21 April 2011

Altered Beginnings


I started Altered Beginnings on a Saturday morning, and finished it Sunday night. I was caught up in the story from the prologue, and didn't want to put it down.

I'm not a great book reviewer, tending to lean towards "I loved it" or "I was bored". And in the interest of full disclosure, I will state that I follow author Destiny Booze on Twitter, and she gifted me with a copy of this book.

So I'm very happy to honestly say I did love it.

Leigh Lawson was raised in an orphanage for the first few years of her life, then placed with a foster family. We first meet Leigh in the orphanage, then we fast forward to her as a college graduate who has received a graduation party invitation from her best friend in the small town she grew up in. We learn that Leigh left town right after high school graduation, and that the whole town hated her, and apparently still do. We don't know all the circumstances yet of her leaving, and those unfold over the course of the story.

There are two men, her foster brother, Shawn, and a reporter, Jason. We think Shawn is a good guy and Jason a bad guy. Then we are given evidence that maybe it's the other way around. And then more evidence to the contrary, and for much of the book you aren't sure who is the good guy, who is the bad guy, if they are both good guys, or both bad guys. It makes for a roller coaster ride.

The violence in the book is a little more than I'm accustomed to in a romantic suspense story, but it's not gratuitous or presented in sickening detail. It's just there and fits into the world the characters are involved in.

(I originally read this book in June 2010 and wrote my review for Amazon at that time.)

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