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Author: Bella Jewel
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Released: May 30th 2017
Genres: Romantic Suspense
“Jewel gives you a perfect mix of thriller and romance”
~ Under the Covers
Bella Jewel managed to snare my attention right from the first page with The Watcher when she throws you into a nightmare, a nightmare that actually happened to our heroine, Marlie, when she was kidnapped and tortured by a serial killer. But some how she manages to kill her captor and escape. Now it’s years later and still haunted by her experience…and it all comes streaming back when her sister goes missing and she can’t help thinking that he is back and punishing her…but he’s dead, right?
I loved this book! Jewel gives you a perfect mix of thriller and romance as Marlie goes on the hunt for her missing sister with the surly and silent Kenai, the private investigator she has hired to help her. Although both the romance and the mystery/thriller aspect of this book was fairly obvious from the beginning, that didn’t stop me from enjoying the book. I really liked Marlie’s character and the way Jewel built up the suspense. As for the romance, I love a grumpy taciturn hero who slowly has his walls broken down by the heroine.
The reason I enjoyed this book, despite the predictability of it, was because once I started I couldn’t stop, I read this in one sitting. It easily drags you in, you want to know what has happened to Marlie’s sister, even if you have already guessed, you want to see Kenai and Marlie get together, even though you know it will happen eventually. And you want to see them catch the bad guy, even though you have already guessed who it is. So, if you like a serial killer mixed in with your romance (and who doesn’t?!) I highly recommend you give this a try.
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?