Saturday, 5 December 2015

Review: Romantic Road by Blair McDowell

When Lacy Telchev buries her husband she finds herself in treacherous waters. Igor, much older than Lacy, had secrets. Suddenly Lacy is being chased across Europe by men who believe she can lead them to those secrets. Evading her pursuers with the aid of a chance acquaintance, the handsome and mysterious Max Petersen, Lacy travels across Germany, Austria and Hungary, to a shattering discovery in Budapest.
Along the way, she meets three women from Igor's past. As Igor's story unfolds through them, Lacy is less and less certain who her husband really was. Who can Lacy trust? Will she survive to find out?

Review: Blair McDowell is a new author for me, but one I'm really glad I picked up. I do think I've sen a few of her books around before, but when I read the blurb for Romantic Road there was no question that I'd finally be taking the plunge and reading one of her books. And it absolutely did not disappoint. This was one of the best romantic thrillers I've read all year, maybe ever. It did a great job of following some of the best tropes of the genre while still managing to surprise the reader, which is always impressive.

Romantic Road follows Lacy, who recently lost her husband... which unfortunately, is only the beginning of her problems. She has more than her share of secrets, and it looks like her husband may have had a few of his own, which doesn't make it easy for her to move forward. Thankfully, the wonderfil Max Petersen is there to help, and boy am I glad he is. Lacy is tackling some big stuff here as she tries to follow the clues Igor left behind, and it will take her directly into the path of government officials that she may be better off not getting in the way of. But that wouldn't make for a very good story, now would it? So Lacy and Max team up, and everything explodes from there.

The story is fantastically paced, and it's easy to root for every one of these characters. A must read for anyone who likes a little steamy romance mixed in with their intense mysteries!

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