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Friday, September 11, 2009

Trapped by Connie Mann

Trapped by Connie Mann
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense
Length: Full (339 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

It’s every woman’s worst nightmare: Had her daughter witnessed a murder?

Beneath the homey, small-town facade of Riverlake, Florida, an unnamed evil lurks. When a guest at the local Bed and Breakfast turns up dead, tough single mom Sam Collins is convinced her young daughter knows more than she's saying. Sam vows to do whatever it takes to protect Lindsey from harm. She’ll sell the family-run marina she’s devoted her life to saving. She’ll even join forces with Danny Hastings--the one man she never expected to see again--the one who can destroy everything she holds dear.

But can they stay alive long enough to protect the daughter he didn’t know he had?

The combination of: one lover who says “Welcome home”, one who says “Fly away with me”, a conscienceless killer, and a preteen so full of energy she’s like a “poodle on speed”, all mixed up in the alligator country of Florida, creates an emotional storm for a whole community.

Samantha Collins works both consciously and unconsciously to live up to her dead father’s expectations while rearing her precious daughter and being there for her mother who carries a load of guilt about a bad marriage. Samantha is a heroine with flaws but one who battles the odds bravely. One weekend of love, laughter, and feeling feminine had come with a high price, but the memories carry her through the “lonely heart” times.

Danny Hastings, a wealthy land developer, has hang ups that make him a “rolling stone”. Honest and fair in his business dealings, he finds himself “between a rock and a hard place” as he struggles to sort out a business deal his dead partner messed up. His emotional turmoil and his desire to keep the people the loves safe is overwhelming.

TRAPPED bubbles and boils with an undercurrent of mistrust and ominous mystery with Samantha right in the middle of it, as all the dead bodies seem to have some kind of tie with her. She strives to make a living for her family as the suspicion of the people of Riverlake and the threat of losing her property add to her heavy load.

Connie Mann’s writing style with its imagery, foreshadowing, clues, red herrings makes tantalizing reading. She creates an exciting tale full of characters that run the gamut of human behavior. Their deeds range from noble to unbelievably cruel, love weaves its way through all the events to create a hard-won happy-ever-after that is SO deserved.

Unfailing faith, love, loyalty, and perseverance make TRAPPED a memorable story.