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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sleeping with Skeletons by Doralynn Kennedy

Sleeping with Skeletons by Doralynn Kennedy
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Suspense/Mystery, Contemporary
Length: Full (257 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Larkspur

Former CIA operative Margaret Garrison is not the woman she appears to be when she arrives in rural Ireland, hoping to find a quiet respite from running for her life. The last thing she needs is to catch the eye of Aidan Grimes, the wildly popular Irish actor filming the movie Jane Eyre in Ballyrick.

Rumored to have broken a thousand hearts, Aidan is also a man of many surprises. The very secrecy that shrouds Margaret compels him to want to know more about her, which inadvertently alerts her enemies to her location and threatens not only Margaret’s life, but those of the people around her.

Between Aidan, his father, and a little girl desperately in need of a mother, Margaret discovers a life she has always dreamed of but never dared hoped for. But with the skeletons from her past drawing nearer each day, can love triumph over evil, or is it all just a myth?

I have to start off this review by saying that this was the most excitement I’ve experienced in a novel in a long time. Ms Kennedy gives us an unlikely pair as our hero and heroine in this wonderful read, Margaret a former CIA black ops agent and Aiden a popular Irish actor. Can they find love? Is happiness possible? The author takes us on a frightening journey deep into the psyche of a trained killer in this dramatic psychological thriller as we learn about the skeletons she sleeps with. But who can she trust? Will they survive?

Ms. Kennedy’s plot/storyline takes us page by chilling page through one woman’s incredible life from loss to torture and betrayal to revenge and finally to redemption and joy. Set in the majestic backdrop of Ireland she works magic with her amazing descriptive dialogue showing her readers with her words dramatic Atlantic seascapes and breathtaking landscapes as she takes us through the wild beauty of Ireland. While in other scenes across the sea we’re shown glimpses of Margaret’s once captor as he tracks her and of her life before. She shows us all her secrets, her disappointments, her failures and her hopes. She is an incredible storyteller. Her characters are unforgettable from the sweet Katie to the enigmatic Aiden and the complex Margaret. Her supporting characters are no less memorable from the pure evil of the villain to the exciting operatives and even her cameo characters are well defined and interesting. The romance between Margaret and Aiden is spicy and sensual yet sweet and heartwarming, and as the bond between them forms the past is revealed and all her secrets come back to haunt her. And it’s not just a love story between a man and a woman, but the birth of a family too.

Doralynn Kennedy gives us page after page of an edge of your seat, nail biting, heart racing read. It’s a roller coaster ride of emotions that doesn’t forget that it’s foremost and absolutely a romance novel. So if you like the feel of your heart thumping erratically and you enjoy crying one minute, laughing the next and then cringing with your next breath and if you like your romance on the sizzle burner then this is definitely the read for you! Kudos to Ms Kennedy for this amazing can’t put it down must read!


Doralynn said...

When I saw I had a review, I was afraid to read it - then I started reading it, and I couldn't believe it. I'm literally in shock and tears. Thank you so much for the amazing review. Doralynn

lemonlye said...

I've read this book and must agree with Larkspur--it was awesome. A huge cut above the usual suspense-romance. Highly recommended!

Doralynn Kennedy said...

Hi Lemonlye! Thank you for the comment. I appreciate the recommendation! Doralynn

robynl said...

page after page of an edge of your seat, nail biting, heart racing read: one can't go wrong on this read by the sounds of it.

cheryl c said...

Wow, what a great review! This sounds like an awesome book because it is so suspenseful and emotional.Thanks for letting me know about a new book that I now want to read.

booklover0226 said...

I enjoyed reading the review and the blurb. I look forward in reading this.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

s7anna said...

I have a copy of this book waiting to be read on my laptop. I'm eager to get started on it...

Happy Reading
Anna Shah Hoque

p.s. I've entered the daily contest

Maureen said...

This looks like a really exciting book.

mce1011 AT aol DOT com

Amber Leigh Williams said...

I love the cover for this book! It sounds like a great suspense. Congrats on the awesome review!


Historical Writer/Editor said...

Congratulations to the author. The book sounds intriguing with a wonderful, beautiful background, great characters, and lots of love and action. -laura

Bunny B said...

Sounds like an exciting book! I love mystery and suspense :)
bunnybx at gmail . com

Cathy M said...

Sounds like an amazing emotional ride (would make for a great movie), and a new author to check out.

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Doralynn

What a wonderful review, no wonder you are so thrilled with it, I know I would be. Sounds like a riveting read, I'll go check it out.

Dena said...

Great review, I've never read any book from Doralynn and I plan on remedying that immediately. I can't wait to get this book, the story sounds sooooo good.

susan said...

This book sounds good and I am new to Doralynn but hope not to be for long. I worked security for years and I know it can be a rough job. Have a good day. susan L.

LeslieJane said...

Congrats to Ms Kennedy on her Best Books rating.

The book sounds great. Can't wait to read it.

Leslie Jane
lesliejanef @

Candy G said...

Congrats! The book sounds very exciting and I can't wait to read it!

cgorcsi AT hotmail DOT com

Doralynn Kennedy said...

I'd like to thank everyone for their comments. The kind words were much appreciated! Doralynn