Blog Tour: Review: Broken Bonds by Karen Harper **GIVEAWAY** + Excerpt
Three very different sisters… Three desirable, dangerous men… Three endangered lives…THE COLD CREEK TRILOGY is set in Appalachia in a small town where the enemy is us.
Haunted by the past…
Cold Creek is a place with a dark history, especially for the Lockwoods. Now adults, the three Lockwood sisters are still recovering from the events that led to the destruction of their family when they were children. Determined to move forward, Tess and Kate are making fresh starts, ready to put bad—even deadly—memories to rest and settle happily in the small but booming town. And they're hoping their older sister, Charlene, can do the same.
Char is back in town seeking comfort as she figures out her next move. A social worker used to difficult situations, she soon runs afoul of some locals who think she's sticking her nose where it doesn't belong. She's certain something sinister is being covered up, and when she witnesses Matt Rowan being run off the road, she knows she's right.
Working together, Matt and Char figure uncovering the truth will be dangerous, but living in Cold Creek won't be safe for any of them until its secrets are revealed.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The third in the Cold Creek series.
This story is now following Char Lockwood and many things are yet to unfold..
Back in Cold Creek with her sisters, she inevitably pushes some people the wrong way and is considered a bit too nosy for their liking. Witnessing main male character Matt Rowan almost die from being run off the road and hanging off a cliff has left things pretty shaken up, leaving Char and Matt no choice but to believe that somebody is after someone and won't rest till they are striving for and keep whatever it is from being conjured up.
Just another day in the town of Cold Creek, Ohio.
I have to admit, after reading the first two in the Cold Creek series, I was a bit anxious and nervous about diving into this one, but I can't complain and say that Harper doesn't deliver. No doubt about it that Harper can really bring out the best story and plot with such horror and suspense that can thrill any reader down to their toes. Much so, that I find it completely appalling that I find the danger, the murder, the mystery, the lurking-around-the-corner or the don't-look-behind-you kind of scary so extremely enthralling and just so utterly delicious. Harper's writing is quite haunting, albeit at the same time beautiful in its own twisted way.
Yes, just like the first two books in the series, the dialogue was a bit wordy, although it was most noticeable in the first book. However, that was not the case with this one.
Bright Star is just trying to get me to throw my Nook across the room, ugh.
Regardless of deciding to read the synopsis or not, you'll still never know what'll happen next, who is the mastermind, when will somebody get hurt, what will they do next. Nothing will be taken away from your reading experience. Just sick back, relax, and read on.
And a bit of advice, leave the lights on.
Matt grabbed her—almost tackled her—and rolled them off the low concrete single step into the wet leaves. He pulled her around the corner of the cabin, where they huddled, kneeling with her pressed between him and the outside wall.
“I—I can’t believe that,” she whispered. “We could have—could have been hit.”
“And I’m the common denominator. Either someone’s been following me, looking for another chance at me, or someone’s staked out your place, knowing we’re together.”
They were whispering in each other’s ears. “The headlights made us the perfect target,” she said. “If we hadn’t stepped apart…the arrow came head high, not chest level.”
“Either way it could have killed one or both of us.”
She was not only scared but furious. Someone had ruined her new place, ruined this beautiful night.
“Stay here,” he said. “I’m going to get to the car, turn it around so the headlights shine into the trees where the arrow must have come from. It’s sticking in the wood at an upward angle—like it was shot from the sky. Probably just arced up, then hit.”
“Should we call Gabe?”
“Not unless we spot someone. My bet is we’ll find no one out there. And it’s late. Let’s give him a break and call him in the morning. Tonight you can go down to stay in one of the guest rooms at the lodge where—”
“It’s my first night here! I’m not running, even if some stupid hunter or even worse wants to scare me off.”
“Char, just for the night!”
“I’m not going to leave. I’m going to get that arrow for evidence, tape up the hole and lock my doors.”
“Then I’m staying, too.”
“I’ll sleep on the couch, just in case.”
“And if it’s you the shooter’s after? That could have been the second attempt on your life.”
Karen Harris is giving away 10 sets of the Cold Creek Trilogy!
About the Author:
A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Karen Harper is a former college English instructor (The Ohio State University) and high school literature and writing teacher. A lifelong Ohioan, Karen and her husband Don divide their time between the midwest and the southeast, both locations she has used in her books. Besides her American settings, Karen loves the British Isles, where her Scottish and English roots run deep, and where she has set many of her historical Tudor-era mysteries and her historical novels about real and dynamic British women. Karen's books have been published in many foreign languages and she won the Mary Higgins Clark Award for 2005. Karen has given numerous talks to readers and writers across the county.
Her latest book is the romantic suspense, Broken Bonds, the third book in the Cold Creek Trilogy.
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