Friday, February 10, 2012

What She Doesn't Know by Lina Gardiner

Title:  What She Doesn't Know
Author: Lina Gardiner
My Rating: B 

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: -
Main Characters: Raven & Sloan
Release Date: January 2012
Publisher: self-published
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Sexual Intensity: mild

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
Raven Gale can’t put the past behind her. A year ago, her husband tried to kill her in a car accident and killed himself instead. And, as if that wasn’t bad enough; she finds out someone is pretending to be him on an isolated island in the Bay of Fundy. What if it’s really her husband? What if he’s still alive? She’d been in hospital when the funeral was held. For the first time in her life, she finds the strength to track down the imposter to find out what’s going on. 

Now stranded on an island with no way back to the mainland, she’s in the worst trouble she could ever imagine. The imposter claims to want to help her and keep her safe from the other visitors on the island, a group of men who want her dead. And she has no idea why. She quickly learns everyone wants the same thing her husband wanted. Her family’s secrets. Secrets that she doesn’t know, or can’t remember.

My Review:

There is a whole history in this book that neither you nor the heroine knows and that makes this book so much fun to read. Raven is the heroine of this novel and she is looking for her dead husband who tried to kill her. Something just isn't right about his death and she can't hide out in her house any longer, so she decides to take action. That action leads her to Sloan, her husband's look-alike cousin, although she doesn't realize that they are related, and a mystery about her life that she doesn't remember.

And I don't know what else to say about this book without giving something away. Before the book even starts, you are given a poem (which is just gorgeous) that plays into the story line of the entire novel.

On an Island
In an Ocean
Lies a Castle
Heart's Devotion

King and Queen
And Golden Princess
Behold their Realm
With Guarded Interest

Beyond the Sea
Beyond the Wall
A Name that Doesn't Suit
At All

The Key Becomes
For those who Seek
The Answer to its own

I just love it and I really enjoyed the entire story! There is great suspense here and the basis for a gorgeous romance. There are several mysteries here. First, the questions about what happened to Raven's parents? Is her husband really dead? Why doesn't she remember a huge chunk of her life including Sloan? How does the Protectorate and the treasures they protect come into it all? Who's the mysterious stranger on the island? What is Raven not remembering? It's all really very good!

If there is one complaint that I have about this book, it's that the author didn't compound on the romantic story line and sexual tension more. All the elements were there and what is there was really good...I just wanted more. More in the way of sexual tension and more in the way of the HEA. I am thinking that this may be the beginning of an ongoing series with these two characters though. If that's the case, then I completely agree with how much the author put in this one. The door is definitely there for Sloan & Raven to create a partnership going after the American Protectorate and if that's the case, I can't wait until the next book!

3 comments: said...

Thanks very much for this review, Christi! I'm thrilled.

Norah Wilson said...

Wonderful review, Christi! I`m about 65% through this book and loving it.

Barbara Phinney said...

I can hardly wait to start this book!!