Behind Closed Doorsby Sherri Hayes
Then one night, the world she lived in
Elizabeth Marshall spent the last nine years doing all the things she was supposed to do. She went to a good college. Married a man with a promising future. Elizabeth even had a nice house in a respectable part of town. There was even the promise of 2.4 kids in her future. From the outside everything looked picture perfect.
Then one night, the world she lived in came crashing down. Six months later with her husband dead and her friends gone, Elizabeth moves to the small town of Springfield, Ohio to start a new life where no one knows who she is or about her past.
Christopher Daniels enjoys the simplicity of his bachelor life. After his divorce three years ago, he swore off women. He has no desire to change that philosophy.
When Elizabeth Marshall moves into the apartment below his in the small Victorian house, she makes him reconsider the motto he's lived by for the last three years: women are trouble. She is everything his ex-wife is not, and it doesn't help that she is his fantasy come to life.
He is determined to resist her charms; however, when someone sends threatening messages to Elizabeth, he finds himself in the role of protector. Can he protect Elizabeth and still resist the pull she has on his body and his heart?
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Reviewed by Ursula Book provided by the publisher for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Love a sweet romance wrapped up in a mystery? This is the book for you! Sherri Hayes does a wonderful job making you fall in love with her characters; even the secondary ones! The Daniels family is great and make you wish you could find a man like any of the four Daniels brothers! With the mom being the only female in the group, you know she has to have a will of steel! The attraction between the main characters was instant and combustible. The action, and interactions, throughout the story keep you reading. I didn’t want to put it down! It’s a quick read, but still pulls you in to the lives of Elizabeth and Chris. This is one of those books that you will want to keep in your permanent library so you can re-read it!
This book was a very good mix of romance, mystery, and suspense. It was a book that definitely kept you wanting to read pretty much from start to finish. I figured out pretty much half way through who the person was that was bugging Elizabeth so much but it does keep you guessing for quite a bit. I look forward to reading more books in this series! Chris' family definitely has stories to tell and you can tell that they are going to be good ones.
~Reviewed by ANGELA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Behind Closed Doors is an awesome start to this series and a series I’m sure to follow. Though it’s slow to start, the romance, sexual tension and suspense to this story were enjoyable. The Daniels Brothers Series consists of four brothers, Paul, Christopher, Trent and Gage. Chris, our first brother, is a divorcee of three years, a proud business owner, and he’s enjoying his life alone without the trouble of any women. He has long sworn off women since his ugly divorce until a beautiful woman moved into the apartment below. And to his surprise, this woman will put him in the unavoidable position of becoming her protector. It’s sweet how a present-time man can still bring out his “defender gene” when its called upon. Ms. Hayes had not only created a 20th century Knight in shining armor, she has also given us a fine Alpha male. Oh yes, this alpha know when to mark what belongs to him. Elizabeth Marshall is a beautiful woman indeed, with a hell of a history. She had moved to Springfield to get away from her past, only to have it haunt her present. Unfortunately, moving one hour away is just not far enough to hide or to start a new life. This girl just had the worse luck to have a stalker who means business. She’s not my favorite heroine though I commend her for dealing with the issues at hand with composure. A survival of the fittest if you will. Both hero and heroine quickly absorbed me into their world of “that HOT guy/girl next door” scene. It’s a typical scene but one that never gets old once fully immersed into it. The sexual tension is definitely evident and their coming together was explosive! I cannot wait to read more of these brothers and especially Trent. I love a good flirt. Unfortunately, I have heard from a “twitter bird” that his story will be last (boo). But alas this twitter bird promised the next brother will be very flirtatious and possibly even more seductive. (twitter bird is Ms. Hayes herself) *giggles* *ARC provided by publisher
The characters were unfortunatly 2D, I found it hard to become emotionally attached and the interal monologues were repetitive.
Romantic suspense. Elizabeth Marshall is starting over. She has left all she knows to begin again in small town Ohio. She’s rented the second floor apartment in a historic home. Her upstairs neighbor is contractor Chris Daniels. He has been burnt by a cheating wife and wants nothing to do with women even if they are as sexy as his new neighbor. When Elizabeth’s apartment is vandalized and she starts receiving threats the big guy just can’t help himself from taking her under his wing and protecting her. Can he get past his past and help Elizabeth start over again? This was a fun mystery and love story although there were times I wanted to slap each of the lead characters and say “get over it already”.
Behind Closed Doors is a great book and an amazing first book in a series. I think the first thing that drew my attention as I was reading the book was that the action wasn't rushed. I didn't at any moment felt like things were happening too fast or too slow or that they were forced. It felt sort of natural for things to happen at a precise moment and it was a really good thing. I liked Elizabeth so much and my heart was breaking for her the entire time I was reading about her past. I liked the fact that in the end she finds closure and she gets to move on with her life with a man that really loved her. Elizabeth had that innocent air about her that I like a lot for some heroines. Not naive, but innocent, despite her past. Chris was a very interesting hero. I liked the fact that he wasn't the type of guy who jumped to conclusions and the fact that he wanted to protect Elizabeth even before they got romantically involved. And I loved that he was always reassuring her, trying to make her feel wanted and precious without telling her that her insecurities were foolish. I also liked that he had sexy brothers *grins* Behind Closed Doors has a lot of the themes I love, like mystery, romance, suspense and, my personal favorite, the story about second chances. It was a very sweet story and I am really curious about the other Daniels brothers. I really can't wait for their stories. It was the first book by Sherri Hayes that I've read, but I know for sure I'll keep reading her books.