Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Out of the Past

Title: Out of the Past
Author: Terri J. Lynn
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61304-580-0
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary, Suspense
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx 

Detective Mike Rawlins has a new case - to hunt down an assassin whose out to kill Melissa Wendell.  His main concern is why she would become a victim after checking out her background.  When Mike questions her, he begin to see a pattern unfolding of how the villain is working and there is more involved than he thought there would be.  Mike is very skeptical of Melissa’s sister’s ability to sense evil lurking, but he becomes a believer as time passes. 

Amateur genealogist Melissa is working on her family’s history and unknowingly uncovers a secret from her past.  What she doesn’t know is that by asking questions, she has put herself in the line of fire with the Mafia, because of land previously owned by her grandfather.  The first time she meets Det. Rawlins, she feels an intense attraction and sparks fly between them.   She is immediately interested, but makes every effort to hide her feelings from him.  When her sister comes for a visit, Melissa wonders if there is more to the visit than expected. 

Out of the Past is a very intense story that I really enjoyed reading.   There is so much truth and realization relating to everyday life; it makes the book more believable.  All of the characters contributed so much and I am just thrilled watching Melissa and Mike cultivate their relationship, because it seems they need each other. 

Ms. Lynn did a great job of creating a story that shows how secrets can unknowingly cause harm or bring family members closer.  Mike has some insecurity that seems to keep him from having a better life, although it seems he is eventually able to get past them.  Melissa is a very reserved person, who is a rooted workaholic and loves her family a lot.  These two characters knew what they wanted, but didn’t want to rush life.  This is a new author for me and I look forward to reading more from her. 

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