Monday, 29 February 2016

Shari J. Ryan - Red Nights

*Contains adult themes
**Review by Susan

I'm Felicity Stone, a twenty-five-year-old with my whole life ahead of me. Well, until recently.

I didn't do it. Why would they think I did? Why would I want my twin brother dead? Why is everyone looking at me like I'm a criminal?

Well, everyone except him... Hayes Peyton, the charmingly beautiful stranger I met in the park at midnight; a totally legitimate place to meet the man of my dreams. Plus, he knows I'm innocent.

Believing him is easy. So very easy. Maybe too easy?

But when you hear things like: 'All good is laced with some bad, and everything you think is the truth, is nothing more than a blatant lie,' it makes you question reality.

In Shari J. Ryan's latest Romantic Suspense, Red Nights, you wonder how dark your world can get before all you see is red.

---A standalone, Romantic Suspense---

The undeniably sad story of Felicity captures you into her world at the time it's turned upside down. A house fire, that would leave her own twin brother dead...

"It's evident now.  Our heartbeats were both discovered at the same time. Now only one will remain."

But as the story unfolds and we learn more about the characters, we hear of her true love and support for her twin. But during this awful time, filled with remorse, anger and guilt, Felicity meets Hayes...

"Hayes is a total stranger, yet somehow he's becoming my safe place. Safe person."

But with everything she is going through and however broken she feels at losing the one true man in her heart, her twin brother, could she really contemplate letting him in? When she was already hurting?

"You make the pain go away. You're the first person to make me feel something else....It's like you're giving me air to breathe after being suffocated for so long."

As the pair grow together and through the adversity they face together, we learn of Hayes past and his damage. The man is a pure Saint who has been through hell and back but just like Felicity. They would both help heal one another through this awful period in their lives...

"I mourned alone. I'm still mourning alone. And it hurts like hell. Maybe, just maybe, I didn't want to watch someone as innocent as you go through something like this alone."

But I have to say I was intrigued by this beautiful cover and title and boy did it all make beautiful sense in this story.
The story that Felicity suffers so much from, not only her material aspect of her life, but her own brother, makes her seek him out in the skies above. The red skies that she connects with the fire she feels she left him in. The sky she looks to in order to find him again, wherever he may be.

"It's like the fire has been burnt into my mind.  Red nights; that's what I'm left with now."

"...I think the reason I still see red is because part of me is afraid to let it go. I feel like I'll be moving on and away, leaving Blake behind in the fire."

But between the truth of her ordeal finally coming out and discovering that someone so incredibly close to her had maliciously done this to her, just breaks her heart. Seeing her true strength, courage and determination to live her life as best she can with the new man in her life by her side is awe inspiring.

Final and favourite excerpt from the book....
"Time does not always heal, but it eases. Our pain is like the earth, slowly moving, never really changing, and always seeking the light of another day."

An incredible read that did take me a few days to digest and complete due to the difficult and emotional content, made for a fantastic read. With different friendships, loves and trust all building throughout this was a brilliant read but admit I did struggle a little in the middle. But was well worth persevering with to get the answers and insight into the truth.

You can keep up with Shari and news about her books on her websiteFacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.

Get your copy of Red Nights here (UK) or here (US). Add to your Goodreads TBR here.

I was sent this book free of charge to review. All thoughts and opinions are honest & my own.

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