He wants her body and heart, but a killer wants her soul.
After her erotic romance novels become international bestsellers, writer Gillian Tate cannot enjoy her long-sought success once her husband files for divorce and she becomes the target of threats from a religious fringe hate group; but when she tries to find peace in the solitude of a remote lakeside cabin to complete the third novel in the trilogy, not only does she meet the man who can fulfill her secret desires, she also finds she hasn’t escaped danger by leaving the city.
When the Adirondack town's police chief Sam Taylor learns of the threats and checks in on the notorious author, he is surprised to find she is nothing like he would have expected from her erotic novels but everything he has imagined in his own fantasies.
Can he and the woman of his dreams escape her waking nightmare?
*Adult Content: This erotic romantic suspense includes scenes of bondage between consenting adults.*
I received this book Hot Tree Promotions as part of their blog tour in exchange for a review.
In general, I enjoyed this book, I did. The plotline is good, and flows well, and I didn't get whodunnit til a little before the reveal, some might get it earlier, but that's just me. It kept me going til the end, as I could not see where it was going. That's a good thing.
What I had trouble with, was some of the dialogue. THAT did not flow so well. Some conversations between Sam and Gillian felt stilted, and forced. It might just me be, but that's how I found it. The relationship between Sam and Gillian also ran fast and hard, but that's not a bad thing, usually. It just did not FEEL quite right as I was reading it. Also, maybe the whodunnit could have been teased a little more before the reveal, I might have got it sooner!
But in general, a good tale, some sex, some violence, nothing too explicit or graphic.
Scarlet Hawthorne began writing short stories at the age of eight, poems at ten, and wrote her first novella – a romantic tragedy – at twelve. Today she enjoys creating characters who discover integrity and their authentic selves through their sexuality. She has been a speaker at national conferences discussing how power exchange can enhance relationships and refuting the negative stereotypes of BDSM promulgation in the media.
An award-winning and bestselling author in a variety of genres under other pen names, Scarlet was a featured author at the 2014 BDSM Writers Conference in New York City and contributed an excerpt from her upcoming romantic suspense Retrograde to the first BDSM Writers Con Anthology. Always eager to challenge herself as a writer, Scarlet utilized a “panoramic point of view” narrative style, rarely found in fiction today, in her latest novel Deadline.
Scarlet lives with her two dogs and their Master in a lakeside community in the New Orleans area. Her next release is the contemporary male/male romance Between the Notes, expected in spring, 2015.