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Guest Review: Guilty as Sin by Jami Alden

Posted January 27, 2014 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: Guilty as Sin by Jami AldenReviewer: Tracy
Guilty as Sin by Jami Alden
Publisher: Forever
Publication Date: July 30, 2013
Format: eARC
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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For over a decade, a killer has been waiting, silent as death and . . .

Fourteen years ago, Kate Beckett was a teenager more interested in summer romance than babysitting. Then the unthinkable happened: her younger brother was kidnapped and murdered on her watch. Now she is an advocate for missing children, and her newest case brings her back to the small town where she lost her brother-and where she left behind the first boy she ever loved.

Tommy Ibarra’s world fell apart after Kate broke his heart, and he’s spent his adult life making sure that he’ll never be vulnerable again. When a teenage girl vanishes, he offers his expertise as a high tech security expert to help find her. Although he’s determined to keep his distance from Kate, it isn’t long before he’s falling under her spell all over again.

As they race against the clock, their investigation leads to a brutal killer with a shocking connection to Kate’s tragic past. And this time, the killer has Kate firmly in his sights.

When Kate Beckett was 16 years old she snuck out of of her house with her boyfriend, Tommy, to go down to the beach and possibly have sex. She was supposed to be watching her 12 year old brother, Michael, but when he wouldn’t go to sleep as expected she left the house. While down at the beach for just 45 min. to an hour (with no sex happening) Michael is kidnapped and found days later found dead. Not only do her parents blame her, so does her sister and in her grief she pushes Tommy away.

After 14 years of near emotional solitude Kate heads back to Sandpoint to help find a missing child. She works for a company as an advocate for missing children and helps organize volunteers, help lines, fliers, etc. Going back to Sandpoint is tough but she’s ready to work, that is until she sees Tommy again. It seems that as much as they’ve been through separately since that horrid night they are still incredibly attracted to each other. As much as they fight it they can’t seem to stay away from each other. While they search with the town Sheriff to find 14 year old Tricia they’re also trying to build their relationship back up to see if they can start a new, better relationship than what they had when they were kids.

This is my first read by Jami Alden. There were quite a few things that I liked about this book but there were also some issues that I had with it.

I really liked the romance aspect of the book as the tension between Tommy and Kate was pretty explosive. I can’t say I completely cared for the timing of it as I thought it detracted from the search for Tricia. On the one had the couple is incredibly worried about the missing girl but that doesn’t stop them from taking the time to think about themselves. I know it’s a thin line that can be crossed and this one definitely walked it’s edge and slipped over a time or two. The suspense and the romance could have been balanced differently and it would have made a big difference, imho.

I figured out the identity of the kidnapper/killer from the first moment he appeared on page. I don’t think the reader was supposed to have figured it out until the big reveal so it was hard for me not to get frustrated with the other characters who didn’t know as it was so obvious.

The parts of the book with Tricia’s POV were well done. I didn’t care for the parts when it was the killer’s POV as it was just sick but I think that’s just me. There were a couple of parts that had to do with the killer that were completely unexplained and that bothered me but overall well done.

The ending was a little too happy, happy for my liking. I thought the author tried too hard to make everyone happy and it didn’t sit right with me. I thought the epilogue shouldn’t have even been included as I found it unbelievable. If that part had been left out I believe this would have gotten a slightly higher rating but in the end still a good book.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5


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What I Read Last Week

Posted December 30, 2013 by Tracy in Features | 1 Comment

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I’ve had the last 5 days off and let me tell you I loved every minute of it. I love my job but it’s always wonderful to have time off. 

Today is a big day in Tracyland. My oldest daughter is 16 today! I can’t believe it! The time flies, doesn’t it? Well she’s a beautiful girl and I love her to pieces and I wish her a very happy birthday! Her boyfriend is taking her to get her nails done and then we’ll be going shopping later (as she requested) for clothes and a new purse. I think it will be a great day! Here she is over the past few years – what a change!

July 2008
August 2009
April 2012

Aug. 2013
Nov. 2013 acting crazy. 🙂

Yeah, she’s changed a bit over the years! 🙂

Ok, on to what I read last week:

I started off the week with Let It Be Me by Bella Andre. This was Ryan’s book and told us about him and his high school best friend who he’s always had a thing for. He doesn’t want to ruin their friendship so doesn’t make a move. She feels the same way but makes no move either. It’s a good story and I loved reading it. I’ll post my review this week of this one. 4 out of 5

Next up was The Wedding Favor by Cara Connelly. This is a new author and this is her first full length novel, if I’m not mistaken. The story is about two people who really don’t like each other. They end up at the same wedding and as he doesn’t want to ruin his friends wedding by brawling with the woman he asks her to act like they’d never met. It was another great story! I’ll post my review of this one this week as well. 4 out of 5

Guilty as Sin by Jami Alden was a contemporary romantic suspense novel about a woman who works as an advocate for missing children. She got into this because her brother was kidnapped and murdered when she was just 16 and was supposed to be watching him. Now she’s back in the town where it all happened and is helping a family try to find their missing 14 year old daughter. While there she runs into her old love (the guy she was with instead of watching her brother) and the sparks fly once again. There’s a lot going on in the book but it was a good one. I do wish that there had been less romance during the search for the child as it kind of took to focus off of that part of the story but still a good book. 3.5 out of 5 (read for Book Binge)

Last for the week was Everybody’s Got A Story by Heather Wardell. The book follows Alexa who was assaulted by her longtime boyfriend. It’s been 2 years but after his trial she realizes that she hasn’t been living at all. She moves to Toronto to start again and tries to get a life and friends without everyone knowing what happened to her. This was a very emotional book but very well done. 4 out of 5 (read for Book Binge)


My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
Kinked by Thea Harrison
Forgiveness: Alek & Rose by Amanda N. Richardson

Happy Reading!

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