Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Spotlight Review: DARK AWAKENINGS by Laura Billingsley
DARK AWAKENINGS - Laura Billingsley
The McGillis Family Chronicles, Book 1
Whiskey Creek Press Torrid - http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/torrid/
Erotic Romantic Suspense
Mid-Western United States - Present Day
Darby Rush is trying to get on with her life after her husband, Sean, a detective, was killed in an undercover operation. She has to be strong for her precious eight-year-old daughter, Amy. But Amy is well-adjusted and has a new friend to keep her happy. Jeff McGillis is the same age as Amy, and he is staying with his uncle and aunt while his father goes on a business trip. Jeff’s father, Adam, owns a horse ranch, and Jeff hopes to work with his father this summer. Amy and Jeff meet at Sunday school and become the best of friends.
This summer should be fancy free, and but a sinister individual is watching Darby’s every move. He wants Darby and will stop at nothing to have her for his own. Darby quickly realizes that she is being watched as she notices a man in a pickup following her wherever she goes. She decides to call Sean’s good friend, Sheldon Williams, who also goes by the nickname “Six Pack” to check out this peeping Tom. Sheldon cares for Darby and wants to protect her. So, he gets some of his hard-nosed buddies to investigate. He hopes this will change Darby’s feelings for him from friendship to love.
But as Amy and Jeff become even closer, Sheldon doesn’t count on Darby meeting Adam. Adam is definitely interested in Darby and starts a tentative romance with the young widow. As things progress between the two, Darby’s stalker has become more aggressive and resorts to another plan of action. He will find a way to kidnap Darby and make her do whatever he wants, and if he succeeds, he may just kill her also.
Laura Billingsley has written an interesting tale with romance, mystery, and suspense all rolled into one. The first few chapters introduce two children who are carefree and beloved by both their families. I initially thought this would be a matchmaking romance where Amy and Jeff try to get their parents together. Instead, DARK AWAKENINGS becomes a dark tale and every woman’s nightmare when a deranged stalker wants Darby in the most disturbing ways. By the time Darby is able to let go of the memory of her first husband and become lovers with Adam, there is a sense of impending doom because of the unknown villain of the piece. When all the pieces of the puzzles fall together, it maybe too late for Darby.
The romance between Darby and Adam is very hot, sexy and shouldn’t disappoint most readers. But I must give a word of caution. Towards the end of DARK AWAKENINGS, there are some graphic scenes of sexual abuse by the stalker and what he does to Darby. Because of this, I had to stop reading and re-focus myself for what was to come. But ultimately, Darby is saved by Adam and Sheldon, who is also a true hero in his own right.
For one taut story that has a nice romance with an underlying storyline about the importance of family, DARK AWAKENINGS will keep you on the edge of your seat till the very end.
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