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Appalachian Abduction (Harlequin Intrigue) Mass Market Paperback – February 20, 2018
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About the Author
Debbie Herbert, a 2017 RITA® Finalist, Romance Writers of America®, writes both suspense and paranormal romance. Married and living in Alabama, she's a huge fan of Bama's Crimson Tide. Her oldest son, like some of her characters, has autism. A past Maggie finalist in Young Adult & Paranormal Romance, she loves hearing from readers!
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When Charlotte Helms came to a gated community located on Blood Mountain in Georgia, she hoped to find evidence related to the disappearance of a girl. Though the Atlanta undercover detective has been forbidden to work on the case, her friendship with the mother of the teenager makes the case personal, and she plans on using some of her skills to find any solid proof. But when she and a local deputy sheriff named James Tedder encounter one another, he could ruin her carefully thought-out scheme to safely retrieve the girl.
Although the woman who had broken into the cabin belonging to James did not want to be caught, he was equally determined to track Charlotte down and get answers. Upon learning about the missing girl who might possibly be a human-trafficking victim, he wants to discover if someone in the area is a participant in this terrible crime. As James and Charlotte are given the chance to look for any confirmation about the illegal activity, they have a very hard time keeping their feelings from becoming involved in the case and especially each other.
There is so much to love about APPALACHIAN ABDUCTION, as details are precise and come across as accurate. No matter where a situation occurs, I got a clear picture of the area. The threats to anyone are very real, and those endangering either James or Charlotte could often be deadly. I was frequently worried about what was going to happen to these two, as both were not people who backed down and always gave their all. I definitely admired Charlotte and James as they tried to make sure anyone innocent was rescued, while the guilty party was brought to justice. Human-trafficking is one of the worst things a criminal can take part in, and I was anxious to see how all events would play out. A big shocker awaits them as they seek out answers, and the author made the surprise convincing.
I thought James and Charlotte are extremely likable individuals. He had spent time as a soldier before coming home and taking a position with the local police department, and his time in the Middle East still affects him without warning. These moments were poignantly depicted and certainly believable. Charlotte has dedicated herself to helping others, and her persistence to help a teenager had me seeing her as someone who puts others before her own wishes. The relationship of the couple always seems genuine, as their discussions are candid and feelings are expressed with sincerity. Several characters from the prior book make appearances, and though that story does not have to be read first, it should not be missed. I am so looking forward to seeing what Debbie Herbert imagines next.
I voluntarily reviewed the book, and all comments are my honest opinion
I had really loved Appalachian Prey, but this is even better, and while characters from the previous book are featured, APPALACHIAN ABDUCTION stands firmly on its own. Charlotte and James are fabulous characters, and what I appreciated the most is that they are believable all the way, as people and as police officers. I loved that there weren’t long-lasting misunderstandings, and their chemistry was palpable from the start; theirs was a slow burn that was perfectly integrated to the suspense, and you feel that when it happens, that they are good for the long run.
Debbie Herbert has an innate sense of pacing that made this book a pleasure to read: the pace is nice and steady throughout with perfectly timed explosive bursts of action. The romance takes place in a realistic timeframe, and the romantic moments happen at the right place and the right time. There were a few fabulous little details, such as Charlotte’s first uniform and the dye job that are not crucial to the plot, although they do serve a purpose; they were absolutely delightful and enhanced the story. There was also a very clever plot twist that involved something that I never knew was illegal.
And now I must come to what really, really wowed me: Debbie Herbert’s writing. The descriptions are vivid, the fights are very creatively crafted, the characters exceptionally well-defined, the dialogues are excellent and adapted to the characters’ personalities, and the prose is amazingly smooth, eloquent, and wonderfully smooth. Ms. Herbert’s writing is subtly elegant, vibrant and dynamic, and all this gorgeousness never distracts from the tightly plotted story. A most excellent book!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.