EXPOSED by Rhonda Pollero (February 7, 2017; Forever Yours eBook; $3.99; Finding Justice Book 1)
First comes love, then comes fear . . .
After a whirlwind romance, Darby Hayes Grisom married the man of her dreams. Smart, handsome, ambitious-Sean was everything she always thought she wanted. Little did she know that one year later that dream would turn into her worst nightmare. Sean is moody, angry, violent. Violent enough to kill. When Darby realizes she’s pregnant she knows Sean will never let her go.
Attorney Jack Kavanaugh is the only person Darby can trust to help her with her plan to save herself and her baby. But the deeper Jack gets involved in protecting Darby, the deeper the feelings between them become. A complication Darby can’t afford-because her husband is watching their every move and he’ll do anything to get her-and their baby-back.
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Rating : 4 out of 5 Stars
Everything that glitters is not necessarily gold and in this story, a seemingly idyllic marriage is not what it seems. Darby Hayes has paid the price for her naivety. She married in haste after only six weeks. Unfortunately, she was deceived and her life with her obsessive, controlling and abusive husband is nothing but pure hell. Sean Grimson is a cold, emotionless psychopath and married her for her money. Bruised and battered, she feels trapped. When she unintentionally becomes pregnant, she can’t risk the baby’s safety and devises a plan to protect her child. But she is unaware of the lengths her husband will go to hurt and blackmail her.
She is caught up in a twisting spiral of lies and manipulation. Her husband’s savage determination to make her pay for trying to get away was chilling. The pressure of the story builds up as her husband pieces together the details of her scheme. Darby is brave and resilient, but deeply hurt. She is forgiving, though, frankly a bit too much in my opinion. In this nightmare, she has one precious ally, Jack Kavanaugh, a young attorney she has hired. He is the only person she can trust, her knight in shining armor. Jack admires her strength through adversity and they fall for each other.
I was captivated by this thrilling and fast-paced romantic suspense. The author’s writing is strong, her characters are well-developed and intriguing. The suspense was breathtaking and kept me guessing until the end, although I have to admit that some plot twists were somewhat contrived. But this didn’t deter me from thoroughly enjoying this book. The romance between Darby and Jack was sweet and created a balance with the chilling elements of the story. This book is the first in a new series, and I can’t wait for the next book, featuring Jack’s brother, Conner Kavanaugh.
I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley.
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About the Author
After selling her first romantic suspense in 1993, Rhonda Pollero has penned more than 30 novels, won numerous awards and nominations, and landed on multiple bestseller lists, including USA Today, Bookscan, and Ingram’s Top 50 List. She lives in south Florida with her family.
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