has her life turned upside down when her brother’s life endangers hers. It’s hard for her to let new people in and let them take care of her.

Joe and Ollie have a connection they both try to fight, but it explodes once they let the other in. I loved that both of them needed the other more than they ever thought or expected. The romance developed naturally and didn’t feel forced or fast at all. What I loved the most is that them being together really made them think about old pain and what they really wanted. This new romance let them heal in many ways.

On top of the amazing romance, there is quite the suspense behind everything. It wasn’t over the top and fit this story well. Add a great cast of characters (including many we know and love from other books) and this story is complete! I definitely wouldn’t complain about getting more Joe and Ollie. I’m really looking forward to the next book in this series!

Covering Ollie was another amazing book by this author! If you love a good mix of suspense and romance, I really recommend this book. What’s your favorite romantic suspense book? Let me know in the comments!

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