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5+ stars for The Art of Love and Murder by Brenda Whiteside #romanticsuspense #bookreview #ku

Title: The Art of Love and Murder (Wild Horse Peaks Book 1)

Author: Brenda Whiteside

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Book Blurb:

A woman searching for her past. A sheriff hiding in his present. Their future together threatened by murder.

Forty-three years after the airplane crash she survived killed her parents, Lacy Dahl is looking for answers. When her research uncovers secrets about the mother she never knew and disputes the identity of her father, someone is willing to murder to keep her discoveries hidden.

Sheriff Chance Meadowlark is still haunted by the death of his wife and the revenge he unleashed in the name of justice. When he meets Lacy, he is determined not to become involved, but their pasts make that impossible saving Lacy may be his only redemption.

Just as she begins to believe the present is more important than her past, Chance's connection and a murder spin her deeper into danger and further from love. When the truth is revealed, will the revelations free Lacy and Chance…or destroy them?

My Review:

Looking for a mystery wrapped in a romantic suspense that’ll keep you guessing until the very end? The Art of Love and Murder is so much more than your average romantic suspense set in the heart of Arizona. Twists and turns abound, a love flourishes, and the truth is finally revealed in a way I never expected. The characters, though, are what drive this intense romantic suspense.

This is book one of this series and it’s simply a feast for a reader’s senses. Every detail, every emotion, every action is intricately described. The setting is in a small town in Arizona. Brenda Whiteside takes the reader into what makes the southwest so inviting. It’s very immersive writing and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Like I mentioned above, the characters are what drive the plot. It’s through Lacy’s and Chance’s eyes the story unfolds. These characters are searching for truth not love, yet discover the answers to both. This romance is a second chance at love for them. I connected with Lacy and Chance while reading. I had no trouble rooting for them.

The suspense subplot is masterfully written. Secrets, lies, betrayal, and artwork surround Lacy as she researches her real parents. Why are people evading her questions? What really happened all those years ago? The more Lacy uncovers, the more danger she’s in. This is romantic suspense at its best.

If you’re a romantic suspense reader, dive into this compelling book. You’ll be just as addicted as me.

My Rating: 5+ stars

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Author Biography:

Brenda Whiteside is the award-winning author of romantic suspense, cozy mystery, and romance. After living in six states and two countries—so far—she and her husband have settled in Central Arizona. They admit to being gypsies at heart so won't discount the possibility of another move. They share their home with a rescue dog named Amigo. While FDW fishes, Brenda writes.

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Reviewed by: Nancy


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