Monday, August 4, 2014

Lone Wolf Standing by Carla Cassidy

Title:  Lone Wolf Standing
Series:  Men of Wolf Creek #3
Author:  Carla Cassidy
Published:  July 1/14 by Harlequin
Length:  288pgs
Format:   ecopy
Genre:  romantic suspense
Shelf:  netgalley
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

New York Times bestselling author Carla Cassidy brings her riveting Men of Wolf Creek series to a thrilling climax.

Maybe it's just her imagination, but Sheri Marcoli's convinced she's being watched. With the disappearance of her aunt still unsolved, Detective Jimmy Carmani's not taking any chances. But sticking close to the vulnerable beauty isn't just a job. For the first time in his life, Jimmy's discovering feelings he thought himself incapable of.

But the powerful attraction Sheri feels toward Jimmy is scaring her almost as much as her stalker. The swarthy, dark-eyed detective is nothing like the golden-haired prince she's waited for all her life. But as Sheri struggles to resist her overpowering desire, an evil madman is closing in on both of them.

My Review:

Cassidy purveys a sense of darkness throughout this novel. I felt as if I was deep in a thick rainforest where the sun couldn’t quite shine through. There was also a very ‘Snow White’/Disney feel to the story. Together they combined in a rather intriguing manner to create a romantic suspense that kept me guessing. The ‘who-done-it’ aspect of the novel was very well done. I definitely couldn’t guess who it was until it was revealed at the ending.

Not only is there a large variety of character personalities in this novel, but it is also a multi-cultural cast that keeps you on your toes. The main characters were quite comical when interacting with each other. The female lead had a preconception of what her ‘prince’ should be, which is exactly the opposite of what one finds in the male lead. At the same time, the sexual tension between the two was palpable. The dialogue in the story was also very well done. It was so real & natural that you felt like you were sitting in on a real conversation.

As a whole, this was an enjoyable story. I did find it hard to stay fully immersed in the storyline at times, however I always came back to it.

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