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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tears of the Wounded

Tears of the Wounded by Alicia Dean
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense
Length: Full
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Review by Camellia

Can their love survive a hostile teenager and a madman bent on revenge?

After a violent incident in her past, Abby Bishop wants nothing more than to live in peace. She wants it so badly, she ends a relationship with the man she loves to avoid conflict with his resentful fourteen-year-old daughter.

Wil Garrett gave up his career as a bomb squad officer for his daughter, who needed him safe and alive, after losing her mother to suicide. But when evil invades their small coastal town, Wil is plunged back into the violent past he left behind. Now, he must break the promise he made to the two people he loves most in the order to save their lives.

Violence that both Abby and Wil sought to escape when they moved to quiet Blue Harbor intrudes in their lives in a savage manner and sets events in motion that are life-threatening and life-changing for not only Abby and Wil but for many of the secondary characters.

Love holds on tenaciously as Abby, Wil, Lindsey (Wil’s daughter), and many of the other characters deal with danger. It seems that all the characters are emotionally wounded from traumatic events in their past. These wounds have a strong influence on the characters' actions and reactions. I like the special meaning and use of the title as the story unfolds.

Tears of the Wounded moves rapidly. Alicia Dean creates a tightly woven tale of suspense and mystery about a single-minded need for revenge that rules one character’s life and affects the lives of all the others.

This short, fast-paced novel has the reader holding her breath at times. The subtle clues of “who-done-it” are so well concealed and so entwined with the other actions that the revelation is a shocking surprise.

This book is good entertainment, plus the happy-ever-after that we romance readers love.