Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Review: Deadline by Scarlet Hawthorne

He wants her body and heart, but a killer wants her soul.
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After her erotic romance novels become international bestsellers, writer Gillian Tate cannot enjoy her long-sought success once her husband files for divorce and she becomes the target of threats from a religious fringe hate group; but when she tries to find peace in the solitude of a remote lakeside cabin to complete the third novel in the trilogy, not only does she meet the man who can fulfill her secret desires, she also finds she hasn’t escaped danger by leaving the city. 

When the Adirondack town's police chief Sam Taylor learns of the threats and checks in on the notorious author, he is surprised to find she is nothing like he would have expected from her erotic novels but everything he has imagined in his own fantasies. 

Can he and the woman of his dreams escape her waking nightmare? 

*Adult Content: This erotic romantic suspense includes scenes of bondage between consenting adults.*

4 stars  
Deadline is a book that kept me on my toes and devouring it in just a few hours.  The author flawlessly and elegantly crafts unforgettable characters and an engaging plot that is fully an erotic romance novel, while still keeping the reader on edge at all times. There is a twist at every chapter and I really couldn't see most coming. 
My heart plummeted and soared for Gillian. She is such a great character. Strong, vulnerable, successful and a good grip on reality. Sam? * sigh * I want one of him. They explore their kinks in a very subtle, smooth way. Their relationship, although super fast ( which I originally thought might be a turn off in this book for me), is super sweet with tons of sexy moments. 
The author possesses the ability to capture the mystery, tension, worry, and every feeling during all the events in this book. This is one of the rare books I'll put on my will read again list. 
Smooth transitions make it an easy, comfortable read with a completely unexpected ending. 
** ARC received in exchange for honest review **

Scarlet Hawthorne began writing short stories at the age of eight, poems at ten, and wrote her first novella – a romantic tragedy – at twelve. Today she enjoys creating characters who discover integrity and their authentic selves through their sexuality. She has been a speaker at national conferences discussing how power exchange can enhance relationships and refuting the negative stereotypes of BDSM promulgation in the media.

An award-winning and bestselling author in a variety of genres under other pen names, Scarlet was a featured author at the 2014 BDSM Writers Conference in New York City and contributed an excerpt from her upcoming romantic suspense Retrograde to the first BDSM Writers Con Anthology. Always eager to challenge herself as a writer, Scarlet utilized a “panoramic point of view” narrative style, rarely found in fiction today, in her latest novel Deadline.

Scarlet lives with her two dogs and their Master in a lakeside community in the New Orleans area. Her next release is the contemporary male/male romance Between the Notes, expected in spring, 2015.