After ten years shouldering heavy responsibility as her siblings’ guardian, fern farmer Annie Brenton yearns for an exciting and carefree future. Despite the repeated threats of a stalker, she refuses to cower in her house and compromise her long-awaited freedom.
When widower Luke Erickson and his two young children turn to Annie for help and she takes them into her home, she believes her financial worries and stalker problems are solved. Instead, the stalker ratchets up his violence, and her developing feelings for Luke turn her world upside down.
As Luke's past suddenly catches up to them, Annie is forced to make an impossible choice. Is loving a wandering sailor and his children worth the sacrifice of her freedom and the risk of a broken heart?
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Reviewed by Meli Book provided by the publisher for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book This is the first I have read from Kathleen Mix and have to say it was really good. I loved that Annie is a simple woman trying to live a normal life. Yet her past and fears haunt her everyday. Now Luke is a man but a father first of everything always protecting his children first. When these two get together well Kathleen Mix sure puts tons of obstacles in their way. I loved that not only is it a story about Annie and Luke but also the children, Dede and Nicky. Together these characters show us that with love anything is possible including a fear that has centered Annie’s whole life. Definitely a book well-paced, funny, sweet and suspenseful considering someone wants Annie dead. Loved it.
I really like suspense stories that take place in small towns and have wonderful characters. This book kept me turning pages to find out what happened next. I loved the kids and the dog. A sexy ex-SEAL was a bonus. If you're looking for a well-written suspense, buy it.
Annie Brenton didn't feel safe. It seems that someone is stalking her place at night. Worse, whenever she calls the local law enforcement of the town she lives in, they never find anyone or anything wrong. This causes the sheriff and others in town think that she's imagining her stalker, except she isn't. One night, she encounters another problem. When she sees an image of a big man out in her greenhouse, she races back indoors to grab a knife to protect herself. But her "stalker" follows her and instead of attacking her, apologizes for "all the commotion." Annie discovers that he is not her mysterious watcher, but instead, is Luke Erickson, only trying to recapture his dog, King. The dog had leaped from the man's boat, snarling and chasing something or someone. Not only does his dog live with him, but also his two small children, Dede and Nicky. Luke is an ex-Navy Seal running from a past that is trying very hard to catch up with him. He is self-assured while still vulnerable and caring enough to question his own motives and how his actions will impact others. When Luke gets hurt on his boat and must covalence, but is afraid of where his children might be placed, he arranges to stay at Annie's house, offering to give her money to buy out her sister's part of the ownership of the house and land. But Annie learns that Luke has secrets. Can a man with secrets and two small children be worth the problems just to keep away her stalker? Especially with danger to her heart in the equation as Annie and Luke find themselves attracted to each other. If you love mysteries with page turning suspense and the spice of happily ever after romance added, then River of Fear is the book for you. You'll lose your heart to the characters and the story, just as I did.
What do you get if you take a mystery stalker, a hot man, two adorable kids, a big, protective dog and a river that scares you? A really good, thrilling page-turner with many sexy "oooo" moments and adorable "awww" moments. Luke is an ex-Navy Seal running from a past that is trying very hard to catch up with him. He is self-assured while still vulnerable and caring enough to question his own motives and how his actions will impact others. Annie is frightened of the stalker but determined not to be scared away but confused as to what she wants her future to hold. Annie's job is quite unique and not one I had ever even thought of before or seen in any other books. The suspense is built up very well throughout the book and had me turning the pages to see what happened next. Ms. Mix also does an excellent job of keeping you guessing on who the stalker is. She gives you just enough clues to think you might know who it is then she throws a red herring out there and throws you off entirely. The thing that struck me as unbelievable was the fact that neither Luke nor Annie had a problem with letting the kids play outside after some of the things that had been happening with the stalker. If I was in that situation my kids would be glued to my side and always in my sight. Other than the children, there aren't many secondary characters. We get a few phone calls between Annie and her friend, as well as Annie and her sister and we get one visit from the sister. Annie has quite a history with her siblings that could have really been built up but was left a little flat and the sister is portrayed in such a way that you are left with no sympathy for her at all. I really enjoy the romantic suspense genre and this book was no exception. The action brought on by the stalker fit the genre very well and the characters were believable. Definitely a book that I would recommend to a friend, so grab a blanket and a reading light, curl up in bed with the lights out, settle in for some nail biting moments and read this book. Originally posted at the Long and Short of It Romance Reviews