Liam: Branded Brothers by Raen Smith
Romantic Suspense stand-alone
Release Date: April 17, 2014
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One letter can change it all...
When caregiver Charla Tayor arrives at the isolated cottage of a man suffering with Alzheimer's, she's given one instruction to carry out upon his death: to deliver a letter to a man named Liam Murphy. Three years later, she's face-to-face with the letter's recipient, a tattooed Irish Bounty Hunter who's exactly the type of man she's trying to avoid.
But Charla can't ignore their undeniable connection as Liam drags her deeper into her patient's troubled past. Just as she's opening her heart, her life teeters on a dangerous edge, and there's only one man who can save her.
I do love to read a book I know nothing about. Not even the genre. This is yet another that I’ve started reading to review and have not a clue what to expect. At around the 75% mark when I started to organise this post, I finally read that it’s romantic suspense. Well, yes, that fits nicely! I still didn’t read the blurb. No point by then.
I quite enjoyed this book even though it happened over the short span of only a few days. I guess in a suspenseful situation, a few days is all it takes for good to prevail or for shit to hit the fan. Or both. Like in Liam: Branded Brothers. Maybe it’s just that I’ve read books spread out over the time frame of a few months lately …
Liam: Branded Brothers has good characters (living ones too!), good storyline and good intrigue into the characters backgrounds. Funnily enough, for me, the character with the most ‘character’ was the one who didn’t live past the first chapter! He lives on through the whole book in one way or another – I won’t spoil it by telling you how J It’s the kind of surprise you need to find yourself! And there are few good surprises in here. By that half way mark, I was wanting more, wanting to know what was going to happen next and wanting my damn eyes to stay open just that little bit longer. Didn’t happen. I was happily taking the journey with the characters in a steady moving story. There was forward motion without it being frantic and the suckering-you-in bit was working well.
Now that it’s finished and I know what happens, I can say that no fingernails were lost in the reading of this story and no bottoms rested on the edges of seats, however, there was no putting it down either (except for that damn necessary sleep thing the night before). It wasn’t as fast paced as some romantic suspense novels I’ve read, but it wasn’t slow or dreary, and it kept moving at a good clip – as I said before, the story takes place over only a few days at the most.
It’s a standalone too, so if you’re looking for a book to read without having to worry about how long you’ll have to wait until the next installment, then this is a great one to pick up. I’d recommend it for sure.
Raen Smith is the author of the Unraveled Series and Southbound Surrender. She loves writing about complex characters with a sprinkling of happily ever after.
When she isn't writing novels, she spends her time wrangling two small sons and teaching at a technical college. She lives in a small corner of Wisconsin with her husband and two sons.
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