TLC Book Tours sent me a copy of this novel for review. It was an advance copy and there was no other promo information that accompanied the e-book, nor was there a cover. As per my usual, I just dove in to see what this first novel was about.
There is some excitement to the story right away as there is a kidnapping of a politician’s daughter, who is sailing her boat around the world by herself, within the first few pages. Sharks, three to one odds, kicks to the groin, fancy moves, and a talented heiress makes it to the attackers boat and then there is an attack of human kindness and the hope to save the kidnapper being attacked in the water. First downfall and the heroine is overtaken and off to a hidden island and a honeymoon resort.
Holly, the heroine in this novel is very well written and even though size matters a great deal in this abduction, she has skill and huge survival instincts. The reader has great hopes for her. Her backstory is well written and very believable although her best actions are intimate manipulations and sex- throw in some kickboxing maneuvers and a pocketknife and she is ofttimes amazing.
Rafe, our hero, was kidnapped as a boy to become a child warrior and killer. He is trying to rehabilitate himself after his warrior group left him behind and Missionaries rescued him. His son has been kidnapped and he must do this job of holding the heiress for ransom and in order to regain custody of his son.
Kelly’s story is located in a series of islands maybe near Malaysia – paradise. It exposes the American politician’s fake set up to get elected, sex trafficking and how it is concealed in Asian countries, and child warriors; what happens to them as they grow older. The story is primarily a romance and I know there are hundreds of readers who will want to read this story and be involved in all the action and feelings shared.
I advise Romance readers to connect with the TLC link if they wish to know more about the story and how other readers enjoyed it. This is not my favorite genre. I do not find these stories even entertaining. I did read the book from start to finish, and wish Ms. Kelly well on her writing career.
“As a journalist Brynn Kelly once spent her days chasing stranger-than-fiction news reports. Now she spends them writing larger-than-life novels, in a happy bubble of fiendish plots and delicious words. Brynn has a journalism degree and has won several prestigious writing and journalism awards, including the Valerie Parv Award and Pacific Hearts Award. Her debut novel Deception Island was a Golden Heart finalist. She’s also a bestselling non-fiction author in her native New Zealand.”