Review: Identity by HD Thomson

Posted September 10, 2017 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 14 Comments

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Review: Identity by HD Thomson

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Series: Smoke and Mirrors #3
Genres: Romantic Suspense, Sci-Fi Romance
Released on September 4, 2017
Pages: 271
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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A woman and her son hiding, always running, looking for answers to the inexplicable… oh yes, please, right here.  New to me author brings a riveting story of sci-fi romantic suspense!


Identity is the third release in the Smoke and Mirrors series.  Written as a serial, though one can also grab the completed version which is what I read and reads like a novel-style book.  It read just fine as a standalone or out of order.  I’m guessing from what I noted about the earlier books that the gifted characters and the source of their gift is what the series has in common.

So, Skye Hunter, the heroine, blazes onto the page as this determined, hard, mistrustful woman who will push as hard has she has to to get answers and keep her son safe even if it means stepping over the line to be as ruthless as her enemies.  David Bishop, the hero, is the wildcard in much of the story.  Is he or isn’t he?  But then, again, he wonders the same about the bristling, no give blackmailing Skye who brings deadly danger in her wake and forces him to look at his own past.

This story is a well-written suspense in that there are is a well-constructed, complex plot going on and the suspense is balanced with the romance, even with the suspense edging out the romance development.  I enjoyed how the sci-fi was woven into the story.  It was there and even at the heart of the mystery, but it didn’t overshadow the mystery or the characters.

Skye is not an easy to like character, but she grew on me.  At first, she just smashes her way through David’s life like he owes her his trust and answers.  I get it.  Desperate times and all, but she was so smash-happy that she stalled things out rather than helping her own cause.  She was so worked up about being cool, calm, and in control and tight with the intel, but yet she expected David to just roll over and trust her.  It was an interesting dynamic.  David gave as good as he got and frustrated her, but also shook her up enough that she figured out she had to rein it in and treat him differently.

In summary, I read this one quickly and was left well-satisfied with this tension-filled tale.   I would love to pursue a story with the mysterious Logan who cropped up a few times and go back for others from the same world.  Romantic suspense with a twist of sci-fi was a hit for me and I can definitely recommend it.

My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read the book in exchange for an honest review.


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Mary Kirkland
4 years ago

I really like the premise of this story. If people really had powers like that I’m sure all kinds of people would be after them.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Yeah, the premise is shadowy at first because they don’t even know how or why they have these super abilities and there are people after them so it gets pretty exciting.

Braine TS
4 years ago

I love a good suspense and the mystery about the origins of their power is a good motivation to keep you reading. Does this have a standalone feel like there’s a new arc in every book? Coz I’m thinking it’s already in book 3 and for two books the world building is sorta incomplete? That would drive me nuts! lol

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Braine TS

Yes! It standalone splendidly. I think the others are separate stories involving others with mysterious powers, but no connection between books.

Carole's Random Life
4 years ago

I haven’t heard of this one before but I do like the sound of it. I like that there is a bit of sci-fi worked into the romance. I am so glad you enjoyed it!

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

This was a new one on me, too, Carole. I was glad to have learned of another series to enjoy b/c that sci-fi element with the suspense was a great combo.

4 years ago

I would enjoy this. I usually avoid serials, because of all the recap, but love the elements in this.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

I know the elements of the story are right up your alley. Oh, and, good news, I think the completed one like I read must have cleaned up the recaps b/c it flowed just like a novel.

Christy LoveOfBooks
4 years ago

This is the way I’ll read serials, if they’re all together. I do enjoy a twist of sci-fi.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

I am the same. I don’t have the patience for them separate, but all together is just fine.

The sci-fi twist was a great element and I loved seeing them figure out where it came from.

4 years ago

This sounds good and glad it can be read as a standalone, Super Sophia! Hugs…

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  RO

I like seeing that a book works well alone so I don’t need to commit to a trilogy or series if I don’t have time. It was a good story. 🙂

4 years ago

Sounds like this was a good one. I like the sound of the danger and her trying so hard to keep her son safe. And those gifts sounds interesting and neat how that connect the different books in this series. Good to know the suspense is well done. Great review!

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Lola

It was a good one. I enjoyed that feeling when they were being chased by unknown people and trying to figure out the mystery. 🙂