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Friday, November 13, 2009

Consequences by Rebecca Savage

Consequences by Rebecca Savage
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (207 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Stephantois

Jeni is as happy as she thinks she can be, having lost her parents to tragedy during her teen years. She’s finished her Masters Degree and is working on her PhD. Things couldn’t be better, until she’s kidnapped and shoved into a manhole under the street with six other women.

Nick is well on his way to depression, or maybe he’s just pulling out of it. His fiancĂ© was murdered one year ago, and he’s sitting on the street where the murder happened. It’s the middle of the night. He hears a noise, and is surprised to discover seven bound and gagged women, one of which has perished. He’s a homicide detective. It’s his job to find the killer, before it’s too late and the perpetrator of the crime finishes what was begun.

Jeni Campanelli is partying with her friends at a St. Louis nightclub. While her friends are having a great time, she’s not. Deciding she’s had enough, she heads out to her car alone but never makes it there. She wakes up to find herself completely wrapped in tape, including her mouth and eyes. She has a feeling that she’s not alone.

Homicide detective, Nicolas Tarentino is back revisiting the site where his fiancée, Isbella was killed. She was shot in the head and then her car was set on fire. Police assumed it was a gangland killing.

Close to the previous crime scene, Nick finds Jeni and some other women tied up and dumped in a sewer.

Nick and Jeni feel an immediate connection to one another. Although Jeni is an independent woman, Nick feels he has to protect her until they can find the person responsible for the crime.

I’m a big fan of romantic suspense and woman in jeopardy novels and I really liked the plot. It had some very tense, edge-of-your seat moments. I also very much enjoyed the characters of Nick and Jeni. I sensed they were going to make a great team, not only for solving the case, but in the romance department too. The other characters are well drawn and the dialogue very natural sounding. However, there were two things that stopped me from giving this story a 4 book rating. One was that there was too much back story presented in the first few chapters. I would have preferred to learn about Jeni and Nick’s background gradually as I got to know them. Also, the person responsible for the crimes keeps a journal and their reasons for being evil are known too soon. As a result, I guessed who was responsible for the crimes as soon as they were introduced. I’ll be fair to the writer, as I do read mostly mystery and suspense there aren’t too many books that can fool me until the final pages, so other readers might not guess as quickly as I did.

Regardless, I like Savage’s style and would definitely read more of her work. If you like a sexy romantic suspense, I’d say it’s absolutely worth a read.