Manhunt (A Rocky Mountain Thriller Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I haven't read anything from Ms. Peterson before, but this short novel definitely grabbed me from the word go. The action didn't slow until the very end and I my heart was pounding in time with the heroine's.
I absolutely loved Shanna and Jace. I felt they were fully fleshed out characters with motivations, wants, and personality. Shanna wasn't weak and she wasn't "The load." Jace might be an alpha male, but he knew when to listen to Shanna and he knew when he'd gone to far. Even offering apologies with no expectation of being forgiven. That was definitely a turn on. I also liked the side characters. Emily, Shanna's daughter, felt like a real kid and her co-workers also had their own personalities and motivations. I really loved Dirk; I wanted to give the guy a hug.
There was definitely the right amount of suspense and surprises. I called one "twist" early on (the foreshadowing was there). But I was surprised by a few other things that happened in the book, but looking back I see the breadcrumbs were there all along. Which is a good thing.
In all, I really enjoyed this book. I'd definitely recommend it to people into a short, but intense read.
***I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley
Manhunt by Ann Voss Peterson is the first book in her Rocky Mountain Thriller series and if they are all as good as this one I'll have to add more gift cards to my book budget. I haven't read this author before and it won't be the last one.
Shanna and her daughter are starting over after her ex-husbands betrayal in Palmer, Wyoming. When she quickly rises up the ranks at her job. When her boss invites her along on a hunting trip she doesn't think he'll be trying to kill her what what she knows but doesn't remember. When she escapes and meets Jace Lantry they are so on the run from not only her boss but the sheriff also.
Jace Lantry is also starting over after being betrayed by his own partner on his last case as a cop. He paid for it with jail time so when Shanna shows up with a bizarre story he hesitates to help. When he agrees to take her to her office Jace doesn't expect to also be running with both of their lives in danger. I loved how he always seemed to find a way to get them what they needed to survive and how when Shanna's daughter gives him her treasured Red Power Ranger he takes it knowing that not only does Emily trust him but Shanna as well. There are plot twists with every page turn and a surprise ending that will have you saying I didn't see that coming. All in all a wonderful book and now I need to get the other two books so I can finish the series.
First in the series, “A Rocky Mountain Thriller”, is a stand-alone book without a cliff hanger ending and written in third person. This was my first book from this new-to-me author and I’ve already purchased “Fugitive” and “Justice”, “A Rocky Mountain Thriller” second and third in the series to read!
Shanna Clarke has moved to a quiet Wyoming town for a better job and a new life for her young daughter and herself after a painful divorce. Her friend, Linda, thinks Shanna is up for a fabulous promotion when she is invited along on her boss’ hunting trip and urges her to go along with the other men. Shanna sees the promotion bringing security for her future and independence from men.
Jason (Jace) Lantry keeps to himself on his Wyoming ranch after being betrayed by the very system he represented. He is slow to trust, reluctant to have friends or relationships and cynical towards proclaimed innocence. Secrets in his past are better left alone and he doesn’t want anyone, or anything, upsetting the carefully crafted illusion of security he has built for himself on his ranch.
When Shanna and Jace are thrown together in life and death circumstances, Shanna is forced to depend on Jace for her survival if she has any hope of returning to her daughter. In Shanna, Jace sees a strong, smart and independent woman who refuses to give up the fight to prove her innocence, against all odds. Each of them learns truths about the other, and themselves, and discovers trusting the other may be the way to a happy future.
The book’s first sentence caught my attention, drew me in and didn’t let me go until I’d read the last word! There was so much action, coupled with plot twists, that I simply couldn’t put the book down. Some of the situations may have been a little farfetched but I still enjoyed the book. It is smartly paced with good characters, but the ending seemed a bit rushed and teetered on the brink of fantasy compared to real life.
I received a free copy of this book from eBook Discovery. I voluntarily review this book. This is my honest review.
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