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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Sandswept by Sarita Leone

Sandswept by Sarita Leone
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Genre: Contemporary; Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (160 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Bluebell

Everyone has a secret. One they hide. Sometimes, one they run from—fast and hard, without stopping to consider the consequences of that mad dash for sanity.

Kelley Garrett? She’s got a secret. A big one. She’s hoping to shake its grip but even someplace as peaceful as Chincoteague Island may not be able to shelter her.

Then again, who knows? Maybe it will. That’s a chance Kelley’s willing to gamble on—with her life.

"Love. It could take a person straight to Heaven, to the pinnacle of ecstasy. And in a flash, it could drop someone to the bowels of Hell. Kelley knew. She’d been both places in her lifetime. In fact, she inhabited one now. It was her punishment for not having died.”

With these words author Sarita Leone plunges us into a world in which Kelly Garrett is locked-- unable to move forward in her life. Thank heavens someone like Owen Heath rises from the surf of lonely Chincoteague Island, off the Eastern Shore of Virginia’s Delmarva Peninsula. Like a knight in shinning armor, Owen wages battle with the demons that possess Kelly’s soul to find true love.

The story captivates the reader from the very beginning with a masterful use of back story to open the chapters. This allows the reader to crawl into Kelly’s mind and absorb the central problem she is dealing with. Our hearts literally wrench with emotions as we rise and fall through her self healing. Rich descriptions of the island, its small town quarks, and the desolation that surrounds the Eastern Shore heighten the senses as you read. Mrs. Leone throws one or two red herrings to the reader keeping you on the edge your seat until at last the true villain is revealed and we cheer for that happily ever after ending.

Applause, applause for this sweet sensual tale, pick up this book from Whiskey Creek Press and take it with you on those dark and stormy nights when you need a good tale to cuddle up to the one you love. Kudos, Ms. Leone, for a well written story.