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Book Review for: “Prime Suspect”
Written by: Melanie Atkins
Desert Breeze Publishing
Reviewed by: S. Burkhart
Atkins pens a romantic, nail-biting suspense with “Prime Suspect,” Book Two in the New Orleans Detective Series.
Set in the Big Easy during winter time, ADA Marisa Cooper returns to her home after a hard day’s work and finds her ex-husband, Nickolai Assimov, dead in her garage. She calls the police right away. Marisa’s ex-boyfriend, Slade Montgomery (who she left at the altar) draws the case. Before he can conduct a gunshot reside test (which would help prove her innocence) Marisa’s dog, Daisy, discovers a bomb. Slade manages to throw it out of harm’s way, but it still goes off.
After the preliminary investigation, Marisa is the prime suspect in her ex-husband’s death and Slade is forced to arrest her.
Slade is also investigating a series of murders involving the Assimov siblings. He’s convinced whoever killed Nickolai, killed his siblings.
Marisa makes bail and Slade takes a vacation from the police force, hoping to keep her safe. Slade’s boss, Cole MacAlister, takes over the case. Safe house after safe house is compromised, and Slade is led to believe there might be two separate killers involved in Marisa’s case – one targeting her and one targeting the Assimovs. He’s also led to believe that one of the killers might be in law enforcement.
As Slade and Marisa go from safe house to safe house, the sexual tension between them grows until it explodes in a powerful lovemaking session between them. Can Slade keep Marisa safe so they can have a second chance at love?
Atkins’s writing is exciting. The plot flows well, slowing down just enough for the reader to get a breath before picking up again. The tension is as taunt as a bowstring, keeping the reader turning the page.
Atkins uses a good economy of words to paint New Orleans. Her descriptions never linger, but give the reader enough to see Marisa and Slade’s world.
Both Slade and Marisa are interesting characters. Marisa is trying to turn her life around after her divorce and make up for previous mistakes. She’s courageous in the face of danger. Slade is heroic as he protects Marisa, embodying the nobility a hero should have. He’s also very human as his feelings for Marisa are rekindled. Should he or shouldn’t he get involved with her again after she broke his heart?
The story is sophisticated/intense for romance readers. Atkins love scenes are sensual and tasteful. Overall, Prime Suspect is a story that will keep the reader on the edge of their seat as they turn the page.
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