DANGER: THIN ICE, THICK BOOK.
Julie Lavoie, the widow of an RAF pilot is marking time at her accounting job, the loss of her husband still a painful memory. A holiday visit from her son, 18 year old junior-A goalie Thierry LeBeouf makes life bearable, but when Thierry goes missing enroute to a tournament shortly after Christmas, Julie learns what you still have is more important than what you've lost, and that moving forward is the only way to let go of the past.
This novel is a complex read, the author weaving a rich tapestry of plot lines into the work. While quite enjoyable, the extreme level of detail made it difficult to decide in which genre it belongs, or who the story is actually about. A good plot is essential to a good story, but twists and subplots are a bit like salt in a recipe. The right amount makes it flavorful. Too much and all you taste is the salt. I was drawn to the book by its hockey theme and enjoyed the admirable hockey knowledge displayed in the writing, but in the end discovered it was more about Julie and her budding romance with FBI agent Luke Lucas.
That said, Thin Ice is a tremendous accomplishment in storytelling and an engaging read. The love story between Julie and Luke is heartwarming, and Thierry's upstanding personality and desire to do the right thing amid scary circumstances are admirable. Every hockey mom would want him as a son.
Those who like a bit of romance along with intricate multi-layered crime dramas will enjoy it. The rest of you, keep a pencil and scorecard handy.
Ms. Marlo is giving away an ecopy of her book Thin Ice!
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Thin Ice winner: Linda
$5.00 Amazon winner: Lisa
Prize List book winner: Kim
Author: J.S. Marlo
Length or wordcount: 169 pages
Genres: contemporary romantic suspense
TBR Reviewer: Amanda
Rating: 4 Stars - Recommended Read
Heat: 2/5 - –Flirty
Hope Craig, better known as Quest, is seventeen, deaf, and training for the Olympic Biathlon team when two men accost her on the trail and kidnap her. The reasons are extremely convoluted and as her mother, Army Colonel Amelia Matheson and local sheriff Richmond Morgan look for her, they find several cases coming together. However, they have a past that is also complicating the investigation. At the end, who needs saving?
I really enjoyed this story of past lovers overcoming hurts and mistakes. I especially appreciated Quest's determination not to let her deafness stop her from reaching her goals and the way she worked to save herself and the sheriff. Although I guessed at some of the plot twists, several of them still surprised me and I never would have expected how all the threads eventually fit together. This is a wonderful read for romantic suspense fans and those who like books about second chances.
Giveaway: Ms. Marlo is giving away an Ecopy of her book. The TBR Pile is giving away a book from our Prize List. TO ENTER: Comment below if you've read the author before and why you want to read Cold Sweat!
Untamed (Duty Bound book 3) by J.S. Marlo
Genre: romantic suspense
TBR Reviewer: Amanda
Rating: 4 Stars - A Recommended Read.
Heat: 2 - Flirty.
Constable Avery Stone has been demoted and sent to a tiny outpost station of the Mounties in Newfoundland. He is taking over for a Mountie that was disgraced and disappeared, finally discovered frozen under a broken bridge by Hannah Parker, a deaf single mother with a four year old son. As Stone starts to unravel all the strange things going on in the small town he finds himself drawn to Hannah regardless of her reputation and prickliness. However, Hannah is being threatened and soon all the unsolved murders in the area draw Stone into danger as well.
This third book in the Duty Bound Series can easily be read as a stand-alone; although Avery Stone and some minor characters from the last part of the book were apparently introduced in the previous one, not having read it did not take away from the enjoyment of this story. The myriad twists and turns of the
complicated conspiracy kept me guessing until the very end as to who the villain(s) were as well as who Avery and Hannah really were. The author did a fantastic job of obfuscating the crimes while keeping the reader interested. The romance between Hannah and Avery was also well written, with each being drawn to the hidden depths they glimpsed in the other. Rory was a great secondary character as the traumatized little boy fighting his own demons. My only complaint was that a few times when the scene changed it wasn't obvious that there was a break and I needed to re-read to figure what was happening. It wasn't enough to take away from my overall enjoyment of the book and I recommend it for readers of romantic suspense fans.
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Unscripted (Duty Bound #1) by J.S. Marlo
Genre: romantic suspense
Length: novel (283 pgs.)
TBR Reviewer: Amanda
Rating: 5 Stars
Heat: 3 - Blush Worthy
When Riley Kendrick wins a scriptwriting contest, she has no idea of the turbulence ahead. From the first meeting with a member of the cast of Wild Rescue to meeting her co-writers, she is flung into office politics unparalleled by the stories they are writing. Blythe Huxley enjoys his job as an actor on Wild Rescue, but his wife's months in a coma have taken a toll on him personally. Meeting Riley when he is sent to pick her up from the airport adds a new dimension to his life, but strange things keep happening to both of them as their friendship grows.
I really enjoyed this love story - although both main characters are married when they meet, there is no impropriety or cheating, just two co-workers that become friends. It is only later, when both of them are free to do so, that the friendship deepens. The villain of the piece was well written as well - no two-dimensional characters here. I enjoyed both the mystery/suspense angle and the romance, which can be hard to balance but was well-done in this story. I
also enjoyed how well populated the book was - Riley's family, Blythe's sister and in-laws, and their various co-workers all added color and interest to their story. I also liked that this story had a little of everything - cowboys and horses, firefighters and cops, and actors/screenwriters. It neatly took lots of enjoyable professions and melded them into a great book. I look forward to where this series goes next.
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