Final Mend by Angela Smith
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Date Published: June 23, 2014
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Length: 292 Pages
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
SYNOPSIS: A recovering alcoholic, Jake Inman has found a new, healthier addiction: training for his successful triathlon career. But when his manager is murdered and beloved goddaughter kidnapped, another obsession takes hold: doing whatever it takes to find Brandon’s killer and keep Amy safe. Jake turns to a private investigator for help in solving the case, and though he finds temptation in her whiskey-colored eyes, he knows he must resist his attraction, or risk losing his heart.
After a devastating case, Winona Wall has turned her back on her skills as a private investigator, preferring a quiet life as a part-time bartender. That is, until Jake storms into the bar, demanding her help in tracking his missing godchild. Unable to resist Jake’s charm, she reluctantly agrees. But even after Amy is found unharmed, Jake insists Amy’s mother was more involved with her kidnapping than the police suspect. When the situation takes a turn for the worse, Winona must trust her instincts in order to save them all—and avoid falling in love.
MY REVIEW: This is the first book I have read by author Angela Smith so I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I started the book. I loved how the author showcased the emotional struggles Jake & Winona have to deal with throughout the story. Both of them have hurts and haunts in their pasts that affect their day to day lives. How they came together wasn’t under the best circumstances, but they managed to stick together & their affection for each other grew. I loved Winona’s character – she is a confident woman and she doesn’t let anyone walk all over her. Jake had a tendency to put his foot in his mouth with her but she didn’t take it lying down.
This is a romance suspense novel that had my emotions all over the place; There were so many sad moments while reading this book – I can’t even begin to imagine how it would feel for your cousin or niece to be kidnapped. I laughed whenever the whole gang was together & I swooned whenever Jake & Winona had their sweet moments. I liked the suspense aspect as well; it kept building and building right up until the end. It started out with a bang & continued on right to the end of the book. I really enjoyed it and now may have to look into other books by this author.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Angela Smith is a Texas native and was dubbed most likely to write a novel during her senior year in high school since she always had her nose stuck in a book. Although high school was decades ago, the dream began when her mom read ‘Brer Rabbit’ to her and her sister so often they could recite it back to each other before ever learning to read. Research is one of her favorite parts of piecing together a story, and she loves creating new characters. Angela started with writing romantic suspense and is branching into other genres, but she hasn’t been able to write one yet where falling in love doesn’t come into play. She works as a certified paralegal and office manager at her local District Attorney’s office and spends her free time with her husband and the animals on her small farm. Although life in general keeps her very busy, her passion for writing and getting the stories out of her head tends to make her restless if she isn’t following what some people call her destiny.
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