Title: Concealed (Hidden #1)
Author: Victoria Michaels
Genre: Romantic Suspense 18+
Publication Date: December 10, 2013
Publisher: Crazy-Bee Press
Event Organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
Life has been complicated for Sydney Ross. Desperate for a new start, she leaves home but, during her travels, witnesses something that will forever alter the path of her life. On the run for the last six years, Sydney finds herself living the life of a nomad until she one day stumbles into a small town and hopes she's finally found a place to put down roots. With a good job in a local diner and, for the first time ever, friends who feel like family, things start looking up for Sydney. The biggest shock of all is catching the eye of the town’s most eligible bachelor, the sexy sheriff, Wade Jenkins.
Sparks fly between them, and it's not long before Sydney believes Elton, Missouri could be the home she's always wished for. But Sydney's past and her secrets have a way of catching up with her. When a brutal murder shakes the small town, Sydney is terrified that the countdown has begun on her time in Elton.
Have the shadows from her past found her again? The people who mean the most want her to stay, but that would put everyone, including her daughter, at risk. Can Sydney put her faith in Wade or will she keep running from a danger that even she doesn't fully understand?
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I am thrilled that we created space in our calendar for this book. We both knew that we liked Victoria Michaels from the other two works she's published and the synopsis for this book sounded way too good to pass up. Trust us...DO NOT PASS THIS UP. I think it says a lot that we are 3/3 reading for her + loving it. So, if that isn't a good endorsement then I just don't have anything, lol.
The prologue grabs your interest and then you arrive 6 years later and begin to piece together Sydney's story through her viewpoint, Wade's viewpoint and the ever wise and funny commentary from Agnes, Cara and Pete. Before you can really get the full story of how Sydney arrives in Elton, you find yourself sucked in to the flirty and awkward moments between Wade and Sydney. You find yourself rooting for them to talk, go on a date...ANYTHING because it just seems like it would be awesome between these two. It went from "OMG, what" to seriously adorable banter and back and forth between Sydney and Wade. He is the written definition of hottie in a uniform, and she has her reasons for not admitting that she likes him...but I was so ready for them to get together! The story progresses really well, and like Shel said, it did not take long for the hooks to get in us for this one!
The thing that makes this novel different from your standard romance is the events that cause Sydney, Wade, and the entire town to be on high alert. Bad things happen. Things get tense. Sydney gets nervous and you just want her to tell Wade or Agnes or someone her secret so that she can get help. EEEEP! She is a VAULT! (Omigosh, she can compete with Shel on that front =P lol.) I was impressed by the thriller element to this story as well as the lighter romance (sexual tension, anybody...the wait may almost kill you!) and I spent the majority of the book wondering how on earth she was going to pull it off. I can say that she 98% did...there are only a couple of questions that I am left with at this point, but I didn't get detailed by that too much.
I was interested from start to finish in this novel. The details come out in drips and drabs and so you keep turning pages to find out what you'll discover next. I was not disappointed and cannot wait to see where she takes this series. I am very interested too...I wonder what will come next!
Shelley: 4 Stars
Courtney: 4 Stars
Courtney: 4 Stars
About the AuthorVictoria Michaels is a wife and mother of many who lives her life in what seems like a constant state of motion. Kids’ sports, meetings, homework and general family fun take up twenty-seven hours of her day. In her thirty seconds of free time, Victoria likes to read, write and travel the country with her husband. She most enjoys writing about love and laughter, two things that are central to her everyday life. If you would like to know more about what’s coming next from Victoria, please check back at victoriamichaels.net for updates, news and sneak peeks of future releases.
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