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Series: Desert Justice #4
Published by Harlequin Intrigue on July 1, 2017
Format: kindle e-book
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: Goddess Fish Promotions
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He's the one she can't remember, she's the one he can't forget…
Tossed overboard, Ava Adams had been left for dead, drifting at sea. But security specialist Faisal Al-Nassar was determined to find her. He owed her father a great debt and had never forgotten the connection he and Ava had once shared. Yet after rescuing Ava he discovered she barely remembered him.
Amnesia had left Ava uncertain of who had tried to kill her. She did know, however, that Faisal was a man she could trust. The sheik's embrace was familiar and enticing…and possibly even more dangerous. How could she succumb to feelings for her protector when what she didn't know could get them both killed?
- Plot: story line 3/5, story ending4/5, pace 3/5, enjoyment 3.5/5, originality 2/5, writing style 3/5 This book has a good plot with a lot of suspense and a bit of romance. The pace is slow for a while until it finally picks up. I’ve liked the idea of Ben’s point-of-view at an important part of the story. Knowing the real danger she was in has added to my overall enjoyment of the book.
- Characters: hero 4.5/5, heroine 3.5/5, secondary characters 4/5 Faisal was a great character. He was steady, honorable and loyal the entire book. His intensity could be felt and he truly liked Ava and her father. Ava had a bit of too-stupid-to-live-moments, the exact type of female characters that annoy me to no end. I mean why I would I rely on longtime friends that are pros and have the ability to work in a very dangerous situation and not do it all myself? As often in this situation, she made a big mess of things and when it was almost too late, that she noticed she needed help.
- Heat: chemistry 3.5/5, steam 2.5/5, romance 3/5 The couple had good chemistry and have some regrets from their past. They went to college together but then lost touch. More towards the end of the book the romance picks up and it’s sweet and beautiful.
- Addictiveness: This was an easy read with a lot of suspense that kept me guessing until the end. I was always on the edge of my seat.
- Freshness: There was nothing very original or new here. We always knew what would happen, but at the same you don’t need to be totally original to write a good book. I have enjoyed this one.
- Cover/Title: 3/3.5 I neither love, nor dislike. Is an ok cover with an ok title. The blurb has worked better to attract me than the cover/title.
I haven’t read other books from the series and I believe I have totally understood this story. This can definitely be read as a stand-alone but all Al Nassir brothers seems to be very interesting.
This book has caught me more because of the very good suspense than because of the romance. The romance parts were good, but the relationship really picks up more towards the end of the book.
Suspense 5/5 Darkness 0/5 Humor 1/5 Action 3.5/5 Angst 2/5 Twists 2/5
Recommend this book: Yes
Read more from the author: Yes
Re-read this book: I don’t know, but I would like to read other books from the series.
You MAY read this because you followed the series; you SHOULD read this if you enjoy the author; you MUST read this for a great suspense with a bit of romance!!!
It was less than an hour since Faisal had received that fateful call that Ava was missing. Now he looked long and hard at the face of the young woman who lay dead on the cold steel of the examining table. Her hair was long, almost to the middle of her back. She was brunette and a few years older than Ava. After that, the similarities stopped.
He’d insisted on viewing the body in the hope that the similarities would somehow give him a much-needed clue. Now he didn’t know why he’d bothered. It was depressing and frightening all at the same time. Looking at her frightened him for Ava and saddened him for the deceased woman’s family.
“She may have been asphyxiated,” the coroner said.
He listened as the coroner went into some detail on why he believed that could be a possibility.
“Her eyes are bloodshot. Classic sign of asphyxiation.”
A chill ran through him like none he’d felt before. He’d stood in this position many times but never had he felt the haunting fear that the person before him could have been someone he knew and loved. He almost took a step back. That thought combined with the cold steel and sharp smell of disinfectant that depersonalized death was almost too much. This wasn’t Ava but someone had loved her.
Regret and anger snaked through him as he thought of how this young woman had died unnecessarily, how it could just as easily have been Ava on that slab. The reality was as disturbing as it was unthinkable. Whether they could prove it or not, he was sure that this woman had died of unnatural causes. It wasn’t right or fair. And he knew it happened much too often. He’d thought of adding a branch of investigations geared solely to violence against women. He’d seen too much of it in his work. But now wasn’t the time for such considerations.
Five minutes later, Faisal was heading across the hospital parking lot to a charcoal 1967 mustang he kept in Miami for his rare visits to the city. He slipped behind the wheel and leaned back against the plush leather, the keys in his lap, his arms crossed and a frown on his face.
A woman who supposedly should have been Ava was dead. The fact that the decedent had been in Ava’s room and Ava was still the registered patient, indicated that Ava was the target. Now there were questions that needed to be answered and quickly.
Where had Ava gone? He tamped down the panic he’d felt at losing her when he’d only just found her. He had to stick to facts.