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Annette Francine resides in the metropolitan Phoenix area. After writing romantic suspense intended for traditional publishers, but unable to suppress the Christian themes and understories persisting in her stories, she fully subjected herself to the direction of her muse. Her books are best described as sensual romance, involving fallible Christian and non-Christian characters, simmering in a broth of suspense, where love and faith ultimately triumph.
While she hopes her readers find her stories both encouraging and uplifting, in order to depict realistic characters and situations, and also to stay true to the stories she feels driven to tell, it's important to understand that her characters do not always portray and should not be expected to reflect good examples of Christian beliefs or behaviors, nor her own attitudes. However, she hopes some of the conflicts and arguments presented in the plots encourage readers to explore/study Scripture (The Bible) for a clearer and solid understanding of its principles and doctrine.
on Oct. 23, 2012 :
A strong debut novel from Annette Francine!
Set in quaint Key West, Florida, the "shadows" of a dark underworld of drug smuggling threaten the peaceful neighborhood of Kendall Smith. But the piratical man she suspects is responsible is not only undeniably sexy, he's not what he seems.
Francine captures the quirkiness of life in such a distinct setting with lovely descriptions, interwoven with thrilling suspense, complex character development, and riveting sexual tension. The drama culminates in fantastic action scenes, leaving the reader breathless. Hero Bryce is a compelling concoction of tortured soul in a hot bod, while heroine, Kendall, is a believable and sympathetic good girl. Her mistakes show she is flawed, not hypocritical, and her reactions are reasonable, not holier-than-thou.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
on June 04, 2012 :
Loved this book! It had been a long time since I have read a 'real' romance novel and it was refreshing to experience a 'grown-up' story, one that didn't involve vampires, damsels in distress or the unrealistic naiveté of the heroine. I appreciated the credible description of the setting and found myself relaxing in the low-key vibe of the island. I would not have minded if the characters had to each work just a little harder to win each other over, but that is irrelevant when countered with the impressive way their longing was expressed and cleverly sustained.
I was especially happy with the ending. While it was anticipated (it is a romance novel after all) it guarantees nothing, leaving this story open for perhaps a sequel... Or two. I hope.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
Robert Rowan III
on April 29, 2012 :
Great book. Read it twice. I loved the romantic tension mixed with the action. My heart raced a few times!!! Every girl's fantasy is to get the bad boy and turn him around.
(reviewed the day of purchase)