Fatal Embrace - Aris Whittier

4 Stars!

Several years ago, Michael Craven gave up his career as a detective when his fiancé was killed and her killer never caught. Living with the guilt, he throws himself into his Montana ranch and his solitary existence. But, when a serial killer starts making his way through a nearby town, Michael is asked to come back and help a good friend and fellow detective, solve the crime. In doing so, he must hire someone to take his place on the ranch.
When horse trainer, Jess Stanson shows up, it takes Michael by surprise. Jess turns out to be Jessica. Jessica convinces him to let her stay. Over time they established a fragile friendship. Although, on the inside both feel more but, Michael's past prevents him from being anything but distant and serious.

As Michael works diligently to track down the killer he finds that Jessica is the only witness to the case. Vowing to protect her with his life and keep his growing feelings separate is no easy task. When Jessica becomes a target it becomes personal for Michael and he can no longer deny his love for this spirited woman. He will do anything to protect her, including giving his own life. 

 Aris Whittier broke into the romance genre when her debut novel, Fatal Embrace, cracked the pages of Cosmopolitan Magazine, featured as a “Red-Hot” Read. She hasn’t stopped writing since. Secrets, is her latest romantic suspense. 
and at her blog - HERE

And yet another good one by Aris! I am not surprised. I believe this was Aris' first book. You can tell right away that she has the knack for writing suspenseful romance. While not my favorite one by her, this one is certainly well worth the read and will keep you guessing right up to the very end.

I thought there was real nice character development. I liked Jess, I thought she was a good strong (enough, I don't like them too strong) and yet nice and very likeable female lead. Surprise surprise! I also liked Mike. I sometimes have a hard time connecting to the male characters and I didn't care for the male lead in the last book by Aris I read. But I did like Mike. He was strong and sometimes a little too macho (just like a man!) but also let his heart show through. 
I liked the playfulness of the all characters and the little jokes they played on each other and how Jess got one man back (you will have to read the book to find out).

There was a nice little romance in here that I felt was not too strong and very believable. There was a couple of sex scenes at the end but were only mildly graphic (I didn't have to cover my eyes).

This was a book I have had on my nook for about a year now. So it was about time I read it.
Once again, I very highly recommend her newest book - "Across Eternity" which is an excellent romance that I rated with 5 stars.

Get your copy of Fatal Embrace from Amazon - HERE
or from B&N - HERE

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