River of Danger by Alexa Verde Review and a ~*GIVEAWAY*~
Reprinted here with permission from the copyrighted author, Alexa Verde:
Dallas reporter River Montenegro returns to her hometown, Rios Azules, in south Texas to aid her father, a constantly recovering alcoholic. After the notorious Smiling Killer strikes close to her home — and her own neck, River grudgingly accepts help from her childhood friend and first love, who unknowingly crushed her heart.
When his formerly awkward school buddy is being stalked and attacked, local newspaper editor and town favorite Jacob Forrester decides to protect River. Falling for River, who blossomed into a confident, beautiful woman, Jacob is also eager to take their friendship to a different level. But River always made it clear she wouldn’t stick around.
Scarred and scared, River has fled to the big city lights once. But she’s stronger now. The homegrown killer better be prepared because not all Rivers run…
Secrets of Rios Azules Series: welcome to Rios Azules, a small Texas town where rivers and emotions run deep, and secrets are deadly.
my point of view
This book is actually the prequel to the Secrets of Rios Azules series, and it sure sets the reader up for the suspense that prevails throughout all of the stories I have read in the series so far (as of this writing I am on number 4)! I have mostly been a reader of “just romantic” Christian fiction, and was never a huge fan of the suspense genre….but that has since changed, thanks to Alexa Verde! I am a new reader of a lot of Alexa’s books and up until River of Danger, had only read her Seasons series, both of which take place in this small Southern Texas town, Rios Azules.
The character of River Montenegro is complex in so many ways! She was an awkward teen with a huge crush on Jacob Forrester; she suffered from being abandoned by her mother, and grew up taking care of an alcoholic father who couldn’t take care of himself, on top of being the “gawky” teenager no one wanted to be friends with.
That is, until the Danger Girls come together. A group of ‘misfit’ girls in need of acceptance and a sense of belonging, they band together to become their own family and lifelong friends. I have always enjoyed stories that have ‘friends for family’ theme within them. Having grown up an only child, my cousins and close friends were my closest confidants.
River also lives with the fact she is a teenage victim who was terrorized in her own home, and now she has reason to believe that her attacker has turned into a serial killer that has been striking women down all over Dallas. Could she have been his first victim? The only one that has survived so far? As an investigative reporter, she takes on the responsibility of finding and stopping this killer once and for all. She plans to keep the Danger Girls safe by trying not to involve them and the same goes for Jacob, the boy – now man – she has always loved, but he only ever wanted her friendship.
Jacob has his own issues to deal with, still mourning the loss of his baby sister, and now trying to renew his friendship with River, a girl who was always his best friend. Only now in protecting River, he has discovered deeper feeling for her that he must learn to keep from her since she plans on leaving their hometown as soon as the killer is found. Can Jacob find his faith in God again all the while keeping River safe from harm only to leave him again in the end?
This amazing book has so many twists and turns and unexpected happenings that it is hard to put down! I found myself on the edge of me seat at times and reading as fast as I could to get to the next ‘calmer’ scene! Though I love the reunited love theme, this is more of a reunited friendship that turns into a more serious relationship they could have never have had as teenagers. Throughout the entire book, Alexa Verde always keeps the one true relationship we all crave and need in our lives – faith in God – first, as it should always be. Honestly, I truly enjoyed this start of the Secrets of Rios Azules, and am reading everyone I can get my hands on, so keep them coming, Alexa Verde!
About the author:
Alexa Verde writes sweet, wholesome books about faith, love, and murder. She penned her first literary masterpiece, a rhymed poem, at the ripe age of eight, and since has had 200 short stories, articles, and poems published in the five languages that she speaks. She has bachelor’s degrees in English and Spanish, a master’s in Russian, and enjoys writing about characters with diverse cultures. She can claim her 15 seconds of Amazon fame with her books climbing to the #1 spot in Hispanic American and #3 in Christian Mystery & Suspense. She’s worn the hats of reporter, teacher, translator, model (even one day counts!), caretaker, and secretary, but thinks that the writer’s hat suits her the best. After traveling the world and living in both hemispheres, she calls a small town in south Texas home. The latter is an inspiration for the fictional setting of her popular series Secrets of Rios Azules. For giveaways (Russian souvenirs are the next), news, and recipes, please sign up for her newsletter at www.alexaverde.com. Twitter: @AlexaVerde3. Facebook: www.facebook.com/alexaverdeauthor.com
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