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Annette Francine resides in the metropolitan Phoenix area. After writing romantic suspense intended for traditional publishers, but discovering that she could not suppress the Christian themes and understories that persisted in her books, she fully subjected herself to the direction of her muse.
While she hopes that her readers find her stories both encouraging and uplifting, plot details include adult language and explicit sexual content. Her characters do not always portray and should not be expected to reflect good examples of Christian behavior nor her own attitudes.
It is important to the author to help others and improve the circumstances of those in need. At least half of the proceeds from her novels are donated to Care, St Mary's Food Bank, and the Wounded Warriors Project. If you did not legally purchase this book, please consider donating the equivalent funds to a reputable humanitarian charity. Thank you.
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 within a week of 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 within a month of 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)