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- Publication Date: June 26, 2012
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B008FC8OG2
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I love Summer Newcombe, a strong-spirited, feisty woman, who has lived several lives and taken on numerous identities within a Witness Protection Programme.
The setting of Padre Island with its sights, sounds and smells - the beach, the Texas sun, the local folk and their close-knit-community lifestyle and their customs, lent a distinct atmosphere to the story.
I love the way in which certain relationships developed and unfolded, and these are the moments that really captured my attention...
~when Summer and Maxie went out that first time and Maxie confides things about herself... I love those moments, especially Maxie's intuition and sensitivity where Summer was concerned...how she recognises a sort of kindred spirit..
~when Gabe takes the initiative and calls a truce with Charlie over a six-pack of beers, there was a lump in my throat...especially when Charlie acknowledges Gabe's strength of character, a difficult thing for a stubborn old man like him, and the two share a long overdue father-son moment as they attempt to clear the air, address past misunderstandings which have driven a wedge between them...
Each character has his/her own seperate identity and storyline, which all come together as the tension ebbs and flows. The issue of self-identity is highlighted, and the way in which the plot twists and turns, and how life throws unexpected surprises at the characters, will leave you speechless at the end.
From chapter one, Carol Kilgore pulls you into an adventure. Summer Newcombe, a woman hiding on Padre Island, notices a fire in the restaurant where she works and saves not only all the patrons but the money as well. Who started the fire? Will she have to move again?
And, above all, how can she get the name of that hunky fire captain, Gabe Duran?
Summer is in the Witness Protection Program because her father testified against the mob and even though her parents are not around anymore, she is still hunted. The character is strong. She is capable of solving her own mysteries but it does provide the book with tension and creates quite a thrill ride.
One thing I really liked about the book was the setting. I've been to Padre Island and I felt I was taken back again. The beach, the heat, the customs and even the language brought you into the story and the place.
From the book: "What anyone saw in this godforsaken hellhole was beyond him. Itchy, gritty, and hotter than a naked nun in a hot tub."
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But Summer doesn't really believe in accidents...or coincidences.
However, meeting the hunky firefighter who rescues her after she has risked her life for others is just another in a series of moments that will change her mind about serendipity.
Gabe Duran turns out to be the son of Summer's landlord....and the serendipitous moments just keep happening.
How does the wise old woman named Maxie, who lives in the adjacent condo, figure into the mysterious connections adding up to create a whole new kind of life? Are they part of her mysterious past, or is something else going on?
But not all things coming together in this new place are good things. What is driving the perverted stalker who lives nearby? How will his plot to steal secrets about a life-changing invention somehow connect him to Summer? And who is the man who keeps showing up to supposedly "help" Summer? What is his agenda?
In Name Only is a story about secrets, mysterious mobsters, and how life can sometimes dish up more surprises than anticipated. Romantic moments fit themselves into this scenario as if they are unexpected treats. Some of the surprises toward the end were almost too perfect, but I did enjoy them. Who knew what unexpected connections might form, and seemingly out of nowhere? An enjoyable, somewhat predictable, four star read.
She's a master of dialogue and lean descriptive prose. This passage in the first chapter illustrates her skill with description that always heightens place, character, and plot.
A mosquito buzzed her ear, and she brushed it away. Someone else could be its dinner. For now, no one paid her much attention, at least not from this direction. Flames lit the sky, joined by knotty fingers of black smoke against the royal blue of early night. Firefighters worked everywhere pulling yellow hoses that slithered across the parking lot....The familiar apathy returned. She hated it, wanted to kick it away, drown it in the sea. But no matter what she tried, it remained. Short-lived panic jumped up from time to time, but fear, love, anger--she hadn't felt any of them since she killed the man who murdered her father.
Wow! An incredibly visual scene, packed with emotion and suspense. Summer Newcombe is a beautiful blonde who is in the federal witness protection program; who has had more than one alias in her young life. As the story begins, she hasn't been very long in Padre Island, Texas, her current relocation, when a fire erupts in the Pink Torilla where she works as a waitress--and thus meets the handsome fire captain Gabe Duran.Read more ›
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In Name Only is a fun and exciting romantic suspense. Summer is a fabulous strong female character and Gabe is a hunk. Read morePublished 9 months ago by T B M
In Name Only by Carol Kilgore
It's a fast light read but it keeps you engages and provides some thought for an issue many of us don't think about, the Witness Protection... Read more
Loved this book and sure wish I'd found that she has written more! An excellent first book with good characters, good plot and good humor besides. I look forward to her next!Published 24 months ago by Kindle Customer
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** spoiler alert ** I couldn't put this book down from the second I started reading it! Carol Kilgore is wonderful! Read more
Required reading as the prequel to In Name Only. Easy read Gives characters real life Short enough to read in just a few minutesPublished on May 27, 2013 by Kindle Customer
Nice description of padre island housing and Laguna. Pervert was pathetic and a distraction real villain didn't seem capable of his reputation. Nice side characters. Read morePublished on March 22, 2013 by Barney Considine
Kilgore does a fabulous job balancing mystery, suspence, and romance. She calls her writing "crime fiction with a kiss," and that's a perfect description. Read morePublished on January 2, 2013 by Susan Flett Swiderski
Great debut by author Carol Kilgore! This book has a wonderful mix of mystery, action, and romance. Looking forward to more books by her. :-)Published on September 25, 2012 by Jennifer Shirk