Title: Concealed (Hidden #1)
Author: Victoria Michaels
Genre: Romantic Suspense 18+
Publication Date: December 10, 2013
Publisher: Crazy-Bee Press
Event Organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
Life has been complicated for Sydney Ross. Desperate for a new start, she leaves home but, during her travels, witnesses something that will forever alter the path of her life. On the run for the last six years, Sydney finds herself living the life of a nomad until she one day stumbles into a small town and hopes she's finally found a place to put down roots. With a good job in a local diner and, for the first time ever, friends who feel like family, things start looking up for Sydney. The biggest shock of all is catching the eye of the town’s most eligible bachelor, the sexy sheriff, Wade Jenkins.
Sparks fly between them, and it's not long before Sydney believes Elton, Missouri could be the home she's always wished for. But Sydney's past and her secrets have a way of catching up with her. When a brutal murder shakes the small town, Sydney is terrified that the countdown has begun on her time in Elton.
Have the shadows from her past found her again? The people who mean the most want her to stay, but that would put everyone, including her daughter, at risk. Can Sydney put her faith in Wade or will she keep running from a danger that even she doesn't fully understand?
Concealed by Victoria Michaels
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Sidney has an experience when she is leaving home at 18 that will forever alter the course of her life. She has had to live a life that can be packed up and left behind at a moment's notice, and has been doing so for 6 years now. She finds herself living in Elton, MO and for the first time she feels like she is at home. She has friends who feel like family, and is experiencing some very mutual attraction with the sexy town sheriff. Sidney's past begins to catch up with her, but she can't leave, nor does she feel she can trust anyone yet with the truth about her past. People are dying around her, and it is not just her own life that is in danger.
This was a quick read for me since I didn't put it down after I started it. It was quickly engaging and the characters quickly felt like friends I'd had for years. I loved the underlying sweetness that went along with the sexual tension between Sydney and Wade. I also loved how things could go from sweet to sexy in a flash between them. There is really nothing that I don't love about Wade. Hot, honorable, etc. All around easy guy to love. Sidney was also an easy character to connect with. She made tough choices, and lived through some terrifying things, but she didn't carry that over into her interactions with others. She was fierce when she needed to be as well as caring and loyal. There was some pretty intense suspense throughout the story and it kept me engaged throughout. This was my first book by this author, but it won't be my last.
* An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review
About the AuthorVictoria Michaels is a wife and mother of many who lives her life in what seems like a constant state of motion. Kids’ sports, meetings, homework and general family fun take up twenty-seven hours of her day. In her thirty seconds of free time, Victoria likes to read, write and travel the country with her husband. She most enjoys writing about love and laughter, two things that are central to her everyday life. If you would like to know more about what’s coming next from Victoria, please check back at victoriamichaels.net for updates, news and sneak peeks of future releases.
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