Friday, May 13, 2016

"Sins of the Past" romantic suspense novella collection by Henderson, Pettrey, and Eason

Cover ArtThree authors of romantic suspense team up to bring a collection of novellas centered on the theme "sins of the past." Though the stories have nothing else in common, they provide a nice selection of the various styles of romantic suspense out there - from the hard-working law enforcement angle to outdoor adventure to non-stop action.

"Missing" by Dee Henderson is an all-hands-on-deck, in-depth police procedural to find the missing mother. I'm guessing if real law enforcement could acquire enough man power, this is what the search would look like--straight business, searching every aspect of the victim's life (and life of her policeman son) to figure it out. Talk about detail. The romance felt a bit clinical--like they get together simply because they're the only two single cops around.

"Shadowed" by Dani Pettrey runs along the same vein as her Alaskan Courage series (fitting, considering it's about the parents of the McKenna clan): outdoor adventure, glimpses from the villain's perspective, suspense and romance, and the appearance of some familiar (though definitely younger) characters. I enjoyed the late 70's setting: still modern in comparison with historical novels, but a simpler time in terms of technology; most of all, you can feel that the Cold War is alive and well, from the intense, chilly competition to the hint of communist spies.

"Blackout" by Lynette Eason follows her typical style of rapid pace and non-stop action, but this time punctuated with flashes of memories just as intense as the action surrounding them. As always, it's a race to the end, and the last of the three novellas flies by.

Of the three, "Shadowed" proved my favorite. Perhaps it's because I loved the Alaskan Courage series so much, but also because I love the way the wild Alaskan setting is almost a character in and of itself.

Thank you Bethany House and NetGalley for providing an e-copy for review; I was not required to make the review positive, and all opinions are my own.

Alaskan Courage by Dani Pettrey
0.5: "Shadowed"
1. Submerged
2. Shattered
3. Stranded
4. Silenced
5. Sabotaged

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