Review Tool Belt Defender by Carla Cassidy
That’s the “invitation” shoved under her door. It’s got Brittany Grayson fearing for her life…and her sanity. She’s sure the monster who once held her captive for months is dead, so why his chilling words in the note? His menacing face in the window? And why won’t anyone —even her lawmen brothers—believe that somehow he’s after her again?
Brittany just wants a normal, independent life in Black Rock. Romance is out of the question…although she’s okay as friends-with-benefits with Alex Crawford, her hunky, marriage-phobic contractor. Alex, a single dad, has his own good reasons not to fall for Brittany. But none of them matter when the race is on to find the killer who’s kidnapped her!
Let me just put this out there about the premise. WHOA. like WTF. Girl is kidnapped and held for 4 months, finally breaks out after he captures a bunch of other girls, who with whom he as going to have a killing party, after torturing her for those 4 months, kills dude, goes home to try to recuperate, and finally when she feels just slightly better she is going back to her house, the one she was kidnapped from only to find out that there’s ANOTHER psycho stalking her?? What is she batshit crazy catnip?
Oh and she is, was a cop. Kind of.
Turns out she was a spoiled cop a cop who only became a cop because her older brother was the sheriff and he practically handed her the badge. Also turns out getting kidnapped was in her words, a good thing for her because it forced her to recognize that she had been selfish, immature and basically asking for it.
I”m all for self realization but damn.
Alex, her neighbor with his adorable daughter pop in to the picture at just the right time, giving Brittany just enough distraction so that she can begin to cope and try to move on with her life, and also giving Alex a way to be around her all the time, redoing her deck, and conveniently being privy to her schedule making him a great body guard.
This was not a dark romantic suspense novel, it wasn’t supposed to be. This was the diet brand of the consistently freaky true horror romantic suspense novels with violent stalkers and abusers featured there within. Highly entertaining with just enough horror and terror to keep the goosebumps up, its the book you read that frightens you a little while you smile and laugh over Alex’s daughters hijinks, and the book you are so satisfied with when you put it down. But it also doesn’t give you nightmares which is a plus.
Overall Rating: B