Title: Turn Me Loose
Rochelle Marks is working hard to build a name for herself that has nothing to do with her pinup-girl curves. She’s made mistakes in the past, and now she’s trying to stop her little sister, Stacy, from making worse ones. Rochelle’s done with being nothing more than someone’s good time. Even if that someone is the one-night stand who turned her life upside down before vanishing—and who’s just arrived in Paradise, Idaho, looking to pick up where they left off.
Tech mogul Travis Cochran’s hard-won new priorities have brought him to town as a university lecturer, but he’s come for something else, too: the smart, sassy, gorgeous woman who’s been in his head for months. When Stacy’s choices draw her big sister into a web of down-home crime and cold-blooded murder, Travis’s mission gets a whole lot more urgent. Now convincing Rochelle to trust him isn’t just about winning her back. It may be the only way to keep her alive.…
Author: Rosalind James
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Carry Me Home
Published by Montlake Romance Source: Publisher
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Rosalind James is definitely an author that I am enjoying. It was a no brainer to choose her new book to review and I was excited to do so. Last year, I was hooked on her Kincaid sibling trilogy, so I crossed my finger hoping to have that much fun reading Turn me Loose. I bought the first two books in the Paradise, Idaho series but I haven’t got to read them yet (so many books on my waiting list!!!!!). Luckily for me, Turn Me Loose is a standalone novel and I really enjoyed it.
To those who are looking for a fast pace romantic suspense, you might be disappointed. Rosalind James is taking her time to build up the story until it reaches its climax. That is one of the strengths of this book. It is not an easy task for an author to build a slow pace suspense and keep the reader attention. The author talent is showing throughout the entire book. What struck me the most is the way that the author is describing the areas, the flowers, the city, and so on. My imagination was taking me directly to these locations and I could almost smell the flowers or feel the heat.
Throughout the story, we are navigating between different characters point of views. Most of the time it is shifting between Rochelle and Travis, but we also have the chance to get a glimpse into the world of the villain. That alone is bringing a very interesting dimension to the story.
Rochelle knows what she wants. Therefore, you better get out of the way when her mind is set on something. She is divorced and had been hurt by men in her life. She has self-doubts and some self-esteem issue when it gets to dating someone. Most of her life she was cast as the girl that you are having fun with but that is not wife material. She longs to have a long term relationship with someone willing to settle down and have children. She is living with her younger sister, Stacy, and is very protective of her. When Rochelle realized that Travis would be working in the same College as she does, her world is turned upside down.
Travis decided to take a job to teach computer science in Paradise, Idaho College. A couple of months ago, he met Rochelle in a bar in Spokane but never called her back. He was hoping to see her again and make amends. It proved to be harder that he initially thought. Trust is not an easy thing to gain and now he must prove Rochelle that he is worthy of it. Travis is not a typical computer geek, he can also be an alpha male. Growing on a farm he has that sensibility toward the earth and the plants. It is funny to see him work hard to seduce Rochelle. The most entertaining part of it is that she gives him a run for his money.
Stacy is a minor character that is essential to the story. At first, I was annoyed by this character. I was afraid that she would be boring and without any debt. I was wrong. Stacy gave a wonderful depth to the story. She is the main reason that Rosalind James was able to bring awareness to the prescribed drugs addiction issue that is exploding worldwide. The story deals with Stacy addiction, how it can affect the life of those the closer to us and it is showing how important it is to have a family to support someone that goes through that situation.
In this book, Rosalind James was able to get her message across. I always love when an author is using her work to create awareness and is doing it without sounding moralistic. It is a really good book, I’ll read book 1 and 2 soon and I recommend this one!