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Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Kensington
Released on July 2, 2019
Guaranteed suspenseful adventure, exotic locals, and characters showing their strength while falling in love! I love traveling the extreme locations with each of these books and, while the locales weren’t extreme in this latest, the situation was. My book passport was stamped and I was primed to be off with a woman nearly Out of Luck.
Out of Luck is the third in a series of standalone romantic suspense tales that work in any order.
Her father is murdered before her eyes and Charlene discovers through the investigation that her life has been a lie. She’s all alone and all she has now is hoping that discovering the truth will give her the answers about herself and her father’s murder. The thin trail of clues lead her out of New Orleans to Key West to hire a boat captain who will smuggle her into Cuba.
Marshall is recovery from a past of losses including his Naval career. He washed up in Key West and now has slowly taken his life back as a boat charter captain. He has some insane stories about the people who charter him and his boat, but this latest might very well take the cake. A women of contrasting naivete who carries herself like a fighter hires him to smuggle her into Cuba. She’s closed-mouthed and self-contained, but he’s determined to get her story. When he does, he finds himself at her side for the adventure of a lifetime.
Out of Luck was the story of a woman who is forced to unravel the mystery of her own past to find closure. What she discovers is an emotional journey that gets dangerous when she kicks over a couple bad ant hills. It felt like a treasure hunt adventure as she followed the clues through her dad’s life and her mind started unlocking her own distant childhood memories.
I was of two minds about this particular adventure romance. I thoroughly enjoyed the clues, the twists, the danger and how they got through it all. I enjoyed the settings of NOLA, Key West, and Cuba. Charlene was one tough gal with her self-defense and martial arts training, always living off grid and kept moving, sure of making her way through life, and all. Marshall was also a fab character with his background in the Navy, his need to get his life back as a recovering alcoholic. He was tough and he knew his way about, but he respected Charlene’s ability and didn’t try to make her decisions for her.
Saying all that and without taking away from my very real enjoyment of this story, I struggled to buy into the heroine’s motivation to go into an illegal, deadly adventure to get answers about her past. She didn’t explore easier methods of getting answers first and she held back clues to the murder investigation because she wanted to track them down herself- on her own, without proper ID or passport, into Cuba, with no research or clue about Cuba including knowing any Spanish. I actually don’t mention several other things she chose that could have got her or Marshall killed because of spoilers. Point is, her motivation and consecutive decisions made little sense to me.
Yep, and still I liked it. Go figure! I wanted the answers, too, I guess, and I love the author’s writing and all the other elements worked together. For those who want great adventures of survival paired with their romance, I can heartily recommend this series.
My thanks to the author via Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange of an honest review.
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