The Impostor, A Love Story

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Rated 4.60/5 based on 10 reviews
Escaping an abusive ex-boyfriend, Nicole flees to Alaska and finds unexpected love. Dylan's chiseled body, charm and chocolate brown eyes captivate her and Nicole begins to fall in love and feel safe, but is her security a façade? Her innocent beauty soon taunts a sinister man and she is caught in a web of deception and danger. Someone evil is stalking her. Will she be saved? Or will she be hunted More

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About Tiffany Carmouche

Tiffany Carmouche

When Tiffany Carmouché is not writing Romance novels, you can find her sculpting, traveling, teaching, singing, dancing, escaping in music or enjoying her family.
From sky diving in Alaska to scuba diving in Hawaii, Carmouché loves to travel the world. Some of her adventures include riding camels in Africa, swimming under the stars in Puerto Rico, dancing salsa in Ecuador, and walking the cobblestone roads of Assisi, Italy. She has also found fulfillment working with the disabled and orphans in Argentina and Mexico. Her most cherished moments, however, have been watching her two beautiful daughters grow and strive to accomplish their own dreams.
Despite all of these amazing experiences, she has survived many struggles. There was a time she felt defeated, but now she is recommitted to savoring experiences both in the novels she writes and in the life she lives each day. And her secret hope is anyone who is struggling will realize there is a light at the end of the tunnel and no matter how hard the fight, no matter how many times they have been knocked down, it is always worth staggering up to their feet and learning to breathe again.

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Review by: Samantha Woods on Dec. 01, 2013 :
I loved this book... I think that Nicole is a very strong woman to be able to go through what she did and still have the strength to keep going and trying to make a better life for herself and her daughter. She is also very strong to have been able to resist Dylan for so long.. lol. I can definitely see why she is feeling an attraction to both men. I kept hearing that there are cliffhangers in all of these books and boy what a cliffhanger... lol.. I cannot wait to read the next one now. I started the book this morning and could not put it down and I am pretty sure I will be the same way with book 2. Thank you Tiffany for writing such a great book and leaving me in suspense... Good thing I already have book 2 and can dig right in! I would definitely recommend reading this book... :O)
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: sheyann sword on Oct. 31, 2013 :
I love this book!!! It is full of intrigue and suspense. What a cliff hanger!! I love the characters and I can't wait to read the rest of the series. I would definitely recommend this book to others.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Lindsey Gray on Aug. 10, 2013 :
Nicole is a young mother who unfortunately fell in love with the wrong guy. She had been living in relative peace with her four-year-old daughter, Jessica, until her ex got out of jail and began stirring up trouble again. Desperate to give her daughter a better life, Nicole finds an opportunity to move to Alaska. She takes her best friend, Emily, and leaves Jessica in the safety of her parents care.

As soon as they get there, I remember sighing in relief for the two. The bar/restaurant they get jobs at seems like a good place with a great boss, Bradley. Carmouche created an atmosphere that I could easily put myself into and it put me at ease.

When Dylan, the player/singer, was introduced into the story, I admit, I didn't like him for Nicole. When someone is starting over, it is not really a good time to get into a relationship. Dylan didn't seem to be anything good for Nicole. This is where a writer's brilliance is shown. My opinion of Dylan really changed over the course of the novel. I ended up really believing he wanted something real with Nicole.

This story started out as a new beginning/love story, but morphed into a hypnotizing suspense. Nicole is smart, but she's human and trusts someone she should not have. It puts her life and the lives of her friends in a deadly situation. Carmouche had me on the edge of my seat trying to direct the characters as I was reading the novel climax. When you get so emotionally involved with the characters that you actually talk to them like they will talk back, that is a sign of ingenious writing.

Carmouche gives the reader an intricate plot that keeps you guessing with each paragraph. Even with the novel written in Nicole's point of view, the reader gets a strong sense of the other characters. It was a thrilling read that had me reaching for the next book of the series, "Obsession and Sacrifice", as soon as I was done.

Thank you so much to Tiffany Carmouche for allowing me to be part of her tour and providing me with a copy of "The Impostor" in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Wolf Paw Publications on July 26, 2013 :
*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

This was a surprising story. I'm not really a romance reader, but the author asked if I would read it for her tour and I can never tell a friend no.
I was really surprised! I instantly fell in love with the klutzy, accident prone main character Nicole. Her past is as jaded as my own and I found myself able to easily relate to her and her desire to give her daughter a better life.
I admit Dylan's reaction to Nicole came as a shock. Bradley's not so much.
I found no errors in this work, no formatting issues, everything flowed seamlessly.
The thriller part will definitely keep the reader on their toes even though it's obvious early on who the killer is.
The ending...The ending will without a doubt leave the reader wanting to know what happens next. I personally hope there's a sequel.
I give this book 5 of 5 paws
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Crystal Walborn on July 21, 2013 :
Tiffany, Tiffany, Tiffany....you left me hanging!!!!!

The Imposter is a fantastical read. It takes you on such an incredible journey of a single mother trying to provide a better life for her child. Tiffany captured the sacrifices of being a parent and the survivor of abuse.

Nicole quickly makes friends and captures the eye of an incredibly sexy lead singer and also the eye a stalker. She isn't sure who to trust and she has her suspicions but the true nature of the beast rears it's ugly head and it's a whopper!!!!

I really enjoyed reading The Imposter and already started Obsession and Sacrifice.

I am hooked on these Alaskan hotties!!!!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Vicki Lake on June 22, 2013 :
I picked up this book yesterday and started reading, I finished one night later. I must say that from the very first page you had me hooked Tiffany! So many things happened in this book that I did not expect and it had me on the edge of my seat the entire time! I laughed out loud and cried. I loved Tiffany's writing. I could picture being right in the book with Nicole, the main character, and felt her love, laughs and heart ache like they were my own! I truly hope Nicole gets what she wants out of life and finds the happiness and peace she deserves so much! Thank you for a wonderful book. I cannot wait to start "Obsession & Sacrifice" this weekend. This book has so much more to it than romance, so if romance is not really your thing, but you like a suspenseful thriller, you will love this book!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: N Kuhn on May 07, 2013 :
WTF! That's my title for this review, because damn, there's no better way to describe it. This whole book is a rollercoaster of emotions. Up and down. The action is edge of your seat, sweating, yelling at the book.. NOOOO!!! The love between Dylan and Nicole takes time to build, but is so worth it. You can feel it! Then there's Brad! Oh wow. This just really is such a great book. The depth of underlying tone, dealing with abuse, showing there is life after it, really means something. The characters are so well developed. The beautiful picture painted with the words in this book, make me want to go to Alaska so bad. I can't wait to dive into the next one! This was so good!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Nita B on March 30, 2013 :
This book provided by the author for an honest review.

The Impostor, A Love Story was a story about twenty-two Nicole Carlisle, a woman starting her life over in Alaska after a very tumultuous and abusive relationship with her daughter's father. Accompanied by her best friend Emily on her journey, they encounter one difficulty after another just trying to get to their destination -- including missing one flight and almost missing another. But, thanks to a kind soul, Bradley (aka Brad), the girls find their way on a sold out plane and begin their big adventure. During their flight, the girls are completely charmed by Brad because of his good nature and subtle sparks simmer between him and Nicole. But Nicole is hesitant to start a new relationship because of the dealings she had with her ex. Parting ways amicably from Brad, Nicole and Emily settle into their new home and look toward starting their waitressing job at the local watering hole. Expecting never to see Brad again, the girls are surprised to discover that he is their new boss. As time goes on, Nicole and Brad establish a nice working rapport the buds into a lovely friendship.

Enter Dylan Richardson.

Dylan is a hot and sexy guitarist for one of the bands that is playing at the bar where Nicole and Emily work. If sparks simmered between Nicole and Brad, they were almost nuclear between Dylan and Nicole. Every interaction between them was full of chemistry and mildly veiled attraction from Nicole but very overt interest and flirtation from Dylan. The two begin a sultry dance of "will they, won't they" and eventually, the "will they" wins out after steady pursuit from Dylan. Nicole allows her feelings for Dylan to deepen and learns to trust in love again.

But sadly, all is not quiet in Alaska. A serial killer is on the loose and he is the most diabolical of all kinds because he is disguised as a friend. Can they figure out who the imposter is before it's too late?!?!?

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Overall, I enjoyed The Impostor, A Love Story. The premise of the story was interesting and I always appreciate a good romantic thriller. I absolutely loved Dylan. He was very sweet...very understanding...and very loving to Nicole and her daughter Jessica. I would have ripped him from the pages of my Kindle and taken him as my own if I could have. Unfortunately I had a love/hate relationship with Nicole though. Sometimes I really liked her character. She was a young woman trying to make her place in the world on her own terms. I could totally respect and appreciate that dimension of her personality. However, her naiveté grated on me at times. There were a few times when my Kindle was in peril of "Shaking Kindle Syndrome" because I was trying to shake some sense into Nicole. The clues to the serial killer were subtle but they were there for the reader to follow the trail. Nicole was totally oblivious to them though. I'm sure Nicole's portrayal was intentional by Ms. Carmouche but the girl barely escaped with her life because of it.

For those who enjoy high octane stories from beginning to end be prepared to appreciate a story with a slow build up. The action did not pick up until my Kindle was about at 60%. It was definitely a slower pace than I typically enjoy but the story was not unenjoyable. The Impostor, A Love Story. was a solid start to Carmouche's thrilling trilogy series. I mostly enjoyed everything about it........except the dreaded cliffhanger at the end.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Natshane on Jan. 23, 2013 :
I do not know whether I should be awed by the thrilling story plot or the swooning romance. Not many authors can pull through a good thriller, especially something as nail biting as this one, but I have to admit that every ounce of my being was spooked, psychopaths are my favorites!

To properly start off my review, The Impostor will set your heart on a race, not only because you are falling for the male characters, but because the "goriness" and the "feeling of being stalked" was perfectly described that it felt real enough. With my lights on and curtains drawn, I could still feel my goosebumps, thumbs up for that!

One thing that stood out in this story is the effort the serial killer put in just to reel in his prey, disguising himself as one of the good to earn the trust of Nicole, the female protagonist (I can't reveal the name of the sadistic character as I would have given away a HUGE part of the story). I have to say it takes patience to create the perfect set up, and of course the patience and passion of the author to write the story. I had came across thrillers that seemed a little bit too rushed and that just ruined the fun.

Despite the brutal murders taking place, Alaska has been warmer than I thought! It was easy to adapt to the community there especially when we are reading from Nicole's point of view. I sympathizes her because she came from an abusive background, my heart ached for her at how she was treated before, her dreams was crushed, not to mention her bones were crushed along by her terrifying ex-husband Ronald. On the other hand, I respected Nicole because she prioritzes her daughter above all, although I wish the story would feature her relationship with her daughter more.

As Nicole moved to Alaska, she met two amazingly dashing guys who are beautiful in their own ways. Another love triangle? Well, I would admit that I love this triangle more than I should, and I could not wait to see how it turns out. That must have said something huh? Dylan Richardson, being one of my favorite character plays an important part in giving Nicole back her confidence, and I started rooting for Brad at the end of the story. The teaser was a killer! I just have to start reading the next book right away!

Of course, Nicole's best friend, Emily was one of the biggest influence in her life, every character in the story shines! The author definitely made sure of that! Even the psychopath played his role well.

An amazing read! Moving on to next book immediately!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: The Book Diaries on Jan. 05, 2013 :
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Ok, how hard is it to write a review on a book that you both loved and hated? Really hard. I enjoyed this story immensely but I hated the main character Nicole. Ugh, she was so smack worthy to me. So I can deal with the helpless, always needing to be saved female characters but Nicole was the most naive, hard headed character ever for me. Tiffany is a great writer, her story The Impostor, is so well written. She has the ability to keep the reader engaged in the story with such mystery and suspense. I never knew what was coming, or where she was going to go with the story. So my two favorite things that got this it's 4 Star review, was the originality of the story and the actual story itself. Tiffany really brings to light what a young single mother will do for their child, even though their determination might make them partially blind. I have admiration for anyone who is willing to sacrifice everything to make the life for their child(ren) better. The second book, Obsession and Sacrifice, will be available soon. Enjoy.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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