Friday, August 15, 2014

[Kame's ARC Review]: "Fatal Hearts"

Fatal Hearts by Norah Wilson
Publisher: Montlake Romance (August 19, 2014)
Genre: Romantic Suspense

The reports stated Josh McBride’s death was from sudden cardiac arrest, but homicide detective Boyd McBride can’t shake the idea that his identical twin brother’s death was somehow connected to his search for the adopted boys’ birth parents. Josh must have been close to the truth…and it cost him his life.

When Boyd comes to medical resident Hayden Walsh’s ER looking for answers, she agrees to help with his investigation because Josh was a friend. As unnerved as she is by her attraction to the detective, she knows it will be impossible to avoid romantic entanglement…and the mess that comes with it.

The investigation uncovers dangerous secrets, and Boyd and Hayden’s passion ignites. Only they can keep each other safe from a threat that lurks inside a life-long mystery.

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Every Breath She Takes -- Kame

Kame's Review:

One of my favorites of the Summer!

Boyd McBride has come to the small town of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada looking for answers in his identical twin brother Josh’s death. How can a healthy thirty-five year old man just die of cardiac arrest? Boyd expects to find the answers to his questions; but what he doesn’t expect is to find is a woman who steals his heart.

“Okay, you being fully dressed a minute a go was hot, I have to admit, but right now all I see is a lot of clothes between you and your orgasm.”

Boyd is a detective and a good one. He is rather closed off emotionally and is quick to judge situations. His first impressions of Hayden were not flattering. Hayden is a doctor and working on the last months of her residency. She is focused on helping others and seems rather oblivious to her own good looks. They share an instant connection due to each of them being close with Josh; but they also had an immediate attraction to each other and a chemistry they fought hard. I enjoyed the rather purposeful slow progression of their romance. It seemed natural. The sexy scenes were well placed (no sexy scenes as killers are searching the house) and just the right amount steam – but be warned you might not want to read the scenes in a public place – such as on lunch break in the lunchroom or on a plane.

Because they both needed to breathe, he pulled back and looked down at her. Her face was flushed, her eyes unfocused, pupils dilated.

“That, sweetheart, is getting jumped.”

She drew her tongue across her plump bottom lip, probably to soothe it, but his cock reacted predictably.

“Isn’t there more to it?” Her voice was huskier than he’d ever heard it. Sexy.

“Yes, much more. And, yes, I do have condoms.”

The plot was wonderful and well thought out – not just written but well crafted. Words and situations were not just quickly thrown together; you can definitely sense that Norah Wilson took time to choose the most appropriate situation and words to create each scene. Boyd was Josh’s identical twin and in the first scenes in the book there was obvious attention to the detail of what it would be like for  an identical twin to investigate his brother’s death.  Romantic suspense is one of my favorite genres, this one is fantastic with a small amount of mystery too – readers will be guessing to the end on what was the cause of Josh’s death and why.  The epilogue was satisfying and actually brought a tear to my eye.

This is not the first Norah Wilson book I have read, but after reading Fatal Hearts I am now putting her “Serve and Protect” series on my TBR pile. After a little digging I discovered many of her characters of that series made cameos in this book and Ray Morgan of Saving Grace playing a major role in this book. I now want to go and read all of their stories.  I also hope this is a sign that there is more Boyd McBride to be seen in future books set in Fredericton.

Norah Wilson created another fantastic read. She goes on my list of go to Romantic Suspense authors. One of the best I have read this summer and this year!

4 1/2 STARS! 

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Kame received an e-ARC of this book from the author in exchange for her honest opinion.

*Note: The quotes used belong to Norah Wilson; Kame and TBQ's Book Palace do not claim them.

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Thanks for the review, Kame! :) Love those quotes -- I'm adding this book to my list!

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Pat Egan Fordyce said...

Great review Kame, have to get that one!!

Red Iza said...

Looks good, I'm on it !