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Friday, November 27, 2009

Cherished Witness by Melanie Atkins



Cherished Witness: The New Orleans Detectives Book One by Melanie Atkins
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Short (131 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Stephanotis

Kelly Watson, aka Teresa Pastral, threw the Fifth Amendment out the window when she testified against her mob boss husband at his murder trial. Now divorced, she has begun a new life in the Witness Security Program.

Only...the mob finds her, thanks to handsome ex-lawman J.T. Romano, who uses her as bait to lure the man who murdered his wife and unborn child to town. To ensure her safety, she is forced to trust J.T., the man who has betrayed her to the mob. But can she trust him with her heart?

J.T. Romano is a former police officer who will do anything to get revenge against Yuri Calamondo, the man responsible for taking the lives of J.T’s wife and unborn child. Teresa Pastral, now Kelly Watson, works at J.T’s brother’s restaurant. She’s been in the Witness Protection Program for a year after she testified against her husband and Calamondo. Calamondo also has a score to settle and it’s not long before he catches up with Kelly. Will she have to take on a new identity and always look over her shoulder? Or will she decide to draw the killer out and be done with the nightmare forever? Will she and J.T escape danger and have a happy ever after?

First of all, I loved the opening of this book. It grabbed my attention and made me want to read more. The book is just 131 pages so it’s a quick read, but you’ll enjoy it in a couple of sittings anyway because it’s fast paced with non-stop twists and turns in the plot. As Kelly says ‘danger and sex are rough on the nerves’. They’re also a delight for the reader too.

I loved both the characters of J.T and Kelly. Atkins does a super job of making you feel the danger and the passion along with them. The dialogue is natural and the back story about the couple unfolds at just the right spots in the plot. There’s lots of sexual tension and lots of stuff I didn’t see coming. The secondary characters are also well drawn and add more layers to an already solid story.

If you’re a fan of women in jeopardy/romantic suspense books, don’t miss this one. Even if you’re not, it’s worth a read. I’m not sure if this is Atkins first book but I know Cherished Witness is the first of six titles in the series. I can’t wait to read the second one.

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