Sunday, March 31, 2013

Fugitive Heart

Authors: Bonnie Dee & Summer Devon
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 9781619214682
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Expected Release Date: 04/30/13

With both parents dead and her brother Elliot missing, Ames Jensen is alone. Between waitressing and a side-job designing websites she’s able to support herself and save a little in hopes of buying her childhood dream house. Except before she has enough put aside, a stranger comes to town and he moves into her house. Ames is upset and ready to hate him but instead finds herself attracted despite their rocky start.

Nick Ross is on the run from the Esposito crime family. It’s all Elliot’s fault for making him into an accomplice for something he didn’t do and Nick’s life is in danger. Now he’s in the Jensen family hometown searching for the missing money and data that Elliot stole. Getting involved with Elliot’s sister is totally unexpected. When Ames discovers his true identity, it endangers them both, forcing Nick to protect her from his past.

Fugitive Heart is the newest release by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon. While I’m familiar with Ms. Dee, Summer Devon is a new author for me. I’m happy to report that these two have done a nice job seamlessly melding their writing styles together.

While the premise for this contemporary romance isn’t exactly new, Ames and Nick make it entertaining. The personalities of both are well developed and there’s plenty of information so the reader can understand their individual histories. The details of the town of Arnesdale and the house Ames loves helps makes the story come alive.  The pace is steady, there’s good secondary character integration and I enjoyed how Elliot remains a focus without ever actually appearing in a scene.

My niggles:
  1. Ames developing a relationship with Nick so quickly after learning why he’s really in town didn’t make sense to me. She never acted like she had doubts about him, which isn’t realistic.
  2. The whole crime family problem resolved too easily in the end.

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