Four Steps by Wendy Hudson

The prologue of this book grabs you and will send a shock of terror through you. All I could think was on my goodness that was absolutely, one-hundred percent, terrifying. The first chapter is a glimpse of everyone’s worst nightmare coming true. Grabbed your attention, right? Well, that is how this book goes, it grabs you and then tells you the story of Alex Ryan and Lori Hunter.

Lori Hunter is an interpreter for parliament in Westminster. Her day job of constantly and repetitively conversing with people makes her crave solitude in her downtime.  This is what drives her to drive hours outside of the London to climb mountains like Scotland’s Maoile Lunndaidh. Lori loves her career but finds life lacking in most other areas. Her family is scattered and barely speaks, and her relationship of eight years with Andrew is crumbling at an alarming rate.  She finds herself making decisions to change her course and on that very day she runs smack dab into Alex Ryan.

Alex Ryan came to Maoile Lunndaidh to climb that mountain but to also remind herself that her relationship’s end did not ruin her passion for this place. Rachel may have introduced her to the place, but Alex would make her own memories here too. Alex spends most of her days alone, working from home on her family’s farm as a computer analyst for a variety of police organizations. Alex is charismatic and fun but also guarded, and for good reason. Her past is tragic.

These two have instant chemistry, which they both acknowledge and decide to become friends. They build their relationship between phone calls and texts, touching base daily because this person, who they met on the side of a mountain, has become important.  All of that is happening, but you know there is a sinister plot happening as well. EEK! I wish I could tell you more but you need to read the book.  These two crush on each other and when things just begin to go their way, a mad man’s vengeance turns everyone’s life upside down.

A romance with a side of a thriller is what Four Steps is. Overall, I enjoyed this book so much. There were a few chapters I thought were bogged down with too many new character introductions, but that won’t change the overall awesomeness of the book. A really good book by Wendy Hudson!

4 out of 5 stars

I was given this book by the publisher in return for an honest review.

  • Publisher: Ylva Publishing
  • www.ylvapublishing.com

Four Steps
by Wendy Hudson
Link: https://amzn.com/B01KIDGB7Y

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Just Enough Light by A.J. Quinn

If you ask me if I like action adventure book my answer could vacillate between a yes or a no on any given day. I think what holds me back is that when you throw in a romantic element something has to give. Usually I find there be too much back story or too much adventure and not enough dialogue. It is very hard to fit in a quality romance in my opinion.

In Just Enough Light by A.J. Quinn your main character is a strikingly beautiful badass with a tortured past. Kellen Ryan is the woman you want to find you if you are trapped in a perilous situation. She is a master at rugged terrain and will not hesitate to risk life or limb to get the job done. Her career is one that few can do, mountain search and rescue. Life has been far from kind to Kellen, abused by her parents, a child runaway, and now a serial killer is hunting her.

Dr. Dana Kingston is a Harvard educated emergency room physician. Dana ups and leaves her life in Boston behind to avoid having to deal with her parents expectations and domineering personalities. Moving to the middle of nowhere Colorado is a chance for Dana to start fresh and stand her ground. The opportunity to practice the type of medicine she wants is the perfect opportunity to move across the country..

What really turned me off on this book, is the number of issues Kellen has. With every turn of a page there is a new trauma for Kellen to overcome, both emotionally and physically, but then you also a deranged serial killer on the loose. I feel like when there is too much going on you lose the story and it becomes ridiculously far-fetched. In my personal opinion, this book has way too much conflict. It seemed that every chapter had a new ordeal for Kellen to overcome. From my perspective as the reader, it became maddening. I could not invest any one issue, and some are horribly painful to read, because it was on to the next life altering moment. While the writing is done well, the relationship between the characters is lacking and I felt no chemistry between the Kellen and Dana.

A.J. Quinn is a good writer, there is no doubt about this. Unfortunately to me, this particular novel had way too much going on. The concept was cool, I loved the search and rescue idea, I really just thought the whole serial killer shooting was implausible and ridiculous. I would have loved for the focus to be on Keller overcoming her past while developing her relationship with Dana. That in itself was enough to fill a book.

2.5 stars out of 5

I was given this book by Netgalley in return for an honest review.

Just Enough Light
by AJ Quinn
Link: https://amzn.com/162639685X

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