The Elder is romantic suspense at its finest. There’s plenty of action and danger, with a little mystery thrown in for good measure, topped off with some awesome sexual tension between the hero and heroine. I’m not normally a big fan of romantic suspense, but if there was a school specifically for romantic suspense authors, this one should be taught on day 1 and studied in depth. It should be required reading for anyone hoping to author romantic suspense novels. (In my humble opinion)
Benton was a good hero. He was strong and brave and smart, not to mention good-looking. That’s all fine and good. But my favorite part of the story? That was BY FAR the heroine, Arabella. Why did I love Arabella? Let me count the ways:
Arabella’s daughter is also adorable and speaks age-appropriately. I get so tired of toddlers speaking like ten-year-olds in romance novels. Seldom, if ever, do young children give sage love advice, and you’d be surprised how many times that happens in romance novels. But Vivi was perfect. (Every time she said “Bennon”, it warmed up my old, bitter heart a little bit. I might’ve even smiled a time or two. Don’t tell anyone, though.)
Long-story-short, this is a highly 1-clickable romantic suspense read that I can’t say enough good things about. And I want to be Arabella when I grow up. That is all.
Disclaimer: We received an ARC from the author at no charge.
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
Stomps the bejesus out of it! No rehab needed. This one is clean and sober.
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