Being robbed at gunpoint wasn't part of Sarah Tucker's business plan. Neither was falling in love with the detective who arrived to solve the case.
All Sarah wants is success for her gift boutique, the one she and her husband created. Now, she's living a hand-to-mouth existence. Her husband died a year earlier in a car accident-an accident that was ruled suicide, denying her his life insurance money. Burdened by guilt that she was somehow to blame for his death, Sarah faces one business setback after another.
Determined to succeed on her own, she fights off a meddling sister-in-law as well as offers of financial assistance from a former boyfriend. Unaware someone is setting her up for failure, she's totally unprepared to find herself fighting for survival.
Police Detective Randy Detweiler thinks the crook is a thief who's been evading cops all over the state. A routine robbery investigation turns into the biggest challenge of his career when he falls in love with the victim, and he starts crossing professional boundaries. When Sarah disappears, he's afraid all his detective skills might not be enough to find her in time to save her life.
©2011 Terry Odell (P)2013 Terry Odell
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"Good, Solid Romantic Suspense"
I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable this story was.
I think the author did a credible job with the timeline of the story. She gave the main character time to heal before entering a brand new relationship. So often authors rush the ending to facilitate a happily ever after. Instead, Ms. Odell took her time to handle it in a realistic manner.
The narrator can make or break an audible story. Kelley Hazen did a terrific job! I would gladly listen to her narrate another story.
No extreme reactions, although there were some tense moments that made me very nervous.
I received a copy of this audio book in exchange for a fair and honest review of the story. I wasn't quite sure what to expect since I had never read any of Ms. Odell's books before. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that it was exactly the type of story that I like to read or listen to. I can highly recommend this to anyone looking for romantic suspense. The only reason I am not giving it 5 stars is because I have several highly compelling authors that have earned that rating. Ms. Odell is well on her way, but hasn't reached the pinnacle yet.
This novel captures a nice combination of suspense and romance - just enough to satisfy readers of either genre.
That moment where Randy and Sarah are at the play watching The Mousetrap, and she instantly recognizes the voice of one particular actress. That set up a fascinating twist on the building mystery story and was brilliantly executed.
When Sarah instructs Randy to drive to the graveyard so they can each confront the ghosts (of Sarah's dead husband and of Randy's dead grandmother)
This was a great story featuring intriguing characters and a curious mystery that kept me listening right until the end. The relationship between Randy and Sarah was compelling and satisfying and the novel contained a nice blend of mystery with a charming touch of romance. Odell has done a very nice job of setting up a fascinating universe of characters in Pine Hill, Oregon. That certainly makes me eager to read the next book in this series.
"Another great performance"
The narrator's performance. I found myself making faces as I listened because she pulls you into the story. The story is also good, but I knew who was the "bad guy" quite early, so that took a bit of the pleasure out of it.
I think Randy was my favorite. Not complicated, just an honest guy faced with a conflict. Maggie is also one of my favorites, she's a fun character.
Yes, I have. I think so far this is my favorite.
I am new to the audiobook experience, and I am enjoying it very much. I enjoy the work of narrator Kelley Hazen, because she really brings the books to life. If I were reading the book, I may put it down, but the audio book version makes you want to listen to the whole thing in one go.
"Great first book in the series!! Give me more!"
This book is such a leisurely read, it has a smooth pace that flows nicely. I enjoyed the story and seeing everything come together. There are a few dodgy moments, if you have triggers this may not be for you. While it is not detailed or completed, there is a dramatic scene or two where non-consent almost occurs. You could skim them, because the rest of the book is really terrific. The lead, Sarah, is definitely a survivor and a fighter.
On to the story, there are many levels to the suspense and plenty of red herrings o throw you off the real trail. Though if you are like me, you will know from the start who the villain is, just not all the details. Even with guessing the culprit, it was entertaining watching everything unfold.
So many great characters in this book. The two leads are fantastic, it was great having them switch off on the narrative. The switches in POV are smooth and always distinct. Great transitions that helped move the story along. Loved the elderly neighbor and the other cops at the station. They added depth to the story and kept it from being just another romance.
The bedroom door is ajar, there are a few details and then cut to the morning after. It is a mild spice but delightful to read. The emotions are a bit quick, but you can see how they have such chemistry. I can see a deep love developing with a little more time.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Kelley Hazen, who has a lovely read. I enjoyed her pace and the energy she puts into the read. The emotions really ring through in key moments. She does a great job with the transitions and helps make it clear who is in charge of the narrative. I will need to look for more of her reads down the road!
Overall I was entertained from the beginning to the end. Great storytelling is something I have come to expect from MS Odell. I was not disappointed.I love that the suspense is usually the driving force, not the romance.
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.
"A Better Blend of Mystery and Romance"
I think the characters are well delineated. They develop as the plot advances, and their involvement in both mystery and romance is well-handled, and often thought-provoking.
"Loved the Book"
I already did recommend it to family and friends. Especially loved the narrator - I will look for more books from her.
"GOOD SOLID STORY"
I might. I see its a series and depending how it develops this could become a good old friend.
The characters are real. It's like listening to your friends.
If I mention my favorite scene it will give a lot away. But it was very tense, very scary.
I smiled a lot. I was touched deeply at times. I experienced a lot of emotions with Sarah. Like when her shop was destroyed. When she was thinking of her husband. When she felt so alone and when she was trying to be strong and independent.
I had read the book before I had the audible version. I really enjoyed listening to the book. You get a sense of the characters.
I enjoyed the mystery around what was happening to Sarah and I also enjoyed seeing how Sarah's relationship with Randy grew.
"Solid but in a Time Warp"
No, I haven't listened to her before, but she had a good voice for the range of characters in the story. I enjoyed her performance very much.
I really wanted to give this story four stars. The characters were down to earth and likeable. The stalker was the villian instead of the hero. And I had a lot of empathy for Sarah. Unfortunately, everyone was using nineties technology. Answering machines, computers that used disks for back up, and even a VCR. The characters referenced better technology in other places, so it seemed like it was supposed to be taking place now, but for whatever reason they were still busy Faxing. At least the villian should've had all the latest greatest stuff because he was a corporate man with a good salary. I had a hard time buying that his best untraceable method was an answering machine in a forgotten closet at his corporation rather than a burner phone.
Otherwise it was a good suspense with a strong ending.
"Not my usual genre, but...."
This was a good little romantic mystery that started with the main character, Sarah, getting robbed at gunpoint by a gutsy old lady. When the police came to take the report, he thought the culprit might be the woman who'd been robbing stores all over Oregon, so he started investigating in that direction. Meanwhile Sarah, who's been trying her best to keep the store financially afloat since her husband died in a car crash, is really hurt by this newest monetary setback.
The detective handling her case, Randy, begins to develop feelings for Sarah, and the feelings are mutual. He is continuing his work on her case when she goes missing. Since Randy is well and truly in love with her by this point, his police professionalism is in the toilet. Sarah's been kidnapped and all he wants is to get her back safely — and alive.
I enjoyed this book and will come back and listen to the rest of the series.
Note: sensual scenes and language. This threw me for a minute since I'm not used to it, but it was brief.
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