Romance Books

Within Temptation by Tanya Holmes

Genre: Mystery, slight Romance
Goodreads Shelves: Mystery
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars
My recommendation: Read it for a good mystery, romance, not so much

Summary from goodreads.com:

Twelve years after her mother’s murder, Shannon Bradford fears she may have helped convict an innocent man. Even worse, her prominent family may have had something to do with it. Desperate for answers, she seeks help from the one person least likely to give it. Her best friend and childhood crush, Trace Dawson. The man she sent to prison.

Serving hard time for murder has left Trace angry and bitter. As far as he’s concerned, digging into the past won’t replace the years he’s lost or erase the hell he’s lived. Now that he’s free, Shannon Bradford tops his list of bad memories. But he never counted on falling in love.

Set in a sleepy little town during the dead of winter, this award-winning romance novel is a tale of one woman’s quest for truth and a man’s struggle to forgive….
My review:

I have some mixed feelings about this book.  Within Temptation is about Shannon Bradford, a 26-year old woman who comes from “old money” in West Virginia.  12 years ago, her mother was murdered and Trace Dawson was sent to prison for the murder.  Trace has always claimed his innocence, and once he is released from prison, he and Shannon cross paths more than once.  Shannon is determined to earn his forgiveness, and Trace wants nothing to do with her. 

Shannon decides that she wants to get to the bottom of her mothers murder.  I have to say, what happened with this when Shannon was a child was pretty stupid and unbelievable.  I won’t spoil it, but it just didn’t seem at all believable.  Shannon is also engaged to a man 22 years her senior, and newsflash – she’s still carrying her v-card.  HUH?  That whole part was unbelievable.

The “romance” between Trace and Shannon seemed forced.  It didn’t flow nicely and didn’t seem believable.  The fact that Trace was able to get past everything so quickly and claim his love was odd.

Overall, as a mystery, this book was ok.  I thought I had the killer figured out but I was wrong.  The “old money” dialect and the way they spoke was quite irritating.  The fact that Shannon lived with her Aunt, Uncle and cousin was bizarre.  The writing wasn’t amazing, but the mystery was good enough to keep you involved.

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