I love a mystery with a sense of humor. It was nice to find out that works in a romantic suspense as well. Of course it helped that this romantic suspense also had a healthy dose of mystery too.
Lillian Duncan admitted to me in an interview that she often starts with a mystery, but then likes to throw the reader into suspense. I believe "BAM!" was the word she used. (Read the rest of my interview with Lillian on my blog.)
Here's the set-up:
Reggie Meyers is a high-powered lawyer. Wait, strike that. Reggie wants to be a high powered lawyer. Right now she's an apprentice lawyer who has just bungled a big contract. And crashed her car into a farmer's pickup. And found her apartment trashed. Oh, and someone keeps shooting at her.
Who's pursuing her? That's the mystery.
Will she survive it? That's the suspense.
And the romance?
That begins because the aforementioned pickup belongs to Dylan Monroe, who sneaks in some farming among some mysterious "other things." After driving her home and seeing her trashed apartment, he's not going to leave her alone until she's safe. And the way things are going, that might take a while.
Sprinkle in some added intrigue as attacks shift from guns to bombs and bugs, and we learn more of Dylan's other talents--and meet some friends from his somewhat classified past.
Lillian Duncan's romantic suspense is a delightful romp through rural Ohio (and Pennsylvania and West Virginia.) If anyone thinks a romp can't be suspenseful, trust me, Lil has done it. Populated with interesting characters, a couple of running gags, and the steady drumbeat of suspense, Pursued is an entertaining and quick read.
I'd tell you more, but I might have to kill you.
You can view the trailer for Pursued, and Lillian's upcoming release from White Rose Publishing and Harbourlight Books.
As a disclaimer, I should reveal I was provided an electronic copy for the purpose of review.
Question: Do you like a little mystery or suspense paired with your romance? Which do you prefer--a puzzle to be solved or an adrenalin-charged suspense?