Out Of Controlby Desiree Holt
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Twenty five years ago Carrie Nolan was the only victim to survive the killing spree of a pedophile. Her life has been frozen in time, and not even a move to a distant city and a name change has healed the wounds that left her emotionally and sexually scarred. Determined finally to reclaim her life, Carrie returns to High Ridge as multi-published crime novelist, Dana Moretti, in hope of asking the questions that would lay her nightmares to rest.
Sheriff Cole Landry, came to High Ridge to escape the horrors of Iraq and Afghanistan, but soon after the sexy author arrives and starts poking her nose into matters best forgotten, his town once again becomes the hunting ground of a ruthless killer. She's sure it's the same man, and he's not all that convinced she's wrong. Keeping Dana safe means keeping her close--very close--under his protection, under him.
Between her sexual need for Cole and the danger lurking behind every stranger's face, her world is spinning out of control.
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SUPER BAD BOOK SHE GETS RAPED. 1,000,000,000 AND UP
Out Of Control by Desiree Holt is a gripping thriller that kept me in intense suspense from the very start. I honestly think this is the best erotic romantic suspense that I have read. Carrie Nolan escaped a horrific attack by a pedophile when she was just a little girl. Her family fled town but she could never escape that most cruel and agonizing event in her life. She changed her name and became Dana Moretti, author of real-life crime novels. She has spent her life trying to solve unsolved crimes, but none of it has brought her any peace. Twenty-five years after surviving the attack, she returns to the small town where it all happened and decides to write a book about the pedophile killings that included her little sister. The townspeople aren’t happy that she is there stirring up old wounds and soon after she arrives a killer strikes the town again. I very highly recommend this book and give it a rating of 5/5. I would give it more if I could. The writing is outstanding with a brilliant story that kept me completely engrossed in the book from the minute I started until the very end. There is small town drama, mystery, suspense, and romance. The thing that impressed me most was the excellent quality of the serial killer mystery part of the story. It was superb and would stand up against any suspense thriller out there. There are plenty of twists, turns and surprises that kept me guessing until the end. I loved Dana (Carrie) right from the start. Even after all she has been through in her life, and even with all of her scars, she is still very strong and determined. She’s intelligent and has learned a great deal about finding clues that are often overlooked. Still, she is very emotionally damaged from what happened as a child. Sheriff Cole Landry is a strong and capable lawman, but he’s also a good man who is patient, kind, and compassionate. These are two characters who will definitely stay with me for years to come! This is the first book I have read by Desiree Holt and I was so extremely impressed. I am definitely going to be looking for more of her books. Posted by Michelle on Romancing the Book. Thanks to the publisher for the ARC.
**This book is not for the faint at heart** Book opens 25 years ago with 7yr old Carrie Nolan and her sister being held and raped by a pedophile clown. After being raped herself she had to listen as her younger sister was raped and murdered. Due to being interrupted the killer got away but Carrie lived. Now 25 years later she is going by a new name, Dana Moretti ,and is a very well known published crime novelist who has in her research for her books helped bring to light the identity of a of few serial killers. After many failed attempts at relationships due to her not being able to be intimate with or to trust men she decides she is going back to her home town and write a book about the killer who haunts her nightmares. The town does not know who she is really is but does not want that ugly thing that happened all those years ago brought back up again. What Dana doesn’t realize is the killer still lives in the town and he recognizes her instantly and wants to finish what he started 25 years ago. Sheriff Cole Landry, used to come to High Ridge when he was younger to visit with his Aunt and Uncle on their ranch. After 10 years in the service he needed to escape the horrors of Iraq and Afghanistan, and at his uncle’s urging took the open Sheriff’s position. He is not happy with the stranger that has come to his town that is stirring up things better left forgotten. Not long after she arrives there is a murder and then another. Dana tries to tell the Sheriff she thinks it’s the same person that killed all those children years ago but he doesn’t want to believe that her theory that the killer is someone that has lived in the town all these years and is someone they all know well. Cole realizes that he very attracted to Dana but also knows two things – one she isn’t being totally honest with him as to why she is there and also that she is suffering from PTSD. I thought the author did a great job of showing how what happened to Carrie/Dana 25 years ago still affected her life today. She didn’t just have Cole and Dana jump into bed together right away. I really liked how Cole was very patient with her and how when the time came Dana faced her demons and allowed herself to finally feel pleasure with a man she had come to trust. We get the point of view of the killer as he takes the girls and women (current day) and get a pretty graphic description of what he does to them. This is where I warn it’s not for the faint at heart. If you don’t think you can read about the torture and rape of 10 yr old girls then don’t read this book. But as we all know from reading headlines unfortunately these types of things do happen in real life. I applaud the author for taking this subject matter on and writing a great book about it. She also shows us what happened to those parents of all those children that were killed 15 years ago, that a parent never gets over losing a child like that.
Desiree sure knows how to write a fantastic romantic suspense and "Out of Control" is no exception. The chemistry between Cole and Dana/Carrie is electrifying and there are plenty of plot twists and turns making this a definite must read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The story was good however I felt cheated with large chunks of the story devoted to dream sequences. This happened several times throughout the story. I know they are a necessary part of the plot but pages and pages for one dream episode is just a bit much.
Desiree Holt is one of my favorite authors. She just keeps delivering. This book will have you in tears and on the edge of your seat. I wondered to the end who it was between two men. I love that she writes about the real life taboo issues out there and makes them so believeable. Keep up the awesome work Desiree!