Sunday, October 9, 2011


Title: Verdict
Author: Melody S. Monroe
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61034-568-1
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary, Suspense
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx 

Susan Chapman followed in her deceased father’s footsteps and became a prosecuting attorney.  She loves her job and is devoted to putting criminals away, until her car blows up with her best friend inside.  When she wakes up in the hospital days later, she finds FBI agent Stone Watson assigned as her bodyguard.  Susan wants to refuse the offer of any assistance but doesn’t.  Later when she learns he has ties to the mob, she is torn between trusting him and abandoning him. 

Stone grew up living among the mob and now has distanced himself from them, knowing that he can lose his job if the FBI finds out about his past.  When the mob boss is executed for the crime of murder, someone goes on a killing spree, starting with the jurors that convicted him and last on his list is Susan Chapman.  Stone must keep her safe and he soon finds them on the run, unable to settle down in each place they go in an attempt to hide.   

Verdict is quite a story with so many twists and turns, it’s hard to figure out who the villains are.  I truly enjoyed reading this book, learning more about the main characters and the mob families.  The villains are very tricky and they managed to put the blame on someone innocent.   

Susan’s personality is impressive, lacking at times but strong when needed.  Her immediate liking of Stone gives her a positive attitude about him, which should help when they are alone.  Stone is not a trusting person, yet he finds himself admiring Susan’s courage throughout their attempts to keep ahead of the villains who are chasing them.  I really admired both Susan and Stone for their ability to overcome each trial they faced. 

This is a new author for me and I really enjoyed the suspenseful, mind boggling mystery that kept me wondering all the way to the end of the story.  I look forward to reading more from Ms. Monroe in the future.

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