on Sep. 11, 2015 :
I received this ebook through ebooksforreview in exchange for an honest review.
I do not read a lot of suspense book and this was a new author to me. Overall the book was pretty good. I liked the alternating point of views and the way the characters were portrayed made them feel pretty realistic.
There were a few things that bothered me though. One of those things is the fact that sometimes, while alternating the POV, the authors seemed to over-look some things that were present in the other character’s section. For example, at one point one of the character sends a text message to another character, then the POV changes to this second character. The section starts with this second character’s reaction to a few text messages he received, but never the one sent at the end of the other section. This made me feel like the author wrote each POV with really looking at what happened with the other characters prior to the events told from one’s POV.
Another thing that bothered me was that we never really get to know the killer. By the end of the book, we still don’t know who he really was and what motivated him.
Aside from that though, I enjoyed the book!
(reviewed 57 days after purchase)
on Sep. 8, 2015 :
High adventure in the Colorado Mountains. This story is a very descriptive book which made it drag in places for me. I'm all about loving the forests and eating healthy, and her descriptions painted a beautiful scene, but it was more detailed than I preferred to read, so I found myself speed reading through parts of it. However, once the story got fast and dangerous, I enjoyed it. I always love a main character who is rough on the outside until someone chisels away to the heart beating inside. This was that kind of story. Lots of action. I adored Walsh and wanted him to get his happily ever after. Not a fan of the very end, but it should satisfy most romantics! I would like to try another book by her.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
on Sep. 5, 2015 :
Not Without You by Dianna Venetta
I received an ebook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Inspired Kathy (ebooksforreview).
I really enjoyed this novel. I loved the characters and the contrast of personalities - Lisa, the vegan and absolute nature lover with excellent knowledge and expertise as a hiker and Walsh the hard core marine disillusioned by people and living in mountains. The story line had me entranced - with a killer in the mountains pursuing and killing women, Lisa is vulnerable but determined to complete her research on the endangered boreal toad. After finding out from Walsh about the killer on the loose, Lisa’s research partner, Dale decides to leave but Lisa is committed to continue. Walsh admires Lisa for her determination but is concerned about her welfare, so tries to keep an eye her. Loved the suspense with some quite frightening parts. The setting in the high country of the Colorado Mountains is magnificent with the warm days and cold crisp nights. A great adventure story with romance!
(reviewed 53 days after purchase)
on Aug. 11, 2015 :
Lisa is researching a toad that is near extinction in the Rockie Mountains. She doesn't know that there is a killer who is in the mountains and following her. Walsh is a Marine who served in Afghanistan and is now living alone in the mountains looking for peace and quiet. When he sees Lisa and the person following her, he knows he has to protect her.
Walsh was a good character who was very capable of living alone in the mountains and looking out for people as all Marines are. I couldn't connect with Lisa though and found her hard to relate to. She was so intent on researching the toads that the rest of the world disappeared. She was an environmentalist that went way too far in not leaving a human footprint in the wilderness and not eating meat or killing an animal even though it was going to kill her. She was very capable but foolish at the same time. I guess because I didn't think much of Lisa, I couldn't see what Walsh liked about her.
The descriptions of the mountains were extremely well written. The vivid descriptions painted wonderful pictures of the beautiful but difficult terrain. The suspense of what the killer would do next and the romantic feelings between Lisa and Walsh kept my interest.
Please note I received a complementary copy of this book from Inspired Kathy in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
on Aug. 1, 2015 :
I received this book in exchange for my honest review. I thought this book was good n suspenseful I loved the ending
(reviewed 33 days after purchase)
on July 27, 2015 :
This was the first book I have read by Dianne Venetta. I have wanted to read a few of her books, and when the chance to give an honest review in exchange for Not Without You, I was so excited! Not Without You was a fast paced, thrilling read that kept my attention from the very beginning. Walsh was my favorite character, and I found myself wishing I could be rescued by him! I felt a little bit envious of Lisa... she had an awesome job of researching toads and their habitat, as well as hiking in the beautiful mountain setting. Lisa does run into some sticky situations, and she is very lucky to have a man like Walsh looking out for her. I found myself wanting to shake Lisa because of her carelessness when she was supposed to be knowledgeable of the environment and an experienced mountain-woman. Despite this, I enjoyed the story and would recommend Not Without You to anyone that loves a good mystery.
I received a free ebook in exchange for an honest review
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
on July 6, 2015 :
I liked this story, mainly I think because of both Lisa and Walsh (as he liked to be called). Lisa was skilled in mountain hiking, her "science" and she has training in survival and martial arts as well. She was tough but also totally focused when it came to her research, she usually zoned out into the work. Meaning she lets her guard down and isn't as careful. He begins to shadow her and make sure she is OK. Turns out as experienced as she was she still needed his help. Even though as Walsh gets to know her he begins to admire her intelligence, toughness and determination. Walsh is ex-military, Special Forces, and because of that is well able to take care of himself but he also knows how to live by his "gut" feelings. They have helped and saved his life and others many times and he will end up relying on them once again. Those gut feelings don't fail him when it comes to Lisa either.
Other than the mystery of who the killer is that is chasing them, there is also the conflict that comes from the attraction between Lisa and Walsh. He's torn wanting something more but so afraid to reach for a relationship. He has been disappointed by people too many times to count.
The secondary people in this story were good too and you get a chance to get to know them in a shortened form. Probably got to know Lisa's father the most.
This story was also very desciptive when it came to the country side and nature. While it was very well done, at times it felt a little bit too much for me at times. Other than that I did like the story.
"I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for a review."
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
on July 5, 2015 :
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. Dianne grabs the reader from the first page and keeps you involes to the end. Loved the imagery for the scenery and could picture the setting from memories of Wyoming and Montana. Enjoyed getting to know the character along their journey and looking forward to hearing more about this town.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
on June 30, 2015 :
Awesome 5 star contemporary romance that has it all. This is what I'd call a very mild romance. The author did an excellent job in writing her descriptions of the characters. She also appears to be a nature lover because her descriptions of the mountains, streams and even the grassy terrains equate to breathtaking scenery. I enjoyed the suspense, intrigue, the secondary characters as well as the romance as it developed. Walsh and Lisa are both strong (alpha) characters that know how to work together for a common goal and are well trained both mentally and physically in order to work up in the mountains. I look forward to reading more of Ms Venetta's books in the future. I received a free copy of this book from the author solely in exchange for an honest opinion.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)