How are my fellow bookworms doing? It has been quite a while since I wrote a review for my blog again. I definitely missed this, but I did lose my drive some time back, but I'll discuss more about that in another post.
You guys may or may not understand how honored and humbled I am when authors personally reach out to me, asking if I would like to read their book and hopefully write a review. I'm sure it's the same with other bloggers out there, and that amazing feeling never really goes away no matter how many times you get asked. So I got that same pitter patter in my gut when I read the message from author Angela Evans presenting me Hiding in Plain Sight. Initially, I thought I'd just write a review on Amazon and Goodreads and that would be it. But after a few days, I realized that I MISS writing review. I miss reading novels and sharing my thoughts about them! So here I am, after 5 or 6 months, sharing this book with readers out there who likes a bit of suspense to go with their romance.
Author: Angela Evans
Publication Date: February 10, 2016
Published By: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Romance, Suspense
Source: Copy Given by Author
Kierra Centerand was once vivacious and outgoing, but that all changed the night her stepfather killed her family in an explosion that authorities wrote off as an accident. Now, ten years later, Kierra has returned to the small town of Briarview to find answers, confront her demons, and see if she can finally move on with her life. Not much has changed, Briarview is still the quaint, charming, small town Kierra left behind. Only now her high school boyfriend, Bryan, is the sheriff, and her stepfather is somewhere in the town, hiding in plain sight.
When Bryan Donaldson sees Kierra again for the first time, he is surprised—she’s no longer the fun blonde he remembers, but rather she’s shy, prone to panic attacks, and hiding from the world. When Kierra’s stepfather starts making threats, Bryan is determined to keep her safe in his arms, and in his bed, for life.
Hiding in Plain Sight was written with different POVs which works for me; I like getting into people's heads and knowing what they're thinking of and what they're feeling. In this book, we see the story through three different pairs of eyes; Kierra, Bryan, and the murderer. Unfortunately, the shift between POVs aren't as smooth as I hope it is. There were a few times when I thought Bryan was speaking, then realized it was really the bad guy's voice -- that was awkward and disturbing, I got to be honest.
The plot was interesting and got me really curious; a vivacious young girl, who saw the demise of all her loved ones, grows up to be a wary woman trying to blend in like a chameleon wherever she goes. She hates attention, and she especially despises people's stares. But because she wants to get rid of her anxiety problem, she decided to go to the root cause ... go back to the town she left and find out exactly what happened the night her family was killed. But the quick in-and-out plan that she had was quickly thrown out the window when her safety -- and heart -- are compromised.
Here's the thing: I really liked the plot, and at first I was really sitting on the edge of my seat because the build up for that big confrontation scene was intense. But then, the climax didn't feel justified enough for me. I'm not saying that it wasn't good, I was just expecting more action, more tension, and more pain. I felt like that big scene was rushed and didn't live much to the image I have painted in my mind.
But the story in general and the build up were fantastic. You'll really hate Kierra's stepfather -- hate him to the bone! The creep has no saving grace at all, and I pictured 50 ways on how I'll personally hurt or kill the sleazebag if I got my hands on him. The things he did, whooo boy! I won't give away the evilness that this bastard acted on but again, you will want to destroy him piece by piece.
Onto the sweeter things of the story, Kierra and Bryan are good together. They definitely have chemistry but it's not exaggerated or too farfetched. I've said this time and time again, but I'm not a fan of love-at-first-sight novels as I don't believe in such a thing, so I appreciate the fact that Bryan didn't claim any false feeling towards Kierra. It's not like he was going crazy without her because he loved her and still does, no there was none of that. He admits that he's IN LUST with her though which is great! It's the same with Kierra though -- that woman is in heat around Bryan. Balance.
The story was good, the characters were engaging, and the writing was excellent. As a whole, Hiding in Plain Sight is a good read that will use up a bunch of your emotions all at the same time. An easy 3.5 stars for this solid book from Angela Evans and like I said earlier, this will be a great read for people who like their romance with a bit of suspense and action.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Angela Evans has been creating stories in her own imagination since she picked up her first book. In high school she remembers sneaking a copy of a romance novel off her mother’s book case and immediately fell in love with the story, the genre, and the idea of falling in love!
Angela is currently obsessed with the genre of romantic suspense. When she’s not writing new stories you can find her binge watching cop shows looking for inspiration for those creepy villains every suspense story needs.