Hello my friends! I have a question for you. Have you ever picked up a book by an author, just not enjoyed it, and vowed never to read a book by them again? Or do you believe in second chances? I happen to believe in second, and third chances to be honest. Why? Well, authors go through stages in their writing careers (unless they are Nicholas Sparks and hit it out of the ballpark on their very first release). I think any author is quick to tell you their early work is not their best work. I reviewed the first book in this series awhile ago, and didn’t love it. But, I wanted to give the author another chance. And, I’ve already signed up to read book three – that review is coming later. I want to see the progression in the writing. 🙂
About the Book
Revenge is the agenda…
“Find my sister.”
Rick Reiley’s words were what drove Luke to search mercilessly for Kerry. He is in a race against time to find her and will have to face more than a criminal mastermind to get close to her. He is prepared to give his life for her, but what about his heart?
“…I would like you to meet….My wife.”
Those words from her enigmatic rescuer threw Kerry more than anything else that had happened to her in the last few days…and that was saying a lot! Kerry’s simple life is turned upside down when she is kidnapped and dragged to the middle of nowhere by a madman. She trusts Luke with her life, but can she trust him with her heart?
As Luke fights to keep Kerry safe, the chemistry ignites and the danger gets closer.
Will God protect them while Luke tries to sort out his heart….and capture Kerry’s?
I’m glad I decided to give this author another try, becuase I could definetely see progress from the first book I read. And while I cannot say that I loved this story, I liked it better then the first. In truth I think that Dawn is finding her footing a little more in this installment. It has the basic elements that you need in a story, but I found myself wanting even more. The storyline was very fast moving for my taste, and I wanted some development in the characters. But truly, that is my own preferences in a book, not anything to do with the author at all. In fact, there are times during the year that I would want an easy reading story, where I do not need to be involved with the characters, and I can let them go when I put the book down. This book would be perfect for those times.
I felt that this installment held more suspense, which is something I enjoy in books, and and hopefully that the third book in the series will have my full attention. There were times I found my mind wandering a bit – typically when it felt like there was just extra words on the page to fill up the time. Even so, I thought Ms. Dawn did better and is on the right track for sure. Her faith element is there too, wonderfully written I might add, not preachy or forced at all. I look forward to reading the next installment and watch her writing abilities progress to the next level.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
Author Ashley Dawn was born and raised in rural Arkansas where she developed her love for writing while helping in her parent’s office. She graduated with an accounting degree from the University of Central Arkansas but is currently working as a legal assistant.
Ashley has been writing professionally for the past twelve years and has four published books. Her Shadows Series include Shadows From The Past, Shadows of Suspicion, Shadows of Pain, and Shadows of Deception. She is currently working on multiple projects including the fifth in her ‘Shadows’ series entitled “Shadows in Black and White” and also a standalone suspense titled ‘One of Their Own’. She and her family make their home in Texas.