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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Review: Beast In The Tower

Beast in the Tower
by Julie Miller

A millionaire no one's ever seen ...
Because he only comes out at night.

Months ago, arsonists burned Dr. Damon Sinclair's laboratory. Now Damon is a recluse, shut in at the top of his unfinished Sinclair tower. And at the very bottom is the affectionate Kit Snow and her down-home diner.

After stopping a back- alley mugging, Kit earns the gratitude of the dark knight doctor. Only, she doesn't want his charity -- just all of his most initmate secrests -- putting her between her mysterious protector and the black marketers seeking to pillage the Sinclair pharmaceutical empire. But the only thing Damon guards more closely than his multimillion-dollar formulas is his heart.

If you enjoy a gothic feel to your romantic suspense then Beast in the Tower delivers enough mystery and layered hints of the truth to keep you turning the pages.

Kit is a delightful character and the perfect foil to a man like Damon Sinclair. Kit is open, unpretentious and courageous in the face of the tragedy that befell her parents, leaving her caring for her teenaged brother. She surrounds herself with those she loves to gather the strength to forge ahead with her parent's dream and reach out to others.

Damon is the exact opposite. He also experiences a traumatic loss that is not as straightfoward as Kit's. The forces working against him have him retracting into himself and he closes himself off from everything and pushes everyone else away except those essential personnell he has no choice but to keep.

Even with Kit being so upbeat and Damon being so downbeat, these two lost souls find each other by way of a violent attack on an unknown elderly lady and it becomes the catalyst to a world Kit wants to embrace and Damon wanting to run away from, yet finds he cannot.

I enjoyed watching the blossom of hope unfurl in Damon's heart and the winsome way Kit worked herself into his affections.

Pursuing romance with bad guys haunting your every step is a delicate dance that Ms. Miller had no problem navigating. I liked the gentle humor she imbued Kit with and the yearning vibrating through Damon as he fought the truth of his feelings.

I got a kick at being completely surprised when the mastermind behind all of Damon's misery was revealed. I never saw it coming and that is what I call a successful suspense story. I also never figured out her brother Matt's role in the story either. I just figured he was a nice secondary character that was there to enhance Kit's caring character but he ended up not only surprising Kit but me too. It was a double whammy and I loved it.

Beast in the Tower has everything you expect in a page-turning suspenseful romance complete with an upbeat and sweet Happily Ever After that is sure to please,

Reviewed by Xeranthemum

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