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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Saving Jemma by Pamela Loewy

Saving Jemma by Pamela Loewy
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full Length (240 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Larkspur

Fleeing New York City after a divorce and the trauma of witnessing a fatal robbery, New Englander Jemma Abbott finds herself stranded in a North Dakota snowstorm with an enigmatic stranger. Lawman Wyatt Kelly doesn't believe Jemma's claim that she's in North Dakota to visit an old friend and her fiancé, who just happens to be Wyatt's cousin. Too much about her story doesn't make sense. Despite Wyatt's suspicions and Jemma's reluctance to get romantically involved again, the two are drawn together by an almost irresistible attraction.

Their encounter is cut short when Wyatt's cousin is severely injured in a hit-and-run. When Wyatt realizes the hit-and-run was no accident, but rather the result of a murderous conspiracy that has Jemma in its crosshairs, he rushes to Boston to protect her and bring the perpetrators to justice. But neither friends nor foes are precisely what they seem...

Moving to a new city to rebuild your life is hard enough, but either she’s incredibly unlucky or someone is out to get Jemma Abbott. There are secrets in her life that not even she knows about and she’s just learning it may not be safe to find out.

Ms. Loewy gives us a chilling contemporary romantic suspense that’s filled with intrigue and adventure. Her dialogue is a little rough cop speak and a little normal conversation that will keep her readers wanting to know what happens next, and her internal dialogue of the characters are especially on point as they play out in the reader’s mind. The love story is wrought with all the things that can go wrong, then do go wrong and even as her audience is pulling for that all elusive happy ever after, we have to wonder if it will ever come to pass for this couple.

The characters are very real in their portrayal, and it’s evident as Ms. Loewy spins her tale that each of them have an important part to play even though we, her readers, will often wonder who exactly the bad guys and the good guys are as some of her villains are kept from us and keep us guessing until the end. The hero, Wyatt, and heroine, Jemma, are especially poignant and believable as they bumble their way through the romance - falling victim to all the pitfalls you can think of to keep them from sailing off into the sunset. The love scenes are very descriptive and physical and don’t leave much for the imagination. There are however some that really don’t fit that seemed to be put in indiscriminately and not always really adding to the plot. Don’t get me wrong, I love a great hot and spicy love scene - the more descriptive the better - but it has to fit in the story and not just thrown in for the sex factor.

This novel would appeal to all lovers of contemporary romantic suspense, lovers of character driven stories, lovers of mysteries where you don’t know until the very end who all the bad guys are and lovers of romance with sizzle.

All in all this was a very enjoyable story and I would read it again and not be disappointed. So do yourself a favor and give Saving Jemma a try.