Saturday, January 30, 2010
Title: Lethal Dreams
Author: Anne Patrick
Blurb from Amazon:
"Dr. Erin Jacobs is making a name for herself in the sports world. Drawing on her own life experiences, she encourages and inspires athletes to recover from career ending injuries. So why would someone want to hurt the good doctor?
Detective Logan Sinclair is determined to find that answer. He’s been mesmerized by Erin from the moment she found him and his partner shot in an alleyway. Since that night their lives have never been the same. Will Logan be able to solve the puzzle of who wants Erin out of the way before it’s too late? And if so, what impact will those answers have on their lives?"
I'm a fairly new follower of Anne's blog, but I was aware of the quality of her work there so I was excited she asked me to review her book. Swamped, but excited. You can read more about this book or her other work at Suspense by Anne.
Both her main characters are very appealing. Logan is protective, considerate, determined and jealous. He's also a man of strong convictions and faith with a weakness for cats and cartoons, especially Road Runner. Erin is generous, loyal, great at her job and invested in the community. She also has a lot of baggage she's carrying around from her past that keeps her at arm's length from God and men ~ especially police.
So, the author throws these two characters together, stirs in the bad guys who try not once but several times to get rid of Erin, and sparks are bound to fly. The relationship evolves naturally and is fun to watch. There is some tension, but this is a tame romance. The author labels her books as "Sweet" and I think that's appropriate.
She doesn't limit herself with solving the one mystery of who is trying to kill Erin. There are mysteries that come up during the course of their investigation and a surprise or two as well. :o) This is a well-paced suspense novel. I didn't find any part of it lagging - but it also didn't feel like a runaway train.
There is also a whole host of secondary cast members to keep you on your toes. From famous clients that may or may not be interested in being more than friends with Erin to her boss that she sets up on a date, and the kids from the shelter ~ you meet a lot of interesting people who help flesh out the story and her character.
If you're looking for a sweet romantic suspense, you may want to give Lethal Dreams a try.
Posted by Margaret Metz at 10:25 PM