Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Review: Shot Through The Heart
Author: D'Ann Lindun
Genre: romantic suspense, contemporary
Length- 102 pages
Reviewer name: Nikki
Review Rating: 5 Lightning Bolts
BLURB:When Laramie Porter’s sister-in-law Julie is beaten so badly by her husband she miscarries her baby, Laramie takes her home from the hospital. But just a few minutes after the women arrive home, Julie’s husband, who also happens to be a drug addict and the local police sheriff, shows up at the house on a murderous rampage.
He kills Julie and attempts to murder Laramie. When he doesn’t succeed, he hauls them into the mountains and throws them off a cliff. Julie’s body lands in a pond, but Laramie hits a ledge, where she perches, terrified.
Derrick Garrison is in the mountains moving his cattle when his dog finds Julie’s body in the pond. Creeped out, Derrick at first doesn’t believe his ears when he hears a girl crying for help. But he finds Laramie and pulls her to safety. Before she can tell him anything, a lightning strike starts a forest fire and they flee to a hidden valley.
Fleeing a drug hazed killer, the fire, and a gun-toting old lady bent on collecting a reward, Laramie and Derrick do their best to evade all three… and fall in love along the way.
Review: One thing I love about romantic suspense is that it puts two people in difficult situations and forces them to work together. Ms. Lindun skillfully makes this evident in Shot Through The Heart. I was sucked in right from the beginning, and the tension and suspense only got tighter and tighter as the book went on. Laramie and Derek go through hell and back, starting out as strangers and falling in love. But not without consequence. Laramie is on the run from a killer and Derek is now in the aftermath.
The villain in this story is known, but I was amazed at the coldness inside. There's definitely no redemption here. The gut wrenching emotional scenes will leave readers at the edge of their seat. It's a nail biting experience. The author mixes the suspense and western genre very well, implementing an obvious love of horses in her stories.
If you haven't yet, seriously check out Shot Through The Heart, or any other story by this author. D'ann Lindun is on my auto buy list!
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