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In Name Only by [Kilgore, Carol]
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  • File Size: 1176 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: June 26, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008FC8OG2
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This debut novel has a great mixture of suspense, action, romance...throw in good guys, a crazy stalker and a killer... there's something for everybody!

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.
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What a hot ride!

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."

Pick up this debut novel today!
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For many years before she landed on Padre Island, Summer Newcombe lived several lives and numerous identities as part of the Witness Protection Program. But finding herself in this particular restaurant when a fire broke out that threatened lives and almost took her own could have been a fluke.

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.
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This was a page turner. I loved it! I love murder mysteries, and this not only has murder and suspense, but also romance. Not the formulaic kind of romance that I don't like to read with its clichés and plethora of adverbs, but a romance that has as many interesting twists and turns as the plot does. The dialogue is natural, the prose flows. The characters feel like real people. The place also feels like a character. Padre Island, Texas, comes alive in Kilgore's skilled authorial hands.

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.
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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.
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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.
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