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TC Matson’s writing was surprisingly impressive for a debut novel. Her ability to draw you into a scene and cause you to lose yourself was fabulous. I felt alongside the characters as each scene unfolded. This book centered on Sam and an issue that wouldn’t go away. I can’t say I there was a part I didn’t like but there were a couple of difficult but necessary scenes that were hard to read. The way it ended made those parts earlier to swallow.
Sam was cute and feisty. She knew who she was and didn’t try to be anything else. Tanner was hard not to love. He was a breath of fresh air in the romance genre. Logan was sexy and cocky and oh so yummy. I identified strongly with Tanner his mindset and lifestyle are very similar to mine. Jess and Mack were AWESOME! Jess was Sam’s bestie. I loved her allegiance to Sam, but she didn’t cross lines like I see in a lot of bestie characters these days. Mack had a smaller roll than the rest, but I was instantly a Mack fan. He was just so laid back and comfortable to have in the scenes. I hope we get more Mack in the next book.
“It’s fascinating to watch a man of his stature be so domesticated. It’s downright erotic.”
The plot had a lot of twists and I have a sneaking suspicion that we haven’t seen the end of it. Matson has a great concept with Sam’s story. The plot flowed beautifully and secrets and sins were revealed along the way. I never felt like something was missing or unbelievable. As a thriller, it was fun to try and piece together whodunit as I read. I never actually guessed and was truly surprised when I found out who the stalker was.
“He studies me for a minute, probably deciding whether he wants to take a bit of my neck or not, but finally lowers his eyes back to his work. Creep.”
My favorite parts of the book are actually spoilers, but some of my other favorite parts were the simple banter between Sam and Jess. Their friendship was solid and comfortable. Nothing felt forced and I enjoyed the easiness of their relationship. This story had some similarities to other stories, but that ends about 2 chapters in. The twists in the plot and the characters themselves keep this novel unique from others in its genre.
I was a roller-coaster of emotions reading this book. If you were on the couch with me as I read, this is what you would have heard. “Hahahaha- Yowza!- Awwww – OMG – Hmmmm – No! No! No! – Awwww- Ahhhhhh! – Did he? – Holy Sh… – Awww – NO!!! – OMG- Wait! But- Oh no! – YIKES! – Awwww – Awww- Awwww”
The ending was a HEA, but it was hard earned. There were some serious and difficult scenes in this book that could be hard dome readers to handle.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves romance and wants a fresh take with a thrill.
This book was definitely worth the price. I look forward to picking it up in paperback.
5 Stars and a cold beer for Sam and whoever ends up true to her!
ARC generously offered in exchange for an honest review