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Monday, April 25, 2011

Summer Rain by Arlene Knowell

Summer Rain by Arlene Knowell
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (145 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 2.5 books
Reviewed by Larkspur

Having witnessed a serial killer, Marisa Potts has to run for her life. Literally. The police are desperate to protect her, the killer is determined to end her life, and Detective Jonathan McCord simply wants to solve the case before the key witness ends up in his bed.

The last thing Marisa Potts expected at the end of her evening run was witnessing a murder, but she’s come to know that you don’t always get what you want, and when it comes to Detective Jonathan McCord who’s in charge of the case, she can’t count on her heart surviving him.

Arlene Knowell gives us a plot straight off the front pages of the crime beat of your local newspaper or the headline banner of CNN or CNBC. The story starts out very strong and ends with a definite bang that her readers will love, but the middle of the story at times seems less strong and the romance seems a little hurried, but the reader will still enjoy the tale.

She uses everyday dialogue that’s easy to understand and easy to read. The narrative loses it’s flow in some parts, but her audience however will still appreciate the story. She gives us characters that are interesting and make the reader want to keep turning pages to find out what happens to them next. Her hero Jonathan and heroine Marisa are two characters that stand out in the telling of this tale and the readers will enjoy getting to the outcome of their love story. The romance is filled with perils and mayhem and we all want to read to see if they get their HEA. The love scenes are hot and sensual and sexual and edgy and will make any romance fan turn the heat down and the air-conditioning up.

If you like hard edged thrillers that keep you on the edge of your seat, biting your nails to the quick and wondering through the whole read who will live and who will die. This is your kind of story.