Review: Ablaze by Nancy Tesler

April 2, 2014 Review 0

Review: Ablaze by Nancy Tesler


From Nancy Tesler, author of the bestselling amateur sleuth “Other Deadly Things” series, comes a gripping tale of romance and deception, a love story about two people deeply attracted to each other but whose inability to work through past experiences keeps them apart.

Samantha Barron, victim witness advocate for the Bergen County, NJ prosecutor’s office and a Munchausen by Proxy survivor, has her world shaken up when the man who threw her off his elite crisis response team for defying his orders and running into a burning building to save a dog, insinuates himself into a case involving the disappearance of one of her clients. A terrified young girl had shown up at Samantha’s office blurting out a story about having witnessed a horrific stabbing murder at the Greenwich Village Halloween parade; then suddenly bolts crying that she is a Judas, she should never have come.

Samantha must put aside her feelings about this man, attorney, Douglas Ruark, with whom she had once been passionately in love. They are forced to work together to find and rescue the girl before the religious cult that they believe is holding her captive discovers that she can identify the murderer. When another eyewitness is found bludgeoned to death and a prostitute mysteriously kidnapped, Samantha, to Ruark’s distress, agrees to enter the cult house ostensibly as a perspective convert, but in reality as bait.

From the relatively safe streets of suburbia to the remote country house of a malevolent sect, Samantha finds herself caught up in a world where power and greed rule, where “love” is given and withdrawn as a brainwashing technique, and life is cheap if you’re a troublemaking outsider…

Title: Ablaze
Author: Nancy Tesler
Published by Createspace
Source: Author
Published: February 5, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 328
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Stars: three-stars
Flames: three-flames

This is an intriguing romantic suspense that keeps the reader guessing.  Samantha Barron, a victim witness advocate is forced to work alongside the man that fired her for saving a dog when he insinuates himself in her case involving the disappearance of a young woman. Samantha soon finds herself caught up in a world where power and greed rule, people are brainwashed and life is cheap is you are considered a troublemaker. Will Samantha and Doug be able to work out their differences in order bring down the cult and save Samantha’s life in the process.

This steady paced plot keeps reader guessing with suspense, action and romance. The author describes the story with vivid imagery and draws the reader into story with strong compelling characters.  The tension builds throughout the story with surprising twists the reader doesn’t see coming and the race to save one young woman’s life uncovers a diabolical cult.

The chemistry between Sam and Doug radiates from every page and the sex scene is hot and steamy, but the relationship has major issues.  Both characters are stubborn, have past emotional issues, not to mention their past relationship and all of this is conveyed with lots of snarky dialogue and outbursts which of course makes for some entertaining reading.

Overall, I found the story enjoyable but unfortunately for me I found that the characters were a little to unbelievable and certainly lacked focus. It seemed to me they were more interested in sniping at each other than solving the case and saving a little girl. Also, Samantha was a little unrealistic with her take on the bad guys do everything herself to get back at Doug attitude. But that was just the way I felt while reading the story because the actual story itself was entertaining and certainly kept my attention from beginning to end.


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