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Friday, December 2, 2011

Forget Me Not by Terri Molina

Forget Me Not by Terri Molina
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (242 pages)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Sunflower

Six years. Thirteen murders. One connection.

To escape the pain of her past, Casey Martinez changed her name and moved across half a continent to pursue her dream of becoming a bestselling novelist.

Casey’s hard won peace is shattered when she receives photographs of a grisly murder, and it becomes evident that a killer is stalking her. Over the past six years, women who share an eerie similarity to Casey have been found raped and mutilated—each with the remains of Casey’s romance books by their side. Haunted by the death of her mother twenty five years earlier, Casey reluctantly seeks refuge in the town she swore she would never return to—Rosehill, Texas.

Detective Scott Weller is assigned to protect Casey, and it's no easy job dealing with the stubborn, independent woman who wants nothing to do with him. But living in such close quarters leads to temptation neither can resist. When Casey is attacked during a break-in, evidence points to a second stalker. With the gruesome discovery of another body, it becomes a race against time to find the real killer before Casey becomes the next victim.

Forget Me Not is a sizzling, fast paced suspense.

Casey Martinez lives a quiet, lonely life. She occupies herself with writing paranormal romances. She keeps most people at a distance, having built a wall around herself so high that it's difficult to open up and be sociable and friendly. This quiet life is interrupted one day when the FBI feels she may be a target of a killer. Where is Casey sent to? Home. To a place she avoids visiting as much as possible. But Texas, here she comes.

Casey's reserved attitude holds steady in most of the book. She's got a tragic past, or so it seems, as the author gives readers hints and glimpses into a past Casey would love to just put behind her. The only good ties she has here are her brother and his wife. Casey's reclusive life is slowly changing, now that she's surrounded by what's left of her family, and a man who must protect her at all costs, despite Casey's efforts to push him away.

Scott Weller is just as unhappy about having to be a bodyguard to Casey as she is. Scott is also a friend of her brother, and Casey wants the information about needing protection and a possible stalker to stay hidden. The sparks fly between the two, though at first it's not the good, falling in love sparks. The two drive each other crazy and are usually throwing harsh words at one another for awhile. After a few incidents, though, the two finally start getting along and giving into their desires.

Ms. Molina brings the characters to life with their troubled pasts and wide variety of characteristics that make them very dynamic. The tension is high as someone gets closer to having Casey just where they want her. I was left guessing until the very exciting climax of the book, one that I didn't see coming. This is an excellent novel, one that had me at the edge of my seat, hanging onto every word. Romantic suspense fans should take note of this author, and this excellent story with believable characters and intense plot.

If you like a tough heroine, a hero that will do anything to protect the woman he loves, and a story about giving into what the heart wants, then don't miss Forget Me Not.