Awesome. I have another author to add to my ‘buy’ list. One more home run with me and she’ll be on the ‘auto-buy’ list! And I’m absolutely gobsmacked that this is only her SECOND full-length novel! Just incredible how good these are for such a ‘new’ name.
“One Wrong Step” by Laura Griffin was a smart, action-packed romantic suspense novel that hit my sweet spot. The characters are just filled with foibles which makes for great twists and turns in the story. And the action? It’s intelligent with no TSTL events thrown in just to ‘move the plot’ and irritate me! And really good sexual tension between the lead characters leading to some steamy sex scenes that are the icing on the cake.
Celie was a secondary character in “One Last Breath”, but you don’t need to have read that book to enjoy this one. Her husband became involved with cooking the books for a South American drug-lord. Then when Celie ‘busted’ him, he tried to have her best friend killed! When he disappeared into Mexico, Celie was relieved and immediately filed for divorce. It turns out that he left behind a ‘little something’ and the book opens with him paying a visit to Celie…an hour later he’s dead.
Celie’s best friend already warned her about reporter John McAllister. He’s a gorgeous playboy…the last thing Celie needs right now. But as far as John’s concerned, Celie’s just…different. He’s doesn’t know what he wants with her, but it’s not just fun and games. He admired her courage from afar ten years ago. About nine months ago he finally met her after she was almost killed. Now, she’s in trouble again and this time he’s not leaving.
There is SO much going on in “One Wrong Step”. Personal issues, hopes and dreams, safety, battered women/children, barreness, adoption, crime, bravery…I could just go on and on. I think that’s what draws me into Griffin’s stories so quickly…I try to put myself into the heroine’s shoes and it seems all too easy to imagine.
I could kick myself for letting “One Wrong Step” sit in my TBR until now. But her next novel, “Thread of Fear”, will be out at the end of this month (Sep08) and you can bet it won’t sit for even a day after I pick it up!!