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Troyan Pryce had it all—a forensic pathology career, loving family, baby on the way—until a Mob kingpin bought her. Forced to use her special training and exceptional looks to rob men of their millions, she’s given up hope of ever having a life again, let alone finding romance. Until she meets her next mark, Assistant District Attorney Zachariah Taylor. Detective Grace Griffin dedicated years to breaking a human trafficking ring. When her best friend, Zachariah, falls for a victim and is taken by the Mob, she must risk her life, badge, and heart to rescue him and the woman he loves. Can she save them, or will they all end up dead?
Zach decided things were going to blow right then, but the spotlights came on, flooding the stage with intense white. Michaela Rosetti marched to a microphone at centerstage. She surveyed the crowd, head high, until silence descended.
“Gentlemen, welcome to White Oaks.” Applause rose and fell. “And a special welcome to the ladies here today. It’s wonderful to see you embrace the pleasures long considered the male’s privilege. Are you ready?”
The shouts and cheers rattled the china and cutlery on the tables.
“Ladies and gentlemen, it’s show time!” Michaela stretched her right arm toward an open set of doors. As the heart rending parade of children and teenagers crossed the stage, Michaela gave a succinct description of each. There were scattered catcalls and whistles, but mostly the crowd was all business. Here to buy a new piece for their collections. Zach pushed his untouched plate further away. The bloody meat was doing a number on his stomach.
Thirty-nine people, from one day to nineteen years old, crossed the stage and then nothing. Zach strained his neck to see through the doors. There was no sign of Troyan. “Where is she?” he asked under his breath.
“I don’t know,” Danilo said in a low whisper.
The spotlights changed from harsh retail white to the warm glow of a high end gallery. Michaela’s voice dripped bitter honey into the microphone. “Now our final selection of the evening. A lady, elegant and aristocratic. Fit to be a queen. Will she be your queen?”
Zach’s breath caught in his throat. The gaudy miniskirts and tube tops, negligees and leotards. What degrading getup had they forced Troyan to wear? She stumbled onto the stage, as though someone shoved her. The evening gown shimmered like a silver nimbus around her. The snug bodice displayed her figure, but it was regal. She was, indeed, worthy to be a queen. Far above and beyond any woman he had ever seen, but more than that, so much more, was the pure heart he knew beat—frantic and terrified—within her.
3 out of 5 (good)
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After reading the blurb on this book, I was extremely excited about reading this book. I love a good thriller with a good romance story along with it. When I got my copy for review, I dove right in. Sadly, it wasn’t quite as good as I had hoped, but I did enjoy the story.
There was a formatting issue on the review copy I received. As this could just simply be a review copy issue, it had absolutely no sway on my review for the book. I’m noting it just in case the final story was produced with a similar formatting issue.
The characters were well established in the story. They had good relationships with each other, and the villain’s were well written as well. They were absolutely evil, disgusting characters. The author did a really good job developing the characters. I applaud them in their work on that.
Details and descriptions were hit and miss. Descriptions were pretty much on par more of the time. I could visualize what was going on pretty easily. The details, however, were something that really seemed to lack. The story would be flowing great and then something would change, and I would have to back read to figure out what just happened. We would get through that hiccup and the story would be great, and then it would happen again. This was really my biggest issue with the book. It didn’t keep me from finishing the story and it didn’t keep me from enjoying the story. I enjoyed it, just wish a few things were different.
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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
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Crimson Falls was coauthored by two cousins.
DJ Davis is a Colorado native with mountains in her DNA. She is obsessed with the forests, lakes, and craggy peaks. The rugged high country and rich history of the state set the scene for her stories and provide drama, suspense, and natural beauty. When she's not writing or photographing the wildlife, she frequently disappears into the wilderness with her husband and dogs.
TR Kerby has led a life of high adventure and travel to exotic places… ok, not so much, but she has worn a lot of hats. She has been a fry cook, a trail guide, a horse trainer, and a veterinary technician as well as less other interesting things. Her weaknesses include chocolate and rescuing lost souls, mostly animals, but some sometimes people. She currently lives in the Rocky Mountains with some of her rescues including her husband, two dogs, and a herd of horses. She brings her varied life experience to the table in her books and short stories.
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