Tess Copeland is an operator. Her motto? Necessity is the mother of a good a con. When Hurricane Irving slams into the Texas Gulf coast, Tess seizes the opportunity to escape her past by hijacking a dead woman's life, but Shelby Coleman's was the wrong identity to steal. And the cop that trails her? He's a U.S. Marshall with the Fugitive Task Force for the northern district of Illinois. Tess left Chicago because the criminal justice system gave her no choice. Now she's on the run from ghosts of misdeeds past-both hers and Shelby's.
Enter Trevor Smith, a pseudo-cowboy from Houston, Texas, with good looks, a quick tongue, and testosterone poisoning. Will Tess succumb to his questionable charms and become his damsel in distress? She doesn't have to faint at his feet-she's capable of handling just about anything. But will she choose to let Trevor be the man? When Tess kidnaps her niece, her life changes. She must make some hard decisions. Does she trust the lawman that promises her redemption, or does she trust the cowboy that promises her nothing but himself?
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Crisis of Identity is the first book in the Crisis series by Denise Moncrief. Tess is a kick butt character. I seriously think she can survive anything. She has sense and is resourceful, and she knows how to use it all to her advantage. There was so much going on in this story with murders, human trafficking, good cops, bad cops, bad people. Whew! I still don't know who to trust completely, and neither does Tess. Then you have Trevor and Jake... These two could make it hard on a girl. Are they good? Are they bad? Can she trust either of them? I was completely drawn into this book from the first few pages. Crisis of Identity by Denise Moncrief was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
Crisis of Identity is a fast paced romantic suspense thriller that grabs the reader's attention from the start and doesn't let go until the last page has been read. Written in the first person narrative, fugitive Tess Copeland takes the reader on a wild roller coaster ride as her life on the run takes a wrong turn when she assumes the identity of a deceased woman, Shelby Coleman, who also has people looking for her. It's not easy for Tess to fly low under the radar and establish a new life when her assumed identity has people who want her dead! With a hunky US Marshall named Jake, who has been tailing her since she fled Chicago, and a sexy cowboy Private Investigator / Bounty Hunter named Trevor Smith, who is searching for the real Shelby, what's Tess/Shelby to do when all three meet up at an Aspen ski resort? When both men offer to help her, can she trust either man with her life and with her heart? Author Denise Moncrief does a great job of weaving an intriguing tale that keeps the reader on their toes as Tess and Shelby's stories unfold. Crisis of Identity is an intense, action packed, and multi-layered story that has a lot of suspenseful twists and turns that keeps the reader guessing what will happen next. Throw in a subtle romantic twist between Tess and Trevor, and the complexity of the storyline gets jacked up another notch. And just when you think that the story will have a satisfying conclusion, the author teases the reader with an unresolved and open-ended conclusion that makes me wonder if this book will be the first in a series. Even with all the unresolved issues, I have to say that I did enjoy the first person narrative, I thought Tess was an intriguing and strong woman. I loved the richly detailed and descriptive settings, it felt like I was transported to Texas, Colorado and Illinois. I also enjoyed trying to figure out the characters and the storyline, but I would have loved it if the storyline had more closure, and I also wished that the romantic relationship between Tess and Trevor had been more developed. If the author's intention with Crisis of Identity was to whet the reader's appetite for more from Tess and company, then I think she has succeeded, I want more please!
This book opens full of action and doesn't let up. Denise Moncrief writes with a very intense, fast-paced style that is a bit different from what I normally read, but you are kept in the action throughout the book. Tess definitely has issues, and I enjoyed how the what and why of her trouble unfolded throughout the book. Between Trevor and Jake, I didn't know who Tess should really be trusting, as my mind changed several times about which man was actually telling the truth. Tess, herself, is very tough and capable and I like her a lot. The one problem I had with this book is that the action is so fast and intense and sometimes in between chapters there would be a jump in the action where we didn't see something that happened and it would take me a little bit to catch up and realize what had happened. However, if you like fast-paced action, this would be a plus. I liked the subplot of what was going on with Shelby's life (the woman's identity Tess stole) and kept me intrigued. As the story progresses, Tess becomes even more likable, in my opinion, because of the choices she makes. Especially when it comes to family matters with her niece and ex's sister. The big question for me is always about the romance. Which man really has her best interests in mind and who can she trust? These were the questions that kept me quickly turning the pages. When the romance finally came out, it was a bit fast and I would have loved the happy couple to have a little more time together (what can I say? I'm a sucker for the mushy bits) but I was happy that Tess had finally let herself open up to him. The one thing that I saw as a drawback for this book is one of the big story questions was left unanswered. I'm hoping that means the author is doing a sequel, but I like all the major things to be resolved by the end of a book, so would have preferred to know the answer to this one - yep, I'm impatient! ;-) This is a great, quick-paced read and I recommended for your weekend reading pleasures. I'm so glad I finally had the opportunity to read this book, and I look forward to reading more books by Denise Moncrief!