A Short Novella That's Big on Suspense: Scent of Danger by Alex Verde
|Scent of Danger|
Part of the Smoke and Mirrors anthology
by Alexa Verde
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To find her missing sister, small-town cop Maya Hutchinson risks her life by posing as her glamorous twin. Under escalating attacks, Maya has to accept protection from dashing senator's son Connor McNamara. Cop turned PI, Connor McNamara has his own secret mission and is forced to choose between family loyalty and love. When the scent of danger draws near, will Connor and Maya survive long enough to forgive and accept each other?
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I'm not the world's biggest novella fan. I like my books to be thick and juicy, but occasionally I do break from my norm and pick up a short story or novella to read when I'm pressed for time or just want to unwind before bed. The Smoke and Mirrors collection is a volume of 8 novellas to satisfy those who crave romantic suspense. I've only had the chance to read "Scent of Danger", but let me tell you, if this story is any indication of what the others are like, it's a must-have for your e-reader. This story jumps right into the action -- Alexa Verde doesn't waste time!
Maya, undercover, hoping to find her missing twin, meets up with gunfire, kidnappers, as well as a handsome senator's son who may or may not be on her side. Connor is just trying to figure out who the intriguing woman who looks exactly like glamorous model January really is. In their journey though the city streets and into a world of lies and secrets, they uncover more about themselves and a the hope found in a rock solid faith.
"Scent of Danger" is a treat for suspense fans. I loved that the danger and edge-of-your-seat action did not let up. Sometimes, suspense stories can lag a bit in the middle, but there isn't a chance for that to happen in this novella. I only wish that the romance didn't move so fast. I liked the chemistry between Connor and Maya, and would have liked them to have more time to explore that side of things after the criminal side of the story was resolved. Such is the life of a novella reader. A good story always ends too soon. This story in and of itself is worth the $0.99 price you pay for the entire set of novellas on Amazon!
~ My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ~
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