A nightmare come true . . .
Years ago, a fifteen-year-old girl was abducted by a monster. Although she managed to escape, her tormenter was never caught. So the girl was given a new home, a new name . . . and the determination to save other foster kids from suffering similar horrors.
Fbi Agent Becca Lange is in the middle of a credit card fraud investigation when she’s faced with her worst nightmare: a serial killer, van Gogh-given the name because he removed his victims’ ears-has resurfaced. Back in the nineties, van Gogh tortured, then killed several young foster girls. Becca was almost one of them.
Over the years, Becca’s been keeping her own investigation going. So when the police come to her for help, she’s more than ready to do what it takes to put van Gogh behind bars-even if it means working with Connor Warren, the easy-going cop whose attentions she’s been avoiding. Connor is too charming, too good-looking, too . . . tempting. He makes Becca want things she can never have. And might never have . . .
Because van Gogh isn’t finished with Becca yet. He’s been searching for her all these years. And now that he’s found her, he’s got a plan to keep her . . . forever.
Review: This story had all the elements I expect from a Susan Sleeman novel: intrigue, romance, suspense, danger, and conflict. Every since Web of Shadows hinted at Becca’s connection to Connor, I’ve been waiting for her story. I loved it. It tore my heart out in places because I know there is such evil out there, but it also encouraged me because of her example of how she overcame.
Rating: 5 roses
Emily Graves left everything behind to save her aunt’s struggling bed-and-breakfast, but she’s hardly through the door before she’s the one who needs saving. Someone in Bridal Veil, Oregon, will go to any lengths—even murder—to keep her from making the B and B a success. Sheriff’s deputy Archer Reed has made it his personal mission to bring down the culprit. But first he has to convince Emily to accept his protection…and determine why anyone would want to harm her. As Emily’s unknown enemy becomes increasingly violent, Archer may be the only person who can keep her alive.
Review: It’s all about control or, more literally, relinquishing it. Susan Sleeman hit on a tough topic, one I’m sure most of us have dealt with, while telling a great story. I can admit I like a certain measure of control, but… I try really hard to let God lead, which is what both Emily and Archer had to work on. I loved their story and can hardly wait for Jake’s love to enter his life–but that’s another book, though I’ll be sad to see the First Responders series end.
Rating: 5 roses
Nikki Wright is desperate to help her brother, Bobby, who hasn’t been the same since escaping from a detainment camp run by terrorists in Colombia. Rumor has it that he betrayed his navy brothers and conspired with those who held him hostage, and both the press and the military are hounding him for answers. All Nikki wants is to shield her brother so he has time to recover and heal.
But soon they realize the paparazzi are the least of their worries. When a group of men try to abduct Nikki and her brother, Bobby insists that Kade Wheaton, another former SEAL, can keep them out of harm’s way. But can Nikki trust Kade? After all, the man who broke her heart eight years ago is anything but safe…
Hiding out in a farmhouse on the Chesapeake Bay, Nikki finds her loyalties—and the remnants of her long-held faith—tested as she and Kade put aside their differences to keep Bobby’s increasingly erratic behavior under wraps. But when Bobby disappears, Nikki will have to trust Kade completely if she wants to uncover the truth about a rumored conspiracy. Nikki’s life—and the fate of the nation—depends on it.
Review: As usual, Christy Barritt has written an exciting, breath-catching novel. From the very beginning, the story drew me in and never let go. I connected with the characters quickly and held my breath as they worked their way through their issues. From start to finish, I was enthralled and barely put the book (my iPad) down.
Rating: 5 roses
I received these books in exchange for an honest review.