So happy to be hosting one stop on the tour for this excellent book:
A trust destroyed is a trust that is hard to recover…
Brendan Matthews is happy training racehorses for a living. He thinks he’s hit the jackpot when a wealthy orthopedic surgeon, Adam Ahmadi, sends six yearlings his way. Not only are the horses a cut above the rest, their owner isn’t too shabby either.
But not everything is as it seems. Adam has many secrets, most of them dark and deadly. When Adam’s past returns with a vengeance, he disappears, leaving Brendan confused and hurt.
If Adam survives, will his past destroy their future?
ARC of this book generously provided by the author.
Karen: I love SA Meade’s writing, and one of my all time favourite book is Stolen Summer, and there is a crossover with Evan and Colin (small but it’s there) in AUT. This is an interesting mix of romance and a kind of gritty ‘spooks’ type of suspense.
Fra: it was beautifully written: there’s a quality to tell a story in a strong quiet manner
Karen: I agree Fra, I really appreciate the almost understated style, so this reads as elegant and calm while the story line is actually exciting and fairly dramatic.
Fra: I liked the way the relationship between Brendan and Adam is quiet, strong and very ordinary: no sensational lust filled pages; these two old hands and carry on in the most ordinary manner – until they don’t that is.
I think Sue uses the ordinary rhythm of the couple to counterpoint the mystery/thriller setting.
Karen: very much so, Adam and Brendan fall into a slow burning and very deep romance from the off , these are very clearly grown up’s and romantically they behave as such initially.
Fra: Ultimately though although I did enjoy reading this book – I did think that mystery plot line was somewhat lacking and much was left unexplored.
Karen: I have to say I felt conflicted a little on both counts, however I don’t mind that not everything was explained in terms of the suspense, for me enough was, and I was satisfied. I also had totally no idea almost until the denouement of who was doing what to whom, and why.
I was a little frustrated with the lack of communication, especially the first time it happened, it actually seemed unnecessary – especially as Adam clearly wanted to be with Brendan, it seemed odd that Adam would not just Talk !
Fra: Yes, this was also at odds with how beautifully observed and subtle the earlier part of the book was, and there was enough suspense and drama in the the latter part that this really didn’t appear to be needed.
Overall this was a lovely mix of romance and suspense, beautifully written that worked more than it didn’t, SA Meade is an under recognised writer, who is well worth reading
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