28 October 2011

Blog Tour Review: If You Hear Her by Shiloh Walker


if you hear her
Shiloh Walker
ISBN #:  978-0-345-51757-9
Publisher Name:  Ballantine Books
Date Released:  October 2011
Genre:  Romantic Suspense


BACK COVER BLURB:


A CRY IN THE WOODS

The scream Lena Riddle hears in the woods behind her house is enough to curdle her blood—she has no doubt that a woman is in real danger. Unfortunately, with no physical evidence, the local law officers in small-town Ash, Kentucky, dismiss her claim. But Lena knows what she heard—and it leaves her filled with fear and frustration.

Ezra King is on leave from the state police, but he can’t escape the guilty memories that haunt his dreams. When he sees Lena, he is immediately drawn to her. He aches to touch her—to be touched by her—but is he too burdened by his tragic past to get close?

When Ezra hears her story of an unknown woman’s screams, his instincts tell him that Lena’s life is also at risk—and his desire to protect her is as fierce as his need to possess her.


COVER SNARK:
I imagined Ezra a little more rugged, instead of pretty like this man on the cover.


FIRST LINES:
Her name was Carly Watson. The final hours of her life were brutal.


FAVORITE LINES:
“So. Are you going to see him again?"
"Technically, I haven't seen him at all . . ."
(Heroine is blind - LOL)



LYNETTE'S TWO CENTS:
There is something wrong with me. Shiloh Walker has a massive backlist and I don't know why I haven't purchased more of her books, because every book of hers that I read, I've loved. Seriously. If I loved every book of hers that I read, why haven't I bought more of them? That is like a burning question that I have to send out to the cosmo's and get an answer back. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME, PEOPLE!

DRIFTING. SORRY.

I love Ms. Walker's writing style and I think it's suited to romantic suspense. IF YOU HEAR ME, captured me from the first page and I kept reading until the last. As I read IF YOU HEAR ME, it took every molecule in my body not to turn to the last page and figure out who dun it. And when the killer's identity was not revealed at the end of IF YOU HEAR HER (this is the first in a trilogy) I went back through the book with a fine tooth comb trying to figure out who the killer was with the little clues that were dropped throughout the book. I think I figured it out.

I want the next book in the series, now. Right now.

I could end my review here probably, but you would be disappointed I suppose.

Lena was an awesome heroine. Although I am not blind, nor do I know anyone who is blind, I loved the way Ms. Walker didn't make Lena a representation of what our preconceptions of what a blind person is like. Lena was very three-dimensional, kick-butt and take names type of a woman who does not suffer fools nor allow anyone to treat her like a fool because of disability.

Ezra was a great wounded warrior, but he wasn't as unique as Lena, but really who could be because Lena was just freaking amazing and now one can stand a candle to her.

If I have to cite an issue with IF YOU HEAR HER, my minor issue had nothing to do with the characters, or writing, but something along the lines with my personal reading tastes. I wish that there were a little more page time for Lena and Ezra as couple. Fans of Ms. Walkers Rafferty Brothers series (her previous Romantic Suspense series), should note that the focus in this series is more on the plot than on the characters happily ever after (I felt that her previous romantic suspense series focused more on the relationship). Because of that, the pacing was a little wonky for me at times because I wanted more Lena and Ezra working through their relationship instead of the suspense bit. However, even saying that Lena (especially) and Ezra were such awesome characters that these thoughts didn't deflect my supreme enjoyment of this novel.

IF YOU HEAR HER is a wonderful book by a talented writer. You won't be disappointed. I wasn't.

WHERE PURCHASED:
Received for review as a part of The Book Vixen's IF YOU HEAR HER Blog Tour.


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BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE:

I am the final stop on the The Book Vixen's IF YOU HEAR HER blog tour (why yes The Book Vixen did save the best for last - sorry, couldn't resist - LOL), but please take a moment to visit each of the previous stops to get different takes on this series!




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4 people posted their 2 cents:

Shiloh Walker said...

Thanks for the review, lynette... :)

You'll see more of them in the other books. Maybe that will help. ;)

:OP And sorry...Ezra is pretty. Remy is prettier. Law is the more rugged one.

A Buckeye Girl Reads said...

I haven't read any of her contemporaries, but this one sounds like one romantic suspense books I might be able to finish.

-I think you might like her Grimm Series. I read the first three in one day.

Lynette said...

@Shiloh
You are being annoyingly vague. SIGH!

@buckeye
This book is sooo good. Really, I had a very hard time not flipping to the end and I hardly ever get the urge to do that when reading romantic suspense as the plots are usually predictable.

I really need to go through her backlist and start ordering more, but I think if I do, I'll turn into an annoying fan girl, because seriously, I've loved everything of hers that I have read. LOL.

The Book Vixen said...

Glad you enjoyed reading it! I can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy to see who the villain is, to see if you or I are right.

I'm like you - I really enjoy Shiloh's writing. I'm going through her back list as well. Broken is probably my favorite book by her so far.

Thanks for participating in the book tour :)

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