BOOK & AUTHOR INFO:
Severed Threads by Kaylin McFarren
Publication date: July 15th 2012
Genres: Suspense, Action, Romance
Believing herself responsible for her father’s fatal diving accident, Rachel Lyons has withdrawn from the world and assumed a safe position at a foundation office. When called upon by a museum director to assist Trident Ventures with the recovery of a priceless relic from a sunken Chinese merchant ship, she has no intention of cooperating – especially after discovering her former love interest is involved.
But Rachel soon realizes she has no choice when a drug-dealing gangster kidnaps her brother and demands two million dollars for his safe return. In order to rescue him and gain control over her life, she must not only overcome her greatest fears, but also steal the Heart of the Dragon out from under Chase Cohen – the same cursed relic that is holding the museum director’s life in peril.
With three lives now on the line, including her own, Rachel must relive the circumstances that lead to her father’s death. Will she gain Chase’s trust and recover the Mai Le treasure in time or will they both die trying?
This book had my head spinning at times. There were so many characters to keep a track of! This is not a book which you can read whilst also trying to do something else. This is a book which requires all the reader’s attention in order to keep up.
That said, this is a good premise for a story, and I thought that the author’s writing style did it justice. The pace of the narrative didn’t lag or bog down at any point and the character building was solid and believable. When you add in the back story reveal which was woven throughout the tale, as well as the development of the initially tenuous relationship between Chase and Rachel, these all become wedded together to create a tense and involving story. And one which I thoroughly enjoyed.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Kaylin McFarren is a rare bird, indeed. Not the migratory sort, she prefers to hug the West Coast and keep family within visiting range. Although she has been around the world, she was born in California, relocated with her family to Washington, and nested with her husband in Oregon. Besides playing an active role in his business endeavors, she has been involved in all aspects of their three daughters’ lives: taxi duties, cheerleading coaching, script rehearsals, and relationship counseling, to name but a few of her duties. Now, she enjoys spending free time with her two young grandsons and hopes to have many more.
Although Kaylin wasn’t born with a pen in hand, as so many of her talented fellow authors were, she has been actively involved in business and personal writing projects for many years. As director of a fine art gallery, she assisted in furthering the careers of numerous visual artists through promotional opportunities in national publications. Eager to spread her creative wings, she has since steered her energy toward writing novels. As a result, she has earned more than a dozen literary awards and was a 2008 finalist in the prestigious RWA® Golden Heart contest. Kaylin is a member of RWA, Rose City Romance Writers, and Willamette Writers. Receiving her associate’s degree in literature at Highline Community College originally sparked her passion for writing. In her free time, she enjoys giving back to the community through participation and support of various charitable and educational organizations in the Pacific Northwest.