Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Threat of Danger by Dana Marton

Falling in love can be a deadly proposition in this pulse-quickening Mission Recovery novel from the New York Times bestselling author.

Jess Taylor and Derek Daley were in the throes of first love in a small Vermont town when they were kidnapped by a serial killer. They escaped his clutches—but not the trauma of the unsolved crime. With their lives changed forever and their romance cut short, they went their separate ways to exorcise their fears.

Jess is living on the edge as Hollywood’s hottest stuntwoman. It’s no longer terror thrumming through her veins. It’s adrenaline. Derek is a former Navy SEAL spinning his ordeals into heart-pounding bestselling thrillers. But when Jess is called home on a family emergency, she must face the past—and face the man she left behind, who is just as haunted and, like her, still so much in love.

Now, as an old flame reignites, Jess and Derek are taking advantage of second chances and putting their bad memories behind them. But here, in the quiet town of Taylorville, a killer is getting a second chance as well.

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Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

4.5 stars

A second chance romance and a second encounter with a serial killer combine in a story set in a small town in Vermont. The result is alternately sweet and terrifying. It is an exciting read with well-developed characters and a beautiful sense of place.

After a terrifying incident in college, Jess made sure she would never again be a victim. Ten years later, she is a successful and fit stunt woman with a pretty scary skillset. Similarly determined to never let the past repeat itself, Derek became a Navy SEAL. But when Derek and Jess both return to their hometown, they realise that the past hasn’t finished with them.

I loved the contrasts in this book. I can’t think of anywhere more peaceful than Jess’ family’s maple syrup farm in rural Vermont. Tiny hints of the predator who was never found play out against Jess’ quiet family dramas. Similarly, Derek’s reclusive life as an author contrasts starkly with his experiences as a SEAL and the thrillers he writes. For most of the book, it is impossible to untangle Jess’ PTSD and paranoia from her current fears.

Jess and Derek are kinda perfect together. I love that the conflict between them is about the past events Jess still associates with Derek – leaving their relationship free from unnecessary angst. They feel like adults and they communicate like adults.

The thriller part of this book starts slow and explodes near the end. Parts of the story were crazy scary. I liked that I didn’t figure out the whodunnit until almost the end – and that there were clues that I missed along the way. I really enjoyed this book.

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
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When the worst time of your life is coupled with what you hope to be the best night of your life and you survive, you tend to run as fast and as far as you can when you get away. That's what happened to Derek and Jess.

They survived but it changed them. Some people believed they made up the entire thing, others believed them but were accusing all the same.

Jess begged her parents to sell the land and move, but they refused, so she left and never looked back. She never wanted the notoriety or the publicity and every time a story ran in the local paper about what happened, she turned inside herself a little more. She didn't even return to town for her father's funeral because of her fear of the local press.

Derek has lived with the guilt of not being able to save Jess from the torture and rape. Not only could he not stop it, he had to watch it. He was to live to tell everyone what had happened there, in that tiny camper. Except they got away.

Ten years later, she's back because of her mother's failing health and she really has no choice. Over the years, both she and Derek have matured but have never forgotten that fateful night that changed everything for them. Although they suspect the killer is still out there, they just don't realize how close he really is.

A very good book that keeps you guessing until the very end.

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Thriller
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Jess and Derek have a shared traumatic experience. They were just teenagers, but it left a mark on both of them so deep that they both had to get away. Jess ran as fast and as far as she could – despite her family choosing their business and their way of life, Jess knew that if she stayed, she'd forever be known as the victim. Derek ran, but in a much more "save the world" type manner. After joining the armed forces, he realizes that he is much better off writing and entertaining.

When Jess' mom has a bad fall, she has no choice but to return to the town that is in each of her nightmares. However, once there, she realizes that she can fit in both worlds. Despite having a horrible experience in her young life, coming home does have a certain comfort.

Derek is trying to live his life, but when he realizes Jess is back, sees that there is still a major attraction there, he can't help but see if he can rekindle what could have been. He is now a successful author and a part of Jess' family, since she was gone so long.

These two dance around the mystery of their abduction and torture – is the killer truly out there? Will anyone believe them this time? Who else must go missing in order for their story to be taken seriously? Both Derek and Jess believe that their kidnapper is still at large, however, the evidence to support that is thin.

This story kept you guessing and didn't disappoint. The secondary characters were also well developed and added a great depth to the story. I can't wait for more.

Also Available in the Mission Recovery Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Silent Threat post.

Dana Marton is the New York Times bestselling author of the Agents Under Fire series, the Hardstorm Saga, and the Broslin Creek novels. She is the winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, the Readers’ Choice Award, and the RITA Award. For more information about Marton and her work, please visit her on her website or on Facebook

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Threat of Danger (Mission Recovery #2) by Dana Marton to read and review.

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