Book & Author Details:
Title: Better Than the Best
Author: Amabel Daniels
Release Date: November 2nd, 2015
Genre: Romantic suspense
A new beginning. Turning a leaf. All that crap.
After her divorce and the death of one of her patients, an ER nurse, Kelly Newland, searches for a fresh start in the little town of Churchston, unaware that trouble and danger has followed her. As she learns to accept her failures in life, she befriends some of the locals, except for one disgruntled man, the hero everybody loves to hate.
He could feel their stares on his back, their judgments hovering over their heads.
Will Parker suffers from PTSD, and as the black sheep of the sleepy lakeside community, he struggles to get back up on his feet. Initially, Kelly and Will mix like oil and water, but as a series of dangerous incidents strike the people closest to them, their antagonism turns from cool to hot. It is only when they realize it is impossible to resist each other that a killer closes in on them, threatening the love they’ve dared to find.
From the very first page, this story drew me in. No tedious build up, just straight into the thick of things.
And there is, it’s fair to say, a lot going on in this tale. But it never felt overly messy or complicated, and it was easy enough to follow the twists of the plot. The different narrative voices helped with that, and worked well in the context of the story.
The main characters were, on the whole, likeable and it didn’t matter to me that I had twigged the ultimate reveal, because the intricacies of the build up made it worth it.
A thoroughly enjoyable, quick read.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader copy of this book.
Amabel Daniels lives in Northwest Ohio with her patient husband, adventurous toddler, smiley baby, and a collection of too many cats and dogs. Although she holds a Master’s degree in Ecology, her true love is finding a good book. When she isn’t spending time outdoors, she’s busy brewing up her next novel, usually as she lets her mind run off with the addictive words of “what if…”