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Published by The Wild Rose Press on November 1, 2017
Format: kindle e-book
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: RABT Book Tours
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Drew Duncan swore he’d never go back to Ember Falls again. After he was wrongfully charged with his high school girlfriend’s murder, he waited for a trial that never came. When he was released from jail a year later, he left everything behind. But when his sister is murdered, Drew is forced to return to the hometown where he and his sisters were brutalized by their alcoholic father.
Once back, not even his training as a Marine and point man for McAlister Security prepares Drew for what he must face--a surviving sister who refuses to forgive him for abandoning her, a nephew who trembles when he enters the room, and an entire town that thinks he got away with murder. To protect his nephew, Drew will face his most terrifying fear. Going home.
Addictiveness: This is a dark, emotional read! Is not easy, but it kept me on the edge of my seat until the end.
Character: hero 4/5, secondary characters 4/5, growth 4/5, real 4/5 Drew has lots of baggage. He was able to rebuilt himself after leaving his hometown, but took lots of secrets with him. He found in military life a new family and better values than what he was raised with. He gives his hometown a second chance and takes upon himself the responsibility of mending his family. By doing that he has to face old ghosts and very dangerous situations. His personal growth throughout the story helped me understand him and connect with him. He is a multi-dimensional character. The book has a few very good secondary characters as well.
Freshness: This book is unusual, different from most in the market inside the genre.
Plot: believable 4/5, conflict 4/5, dialogue 4/5, ending 3/5, enjoyment 3.5/5, opening 4/5, pace 3/5, setting 4/5, subplots 3/5, twists 4/5 This book is a bit dark. It is somber and it keeps you hurting. Very emotional. This family goes through a lot and they are great warriors for having surviving it all. It wasn’t easy to follow, but it has a magnetic pull that kept me guessing until the end. I’ve loved that the suspense was high until the end. I had no idea who was doing the killings.
Writing Style: The writing here is really good. There is a lot going on, but everything is cohesive and well explained. The mystery is very well-kept and character development is superb.
- Cover: art 3/5, title 4/5, subtitle 0/5, color-font 3/5, buy 2/5 I didn’t like this cover very much. The guy looks too young and innocent to be Drew. The title is good, but I miss a bit of subtitle to add to the story. The color/font is good, because is somber and gives the perfect mood of the story. I wouldn’t buy this book by its cover only.
- Plot: The end. I hope the second book of the series doesn’t take too long. I need to find out what will happen.
Brilliantly written! Emotional rollercoaster!
Would I recommend? Yes.
Would I re-read this book? Sure.
Would I re-read this series? I’m not certain. Too much crying from my part.
Would I read more from the author? Yes.
You MAY read this because you like suspense; you should read this because you like family sagas; you MUST read this if you are ready for deep thoughts and lots of feelings!!!
Several seconds passed with Cole frozen, until he closed his eyes and nodded. In his mind, he counted to ten, slowly. He wouldn’t cry. Only babies cried. He wouldn’t cry in front of his uncle, in front of Ollie, in front of his partner or the doctor. He’d been weak too long and he wouldn’t be anymore.
When he opened his eyes, Cole saw his mother.
Kelli Duncan was lying on the table, with the blue sheet pulled up to her neck. Her skin was pale and her eyes were closed. Her blonde hair was flat and clean. He couldn’t see where the man had cut her, and Cole was grateful for that.
Tentatively, he took a step forward. He searched for something that would allow him to say, “You’ve made a mistake. That’s not my mom.” But he knew it was. There was no hiding from it now.
Cole wanted to say goodbye, wanted to tell her how much he loved her, but he couldn’t. Not here, in front of all of these people. Men had to be strong. He had to be strong. But he wasn’t strong enough to stay in this room any longer. He needed to leave, before he broke.
Cole turned to tell his uncle he wanted to leave and nearly gasped. Uncle Drew, who had been a Marine, had fought bad guys with guns and who was strong and solid, was crying unashamed where everyone could see him.
Finally, Cole was unable to fight the heaves of grief as he wept in his uncle’s arms.