by Debbie Herbert
I received an advanced copy of this book from the author, with no promise of review.
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I really wish I could give books half-stars. 4-stars doesn’t do this, and many other books justice, but I don’t give out 5-stars easily either.
I’m sent prolly a dozen books to read each month. I don’t accept many, but I had read a previous book by Herbert, and I liked her style. However, when I opened the kindle file & found it was a Harlequin, I grimaced. I am not a sappy-romance fan. I remember my mom’s shelves & shelves of Harlequin books. I didn’t understand how she could read 2 of those a day. Not my thing. But, I said I’d read it, so I figured I’d chew through it.
From the start of this book, I knew it wasn’t like those other Harlequin Romances my mom loved. This is part of the Harlequin Intrigue Series. It was more like a Cozy Mystery. I love cozy mysteries. They are quick reads that you can escape into without all the , “OMG, that would never happen in real life” cheezy stuff. So, if you’re like me, and the Harlequin name name turns you off, stop right there! It’s has a bit of romance in it but it’s not…. sappy. It’s sweet.
After the first few pages I was hooked. I usually read a few chapters each night to help me fall asleep, but last night I found myself still up at 3am reading. Woops!
I could easily see the characters in my head, and the story moved at a nice pace. I like books that are visual, and that are detailed, but aren’t too wordy. Appalachian Prey definitely fits the bill. There were a couple hiccups that popped out at me, but overall, this is a really good read. I recommend who likes some light mystery with a little second-chance romance thrown in!
I’m off to read Debbie’s second installment, Appalachian Abduction, which is due out at the end of February. I can’t wait to read it, AND to share my thoughts about it with you! I wonder if I’ll get too engrossed, and stay up too late again. 😉