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    Wednesday, 23 November 2016

    Sinful Secrets by Melissa Ohnoutka

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    Sinful Secrets

    by Melissa Ohnoutka
    Publication Date: November 14, 2016
    Genres: Adult, Entangled: Select Suspense, Contemporary, Romance

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    Synopsis: Event planner Joanna McNamee is scrambling to ensure her father’s company Christmas party goes smoothly, but one disaster after another has her convinced someone is trying to sabotage her career. With the help of a man from her past who she’s still not sure she can trust, she puts the pieces together and realizes her business is the least of her problems—a cold-blooded killer is out to destroy her father and take her as his prized possession.


    The last thing Deputy Ryker Kane expects is for a simple truck hijacking to throw him back into the middle of the Black Widow case he’d been forced to abandon, not to mention right into the arms of the sweet woman he’d let walk away ten years earlier. When he finds Jo Jo kidnapped and drugged, he has to use all his wits and skills honed from years as a detective to save them both. Despite the secrets between them, Ryker’s bound and determined to give them a second chance at love.

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    Sinful SecretsSinful Secrets by Melissa Ohnoutka

    My rating: 3 of 5 stars


    I'm erring on the side of caution with my star rating. I'm still not sure how to really rate this so I did a balance. Parts were worthy of 1 or 2 stars and some were worth 4. So there you go with my calculation :D

    Let's be frank. The cover and blurb of this book are
    ANNOYINGLY
    misleading. I expected suspense because that's what it stated. But with that cover, I also expected some sexy. Or even some romance. The romance part of this book was
    BARELY
    touched upon.



    This was romantic suspense... or suspenseful romance? While a connection was created between the main characters, Jojo and Ryker, and they were even given a past hookup, the details were vague. I'm not sure if it was intentional or not. But even their present encounters lacked chemistry so it could just be that the romantic side of their relationship was meant to take a back seat to the drama of the plot.



    To me, the suspense and mystery and drama of the plot took centerstage, and that was okay. This story had secrets, betrayals, murder, doubt, confusion, and plenty of action. It was an edge-of-your-seat introduction, for me, to this author's style and I recommend it to those who can appreciate action and suspense.

    Excerpt:

    “Oh, Ryker. I don’t know what to say. Thank you so much. You have no idea what this means to me.”
    “You can show me later.” He gave ​Joanna a sly smile and watched her blush.
    “Hmm…not sure I’m up to where that might lead.” She eased the blankets down, revealing those shapely legs he remembered from so long ago. Sexy as hell.
    “You can trust me.” He diverted his gaze when she caught him staring, feeling the tension spark through his muscles.
    “Can you toss me my robe?” She pointed to the chair in the corner.
    He did as she asked and helped her slip it over her shoulders, feeling the toned muscles of her upper arms. “You working out?”
    “A little. Don’t worry. No more Karate, but I like to stay fit. Does that surprise you, or scare you?” she laughed.
    “No. Not at all.” He let his thumbs massage the tense cords of her neck and felt her instantly relax. Awareness bounced back and forth between their bodies, her willingness to submit to his touch causing his breath to hitch.
    “That feels wonderful.” She rolled her neck, her head falling back to rest against his chest where his heart raced for the finish line.
    He cleared his throat. “If you want to see your father today, we best get going. That head nurse is a real piece of work. Not a compassionate bone in her body.”
    She locked eyes with his as she turned to pull the wheelchair away from the wall beside the bed and eased down into the seat. “You able to push this cripple around?”
    So caught up in his shit, he’d forgotten about her injuries. She had a nasty leg wound. Over forty stitches. Couldn’t walk on her own. Not without a lot of pain.
    “You betcha,” he said, stepping behind her and slipping his left arm out of the sling. The damn annoying thing was more standard procedure than anything else. The pain in his shoulder had subsided hours ago due to the drugs. “Going to look funny, me pushing you, since I have more bandages.” He chuckled and gripped the handles tight, waiting for her to settle in.
    “You really are my hero, ya know?” Her head fell back against his stomach again.
    Sparks ignited at her innocent action. “Just doing my job, ma’am.” If she only knew what hoops he’d jump through for her.
    “Liar,” she giggled.


    ABOUT MELISSA OHNOUTKA

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    Melissa loves to write suspense in all genres. She is an active member of RWA and has served as Website/Publicity/Library committee chair for the Northwest Houston chapter. Born and raised in Texas, she tends to dream big and believes good conquers all. Her husband and three kids mean the world to her. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with the family, camping, snow skiing, photography, painting and just goofing off around the house. You can learn more about her writing at www.melissaohnoutka.com.




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