Unwilling Accomplice by Melanie Atkins
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Genre: Suspense/Mystery, contemporary
Length: Short Story (130 Pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Fennel
Marcy Moretti believes that anyone can be redeemed, until she witnesses a murder at the hands of her ex-husband and is forced to go on the run with her young son in order to survive. The only person who can help her is Joe Riso, her former brother-in-law, a detective staggered by the loss of his wife and daughter. If he's going to protect both Marcy and her boy, he must first find a way to unfreeze his icy heart -- and along the way find his own redemption.
Be prepared for the author to grab your attention in the opening paragraph, and accept that she’s not going to let go any time soon.
The book is peppered with fast action, characters that come at you off the page and more twists and turns than you might expect.
Although this is the fifth in Ms Atkins NOD (New Orleans Detective) series, it stands alone superbly -- I say this with confidence because I've not read the rest of the series. But this book, its story, its characters and its plot ensure I will be off to buy them as soon as this review is on its way. You meet other detectives who take secondary positions in this story, knowing they’ve already had their tale told or there is another to come. There is nothing slow or sickly about this book; like the pace, the language is strong. The love scenes are beautifully done and illustrate the growth Joe, in particular, makes.
If there is a draw-back to this book (for those who have not read any of the others in the series) it is simply that the moment you finish Unwilling Accomplice you will quickly spend your money on the other four already released, and on pre-ordering the next book which comes out in March. But don't worry, by the time you turn the last page of this book, you’ll be eager to ‘part with your brass’. It's amazingly good and readable.