Monday, November 23, 2015

Review: Chasing the Girl in Red by Jean Russell

Title: Chasing the Girl In the Red Dress
Author: Jean Russell
Type: Novel
Length: 289 pages (Kindle)
Publication Date: July 28, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance (A Dark Romance)


Sam – He has the, power, and looks. However, there are rumors about Ace Erickson – rumors that go well beyond his fascination with brunettes, and how he conducts his business. As a former fighter, turned hairstylist for the dead, I'm not afraid of the Boogie Man or things that go bump in the night but Ace is not like any other man. And when those beautiful brown eyes focus in on me I swear he is looking for something – something only he can see. Will his desire for the truth put me in danger or will my lies destroy the both of us. 

Ace – After searching all of my life for the Girl in Red I finally have a name, Samantha. When I found her hiding in the shadows of the mortuary I thought to myself – surely this can't be her. But isn’t that how destiny works? A meeting that is so random and implausible that it reminds you that something bigger than you is possibly out there. With Samantha finally in my life I 'm one step closer to finding a cure, and learning the truth about what I really am! 

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This book was such a refreshing read and one of the most enjoyable ones I've read this year. It’s what I would consider a paranormal suspense with lead characters that the reader can’t help but love. Samantha ‘Sam’ is the girl from the ‘wrong side of the tracks’ and Achilles ‘ACE’ is the successful ‘All American Guy’, but appearances can be deceiving. 

The author did a great job of weaving a story that is full of twists, turns and the unexpected. Samantha is the beautiful MMA fighter who can hold her own against just about anyone until she meets big shot Ace Erickson. His character is cocky, arrogant, attractive and the all-around great catch for any female who can catch him. Their chemistry as lead characters work very well together because both have just about the same level of cockiness. The story is full of so many great elements (angst, action, and a guy with superhero potential, foul mouthed little kids, strong secondary characters and some all-around funny stuff) that make a story great. Chasing the Girl in Red has some very good action sequences (which I happen to like a lot) and is ‘in your face’ with some other social issues that I haven’t seen addressed really in this genre. It’s nice to have an author who is unafraid to approach sticky subjects (especially if it’s appropriate for the book and its setting). Unfortunately, the story has some issues with editing that hopefully can be corrected. Overall rating for this book is 3.5. 

I will definitely continue to follow along to see what happens next with Ace and Sam.

~~ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.~~

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