Today I will be discussing April’s Book-of-the-Month, Tall, Dark, and Deadly by Lorie O’Clare.
As I have done with the previous discussions, I will talk about different aspects of the story individually. I encourage you to share your thoughts if you have read this story (either here or through e-mail). Please keep the discussion rules in mind, however.
My discussion will contain no spoilers (and is basically a review in a different format), but I cannot promise that the comments won’t…so please read at your own risk!
Keep reading for my discussion…
– My general thoughts on the story:
I really enjoyed this book. Strong characters, interesting romance, intrigue…this was a good romantic suspense.
Grace Jordan has moved to a small town to try to make a new life for herself and her daughter and to forget the past. But a serial rapist/murderer in town is making it hard for her to forget. And when the FBI sends in Agent Justin Reece, Grace finds her life thrown upside down even more as the pair fights an attraction that is hard to resist while working together to bring down a murderer.
He has returned to his hometown to try to capture a killer and finds himself strongly attracted to Grace. He is determined to seduce her and help her move on from her past despite her reluctance and hesitancy. I do wish he had been a bit more patient and understanding with Grace, however, and took things a bit slower considering his knowledge of her past.
In addition to the murders and his attraction to Grace, he also must deal with a bitter ex-wife as well as children who are a bit resentful of his frequent trips away from home as he is an agent firmly married to his job. He also fights a few demons of his own that are stirred up by the current case and is determined to solve it.
This heroine is definitely a survivor. Having survived a brutal experience in her past, Grace has risen above it and tried to make a life for herself. But the serial murders taking place in the town she just moved to are bringing back memories that are best left buried…but there just might be a connection to those memories and that is what scares her the most. She tries to deny and ignore the connection for much of the story until it can no longer be denied.
Despite her tough attitude, Grace is still very vulnerable with both physical and emotional scars. She guards her heart and tries hard to protect herself by pushing Justin away, the one man that could help her get over her painful experiences.
– Secondary characters:
There were several intriguing secondary characters who help further the plot. There were quite a few that develop in unexpected ways…I’d say more, but it would spoil the plot…something I don’t want to do.
– Favorite thing about the book:
The premise and characters…I loved the whole premise of the serial killer and its possible connection to the heroine and thought it was quite interesting as was Grace and Justin’s evolving relationship (although I wish things had moved a bit slower considering Grace’s past experiences and the scars she still carries…their interactions are quite steamy). I admired Grace’s strength and courage to move on with her life despite all that she has gone through.
– Least favorite thing:
There were a couple of questions I had regarding the plot as well as Grace’s past that were never quite addressed to my satisfaction.
– Would I recommend the book?
Yes, for those who enjoy romantic suspense and don’t mind a few descriptions of brutal crimes.
– Final thought:
This was a great story and I look forward to reading more by the author.