Title: Out of Character
Stepping out of your comfort zone can be hazardous…
Denver, Colorado, ER doctor Jillian Rodgers has never done an impulsive thing in her life. But all that changes when she meets the man of her dreams on a ski vacation. Within twenty-four hours, they’ve spent a passionate night together and Jillian is convinced she’s halfway in love. After all, she figures the worst that can happen is she’ll go home with a broken heart… 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 the only man who can save her is the one who deserted her. Or is he just trying to protect her? And can she survive long enough to find out?
Author: Diana Miller
Published by Lyrical Press Source: Publisher
Published: July 7, 2015
Genres: Crime Drama, Romantic Suspense
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This was one of those real iffy books. The premise sounded like it might be interesting. The cover? Okay, but didn’t blow my skirt up. But, the blurb sounded interesting enough that I thought I would give it a try because, you know, I love romantic suspense.
The first third of the book almost did me in. I found myself falling asleep often. I gave some consideration to not finishing because it just was not grabbing my attention. A rather slow, and often times irritating start.
Jillian was introduced and I mostly liked her. She was leaving her comfort zone to please a friend. Not sure I agree with that reasoning, but well, it kind of worked for the story. Her character was developed enough that I could understand her motivations, even if I didn’t agree with all of them.
But the male lead in this . . . I couldn’t decide for the longest time whether I liked him or not. OR even if he was a good guy or not. This was left very ambiguous for a good deal of the story. Hence the irritation. I think I was even more frustrated about “who is this guy?” than Jillian was. It left me with a lost feeling for much of the book which may have been the desired effect since Jillian was too.
The dynamic between Jillian and what’s his name was . . . maybe just the fact that I am referring to “what’s his name” can tell you much.
Finally, about half way through, things really started to happen. The pace was still a bit jerky with some slow bits, but at least things were happening that kept my interest enough so I could stay awake and had me turning the page.
The second half of the story had some definite gasp moments. Some oh noes! Look out! Duck! Major gasp! Tears. This just can’t be. Sigh.
Although it did hit some of my action/adventure enjoyment buttons, it didn’t really hit all of them. But there was the happy ending and most of the threads were tied up reasonably well. There is some room for a possible sequel. I would love to see Ryan get his happy ending.
If you are a fan of the romantic suspense, you might like this. I eventually found it worth the read. Check it out for yourself.