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Hooked Paperback – September 13, 2016
"Across the Winding River" by Aimie K. Runyan
A woman unlocks the mystery of her father’s wartime past in a moving novel about secrets, sacrifice, and the power of love by the author of Daughters of the Night Sky. | Learn more
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About the Author
Pennsylvania. As the baby in a family of many children, she was part adored and part ignored, forcing her to find creative ways to fill her time. Her childhood was idyllic, spent hiking, rafting, biking, climbing, and otherwise skinning knees and knuckles. Reading and writing became passions. Although she left home for a brief stint in the big cities of Philadelphia, PA, and New ark, NJ, as soon as she acquired the required paperworka medical degree and residency certificateshe came running back. She fills her hours with a bustling medical practice, two precocious sons, a disobedient dog, and an extraordinary woman who helps her to keep it all together. In her abundant spare time, she reads, writes, twists her body into punishing yoga poses, and whacks golf balls deep into forests. She detests airplanes, snakes, and people who aren’t nice. Her loves are the foods of the world, Broadway musicals, traveling, sandy beaches, massages and pedicures, and the Philadelphia Phillies. On the bucket list: publishing a novel, publishing a children’s book, recording a song, creating a board game, obtaining a patent, exploring Alaska.
- Publisher : Bold Strokes Books (September 13, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1626396892
- ISBN-13 : 978-1626396890
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,149,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I can relate on a personal level to both, addiction and PTSD therefore, felt an immediate connection to Jess and was cheering her on in her plight.
All the characters are deep, bringing them to life with their complexities, an intricately woven story line adds credibility, life leaps from the pages.
If I was to point out any fault, I felt too much time was spent on Derek, yes an important character but not enough to be given the time spent on him. I would've preferred the time be allotted to Jess and Mac. Regardless, it didn't hurt the story in my opinion.
That being said, I was not aware this is a second book in a series, Deadly Medicine, being the first. If I had known, naturally reading Deadly Medicine would've been my first choice, my OCD preventing me from doing otherwise. However, Hooked, works well as a stand alone novel, once again, my opinion. I can honestly say I was not confused or had any problems following the story.
Other work by Jaime Maddox:
The Common Thread
***Netgalley and Bold Stroke Books provided an ARC for my honest review.***
I was super intrigued when I read that Jaime Maddox was going to write a story about Dr. Jessica Benson. She was an important character in Deadly, and quite frankly came across as a giant jackass. I wanted to see how the author would bring this character some redemption. First, you really want to read Deadly Medicine before you take a go at this one. Do you have to? Well no, who am I to tell you to follow the rules, but I would recommend it.
If you remember Jessica is Ward’s ex, who basically trampled her heart, cast her out like a stone, all the while popping OxyContin and Xanax like tic-tac’s. She was a hot mess before being held hostage by the psycho serial killer doctor from Lucifer’s lair, and now it has gotten even worse. So Jessica decides to take treatment for her PTSD and drug addiction, before life spins even further out of control.
Enter Mac Calabrese as Jessica’s love interest in this novel. Mac is your all around dashing, do-gooder detective for the Pennsylvania State Police. One-hundred percent committed to her job, never meeting anyone who interested her more than catching bad-guys. Mac meets Jessica as she tries to put the pieces together of the Edward Hawk case.
Do sparks fly? Well kind of. Jessica is going through such a huge transition in her life after completing her stay at a rehabilitation center and getting sober, but she doesn’t really know what to do with her attraction to Mac. Mac being the good gal knows that Jessica is totally off-limits while the Hawk investigation is open. Really, you would have hoped for more tension during these trying times, and it’s there, it’s just not tense enough, in my opinion. Plus there are these other sub-plots going, which to be honest were super unnecessary and trivial.
I will say I enjoyed this book. I absolutely did not like this character coming out of Deadly Medicine and surprise she is redeemed. This is a solid book that will entertain you for its duration. ***I was given this book by the publisher in return for an honest review.