|Color of Danger|
Secrets of Rios Azules Series, Book 1
by Alexa Verde
Former runaway Mari Del Lobo works hard to save her struggling restaurant and to trust people again. Dallas surgeon Dr. Luke Goodman turns her world upside down with terrifying news. A recent murder has her late brother's - aka the Smiling Killer - signature and MO. When attacks on her escalate, Mari fights her growing attraction to the good doctor as fiercely as she fights for her life. To rescue herself and those she loves, will she be able to stop the murderer before he strikes again?
Luke couldn't save his fiancée from the Smiling Killer, but he'll do anything to prevent more murders, even ask help from the serial killer's sister. Finding a kindred tortured soul and the perpetrator's next target in Mari, Luke is determined to protect the stubborn ex-rebel. But Mari would rather face danger than risk the safety of the man she comes to love.
These past few months I've read a bunch of books on both ends of the spectrum, half have been lackluster and half have become new favorites of mine. Alexa Verde's e-book Color of Danger I'm happy to say has fallen into the latter category. I'm not usually overly fond of suspense unless it's written by writers on my tried and true authors list, so sometimes I'm a bit reluctant to give new authors a try, especially when I have so much on my plate. I am SO glad I had the opportunity to read the freshman release in the Secrets of Rios Azules series.
Right from the first page I knew it was going to be totally different from any Christian suspense that I've read before -- in a good way of course! Color of Danger is gritty, suspenseful, with a dash of romance to keep things interesting on all fronts. Mari Del Lobo is very different from from any heroine I've read in the genre. It is refreshing to see a "bad girl" in Christian fic. She had quite the rough life, so it is easy to like her and cheer her on as she fights to escape the clutches of her past and stay alive. Luke Goodman lives up to his name, he is indeed a good man. Like Mari, I was unsure of whether or not Luke was going to be a worthy hero, but I'm happy to say he turned out to be pretty darn interesting!
This book had everything I enjoy reading on a lazy summer day and I'm really looking forward to getting my mitts on the next book to read more about Mari's gang of friends!
P.S. How cool is that cover? Love it!
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~ My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ~