Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Review: Perfect Target by Stephanie Newton

About the Book: The corpse in her path was Bayley Foster's first warning. The second? A break-in at Bayley's own home! She's certain that the stalker who once tormented her has returned to toy with her again. But has her stalker truly escalated to murder? Her fiercely protective neighbor, police detective Cruse Conyers, is determined to get answers. Even if it takes him into the murky depths of the criminal underworld. What he uncovers adds a terrifying twist to the case that could land both Cruse and Bayley in the cross fire….

My Review: I like to read Love Inspired Suspense books from time to time. I think of this kind of reading as comfort reading...it's not necessarily challenging me or changing my life, but it's enjoyable and because it's Love Inspired...usually there's some positive spiritual message I can enjoy as well.

When Stephanie Newton offered her debut novel for review I jumped at the chance because I don't get a lot of time for this kind of reading with such a heavy review schedule (though I've reviewed 3 non-review books in the past week!) I was not at all disappointed. Stephanie created two extremely likeable characters, she has a nice crisp prose, just the right amount of suspense, and excellent romantic tension. She put a new fresh spin on the "vulnerable woman needs strong male" storyline, and the setting was enviable.

But really? Just answer me this...who doesn't like surfer cop hero? I mean come on!!

I would say that this novel had a stronger faith theme than some other Love Inspired Suspense novels that I've read. I personally enjoyed it and thought it fit in nicely with the overall theme and plot of the book, but readers should be aware.

Overall, this is a fun debut, a very enjoyable couple of hours of reading, and you can find it in stores now. In fact, if this book looks interesting to you, I recommend you go look for it at your bookstore or more likely Wal-mart as soon as possible. Category romances have a short shelf life and we want to support authors as cool as Stephanie when we can.

Rating: 4/5
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Chrisbookarama said...

That was a funny review, Amy. Yes, who doesn't like a surfer cop hero?

Darlene said...

Sounds like this was a fun, light read and we can all use those once in a while. Glad you enjoyed it.

Jenny Girl said...

Excellent review. This is normally not a book I would pick up, but I'll be putting it on my list. You have to read some light and fun books once in a while :)

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