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Monday, January 4, 2010

Honor Thy Neighbor by Valerie J. Patterson

Honor Thy Neighbor by Valerie J. Patterson
Publisher: BookStrand
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery
Length: Full (232 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

When mystery writer Ashlynn Myerson's suspicions about her neighbors begin to mount, her homicide captain husband, Sean, warns her to just steer clear of them. He knows his wife has keen observation skills and a strong interest in becoming a police officer, but Sean's knee deep in an investigation that thrusts him into an undercover assignment when one of his detectives is shot and left for dead. It's not until Ashlynn steps on the wrong toes and is abducted that Sean sees the clue she left for him. He realizes her suspicions of their neighbors and his case are intricately woven together.

The effects of the investigation are far reaching, and the losses could be greater than either Sean or Ashlynn ever thought possible. But Sean will do anything within his power to get his wife back unharmed.

“You love me so honestly I feel it right down to my soul” is the kind of love Ashlynn and Sean Myerson share and cling to when terrifying circumstances separate them.

Writer Ashlynn Taylor Myerson, several months after two catastrophic events in her life, can finally function normally. She bubbles with love and happiness since her marriage to Sean, a policeman and the adopted nephew of her mother, Cathryn. While living undercover with Sean, Ashlynn’s curiosity and intrepid personality land her in a life threatening mess that triggers the unraveling of a powerful criminal organization related to Sean’s undercover case. Her resourcefulness and braving give some credence to her being able to do well in the Police Academy that she longs to attend.

Captain Sean Myerson, a most capable policeman, realizes Ashlynn is the one person that makes him feel complete. His love for her and his need for her gentleness are indisputable positives in his life. However, they almost become his undoing when Ashlynn is kidnapped by people that have no conscious about being brutal or even killing if it serves their purpose.

The violence is graphic in Honor Thy Neighbor, but the love scenes sizzle with heat and sparkle with happiness. Ashlynn and Sean celebrate life with their love because they know first hand how precious every minute of life is.

The antagonists are truly despicable and are formidable enemies with powerful connections, having made it possible for them to evade the law for a long time. They create some adrenaline pumping situations that keep the reader turning pages.

Other secondary characters help reveal an array of emotions such as friendship, loyalty, and unconditional love—familial and romantic. Some of these are surprising.

Valerie Patterson gives the reader some suspenseful moments that really rev up the heart rate, but she also sprinkles in lots of lovemaking—feel-good lovemaking that makes one sigh a happy sigh.