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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Blown Away by Sharon Sala

Blown Away by Sharon Sala
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense
Length: Full (363 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Writer Cari North thought she knew all there was to know about plot twists—until she stumbled across her ex-fiancĂ©, Lance Morgan, digging a shallow grave in the Louisiana woods. After one horrifying moment of shared recognition, Cari knew her life hinged upon whether she could outrun Lance and the hurricane-spawned tornado that was barreling down on their heels.

Just when she thinks she's lost Lance and heads for home, the storm throws in yet another twist that will change her fate—forever.

Cari's house, her family—her entire life—have been wiped out by the storm. Badly injured herself, and knowing Lance will come after her, she trades clothing and ID with the near-identical cousin who'd been visiting and flees to Baton Rouge. While the world mourns Cari North, she begins an agonizing recovery as her cousin Susan—until Susan's boss calls her bluff and finds himself drawn into her incredible tale.

Hunted by a man she once loved, sheltered by a man she hardly knows, Cari chooses to become the bait…and plots the twist of a lifetime to catch a killer.

Mind-numbing grief threatens to paralyze Carolina (Cari) North until fear sends adrenaline racing through her. With courage and survival-instinct taking over, she escapes in her dead cousin’s car. When she regains consciousness, Mike Beaudreaux, her dead cousin’s boss is glaring at her. She feels her world shift.

Not even her ‘best-seller-mystery-writer’ brain could have envisioned situations like those she must deal with in the coming days.

Mike Beaudreaux’s no-nonsense approach to life has made him a billionaire. However, dealing with Cari’s situation redirects that approach from making money to shepherding her through the most horrific and terrifying time of her life. He emanates power, but his tender touch helps Cari preserve even when she feels like a lost child, with no roots or sense of direction. The fact she is a twenty-nine year old successful author doesn’t assure her when her fragile composure threatens to crumble, but Mike’s calling her “Tough Stuff” and his assurance gives her courage.

Sharon Sala superb development of the characters Cari, Mike, and the antagonist Lance allows the reader see them in-depth. They come alive on the pages.

While the secondary characters are not developed in-depth, some of them shine in this often-dark tale. Songee, Mike’s housekeeper, tells Cari she is a woman to be reckoned with, that God has a plan for her, and to “get her head around it and do it”, allowing the reader to see such a telling picture of this wiry little woman. Of course, three-year-old Daniel and his charming ways are not to be missed—he is a sweetheart.

The plot, sub-plot, back story, and love scenes blend together to create a captivating story that is set in a fascinating place that whispers with hidden secrets from a time long past. Good Reading!