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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Next of Kin by Sharon Sala - Reviewed by Anna

Next of Kin
Author: Sharon Sala
Publisher: Mira
Release Date: January 31, 2012
Genre: Romantic Suspence
Source: NetGalley
Edition: Kindle Ebook
Rating: 3 Stars

Beth Venable witnesses a murder from the window of her friends apartment. When she calls the cops and hands over a detailed sketch of the murderer she just thinks she's doing the right thing, it never occurs to her that she could be putting herself and everyone close to her in danger. But after the murder of her friend and the safehouses she's hidden at are shot up she learns exactly how much danger she's really in. Instead of moving to another safe house again she runs back home to her family and into the arms of her long ago lover Ryal.
Ryal Walker loved Beth a long time ago but after her parents took Beth and disappeared without a trace he had no choice but to try and forget about her and how much he once loved her. When Beth pops up again looking for help to hide from the men trying to kill her he jumps in and takes over. Taking Beth up to a remote cabin on the Appalachian mountains that is off the grid and keeping her under his protection is the best choice. And when they both fall for each other once again it seems that life can't get much better, except for the little matter of the men on the hunt for Beth.
Both facing life and death danger and their love for each other, Ryal, Beth and their families fight to keep Beth safe and on the mountain where she belongs.
I've always been a fan of Sharon Sala, I love most of her books and the books written under the name Dinah McCall but this book just seemed to fall short. It has a great story line and if she hadn't focused so much on the "backwoods" language and characters it probably could have been a great book. I just couldn't get past the image she painted of these simple country folks. Don't get me wrong, I'm from a tiny town in Texas so I understand most of this but I feel like she went a little over board. And Ryal and Beth were great characters, I loved how passionate they were about life and each other but I just couldn't get into it. In my honest opinion this book is no where near Sharon Sala's potential. If you're looking for a book by Sala, this one isn't one you should start with. I give this book 3 Stars!


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