Today I'm pleased to be part of the Susan Rae blog tour set up by Reading Addiction Blog Tours. As a part of this blog tour, I'll be writing a review for her sophomore novel Freefall and offering you a chance to win a copy of this amazing book.
But first here's the author's biography.
I write, basically, because I just can’t help myself. I can't resist the challenge of taking the intriguing characters and story lines that pop into my head and fleshing them out into compelling manuscripts. Romantic suspense is a natural to me, because it allows me to combine my love of a good mystery with a passionate love story. It also lets me express my appreciation for the outdoors in the settings which I recreate on the page.
My first novel, Heartbeats, is a story of romance and danger set against the background of busy Chicago and the quiet, rural cornfields of northern Illinois. Heartbeats has garnered numerous awards, including RWA Golden Heart Finalist for Best Romantic Suspense Novel and Best First Book by First Coast Romance Writers.
In Freefall, my second novel, danger and suspense are juxtaposed against the tranquil valley of Sylvan Lake (fictitious) in the Kettle Moraine Forest and the sun-dappled waters of Door County, Wisconsin.
When I’m not sketching characters or working out plot problems, you might find me on the golf course working on my handicap. I also enjoy traveling around the country seeking out new settings for my novels with my husband and my empty nest puppies, Ginger and Nikute.
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And now before I share my review, here's the synopsis:
Freak accident, or attempted murder? Kate needs answers to her brother’s plane crash, but can she trust undercover DEA agent “Spike” Larsen to deliver them?
Kate Reynolds’s quest to unravel the mystery of her brother’s plane crash throws her into the turbulent wake of suave pilot/mechanic Everett Larsen. His gray gaze ignites in her a passion as powerful as a jet stream, but it also sparks a memory—one she can’t quite reel in. A bitter divorce has taught her to trust no man, so how can she trust Larsen?
Drawn by a cryptic message Keith left on his answering machine, Everett “Spike” Larsen flies to Milwaukee for answers, but he is unprepared for the torrent of emotion he feels when he sees Kate—after his wife’s death, he thought himself no longer capable of such emotion. He is afraid to give into his feelings for Kate—afraid to love again. But when Kate insists on helping out at her brother’s aircraft repair shop and gets too close to the truth, he is even more afraid to lose her.
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this book as part of the Reading Addiction Blog Tour in exchange for my honest opinions. While I did not receive any compensation for reviewing this book and was not obligated to write a good review, the tour host may have received compensation for setting up the tour host. I, however, am not being compensated for my time.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I don't know why, but I have a thing for stories about planes. The moment I heard this story dealt with planes I knew I wanted to read this one.
The book caught my interest from the very beginning. It started with an intense plane crash; how could it not capture my attention. And then from there I was hooked until the very end.
I loved the characters Kate and Everett. They were compelling and intriguing. Plus, Kate was stubborn and feisty. She wasn't afraid to battle Everett. When she felt like she was right, she did what she wanted to do...even if it scared the heck out of Everett. I liked that.
I enjoyed reading about a strong fierce protagonist who was also sweet and loving. She was definitely an interesting character. And then there was Everett, who was just mysterious to make me absolutely adore reading about him.
The plot line was brilliantly developed. Rae's prose flowed together seamlessly. Her writing style drew me in from the get-go.
The story never dragged and I was truly fascinated the entire time. The plot may have been slightly predictable, but it was never boring. Definitely a novel I recommend to fans of romantic suspense.
In Summary: Susan Rae's writing style is defined by a beautiful and yet simplistic writing style that combines with intriguing and compelling characters with a fast-paced and thrilling plot that is bound to leave readers turning the pages faster and faster until the very end.
Warnings/Side-notes: For mature readers. The language is actually quite clean in this one. However, there are multiple sexual references. These scenes are more detailed than many young adult novels I've read. They weren't overly graphic or lewd in any manner; however. To a mature reader, this book is not an issue.
The Wrap-up: I was actually really surprised by how much I liked this one. I just did not expect it to be as good as it was. Most books have been pleasantly surprising me lately, a fact which makes me very happy.
I love this genre and, while this book isn't the best I've read in the genre, it is quite good. Definitely worth reading.
Good luck in the giveaway!