I saw the blurb on this one and thought it sounded really good so I got it while it was a free book. I am ever so glad that I did. It was a good romantic intrigue that had both a down home and international feel to it.
Tonya is a mystery writer who after several years has finally hit the bestseller list. With the help of her bestfriend, Callie and Callie’s famous rocker husband, Bryan, (Cassie and Bryan’s story is told in another book, Rock Star) her entrance to the scene is done with pop and style. Just after she has her big bestseller release party in a New York gallery, things start heading south quickly.
A ghost from Tonya’s past, Nate Randolf, her one-time lover who disappeared on her without a word twelve years before returns to tell her she’s in grave danger and its because of his line of work. He spirits her away against her will and without any real explanation. There is a lot of pain and heartbreak that this man caused when he left and now Tonya is stuck with him protecting her for the near future. They had something good in the past and Nate realizes that this is his one opportunity to make things right and get a chance at a future.
The plot on this one stirred my interest from the beginning when I was introduced to Tonya, her friend and her mother. The characterization and dialogue had me smiling because I could just picture the strong personality who was Tonya’s mother. The exciting moments when Tonya is in danger and both she and I, as the reader, have no idea what is going on were well played. While I was just as irritated as Tonya was with Nate for not just saying what was going on, I have to confess that it did build up the suspense and interest for when he finally did spill his secrets. It was pretty much what I thought it was, but then there was the next moments when the relief of knowing was overshadowed by the drama of wondering how Nate was going to get them out of the fix when it seemed that the villain was holding all the cards. I was glad the story moved perspectives a few times even though it was mostly told from Tonya’s point of view.
Tonya and Nate were good together. I enjoyed that the author managed to convey the hurt, anger, fear, and attraction in such a way that Tonya’s reactions to Nate’s reappearance were believable. She held off being with him, but not so long that it just got frustrating. I liked that she wasn’t coy or manipulative. Like I said, I found the relationship was well-written.
I enjoyed this introduction to the author so I plan to go back and read her other story Rock Star and I hope she plans to write Roshanda and Deringer’s story. I recommend this to those who enjoy their romantic suspense with the romance taking the lead role.