A near-death experience at the hands of her husband would cause any woman to cling to her crippling trust issues and dating phobia, and Macyn McIntyre is no exception. Falling into the lap of a sexy stranger may persuade her to change her mind, but before Macyn realizes what’s happening, a second potential love interest is vying for her affections.
When a threatening letter turns up in her mailbox, Macyn realizes choosing between two guys is the least of her worries. Abduction, violence, and rescue by an elite squad change the course of her life forever. When she seeks revenge on those who hurt her, she has to decide if she can trust the ones who vow they love her.
Will Macyn be able to overcome her past and use their aid in her vendetta, or will she take matters into her own hands?
From the blurb, I expected a story about learning to trust and finding love after being betrayed with a little bit of danger and mystery thrown in. What I got was a hundred-mile-an-hour roller coaster ride. One that starts off slow, then drops you 200 feet before alternating between slow, flat track and fast corkscrews turns. If I had to classify this one, I’d have to say it falls somewhere between sweet romance and psychological thriller. I know that sounds like a crazy combo but the author makes it work.
The characters are complex and you get a great grasp of their individual personalities. (Macyn’s BFF, Eve, is probably my favorite–gotta love a girl with a smart mouth and more attitude than should be possible.) The story is well written and includes some great descriptions and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing.
The most surprising thing about this books is the dramatic changes from one scene to the next. I’ve read plenty of stories where the perspective or focus shifts between one chapter and the next but I don’t think I’ve encountered one that manipulates the mood like this one does. The mood of the story is constantly shifting; one minute it feels like a sappy love story and the next, it feels like a Liam Neeson flick. You would think that it would off-putting or that the author would lose the ability to keep up such a pace throughout the book, but I discovered not only did I like it tremendously, the author maintained the balance of romance and intrigue throughout the book and even threw in some extra towards the end.
The book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger and while the first chapter of the next book was included, I refrained (barely) from reading on. I didn’t think I could handle not being able to read the entire second book right away. I have added it to my TBR though and I look forward to reading it ASAP. This one by itself has already earned a 5 star rating, I can’t wait to see what the rest of the series brings!
S.L. Stacker is a romantic suspense author and novelist with Booktrope publishing and a member of International Thriller Writers association. She has written and published three books in the Macyn McIntyre series. Her current work includes several fiction novels, but her focus is Sisters of Summit Bay—to be published in 2015. When she isn’t throwing her readers for a loop and leaving them with cliffhangers, she can be found chilling with her husband, children, and dog.
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