Lisa M. Airey
Genre: Romantic Suspense with a Paranormal Twist
Publisher: Aakenbaaken & Kent, NY
Number of pages: 272
Word Count: 89K
Cover Artist: www.reese-winslow.com
A gifted healer with a genetic secret and a haunted past, Julie Hastings takes her new veterinary degree to South Dakota hoping to bury memories of a physically abusive stepfather and unprotective mother.
Although intending to lead a quiet life, she finds herself relentlessly pursued by two unwelcome suitors: the Chief of Police and a powerful member of the Sioux Indian Nation.
The man she chooses shatters her world-view.
Her stepfather taught her that not all monsters run on four legs. Now Julie must face another truth—some beasts are good.
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Julie Hastings is a young newly licensed veterinarian who relocates to a remote small town in South Dakota so she can start a fresh life away from her abusive stepfather and uncaring mother. She is a gifted intuitive healer. The small town provides the sanctuary she seeks, and she fits in well with the locals. There is a dark secret that the town is guarding, and as events unfold Julie finds herself attracted to two very different men.
I loved the description of the town and surrounding area. Julie enjoys hiking on her days off and is usually accompanied by a large wolf. As the story progresses the feeling of impending doom escalates. There is a strong sense of danger lurking on the periphery of the town, and throughout the book the author continually ratchets up the tension, sustaining suspense. Minor mishaps and misadventures turn more serious. Meanwhile, Julie struggles to make sense of her feelings, and as her heart pulls her in an unexpected direction she discovers a secret that confounds her sensibilities and forces her to face buried fears.
I enjoyed the sense of danger interlaced with an understated slow-to-boil romance. It makes sense that after enduring such horrific treatment from her stepfather Julie would naturally be fearful of strong, brutish looking men, and that she would have serious trust and commitment issues. I enjoyed the subtle way in which Julie slowly opens her heart and regains her self-esteem; trusting her innate instincts to make choices right for her.
This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for my honest review.
Reviewed by Laurie J
About the Author:
Lisa has worked in the wine industry for 20 years, the most recent eight in education with the Society of Wine Educators and the French Wine Society. In these roles, she has authored and/or edited wine study manuals and developed or expanded certification programs for the wine trade.
In her free-time, she writes fiction...naturally, with a glass of wine at the elbow.
She is a Maryland Master Gardener and puts that training into practice in her sizable vegetable garden. To assist her, she has recruited the services of a very helpful staff: two Chinese geese, two mini-Rex rabbits and 2,000 red wigglers (worms)…all of which are “master composters”. An adopted feral cat guards the perimeters and keeps the groundhogs at bay. She resides in Monkton, Maryland.