Better Than the Best by Amabel Daniels
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A new beginning.
Turning a leaf.
All that crap.
After her divorce and the death of one of her patients, an ER nurse, Kelly Newland, searches for a fresh start in the little town of Churchston, unaware that trouble and danger have followed her. As she learns to accept her failures in life, she befriends some of the locals, except for one disgruntled man, the hero everybody loves to hate.
He could feel their stares on his back, their judgments hovering over their heads.
Will Parker suffers from PTSD, and as the black sheep of the sleepy lakeside community, he struggles to get back up on his feet. Initially, Kelly and Will mix like oil and water, but as a series of dangerous incidents strike the people closest to them, their antagonism turns from cool to hot. It is when they realize it is impossible to resist each other that a killer closes in on them, threatening the love they’ve dared to find. (Book Blurb by the author)
This book was fascinating but had a few inconsistencies and errors. I was confused about whether she is on a lake or a beach because there was a lot of flip-flopping back and forth on this. I felt the nursing angle was good except the amount of technical jargon was a bit of a put off even though I am aware this is Kelly’s personality.
This being said I loved Will and Kelly’s love story. The conflicts posed are believable in an unbelievable kind of way. The mystery woman kept me interested until she was discovered and the final garage scene was written wonderfully.
Will’s character was so tortured that the reader can see why Kelly would feel the need to fix his pain, especially after suffering so much of her own. Kelly’s attitude made me want to hug her one minute to ease a little of her pain then yell at her the next to get out of her wallowing and get on with her life.
I loved the supporting characters. Randy, Clay, and Heather were those friends anyone would be blessed to have. Eric was the police officer that gives all police officer a bad name and is definitely the character you can’t wait to see get what’s coming to him. The mystery girl’s character was extremely confusing at times, especially with her description of steals and the way she seemed to be inserted into the story at odd times. I was able to narrow down who she was but did not get it right until she was exposed to the reader.
With a little clean up and polishing, this could be an excellent story.
I received this copy from Amabel Daniels in exchange for my honest review.
Publication Date: November 2, 2015
Publisher: Amabel Daniels
Print Length: 460 Pages
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