by Rochelle Paige
A reclusive author...
Delia Sinclair is desperate to hit a looming deadline. With only two weeks to go before her manuscript is due, she heads to a remote cabin in the Smoky Mountains with no internet or cell service.
An ex-military security specialist...
Blaine West is halfway around the world when he gets a frantic message from his childhood sweetheart. She needs to lay low for awhile so he puts her in touch with someone who can help her until he can get back to town.
A dead body...
When Blaine arrives at the hotel where they were supposed to meet, he learns the body of a local author was discovered that morning but there's no sign of his old flame.
And a case of mistaken identity...
Delia returns home completely unaware that the police believe she's been murdered. With Delia alive and his ex still missing, Blaine has the skills and connections to find out exactly what happened and keep Delia safe.
Lead to a passion that burns out of control.
The sound of the garage door going up startled me, setting me into motion. It was a good thing I had been trained to make split second decisions with limited information because that skill set was being put to the test right now. I moved toward the kitchen as I ran the possible scenarios through my head. If it was Serena using a friend’s place to lay low, then I was in the clear. If it was a boyfriend or family member of the dead author, I was probably screwed. A cleaning person or friend, I might be okay. The bottom line was, I had no way of knowing which scenario I was about to face, but it didn’t matter. There wasn’t a chance in hell I was going out the back without knowing if the person walking through that door was Serena.
Right as my decision was made, I heard the sound of the garage door lowering, quickly followed by the door connecting the garage to the house opening and closing. A deep feminine sigh resonated, but I stayed in position, on the other side of the refrigerator and out of sight. The sound of footsteps got closer and then a woman entered the kitchen. I hadn’t meant to make a noise, but I shifted as soon as I realized who was standing in front of me. I moved toward her so I could cover her mouth and get her under control before she screamed and one of the neighbors came to see what was wrong. And holy fuck, there was plenty wrong with this situation since the woman was supposed to be dead.
I'm a huge fan of Rochelle Paige and when I heard that she was releasing a romantic suspense novel? You better believe I fangirled like nobodies business! And when it showed up on my Kindle? I stopped everything that I was doing and sat down and read that baby until the very last page. Yeah, it was that good!
Blaine is overseas when he receives a text from his ex asking him for help. Being the good guy that he is, he drops everything and flies home to help her out. When he's waiting for her to show up at their rendezvous point, he learns about a murder that took place there that morning. Coincidence? Yeah, he doesn't think so either. Especially when he searches his ex's house and finds several books signed by the deceased author.
Delia has been in her writing cave in the mountains finishing up her next book. She returns home to find Blaine searching her house and claiming that she was murdered earlier that morning. Of course the big question is since Delia is clearly alive, whose body did the police find?
The attraction between Blaine and Delia is immediate. Of course Blaine knows that he needs to focus on the case and find his ex, Serena, but attraction like that is hard to deny. As a woman, I had a hard time believing that Delia would be so quick to jump into bed with Blaine knowing that she looks so much like his ex... Personally I'd be worried that he's thinking about her the whole time, but once I got past my issue with that, I really enjoyed the sexy times between the two.
I loved how protective and possessive Blaine was when it came to Delia. He was alpha with a capital A and I absolutely loved it! And the epilogue? Such an alpha thing to do. LOL.
The action and suspense in this one definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. Between trying to find Serena, getting shot at, and then trying to take down a group of baddies that none of the authorities have been able to take down in the past, these two (well three actually, if you count Blaine's buddy, Brody) definitely had a lot going on.
I was really hoping for more at the end but overall this was a great read. I'm not sure if this is part of a series or not but I really hope Brody gets his own book.
I absolutely adore reading - always have and always will. My friends growing up used to tease me when I would trail after them, trying to read and walk at the same time. If I have downtime, odds are you will find me reading or writing.
I am the mother of two wonderful sons who have inspired me to chase my dream of being an author. I want them to learn from me that you can live your dream as long as you are willing to work for it.
When I told my mom that my new year's resolution was to self-publish a book in 2013, she pretty much told me "About time!"
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Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Identity Crisis in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.