by Scarlet Hawthorne
After her erotic romance novels become international bestsellers, writer Gillian Tate cannot enjoy her long-sought success once her husband files for divorce and she becomes the target of threats from a religious fringe hate group. When she tries to find peace in the solitude of a remote lakeside cabin to complete the third novel in the trilogy, not only does she meet the man who can fulfill her own secret desires, she also discovers she hasn’t escaped danger by leaving the city.
When the Adirondack town's police chief Sam Taylor learns of the threats and checks in on the notorious author, he is surprised to find the voluptuous woman he meets is nothing like he would have imagined from her erotic novels - but everything he has imagined in his own fantasies.
Can he and the woman of his dreams escape her waking nightmare?
*Adult Content: This erotic romantic suspense includes scenes of bondage between consenting adults.
Romantic Suspense is one of my favorite genres to read. I love the intrigue, and well, the suspense! So when I read the blurb for Deadline I knew it'd be right up my alley.
After receiving threats from a God fearing hate group, erotic romance author, Gillian Tate, goes to stay in a friends cabin to work on her upcoming novel. It's there that she meets Police Chief, Sam Taylor, and the romance begins. Though I have to admit, the romance fell a little flat for me. The sexual chemistry starts off great, and continues throughout the book, however, I never really felt the love between the two main characters. Lust? Absolutely. Love? Not so much.
They sexy times between them don't start off right away because of some hesitation on the heroines part, and I gotta say I was a little disappointed by that as well. They're a 40-something couple, both divorced with kids, obviously they've had sex before, right?! But she acts more like a 20-something virgin to me. That being said, once they did the deed? Whew! Talk about sexy! There's some light bondage and spanking, but no over the top BDSM for those that get turned off by it.
Now for the suspense part... There's this huge buildup where Gillian is receiving death threats, people are being murdered, etc... Then in just one scene it's over. Poof! No real suspense. You have the heroine running for her life, then bam... I won't say what happens as I'd hate to spoil it, but I was a little disappointed.
What I really liked about Deadline was the fact that the villain wasn't who I expected it to be. Throughout the whole book I thought I knew who it was... It made total sense. Then when they were revealed? Nowhere close to who I thought it was and for that I give kudos to you, Ms. Hawthorne!
The ending was cute, and wrapped up the story pretty nicely. But again, I never really felt the love between Gillian and Sam, even as they were professing it.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. The story line definitely had promise, and I think if a few more scenes were added, I could move it up another star. That being said, as a debut novel that I did enjoy, I would definitely consider picking up another book by Scarlet Hawthorne in the future.
An award-winning and bestselling author in a variety of genres under other pen names, Scarlet was a featured author at the 2014 BDSM Writers Conference in New York City and contributed an excerpt from her upcoming romantic suspense Retrograde to the first BDSM Writers Con Anthology. Always eager to challenge herself as a writer, Scarlet utilized a “panoramic point of view” narrative style, rarely found in fiction today, in her latest novel Deadline.
Scarlet lives with her two dogs and their Master in a lakeside community in the New Orleans area. Her next release is the contemporary male/male romance Between the Notes, expected in spring, 2015.
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