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Fatal Embrace Paperback – October 2, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Whittier (The Truth About Being a Bass Fisherman's Wife) makes a promising fiction debut with a tale of romantic suspense set in the contemporary west. When a serial killer rapes and murders three young women, retired detective Michael Carven hires a new trainer, Jessica Stanson, to run his Montana horse ranch so he can investigate. A young woman with a sunny disposition, Jessica tries to crack the protective emotional shell of the loner Michael. To complicate matters, Jessica fits the profile of the serial killer's victims and becomes the only material witness who can testify to the killer's identity. Frustrated with his lack of progress in solving the crimes, Michael decides to risk using Jessica as bait. The two main narrative threads—the effort to track down the killer and the growing attraction between the well-portrayed hero and heroine—come together only late in the story, giving the book a choppy pace. At times the protagonists behave illogically and secondary characters have no impact on the main action, but despite these flaws, this cross-genre novel should have wide appeal.
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"...action-packed suspense...A reader can envision this story while reading it, as if it is playing on the big screen..rife with passion from the characters and suspense,..This tale has it all ... I hope Ms. Whittier has another release soon. I look forward to it!"
--The Road to Romance (November 2004) (The Road to Romance 20041101)
"Fatal Embrace is a page-turner and moves with the speed of lightening. It is so easy to like the characters that Aris Whittier has created; they are interesting, intelligent, and totally believable. The narration is also outstanding. The identity of the killer is abig surprise, as are the motives for the murders, but otherwise this is a very good romantic suspense novel that is easy, enjoyable reading."
--America Online Romance Fiction Forum, January 2005 (America Online's Romance Fiction Forum 20050101)
"...a promising fiction debut...this cross-genre novel should have wide appeal."
--Publisher's Weekly (November 2004) (Publisher's Weekly 20041101)
"...nail-biting, suspenseful writing...an author on the rise...well plotted out with twists and turns that keep readers riveted throughout the book...this book is fast-paced and chilling in its intensity...Aris Whittier is one writer readers are sure to be embracing as a 'must read' author."
--Love Romances (November 2004) (LoveRomances.Com 20041101)
"I was simply amazed...Fast paced, vivid descriptions, and a scenic local blended into one fabulous book...couldn't put it down..had me on the edge of my seat...Fatal Embrace will have you making room on your keeper shelf."
--Tami Sutton, Escape to Romance (October 2004) (EscapeToRomance.com 20041001) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Surprise! It's a woman, a beautiful woman. Micheal quickly tries to fire her because he doesn't want to live and work with a beautiful woman, we don't know much about him or his motivations, but after arguing he ends up keeping her. Plus, I believe she'd have a solid case against him for sexual discrimination!
Micheal hires Jess because he is taking on a new serial killer case for the local police, he retired three years ago when his own fiance was horribly murdered and he never found the killer.
This all goes down in a small town in Montana (aren't they all small in that state?) in this contemporary mystery-romance. The killer was a BIG surprise because I usually can guess who-done-it, but this time I was more then a mile off... I won't spoil the big surprise and when I look back it makes sense because Jess never meet the person even though that person is around everywhere just like he threatens! So good! This is romance and not erotic so you can expect a good story that is well written.
What I didn't like was the summery of the killer and the why. There was this big build up to who it was and the final "show down" and it all seemed to happen in one short chapter. The chase through the house was over as fast as it started. For this killer to have been so cunning, he/she sure missed the mark as far as Jess was concerned...and this killer should have had the easiest time with her out of all the others he/she killed because he/she sure did spend a lot of time stalking Jess and getting to know her.
I liked this book. Yeah, maybe it was not my favorite by far but it was still a good, fun and exciting read that took me to the brink of danger and back.
Negatives: There are several "typos" and miscellaneous keyboard characters, like "3/4", in the text of the kindle edition, but not enough to distract from the reading. The romance was a bit "trite" in that it was more or less "love at first sight" but for a short novel it made sense. The identity of the murderer was fairly predictable but I do read and view enough suspense stories that it may have given me an advantage. I was somewhat put off by the swearing in the story, but it didn't seem out of character where it was used and wasn't over done.
Summary: This was an enjoyable, quick, light read. If you are looking for an intricate web of suspense this is not the book for you. If you want a bit of mystery, a dash of humor, blended with romance and a "happy ever after" ending, this is "must read."