Concealed (Hidden #1)
by Victoria Michaels
Romantic Suspense 18+
Publication Date: December 10th 2013
Published by Crazy-Bee Press
Event Organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
Life has been complicated for Sydney Ross. Desperate for a new start, she leaves home but, during her travels, witnesses something that will forever alter the path of her life. On the run for the last six years, Sydney finds herself living the life of a nomad until she one day stumbles into a small town and hopes she's finally found a place to put down roots. With a good job in a local diner and, for the first time ever, friends who feel like family, things start looking up for Sydney. The biggest shock of all is catching the eye of the town’s most eligible bachelor, the sexy sheriff, Wade Jenkins.
Sparks fly between them, and it's not long before Sydney believes Elton, Missouri could be the home she's always wished for. But Sydney's past and her secrets have a way of catching up with her. When a brutal murder shakes the small town, Sydney is terrified that the countdown has begun on her time in Elton.
Have the shadows from her past found her again? The people who mean the most want her to stay, but that would put everyone, including her daughter, at risk. Can Sydney put her faith in Wade or will she keep running from a danger that even she doesn't fully understand?
What I say (review): In Concealed Sydney is running away from an unknown traumatic event when she comes across a horror movie-worthy scene. At just 18 she finds herself in possession of a newborn baby and becomes the target of an evil psychopath. The story picks up years later with Sydney and her 'daughter' Faith, living a quiet life in a small town.
After years on the run and moving around, Sydney and Faith are happy in Elton. Sydney has good friends who are like a surrogate family and of course there's Wade! Wade is the local Sheriff who is mysterious, charming and very contained. There are several misunderstandings because Sydney and Wade have many secrets and are scared of trusting people.
Faith has to be the cutest kid ever - the scenes with Sydney and Faith together were really sweet and endearing. I enjoyed the mystery and suspense element because it added another layer to the contemporary romance genre and livened up the story. The story actually reminded me of Riverbend by Tess Thompson but with a very different twist!
3.5 Stars in my Sky!
Victoria Michaels is a wife and mother of many who lives her life in what seems like a constant state of motion. Kids’ sports, meetings, homework and general family fun take up twenty-seven hours of her day. In her thirty seconds of free time, Victoria likes to read, write and travel the country with her husband.
She most enjoys writing about love and laughter, two things that are central to her everyday life. If you would like to know more about what’s coming next from Victoria, please check back at victoriamichaels.net for updates, news and sneak peeks of future releases.