When Emma Bailey’s brother disappears, leaving her in possession of dangerous information, there’s no one she can turn to for help. Her desperate search for her brother leads her to a remote island where she discovers the one man who can help her is a man she can’t trust.
Cole Stevens is on a mission to bring down the drug mastermind who threatens to destroy the lives of his family. His plans take an unexpected turn when Emma runs head first into his investigation. Not only is she a danger to his heart, but her brother is one of his key suspects.
Cole and Emma reluctantly join forces to unravel a web of deceit that reaches deeper into their lives than either had imagined. As the lies unravel they will be forced to choose between fear of betrayal and their willingness to put their emotions on the line in order to save the people they love.
This romantic suspense keeps the reader on the edge of their seat from beginning to end. Emma Bailey’s search for her missing brother leads to an island where the one man who can help is the man she can’t trust. Cole Stevens is on a mission t take down a drug mastermind and his plans take an unexpected turn when Emma runs headfirst into his investigation. As the web of deceit unravels they will be forced to choose between fear of betrayal and their willingness to put their emotions on the line in order to save the ones they care for.
This fast paced plot keeps readers shivering with anticipation as the story progresses and the web gets thicker and more secrets and lies revealed. The author spins her story with vivid imagery and details that capture the imagination and makes the reader feel as they are part of the story. The characters are strong and compelling drawing the reader deeper into the drama as it unfolds.
The attraction between Emma and Cole burns steadily hotter as the story progresses with some hot & steamy sex scenes but the relationship is hampered by secrets and not knowing who they can trust. It’s easy for the reader to relate to each character and understand their side of things when the author conveys their personalities and emotions so clearly. Emma impresses the reader with her courage and ingenuity in the situation she finds herself involved in and Cole’s loyalty to those he cares for and his determination to bring the bad guy down makes him such an attractive and endearing hero.
I really enjoyed this mesmerizing story and the captivating characters although the story keeps referring to a past event that led to this one and I would really like to have read the entire story, maybe the author can go back and write a prequel, of course I would like to know more about some of the other characters too, so I’m not sure which I would rather her write first…hmmm.
4 STARS 3 FLAMES
Out of Darkness series:
# 2 Coming August 2014
About Cathy Marlowe:
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Cathy lives in Missouri with a huge chocolate lab whose crazy antics occasionally appear in her books. She’s blessed with a supportive husband and three wonderful children. When not writing, she coaches soccer and works to create a safe world for children. She loves dark chocolate mint M&Ms accompanied by a steaming mug of coffee, and smart stories that touch the heart while making you laugh, cry and stay up all night turning pages.
When her children were young, she wrote stories for them. Her daughter encouraged her to pursue publication, presenting her with a card that read “God is cheering for you and so am I.” This sign of support has been a source of inspiration for her throughout her writing career.
She believes in the power of each of us to change the world, by word and by deed, in big ways and small.
Her first published novel, Lie by Night, was a winner in the Entangled Smackdown Competition held during National Novel Writer’s Month. A romantic thriller, Lie by Night will be available March 24, 2014.
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