By: Aila Stephens
Review by: D.A. Henneman - Stars: 4
I absolutely loved Brie’s voice in this story, it grabbed me from the start. She comes across as being older and wiser, but we find out quickly that even strong and independent people can be victims of circumstance. After a fire at the restaurant where she works, resulting in the death of a co-worker, Brie is swept into a situation where her life changes fast. At the same time she is being offered a new job, she meets a handsome stranger who has everything a girl could want, expect a permanent address nearby.
We experience relationships through Brie’s lens, and I found myself really connecting to her sense of humor as she navigates through job offers and life choices. The chapters when she is left to deal with a horrifying reality, were written in a jarring and disjointed way. It allowed me to feel her confusion and avoidance and was just as it would be for someone going through something traumatic. I appreciated that as a reader.
This book kept me guessing to the very end, and the author has done a great job at building a story with characters that I feel I could very well meet. Wonderful job on a debut novel, I am anxious to read the continuation of this story!
Author: Heather Sunseri
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Review by: D.A. Henneman
The continuation of Brooke & Declan’s story in Covered in Darkness has the couple sorting through the latest mystery facing the Governor’s office, while simultaneously testing the strength of their relationship. This time the power has gone out, but the outage isn’t due to the storms. The outage was intentional, and Brooke needs to find out who is behind it before it is too late.
Brooke is now the head of Homeland Security for the State of Kentucky, a job she loves, but that places her at odds with the F.B.I., an organization she is intimately familiar with. Declan thought this position would be less dangerous for her, but it seems that Brooke keeps getting pulled into the middle of volatile situations. Brooke learns that the recent power outage is anything but routine and as she follows the clues, they lead her deeper into a terrorist plot to extort large sums of money from the power companies. The men who are requesting the money aren’t messing around, and don’t care who they have to kill to get it. Her associate has been taken by them and it is up to Brooke to save her from the terrorists.
Heather delivers a great story that is believable and suspenseful. It is evident that she does a great deal of research on her topics, and her characters are well rounded and developed. I am looking forward to reading more about Brooke’s journey to come to terms with her past heartbreak, and Declan’s attempts to win her heart. I am definitely looking forward to learning more about Dimitri, so glad to hear he will be getting his own story!
Brooke Fairfax, an ex-analyst for the FBI, is pulled into a situation that tests her loyalties, especially when it comes to Declan O’Roark. The bourbon he produces may have been used to kill the Lieutenant Governor and it is up to Brooke to uncover the truth. She will need to navigate through political unrest and her growing feelings for Declan, while solving a crime with ties to her past.
Brooke is capable and although she is nursing a broken heart can’t help her attraction to Declan who pursues her from the start. His connection to horse racing and bourbon add a wonderful flavor to the story that gives the reader a small taste of the Kentucky culture. The facts about the differences between bourbon and whiskey were very fun to read, and reminded me of the things I learned on a recent distillery tour. It is easy to see the author loves the area, and I have to agree with her, it is a beautiful state…and the bourbon isn’t bad either!
Heather Sunseri’s Mindspeak series was amazing, but I have to say I am extremely excited to see what the future holds for Brooke and Declan as they nurture their budding romance. Beautifully done! Exposed in Darkness was a wonderful read! - DH
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