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Title: Peony Red
Author: J. Lynn Bailey
Genre: Contemporary Romance
About Peony Red:
Alex Fisher hasn’t been able to find her stride since the death of her husband three years ago. She’s out of a job, out of time, and running on fumes. So, when she receives two postcards from Granite Harbor, Maine, inviting her for a visit, she takes it as a sign for a start fresh.
For game warden Eli Young, life is simpler when he’s exploring the back roads of Maine. In the north woods, he doesn’t have to deal with town politics or his soon-to-be ex-wife.
When Alex makes Eli an offer he can’t refuse, he should say no. He should walk away. Except he can’t. Something about her leaves him tangled.
A dark storm is brewing in the small coastal town, and everyone is on edge when word spreads quickly about a young woman who has gone missing.
When a picture of Alex shows up at a gruesome scene, no one is prepared for what will happen next.
Eli wants to save Alex, but she has to save herself.
The question isn’t, Can she? It’s, Will she?
What a perfect combination of romance, suspense, and even inspiration!!!
Alex lost her husband several years ago, and she can’t seem to find her way out of the darkness of her grief. On top of that, her father is slowly deteriorating from Alzheimer’s Disease. When she receives mysterious cards in her dead husband’s handwriting beckoning her to come to Granite Falls, Maine, she begins to think this may be her answer. She finally agrees to go for just a short while when her best friend and mother push her.
Eli is a game warden in the small town of Granite Falls, dealing with his own issues, when he notices the beautiful new visitor in town. He knows he needs to leave her alone, but something keeps pulling him towards her.
You might think that is where the story starts, but actually the “real” story began at the beginning of the book, and it is all connected, even Eli and Alex are connected into this suspenseful novel. Someone behind the scenes is manipulating everything with a thirst for vengeance and full of hate. Eli and Alex will soon find themselves right in the middle of it.
It is very rare that a romantic suspense can pull at my heart like this one did. Mostly, I’m caught up in the romance and the suspense driving the novel. But, J. Lynn Bailey really involved my heart in this one. Alex is a broken woman after losing her husband….she is caught in the darkness of despair and grief. Now, she is grieving the slow loss of her father. Everywhere she turns in town, she is caught in a memory of her husband, Kyle. She is a romance writer, and she has lost all her ability to write, and she wrote beautiful, sexy, and inspiring romances. I admired her for her ability to start over somewhere else to rediscover herself as not only a writer but who she was as a person.
Eli, himself, is grieving the loss of a relationship but for different reasons. In his town, he is also faced with memories, but with the arrival of Alex, he finds hope again. He really is a good guy, and he and Alex deserve their own HEA.
As I wrote earlier, the suspense started from the very first few pages, and I am amazed how Bailey interweaved it into this romance. It kept me guessing, and I had no idea who the villain was until she finally revealed who it was.
It isn’t often that a writer can combine a riveting suspense, a sexy romance, and create such a hopeful book without losing something in the story. That is not the case for J. Lynn Bailey. She was able to give her readers one heck of a read! I’m looking forward to the next one in the series!!!!
About the Author:
J. Lynn Bailey has loved to write since she learned to read, around the second grade. When she isn’t running after her children, watching COPS, or on the hunt for her next Laffy Taffy joke, you can probably find her holed up in her writing room feverishly working on her next book. She lives in Northern California with her family.
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