Not Without You

Not Without You

by Dianne Venetta

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Grad student, Lisa Richardson, scours the high country in search of her beloved boreal toad. The amphibian is in danger of extinction, a fate she is determined to change. Single-minded in her focus, Lisa doesn't realize that she's being followed by a madman.

Enter McIntyre Walsh. Ex-Marine with a heart of gold, this man lives and breathes duty. Protection. Content with his self-exile on a mountaintop, he inadvertently witnesses a female hiker in danger, a situation he cannot ignore yet is unable to rectify. When their paths cross, each refuses to budge from their avowed goals and carries on, despite the other.

It isn't until a killer ramps up his game that both are forced to relent. Battling the rugged terrain of the Rocky Mountains and an undeniable attraction between them, Lisa and Walsh must work together against the odds if they intend to get off the mountain alive.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150500303
Publisher: BloominThyme Press
Publication date: 11/03/2014
Series: Silver Creek , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 282
File size: 258 KB

About the Author

Dianne lives in Central Florida with her husband, two children and part-time Yellow Lab--Cody-body! When not whacking away at her keyboard crafting her next novel you'll find her in their organic garden chasing grasshoppers and plucking hornworms all while drawing wild analogies between kids and plants and men. Definitely men.

A girl's gotta have fun, right?

When she's not knee-deep in dirt or romance, Dianne contributes garden advice for various websites and volunteers in school gardens (a crazy existence to be sure). But at the end of the day, if she can inspire someone to stop and smell the roses--or rosemary!—kiss their child and spouse good-night, be kind to a neighbor and Mother Earth, then she's done all right.

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Not Without You 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Joey442 More than 1 year ago
Lisa is researching a toad that is near extinction in the Rockie Mountains. She doesn't know that there is a killer who is in the mountains and following her. Walsh is a Marine who served in Afghanistan and is now living alone in the mountains looking for peace and quiet. When he sees Lisa and the person following her, he knows he has to protect her. Walsh was a good character who was very capable of living alone in the mountains and looking out for people as all Marines are. I couldn't connect with Lisa though and found her hard to relate to. She was so intent on researching the toads that the rest of the world disappeared. She was an environmentalist that went way too far in not leaving a human footprint in the wilderness and not eating meat or killing an animal even though it was going to kill her. She was very capable but foolish at the same time. I guess because I didn't think much of Lisa, I couldn't see what Walsh liked about her. The descriptions of the mountains were extremely well written. The vivid descriptions painted wonderful pictures of the beautiful but difficult terrain. The suspense of what the killer would do next and the romantic feelings between Lisa and Walsh kept my interest. Please note I received a complementary copy of this book from Inspired Kathy in exchange for my honest review.
Brookes_Books More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars There were lots of things that I liked about this book. I liked the setting, high mountains in Colorado, clear skies, crisp air. I liked the suspense of the story. There were threats from the elements of the location as well as the threats from a killer in the area. And the touch of romance was just the right amount for this book. It didn't take over, but added something to the story. I liked Walsh and his sense of protection. Unfortunately, I wasn't a huge fan of the main character. In many ways I liked her, especially her strength of will to keep going under dire circumstances. However, she was stupid. I'm sorry to say it, but who goes after scientific samples when you have a serious ankle injury as well as a killer on the loose? I thought she was way over the top in her environmental zeal. Because the character had this need to find her samples, the characters were put in increasingly difficult situations. It dragged a bit and I was ready for them to finish this adventure. And, the author used the word "breast" way too much. I wished she would find other words to describe that area, sometimes "chest" would have been appropriate. Warnings: Word "Breast" used I would let my 17 year old read this book.
NikiMattes More than 1 year ago
Lisa is a student researching a Toad that is in danger of extinction, she is send to the Rockie Mountains to look into them. she doesn't realize that there is a killer on the lose in the mountains who is targeting female climbers. And then there is McIntyre Walsh a Marine fresh out of Afghanistan who is seeking quiet time and peace in the mountains. McIntyre sees Lisa climbing and then realizes that someone is following her, He is doing everything he can to get to her and protect her. He soon finds out that Lisa is stubborn and determine to finish her assignment. they have to work together to stay safe and alive. the end will surprise you! Great mystery with adventure feeling and a little romance, loved the way it is written, can't wait to read more from the hand of Dianne. I received a free copy for a honest review.
GHott More than 1 year ago
Lisa Richardson is nothing, if not determined. She’s been climbing these Colorado mounts since she was a child and now is no different. Especially since the boreal toad’s very existence may hinge on this mission. Armed with test tubes and notes Lisa tracks the toads she’s bent on saving. But someone has other plans in mind for Lisa. There’s a killer on the loose praying on innocent female hikers and while Lisa is prepared in normal circumstances, this trip isn’t normal. Fortunately for Lisa, McIntyre Walsh has chosen this mountainside to come to terms with his time in Afghanistan and sees Lisa’s perpetrator almost as soon as Lisa is targetted. If only he could get to her – because he’s not leaving without her! Hott Review: What I liked: I loved reading “Not Without You”! It was just right for me. It’s a suspense-filled romantic mystery that has very little steam, no gore, and very little language. I could enjoy this without hoping my kids might look over my shoulder or accidentally grab it in the library. It irked me that I was wrong about who the killer was! ;) What I didn’t like: The only things I didn’t like about “Not Without You” is that I didn’t learn enough about the killer and I thought there were some things that weren’t deep enough. Overall, these were really minor feelings & I’ll be keeping this one on my shelf! More… Author: Dianne Venetta Source: Dianne Venetta Grade: A Ages: 16+ Steam: YA Setting: Rocky Mountains in Silver Creek, Colorado Series: Silver Creek, 1
KimberlyDawn55 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in Dianne Venetta's new series Silver Creek. Lisa Richardson is on a mission. She goes to the Rocky Mountains in search of the boreal toad. She is determined to find it and help prevent it's extinction. She has no idea that she is being followed. McIntyre Walsh is a former marine. It has been instilled in him to honor and protect. He attempts to help Lisa after he sees the stranger following her. Lisa insists on completing her own mission. Neither one of them will change gears. When the madman ups his game, they end up working together to try to survive. What an amazing story. This is one of those can't-put-down books! I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
RobynKFLNJ More than 1 year ago
Dianne Venetta is a wonderful author. This book takes a lot of twists and turns, keeping me on the edge of my seat. I felt like I was there with the characters. I couldn't put this book down. I can't wait for the next book.