Connecting Strangers

Rachel Carrington
Connecting Strangers
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Rachel Carrington
Release Date
July 2014
Book 1 of Discovering Emily
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Getting close is dangerous…

He's too close, and I start to fidget, needing to keep my hands busy so they won't grab hold of his shirt. Because that's what they want to do. Draw him closer. So I can Inhale his scent. Taste his skin.

I didn't run because I was in an abusive relationship; I ran because my soul was being crushed. I'd forgotten how to live, how to be happy. Running out of gas in a small town, I catch the eye of the local sheriff when the very last thing I want is to come under the scrutiny of the police. I left my boyfriend with blood on my hands, and I know as soon as the wound heals he'll come looking for me.

Adam Madison draws me to him so easily I can't even pretend to fight. And the closer we get, the more combustible we become. I've never experienced such passion or power. My need is as great as his, but I'm sure he'll walk away from me once he knows my secret. No other man would stay.

I've had enough complications in my life. I'm not looking for more, and that's exactly what Adam is—a sexy, magnetic complication with secrets of his own. And with my ex on the hunt, I can't risk bringing him down with me. But he won't leave…even when vengeance could kill us both.

Book Review by Avonna Loves Genres (reviewer)
Jul 05, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
90 people found the following review helpful
CONNECTING STRANGERS (Discovering Emily #1) by Rachel Carrington is a contemporary romance with an element of suspense. It is also the first in a series with a small cliffhanger to entice you to continue on in the series.

Emily Jacobs is on the run from an abusive boyfriend with powerful connections. She leaves with nothing and is lucky enough to find a woman who understands her, her situation and wants to help. She also seems to have attracted the eye of the handsome sheriff, Adam Madison. There is an instant attraction. Emily has secrets, but so does the sheriff. Can the two come together and overcome an ex on the hunt for revenge?

The story has some interesting characters, both good and bad. The small town feeling of acceptance and warmth where Emily ends up was a great contrast to where she came from. I hope there are people like Francine out there in the world.

Ms. Carrington's writing style was very readable, but there were too many tropes and unbelievable situations for me to really get into this story. Emily was a character that I wanted to empathize with and cheer on to a HEA, but an instant attraction put me off. Personally, I would have preferred a guarded relationship and then a growth into attraction over the story arc. I also had a problem with how often she fought the help she was offered. Even if she was afraid of her ex finding her and felt she was putting others in danger, she had nothing.

For me this was just an O.K. read for which I had to suspend realistic belief one too many times. The author's characters and writing style are what kept me reading.
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