What's in a Name?

What's in a Name?

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by Terry Odell
Running for the wrong reason can still get you killed.

Kelli Carpenter has changed her name, her appearance — her life — to avoid being connected to a crime she committed in self defense years ago. But just when she thinks she has nothing to fear, handsome stranger Blake Windsor shows up.

He claims to be the handyman her boss sent to


Running for the wrong reason can still get you killed.

Kelli Carpenter has changed her name, her appearance — her life — to avoid being connected to a crime she committed in self defense years ago. But just when she thinks she has nothing to fear, handsome stranger Blake Windsor shows up.

He claims to be the handyman her boss sent to help complete the project she’s working on — Camp Getaway — a place where inner city kids will get respite from concrete and drive-bys. Without Blake's skills, the refuge won’t be completed on time. Against her instincts, she accepts his help.

Blake Windsor, a corporate executive, begrudgingly returns to the blue-collar construction lifestyle he vowed to leave behind, hoping doing his boss this favor will advance his career. The woman he meets bears little resemblance to the woman he’s supposed to find, but something about her mystifies him, and he continues his deception in order to learn more about her.

When someone makes an attempt on Kelli’s life, she runs — but she takes Blake with her. Keep your friends close but your enemies closer is her philosophy. And Kelli is convinced Blake knows something that will link her to her former lover’s death, ending her life as she knows it.

What's in a Name? is full of twists and turns as Blake and Kelli try to keep one step ahead of whoever is following them—while they try to figure out why.

Kudos for Terry Odell's What's in a Name? A Daphne du Maurier Finalist, A Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Finalist. 2nd Place, Volusia County Laurel Wreath 3rd Place, Aspen Gold Romantic Suspense. A Top Pick from Night Owl Reviews, Four Stars from RT Magazine

Editorial Reviews

Romance Reviews Today - Amy Cunningham
Terry Odell spins yet another twisting romantic suspense tale where it’s impossible to not want her two main characters to realize what they could have with each other. With taut suspense and Ms. Odell’s aptitude for characterization and plotting, WHAT’S IN A NAME? is very tightly knit and offers an entertaining read for fans and newcomers alike.
Romantic Times - Cindy Himler
A beautiful woman with a past and a handsome stranger collide in this suspenseful thriller. When it seems like someone is out to kill one or both of them, they go on the run. What follows is an excellent page- turner that will keep readers up into the night. The plot twists are excellently done and keep the suspense at a high level..
Romance Reader at Heart - Kay James
WHAT’S IN A NAME? by Terry Odell is a well-written, intriguing novel filled with plot twists and turns that kept me riveted from beginning to end. It is all that a romantic mystery should be, and then some.
Fallen Angel Reviews - Tracey Reviewer
What’s In a Name? gets you from page one. It’s fast paced, with a little action, adventure, and romance. What more could you want from a great novel?
Reviewed by: Tracey
Night Owl Romance - Gail Reviewer
...stories are well plotted, the characters captivating, and the climax exhilarating. What’s in a Name? is a true page-turner in every sense of the term and a difficult story to leave; the reader is well fed, yet hungry for more.

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Meet the Author

Terry Odell was born in Los Angeles, moved to Florida, and now makes her home in Colorado. An avid reader (her parents tell everyone they had to move from their first home because she finished the local library), she always wanted to "fix" stories so the characters did what she wanted. Once she began writing, she found this wasn't always possible, as evidenced when the mystery she intended to write rapidly became a romance. When she thought about it, she realized that her favorite mysteries were series where she could follow the developing relationships of the protagonist—to the point where she'd read the book twice; once for the relationship and again to follow the crime and its solution. So, she started reading romance, and found there was a genre that included mystery themes as well as a relationship.

Although her genre is labeled "romantic suspense", Terry prefers to think of her books as "Mysteries With Relationships." You can find more about her at her website,

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What's In A Name 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
preciousferret More than 1 year ago
Terry is one of the best romantic suspense authors I have read and "What's In A Name" is no exception. With a riveting plot that has plenty of twists and turns that keeps the reader fully engrossed until the very end making it a definite must read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Buy it you won't be able to put it down. Very good story and decent length book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book by a great author. Full of hot romance and page turning suspense. Really enjoyed. Highly recommend.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Marissa Audiobook provided by the author for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book This was my first attempt at an audio book and I have my reservations regarding the audio aspect so I will attempt to review this book in two parts – one for the writing and one for the audio. The book itself was great. This story had a couple of mystery aspects involved – who is Kelli and why did she change her name? Why is she fearful that someone will recognize her? Then there’s Blake and we realize early on that he isn’t who he claims to be either, but what’s the connection? And just when I thought I had it figured out, a plot twist! A lot of authors will give away the answers early on but Odell draws it out to the end and I loved it! Kelli has been on her own, taking charge of her life, for several years. She is emotionally strong and has learned how to cope with the loss of her family and the life she previously led. She has also learned how to hide her emotions and change herself as needed at the drop of a dime. Blake comes in as an inquisitive handyman although it was quickly discerned he was much more than just day labor. He’s hired to find out if Kelli is someone else but becomes convinced they are not the same woman. At the same time, he becomes intrigued by her and decides to stay on as handyman. This is when his inner self comes out – the truth about his past and how he ended up not as a carpenter but as a white collar corporate executive. While Kelli’s story is a little more far-fetched than real life, Blake’s is solid. Differences between father and son that drive a wedge between them, only to find out too late that they had more in common than he thought. This book is really a great read and I look forward to reading more of Odell’s work. Now for the audio. Some of you may be die-hard audio fans, others may never have tried an audio book before. This was my first and I found various likes and dislikes. Unfortunately, the dislikes column is a little longer. I found myself easily distracted. I might also get distracted while reading a hard-copy or ebook but all I have to do is run through my thoughts, then pick up where I left off on the page. With audio, the narrative keeps going whether I’m paying attention or not. I would often find myself suddenly listening again and thinking, “How did they get there?” It’s not so easy to go back to where you last remember being with an audio player. I also found that the narrator’s voice plays a big part of whether it’s easier or harder to get into the story. I’ve heard there are very good readers out there but this one was not to my liking. Every time she quoted a man it came off as a bad John Wayne impression, which then brought images of old John Wayne movies to mind, which then took my mind to places other than the book. The narrator also put different inflections on sentences than I would have heard in my mind if I were reading. I’ll try audio again but I’ve been given a few hints to make it a better experience. Don’t listen when you can be easily distracted, like on a bus or in a grocery store line. Listen in a quiet room, perhaps at bedtime or when no one else is home. Listen to the snippets to see if the narrator has a flowing voice or one that will grate on your nerves. And once you find a voice you like, look for other books narrated by him/her.
frosty1 More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to love this book.  It had all of the makings of a major hit for me, but it seemed to fall just a bit flat.  I loved Kelli she was one tough cookie, but all of the name changes and the quickness of taking on a new identity seemed to be a bit farfetched for me.  I thought Blake was a little to trusting with her without knowing what he was getting in to.  It just seemed to...easy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This would have been a much better book if there had not been so many pages wasted on the so calked love making. Good suspence, but it just went on forever. It got boring after a while.
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90% of the time is reading about the woman typing on the computer looking for god knows what
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