Orphaned at an early age, now twenty-four-year-old Camryn Lucks is ready to commit to find that special someone, and so accepts a date from a charming, gallant, handsome stranger. The last thing she imagines after accepting that first date with Carson would actually be the beginning of her worst nightmare.
Red roses, a reminder of her parents' killer, soon become an emblem of horror for Cami as one by one, those closest to her fall victim to a serial killer. Cami becomes an obsession for Carson, the man she had finally allowed herself to love. Not only is he vying for her heart, but also her life.
Finding herself in a whirlwind of torments shadowed by the blood-colored bloom, Cami finds solace in Isaac, a neighboring police officer. She’s desperate to escape the haunting memories, but she must revisit them in order to catch her would-be killer. Living life in constant fear has driven Cami to second-guess every choice she makes. Will the police catch the illusive murderer, or will Cami be forced to face him once again?
Momma Says: 3.5 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐
While I would consider this one more thriller than romance or suspense, it is a page-turning read. It's a bit different from most books in the genre in that we know who the antagonist is from the very beginning with a heart-pounding opener, and then the story is told in bits and pieces with flashbacks. I do prefer to be left in the dark about the whodunit/who's behind it all element, mostly because I enjoy the puzzle as I try to figure it all out, but we do get some interesting twists in the story as everything comes together. The romance aspect is more secondary or even tertiary to everything else going on and it's kind of a slow build that you can see coming but don't give much thought to as Isaac tries to protect Cami. On the other side of that coin, the relationship between Cami and Carson progresses crazy fast, which makes sense given what we learn about him throughout this tale. Carson certainly makes for a chilling bad guy as we learn more and more about him and Cami is a curious mix of innocence and strength. On the whole, the story is well-written and the author is talented at drawing the reader into a scene. It's fast-paced and even when I knew what was coming, I still found myself on the edge of my seat, especially during some of the flashbacks. So, while there were some issues for me, most were my own personal preference, and in the end, the story did hold my interest and is definitely worth the read.
Dana Provo has always loved books and reads everything from young adult fantasy to adult historical romances. When she’s not reading or writing her next novel, Dana can be found riding her horses and getting ready for competition. Dana lives with her husband and two house plants in Richmond, Virginia.