Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Last Vacation by Sarah Elle Emm

I recently got the chance to read and review Last Vacation by Sarah Elle Emm, I hadn't read any of her books before, so was looking forward to giving this one a go.

About the Book:
Seven days have passed since Naples real estate agent Megan MacKenna has heard from her twin sister, Madeline, who was vacationing on the beautiful, Caribbean island of St. Croix. Though authorities are not convinced there is a case to solve, Megan knows with all of her heart something happened to Maddy. When Megan receives a direct warning to leave the island or end up like her sister, she turns to the only person who has taken her seriously since she arrived, Gabe, a breakfast cook at a local diner. 

Undercover DEA agent, Gabriel Walker has been building his cover for months, waiting for the opportunity to work his way into the infamous Torrez crime ring. When Megan shows up asking questions and Gabe realizes her twin’s disappearance might be linked to the Torrez men, he has to convince her to go back to Florida before she becomes their next victim. 

The closer Megan gets to the truth, the more Gabe begins to suspect he is missing a huge piece of the puzzle. And someone is closing in on Megan…

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My Review

Although this book has a romance angle, it is without a doubt, first and foremost a thriller. From the very beginning, you find yourself quickly picked up and whisked into the action. When her sister doesn't get in touch, Megan steps away from her usually ordered and quiet life, to try and find her, putting herself in a huge amount of danger to do so.

The story was well written and the action moved along at a great pace, reflecting the urgency of the sisters situation, without ever feeling too rushed. I couldn't help but pick up my kindle and read a few more chapters to see what was going to happen as often as I could. 

Gabe was a lovely caring, yet strong hero, who does his best to keep Meg out of trouble, not that he has much success. She is headstrong and stubborn and isn't going to let anything get in the way of finding Maddy. I was a little worried that she wouldn't take the fact that he'd kept his undercover role a secret from her and that he was really with the DEA, having had trust issues in her past, but unlike some stories, he didn't keep things from her unless absolutely necessary, so there was non of that forced misunderstanding and concealment that can often happen in some romantic suspense novels. 

The developing feelings between Gabe and Meg was fun to watch, but it was far from over done, as I said previously, this was a thriller with a romance angle, rather than a romance with a thriller storyline, so that element of the storyline wasn't too intrusive on the action.

I really enjoyed this and would happily pick up another book by Sarah Elle Emm, Last Vacation is a thrilling read that leaves you on the edge of your seat wanting to know what's going to happen. A great read.

About the Author:

Sarah Elle Emm is the author of the HARMONY RUN SERIES, a young-adult fantasy and dystopian series, released in May 2012 by Winter Goose Publishing. (PRISMATIC, May 2012, OPALESCENT, February 2013, CHATOYANT, September 2014, NACREOUS, August 2015) Her debut fiction novel, MARRYING MISSY, was published by Bird Brain Publishing in October 2011. Sarah is a graduate of The University of Evansville, she has lived and worked in Mexico, Germany, England, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and has traveled extensively beyond. Sarah lives in Naples, Florida with her family. When she’s not walking the plank of her daughters’ imaginary pirate ship or snapping photos of Southwest Florida scenery, she is writing.

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