Title: Controlled Burn
Author: Lynda J Cox
Genre: Western Historical Romance
A freak accident takes away every memory of Allison Adams's life for the past decade. It also leaves her sightless. She isn't sure of anything, not even who she has been for the past ten years, but when the man claiming to be her husband holds her, it feels familiar and right. How can she be certain this is where she belongs?
Sharing his life with the woman he adores and their two children has given A.J. Adams the strength to keep his demons buried. When a murderous specter from the past rises, igniting new challenges, everything A.J. cherishes hangs in the balance. To win Allison's love again, he'll battle those demons. Fortunately, surrender has never been in his vocabulary.
Is there any chance to regain sight of their past and see a way to a shared future?
When an old enemy, captures his wife and two children, A.J. must surrender in the hopes of exchanging his life for theirs. But when a horrible accident takes away the memory and sight of his beloved wife (Allison), A.J. must do everything in his power to protect his children and the woman he loves.
Allison wakes up with no memory of the past ten years and is blind. A strange man claims to be her husband and the father of her two children. She has no choice but to believe him. What’s happened to her? Why can’t she see and how is she ever going to reconcile her new life? Her heart tells her to trust A.J. but can she?
A heart-wrenching story about second chances, living each day to the fullest and the power of love. Controlled Burn captured me from the very first page. The action and the drama of life in a wild west township add depth to the story. A.J. and Allison are honestly drawn characters with demons and insecurities to overcome. Hope and love against a backdrop of hate are portrayed brilliantly. Lynda Cox uses such descriptive language, it was easy to be transported back in time. I’m not a western romance reader but I thoroughly enjoyed Controlled Burn. I can’t wait to read more from Lynda Cox.
Favorite Character/Quote: A.J. is my favorite character in this story. Why? Due to circumstances beyond his control, he must start again with Allison. He has to take on the role of both husband and wife with their two children as well as Allison while she heals. She’s blind but that doesn’t matter to him. His struggles are real and my heart went out to him so many times.
My Rating: 5 stars
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Lynda J Cox was born and raised on the south side of Chicago into a family of staunch White Sox fans. Too bad she bleeds Cubbie-blue. She also was raised on a steady diet of syndicated western television shows, John Wayne movies, and the Sunday night staple of Lassie. She blames those influences for her love of the American west, the cowboy way of life, and her show collies. Those television shows and John Wayne have deeply influenced what she writes: western historical romance.
Cox holds a master’s degree in English from Indiana State University with a concentration in creative writing (and, no she won’t give the degree back!).
When she isn’t writing, she can be found on the road, travelling to the next dog show.
Two of Cox’s books have won The Laramie: one for best debut novel and one for best western romance. Her previous release through the Wild Rose Press was a finalist and runner-up in the prestigious RONE Awards.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N