OUT OF CHARACTER
by Diana Miller
But the man pretending to be an ordinary guy is far from it. In fact, he shouldn’t get anywhere near Jillian. Yet there’s something about her he can’t resist—and she’s perfect for his cover. Besides, he’s sure he isn’t endangering her.
Unfortunately, they’re both wrong.
When someone uses their chairlift for target practice, Jillian ends up wounded—and her dream man promptly disappears. Within days, her car explodes. Just when things can’t get any worse, she’s kidnapped at gunpoint. Soon Jillian’s running for her life and forced to depend on the man who deserted her, a man who claims he’s trying to protect her but whose story has more holes than a gauze bandage. A man Jillian once thought she loved, but now isn’t sure she should even trust.
It's a great read, with much suspense, action, mystery and plot twists and even a little romance.
You can trust a man you just met? Jillian has not yet recovered from the breakup with her boyfriend: after so many years of relationship he has left her for another woman. She is completely dedicated to her work and never go out with other men. One of her friend convinces her to spend a few days on the snow. On the ski slope, Jillian meets Mark and feels immediately attracted by his eyes so magnetic. They spend a fun afternoon together, a romantic dinner and end up spending the night together. But after a few hours and after suffering an attack, Mark disappears into thin air. Who really is Mark? Is he good or bad? This question will remain until the end of the book .......
The characters are likeable and well developed, just a little weak the chemistry between Jillian and Mark. The plot is well developed and engaging, you can not put it down before the end. This is the first book that I have read by this author and I really plan on reading some more.
I recommend it to those who love romantic suspense with a lot suspense and not very romance.
I received an advance copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The night was frigid and dark, the moon and stars obscured by clouds. Snow-caked pine needles scraped Jillian’s cheeks as Paul guided her through the trees. She wasn’t sure why he’d roused her in the middle of the night and led her out a basement window and into the woods, but she’d bet it wasn’t for a midnight hike.
“This way. Hurry.” He released her hand and pressed his palm against her back. Within seconds they were jogging, crunching over icy snow that seeped into Jillian’s running shoes and under her jeans, scratching and biting her bare legs above her socks.
Then she heard it. An explosion behind them. Followed by the odor of burning gasoline.
She froze as a wave of nausea engulfed her. “No.” She looked over her shoulder toward the sound and smell. Through the trees, she saw flickers of red, yellow, and orange.
“Come on.” Paul wrapped his arm around her shoulders and urged her forward.
Her legs wouldn’t move. “The smell. It’s the same smell.” Fire mixed with gasoline, consuming her car. Consuming--
Paul’s arm tightened around her, and his lips brushed her ear. “No one’s inside this time.” He gently turned her head away from the fire. “Don’t look at it. Don’t think about it. Think about moving your legs, about running. Just think about running.”
Paul’s words and pressing arm got her legs moving again.
“Where are we going?” Jillian puffed out after a couple minutes of jogging through snow.
“Away.” Paul didn’t sound the least bit winded. “Unfortunately, our car was disabled, so it’s on to Plan B.”
“Do you have a Plan B?”
“I always have a Plan B. And Plans C and D. Follow me.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
When she was eight, Diana decided she wanted to be Nancy Drew. But no matter how many garbage cans she dug through, conversations she “accidentally” overheard, and attics she searched, she never found a single mysterious letter, hidden staircase, or anything else even remotely mysterious or suspenseful. She worked as a lawyer, a soda jerk, a stay-at-home mom, a hospital admitting clerk, and a conference host for events ranging from Lutheran music to the International BB Gun competition. She spent long hours volunteering in a nineteenth century mansion allegedly full of secrets and a few ghosts. Still no luck.
Diana ultimately decided the only way she was going to inject any mystery or suspense into her otherwise satisfying life was by writing about it. Her debut novel, Dangerous Affairs, won a Golden Heart Award from the Romance Writer of America, and she’s received five Golden Heart nominations, including one for Out of Character.
Diana lives in the Twin Cities with her family and an energetic Wheaten terrier.
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