#Review: Forsaken by Sarah Ballance @SarahBallance
I started this book on a Sunday afternoon after I sprained my ankle. I figured the best way to pass the time with a propped up foot on ice was to read, to help take the mind away from the current pain. Let’s just say that halfway thru the book my husband ask me how my foot was feeling. I looked up and almost said what foot. Yes, I became that absorbed in this book.
This book starts out with a murder, someone seeking revenge for a past wrong. Sometimes it is better to leave a past dead and buried but then there are some people that refuse to allow the past to rest. They want revenge for a wrong no matter how slight even if the person is not guilty except in their eyes.
Normally I am able to pick out the villain when reading; whether it was the pain or just such great writing I did not figure out who until it was revealed.
I do have a few problems with the book. Would really love to know more about the accident that killed Riley’s parents and what type of accident put her brother in a long-term assistant living facility. What Colt, Riley’s brother, in the same accident as her parents? The author leaves this up to the readers imagination.
Then we have Gage who just lost a brother. For a person who just lost a close family member he seems very cold and distant. He mentions to others about his brother’s death a few times and then nothing. Does he not have any feelings for his brother? Does he not have any guilt that it was suppose to be him dead and not his brother? Just wondering why Gage is portrayed as someone who does not have any feeling shown except for what he feels for Riley.
I did enjoy this book and I liked how the author glossed over the sex scenes. Romance and sex were not the main focus of the plot, oh they were their but they were not important. The most important thing was solving who was hell bend on murdering people.
Thanks for a fun relaxing read Sarah. The bunnies and I give this book carrots.
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by Sarah Ballance
Her past is back to haunt her—and this time, it’s got a gun.
When Gage Lawton finds his brother shot to death on his back porch, every shred of evidence points to one person: Gage’s ex-lover, Riley Beckett. The only gun in town that fires a bullet of that caliber belongs to her.
Certain the shooting is payback for his part in the loss of her parents, he abandons his promise to stay out of her life and confronts her, his rage backed up with a revolver. Yet when she steps through the door, all thoughts of revenge burn to ashes.
A year after Riley unwillingly walked away from Gage, she enters her home to find him sitting in the dark, gun pointed at her head. One look into those achingly familiar blue eyes reminds her how wrong she was to let him go. But now there’s more standing between them than their heated past.
A twist of fate—and a hail of sniper bullets—puts them in the cross hairs of a killer, leaving Riley with just two slim options: trust her greatest betrayer, or face a murderer alone.
This book has been previously published.
Warning: Prepare to get caught in a crossfire of profanity, danger, and desire. Intense violence may trigger the desire to wear body armor…and take it off. Very, very slowly.
“Gage?” Her voice broke on the single syllable. Riley’s grip on the keys tightened, her blood raging hot and cold all at once.
A creak sounded from the corner chair. Her eyes refused to adjust in the darkness, but not even the faint light kept the blond streaks in his russet hair from giving him away. Like rays of sunshine, she used to tease, and her words never failed to draw a scowl across his rugged face.
God help her, her name on his lips sounded as it always had. Coarse. Dangerous. Forbidden. Even before… The memory surged, hot and vivid, leaving a metallic taste in her mouth. White heat assaulted her from every corner of the room.
The keys fell to the floor with a dull clink.
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Sarah and her husband of what he calls “many long, long years” live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. (As it turns out, her characters aren’t much better than the kids.) When not buried under piles of laundry, she may be found adrift in the Atlantic (preferably on a boat) or in search of that ever-elusive perfect writing spot where not even the kids can find her. To learn more about her work in contemporary, historical, and supernatural romance and romantic suspense, please stalk accordingly.