Monday, August 28, 2017

Book Review - First Ten Pages - Hope and Prey by Sharon Horton

As a reader, if my interest isn't stirred in the first ten pages of a book, it's most likely I won't take the time to read the rest of the story. First impressions do matter...

So, what exactly is the point of a ten page review? Obviously, it's not the story itself, the effectiveness of the plot development, the quality of character development, or the overall talent of the author. What I'm reviewing is the author's ability to draw me into their story in just a few pages. Can they give me a sense of place and time, set the tone of the story, make me care about their protagonist, and give me an impelling reason to keep reading. In today's competitive market, an author only gets a few pages to make all that happen for a reader. The rating reflects my view on those elements. It doesn't reflect on the whole book, since I haven't read the entire story. So I encourage those who read these reviews to keep that in mind and to peruse other whole-book reviews to help make your buying decisions.

Title: Hope and Prey
Author: Sharon Horton
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Review Rating: 
*** Hum... Has Possibilities - I'll read ten more pages

Review Comments: 
AJ wakes up in a dark alley injured from a gun shot wound and disoriented. A man in black tries to subdue her. She gets away. Then another, different man in black does the same thing. This time escape is not an option.  Waking up again in an infirmary with a helpful nurse telling her she was safe didn't really convince AJ, especially when the threatening man they called Kurt entered the room. Through more interaction and conversation, AJ senses that she and these people may have something in common...the same enemy!

There is definitely a mystery to unravel and the beginning of a rocky relationship between AJ and Kurt. I'd turn a few more pages and see what happens next.

Quote from Book:

~ The devil had found her. No, AJ thought, something’s different. Same dark hair. Something’s different. A handsome face. Something’s different. Not the same face. ~

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