Author: Karly Lane
Genre: Romantic suspense
Opens: …Screams, lights, blood and the smell of the entire world burning were the last things Seb Taylor remembered as darkness swam before his eyes and he fell into an endless pit of despair…
Blurb: Seb Taylor and Rebecca Whiteman were high school sweethearts dreaming of a future together, when one terrible event shattered their lives. Eighteen years after the tragedy Rebecca, now a single newly divorced mum, has brought her children back to the town she left behind. Seb, now an elite SAS soldier in the Australian Army, has also returned home after being badly injured in the Afghanistan, he has never forgotten that night, or his sweetheart.
My Thoughts: BURNT is the first Karly Lane book I have read – and I am so glad there are more to read because I loved this one! It has been eighteen years since the events in the prologue shattered the lives of many families in this small country town in NSW, and although we aren’t initially told what has happened we certainly know it has made a big impact on both Rebecca and Seb.
Rebecca is a nurse at the local hospital and has moved back to be near her parents so that she has someone to care for her girls while she is on night shifts. She also volunteers at ta a nearby women’s shelter – patching up battered women who are trying to start a new life. While her ex-husband didn’t physically abuse her she was mentally abused – so can relate to her patients. Having a little knowledge in this area – the scenes in the shelter were very realistic. She bumps into Seb when he comes into the hospital to have his dressings changed and the two realise that their feelings haven’t gone away.
What follows is a lovely story of two lovers reuniting and deciding if they have a future. But with Rebecca getting heavy breathing calls, a slashed tent when they go camping and a stranger talking to her children from a car – Seb realises Rebecca is in trouble – even though Rebecca doesn’t take it seriously. But who is stalking her and why? Seb want’s to help – but he is too emotionally scarred to take a chance on love. He can face a battlefield of enemy – but one tiny lady scares him silly.
BURNT has it all – drama, romance and humour. With lots of twists and turns, some great support characters and back stories, and a climax that will have you on the edge of your seat,
I heartily recommend this book. And will certainly be looking up her previous ones.
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A – Excellent Stuff – a real page turner and hard to put down. I carved out extra reading time just so I could finish it. This book got carted into the bathroom with me, read over meals, read at work, and/or kept me up late at night. If this author has more work, I will certainly read it.
With thanks to Harlequin MIRA Australia and the author via Netgalley for my copy to read and review.