Series: Broslin Creek #3
Author: Dana Marton
Format: eBook, 177 pages
Published: June 3rd 2013
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Source: Purchased by Reviewer
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Wine Glasses
She'd been "the sick girl" for most of her life. She refused to go straight to "the weird girl". Heart-transplant recipient Sophie Curtis has been in her own antiseptic bubble for so long, she just might not be able to venture out into the real world again. Her spooky body memories are scary enough, but then she finds herself in the cross hairs of a killer.
"Love was blind, people said. But lust was blind, deaf and reckless." Ethan Bing hadn't been a great romantic before he became a cop. Whatever shred of optimism he had left after becoming Broslin Chief of Police had been seared out of him by the unsolved murder of his wife two years before. A new case brings the killer within reach just as Sophie pops into his life. She gets through his defenses like no other before, but soon it becomes clear that she's been selected as the killer's next victim.
The only woman he could ever love has a secret he could never forgive.
DEATHTRAP by Dana Marton was another fantastic romantic thriller from Dana Marton! This was Bing's and Sophie's story. Bing has figured prominently in the other books I've read, so I was thrilled to see him finally get his own happy-ever-after. DEATHTRAP is a book that you will want to read in one sitting. I had to stay home from work to finish it as I wouldn't have been able to concentrate on work until I had - so plan your time to read it accordingly!
All the books in Dana's Broslin Creek series work well as standalones if that is your druthers. There are interconnected characters and the series shares the setting of small town Broslin Creek. I have read the series out of order and thoroughly enjoyed every book.
A little about the hero and heroine: Ethan Bing is Broslin's Chief of Police and Sophie Curtis is a heart transplant recipient. Bing's wife was murdered two years ago. Her death is still unsolved. Signs point to Sophie having been been selected as the killer's next victim. There is an undeniable attraction between Bing and Sophie, but will it be enough to thwart her slayer? This book will keep you guessing throughout. I won't give anything away, but I will say that I would never have predicted the ending in a thousand years.
Supporting characters include a big, wonderful, lovable, protective dog named Peaches. Peaches is a Rottweiler stray and is responsible for multiple light-hearted moments. Sophie and Bing actually meet while Sophie is out posting flyers seeking the real owner of Peaches. So Peaches is a matchmaker too! I thought it was a cute slant that the dog adopted Sophie instead of the other way around.
The heart transplant angle was different also. I can't remember reading another book featuring a heart transplant recipient as one of the primary characters. I never thought about the ramifications of organ transplants on relationships until I read this book. Sophie chose to go with her transplant against the wishes of her cad ex-boyfriend and her mother..
Following please find a few of my favorite quotes:
He stepped closer with an intense, thoughtful look on his face. "We shouldn't do this."
Her heart gave a hard thud.
"You probably can't kiss." Another step closer. "What does the doctor say?"
"We never kissed," she deadpanned. "Dr. Pratt and I are not interested in each other that way."
The sound of his deep laughter broke the tension between them. He moved a little closer still.
"Dr. Pratt says intimacy is all right, unless the other person is sick." She couldn't believe she just said that. Why not put a neon sign on her forehead? DESPERATE FOR SEX.
"This isn't going to work." He leaned his forehead against hers, the skin-to-skin contact jolting. "This isn't the right time for either of us." His hands slid up her arms. "I shouldn't kiss you," he said.
And then he did.
He kissed her dizzy, then lifted her. She wrapped her legs around his waist as he kissed his way down her neck.
"Make love to me," she whispered. "Like I'm a full-grown woman."
He pulled back to look at her. "As opposed to...?"
Bing tightened his fingers around hers...."I know what I want."
She raised an eyebrow. "What is that?"
"Only you." And as he said the words, he felt a tremendous weight lifting from his chest. "It's always been only you..."
"All right." She narrowed her eyes. "But if you break my heart, I'm going to have Peaches have words with you."
"That's threatening a police officer. Technically."
"What are you going to do?" She flashed him a teasing smile. "Arrest me?"
He bent his head to hers, all the way to her ear. "Stick with me and there might just be some handcuffs in your future," he whispered.
She laughed out loud. "I'll take that as an incentive to speedily recover."
I absolutely love this series! Every one features a sexy hero rescuing a damsel in distress. I highly recommend DEATHTRAP to anyone who enjoys romantic thrillers with well-developed, realistic characters, a strong, solid plot, surprising twists, good pacing and riveting suspense. This book will keep you on the edge on your seat!