The Cache

Secrets Revealed and Treasures Discovered

Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
318 Pages
Reviewed on 07/08/2023
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Author Biography

Lauren Anne Davis was born and raised in Western Canada, then lived in Toronto, Canada, before attending high school in Michigan and college in New Jersey. Texas is closest to her heart. Lauren holds a BA in Communications from the University of North Texas. She has always enjoyed working with people, whether as a hairdresser, real estate agent or school teacher. Lauren enjoys family time with her husband, son, and English bulldog when she is not writing.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Sarah Westmoreland for Readers' Favorite

Meagan has been through a lot in recent years. Recently widowed, and having lost nearly all of her family in various ways, the young woman then found herself the victim of a home robbery. The thief stole everything that was important to her, every last piece of memorabilia that remained from her late family. With nothing to lose, the desperate woman now finds herself making questionable choices and committing dangerous acts to recover her lost possessions. King’s life hasn’t exactly been easy, either. He’s put in long hours at his pawn shop, struggling to financially support his ex-girlfriend and a child that may or may not be his son. Now, he finds himself facing a robber at gunpoint, and she has very specific tastes. Their paths continue to cross and intertwine. Neither one was looking for romance, but fate may have something unexpected in store for them in The Cache by Lauren Anne Davis.

Lauren Anne Davis has woven an intriguing tale of suspense and mystery. With a well-executed, slow-burn, enemies-to-lovers plot, The Cache: Secrets Revealed and Treasures Discovered is a rush from the first page until the very last. Davis has created an interesting cast of characters, each with their own unique plot line, and she managed to weave those individual lives together in a most realistic and entertaining fashion. The pacing is spot-on and never feels too rushed. The characters are all three-dimensional. The dialogue is natural and flowing. Overall, this is a pleasant read that I highly recommend to anyone who loves a clean romance and an intriguing storyline.

Pikasho Deka

Treat yourself to an absorbing sleuth mystery romance drama with Lauren Anne Davis' The Cache. Recently widowed Meagan Morris suffers yet another heartbreak when she unexpectedly loses her family heirlooms in a robbery. Determined to get the last remnants of her family's legacy back, Meagan commits herself to a misguided robbery attempt of her own, inadvertently coming across King Pullman, a pawnshop owner who has recently bought his parents' ranch. King is also dealing with issues around his mother's ailing health and an on-and-off relationship with an unstable girlfriend who leeches off his money using her young child. Things become further complicated when Meagan is hired as the new Pullman family housekeeper, and King discovers what she has been up to. With their irresistible mutual attraction, how will Meagan and King navigate their feelings and overcome their struggles?

Author Lauren Anne Davis throws quite a number of curveballs into a captivating plot that keeps surprising you with each turn of the page. The Cache is part rom-com, part sleuth, mystery crime drama novel rolled into one riveting story you will find hard to put down. Davis' plotting is quite intricate, perfectly complemented by some quirky and colorful characters you will lovef. King's calm demeanor and laidback persona are the perfect foil to Meagan's unpredictability and strong-willed determination. The narrative is evenly paced, and Davis' smooth prose makes the book a breeze to go through. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and each of the character arcs. All in all, an entertaining yarn for a diverse range of readers.

Antoinette Wessels

The Cache: Secrets Revealed and Treasures Discovered by Lauren Anne Davies revolves around the lives of the different families within a small community. After a party at the Pullman ranch, their oldest son King learned that he was to become a father. This changed his carefree lifestyle completely and he started working to provide for his son with the boy’s mother, Gayla Anderson. But Gayla seldom let King see Gary, and after years of providing for the child, questions about his paternity surfaced. While all this unfolded, Meagan was searching for her family’s heirlooms, which had been stolen during a break-in at her apartment. This led her to meet King, who owned a pawnshop in town. The attraction between them was undeniable, but would all that was going on in King's and Meagan’s lives block their relationship before it even began?

Lauren Anne Davies knows how to write a book with different elements and then combine them to make a perfect story. The Cache: Secrets Revealed and Treasures Discovered was an intriguing read and fascinating from the first page. How all the characters and their struggles came together was most enjoyable. Just when I thought that I knew what was going to happen now, Lauren Anne Davies would throw in a curve ball I never expected, which kept me on my toes. I also enjoyed the way that the author brought in religious themes without making them too noticeable. I hope to be reading more about King and Meagan and that the author is planning a sequel.

Rabia Tanveer

The Cache: Secrets Revealed and Treasures Discovered by Lauren Anne Davis is a mystery novel that will make you laugh as you fall in love with the characters. Meagan was a young widow alone in the world. With everyone she loved gone from the world, all she had to remind her of them were the heirlooms they left behind. However, she lost everything in a burglary. When the police could not help her, she took matters into her own hands and tracked her family jewels to King’s pawn shop. Meagan did what any other person would: get a gun and try to get her heirlooms back that way. But King had a business to run and prove a point to the people trying to harm his family. Neither Meagan nor King realized they would become integral to each other’s lives and make it much more exciting for both.

Fast-paced and packed with plenty of action, the story opened with a bang and many emotions. Meagan's family heirlooms were her only connection to the people she loved and lost. She was terrified of letting go, while King, on the other hand, lived in the present. He had his battles to fight and demons to destroy, but he didn’t let that overtake his present. They contrasted each other perfectly and worked together very well. The narrative style of author Lauren Anne Davis was perfect. It hooked me, and I was intrigued to find out what would happen next. At the same time, I was looking forward to finding out if Meagan and King would find all the heirlooms. The plot of The Cache was fun, the characters had plenty of time to develop, and the entertainment factor was off the charts! I highly recommend this novel.

K.C. Finn

The Cache: Secrets Revealed and Treasures Discovered is a work of fiction in the mystery, interpersonal drama, western romance, and intrigue subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and contains some moderate adult content but nothing explicit. Penned by author Lauren Anne Davis, the story sees us exploring the life of a young widow when she gets mixed up with King and his pawnshop owner family structure. As her life becomes even more entwined in the investigations of a struggling rancher, love blooms in an unexpected place. Family ties, past secrets, and converging mystery plots all form an intricate tapestry as danger bubbles beneath the surface.

Author Lauren Anne Davis has crafted a fascinating and lovingly penned novel that offers readers who like multi-genre works a lot to sink their teeth into. The primary plot shifts between romance and mystery as we unpick the many flashback clues and interesting dynamics to discover if our heroine will ever find peace again after losing her family. But there are also some great nods to crime fiction with the gun-toting pawnshop family and their mafia-esque ways of doing things, and the family saga elements and Western action-adventure notes in the atmosphere and plot hooks. As the novel develops, Davis finds a place for all of this amongst the realistic ensemble cast of characters, weaving them together into a dynamic drama which I would certainly recommend. Overall, The Cache is a highly enjoyable work of mystery, romance, and, ultimately, human spirit and ingenuity in the face of great emotional turmoil.