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Monday, September 19, 2011

Kinfolk by Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

Kinfolk by Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (188 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Sunflower

The last thing that writer Katherine Vaughn expects when she flees California for her native Arkansas is to fall in love, especially not with a former Navy SEAL and her cousin’s widower. Nor did she expect that the thugs seeking retribution for her late husband’s drug debts would follow her back to Arkansas.

As she and Ben Hatfield fall in love, their happiness faces trials that include an unexpected illness and his grandfather’s death. But Katherine has little time to mourn her own losses as the California drug lord’s minions kidnap her in a final effort to collect on the debt.

Katherine needed a place to go, to start over. What better place to do that than somewhere she grew up? In a small Arkansas town, her new life awaits. She's got family there, distant memories, and her future.

I knew instantly that Katherine was running from trouble. What kind was unknown to me at the time. Katherine's aunt takes her in, and somebody by the name of Ben meets her at the bus stop. First impressions of Ben aren't the best. He's waiting by his truck, smoking a cigarette, and Katherine is unsure of him. Turns out, Ben was married to a family member at one time.

Ben is a tortured hero. He's got past injuries, he's a widower, and he's gruff on the outside until you get to know him. I wasn't too sure about Ben in the beginning, I'll admit, but I warmed up to him as the story went on. Sure, he's got a bad habit, but he's been through hell and back, and he deserves a second chance at happiness. It doesn't take long for Ben and Katy to fall in love. Katherine feels sometimes that she lives in the shadow of Ben's late wife. But there are things Ben needs to tell Katy. And there are things Katy needs to tell Ben.

Kinfolk is a charming blend of romance and suspense. The characters in this novel breathe life right from the pages. It's heartwarming, intriguing, and wonderful all wrapped up in one. The author does a splendid job bringing out the emotions in me, feeling things through the characters. I laughed, I cried, I sat at the edge of my seat in awe, devouring every moment. There's no doubt in my mind about the love the hero and heroine share. This story really pulled a strong reaction out of me. I enjoyed it very much.

If you like a story about second chances, a beautiful love story, and some suspense, then I suggest getting yourself a copy of Kinfolk. Let the charming characters steal your heart and fall in love.