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Monday, January 24, 2011

Leave No Trace by Lynn Romaine

Leave No Trace by Lynn Romaine
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery, Action/Adventure
Length: Full Length (254 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3 Books
Reviewed by Larkspur

For undercover DNR agent Nikki Seek, what begins as an investigation into ecoterrorism in the Ozarks turns deadly when she becomes a suspect and a target for murder. Her uncle dead, her aunt missing, a regrettable night of passion, and Nikki flees from the law and a murderer.

At the start of this story, Nikki Seek finds herself caught up in a web of treachery and mystery. Sheriff John McGuinn is larger than life in attitude and actual size, but can he be trusted? The answer to that question may just cost Nikki her life.

Lynn Romaine starts out with a bang with her romantic suspense thriller. She has all she needs to have a great novel on her hands. The story line is filled with twisting, turning complicated series of events and makes me want to solve this riddle. Her dialogue is plain speaking cop talk as the main characters are all in law enforcement. The hero and heroine are two very real, no-nonsense people who don’t expect to find each other or love but like they say it comes around when you least expect it. Her other characters are equally interesting even the one’s who never put an imaginary foot on her pages and I dare anyone to figure out who-done-it before the author allows it.

Her romance is full of pitfalls and potholes as the hero and heroine try to get past the suspicion they feel for each other to get the trust that needs to be there for a solid foundation of a relationship. Her love scenes were hot and spicy, full of built-up tension that needed a place to release itself. This novel has all the components of a great read and until the middle it made it. However somewhere right in the middle it began to lack the continuity to get it to the finish line. The scenes at times were like a puzzle--difficult to piece together--and without the strong characters, solid start, and a complicated ending that definitely worked, it would have been even harder to read.

Those facts however did not make the essence of the novel less enjoyable and I did enjoy the read. I wanted to find out who the culprit was, how and why and all the other questions a really good mystery pulls from the readers.

If you like strong outdoor and law enforcement characters, or complicated plots you will enjoy this novel.