Red on the River by Christine Feehan

 

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Red on the River by Christine Feehan

Series: Sunrise Lake

Genre: Romantic Thriller

Publisher: Berkley

Release Date: June 28, 2022

 

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan goes all in with this sexy romantic thriller set among the dangers--both man-made and natural--of Nevada's breathtaking landscape.

Vienna Mortenson isn't your typical gambler. She prefers to stay under the radar, using her poker winnings to support her family and her community, including the local search and rescue team, which she heads up. Out in the backcountry there's no time for hesitation when lives are on the line. Vienna prides herself on being tough and decisive. She's not the sort to make a fool of herself over a guy, especially one who left her high and dry without a backward glance.

Zale Vizzini's job constantly puts him in harm's way. Working undercover and disappearing for months at a time isn't exactly a recipe for a stable relationship. Despite the challenges and the risks, Zale wants something real with Vienna. He just needed time to figure out how to be in her life without putting her in danger. Now, he's determined to win her back, and he's ready to lay all his cards on the table.

As their friends' wedding approaches, Zale takes advantage of the festivities to make a play for Vienna's heart. But there are more deadly forces waiting to strike in the rugged terrain of Nevada and the western Sierras. Soon both of their lives are threatened, and the odds are stacked against them....

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Christine Feehan is a word wizard, and no matter what genre or trope she tackles, she leaves me spellbound. Red on the River is in the same world as Murder at Sunrise Lake. Both are standalones, and it took me a minute but I finally started recognizing characters I'd read before.

As the author's female characters tend to be, Vienna is a badass. Not only is she a gambler that rarely loses, but she's also a trauma nurse and heads up a search and rescue team. You can't get much more badass than that, right?

She and Zale crossed paths in the past and their connection was instant and unforgettable. Much to Vienna's dismay because he walked away from her and she can't forget the time they spent together. Imagine her surprise when he shows up at the hotel where she's competing in a high-profile poker competition.

In case you were wondering, the sparks are still flying between them. But the trust is missing. If he can walk away once what's to keep him from leaving again. Is she willing to give him another chance? Can she resist? Especially when he calls her Snowflake? Um...I know I couldn't.

Oh wait, I almost forgot the most important part. S-U-S-P-E-N-S-E. Yeah, buckle your harness and get ready for a ride. There's a touch of paranormal because nobody can write special gifts as this author can. I'm so curious and amazed by them, can't get enough. When her characters get a "feeling," so do I. She has me looking over my shoulder as I'm reading in bed to make sure I'm alone. It's like mental movie music that lets you know something is coming like when you're watching Jaws and hear the creeping dread sound.

So, to sum it up, there's romance and suspense, and to break up the tension there's girl time and hilarious banter to keep you laughing between sighing and gasping. And there are so many amazing characters that there's no doubt in my mind there will be more stories from Sunrise Lake. The line forms here...

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Red on the River
by Christine Feehan
© 2022

RED ON THE RIVER—Non-Exclusive Excerpt

 

“I want a relationship, Vienna.” His voice was quiet. “I want you to give us a chance. Tell me what to do so you know I’m serious.”

“How long would you stay working, Zale, if we did start a relationship? Your work seems dangerous and it’s obvious you could disappear for months and I wouldn’t know if you were alive or dead. That doesn’t seem like a good fit with me. I’m a worrier.”

“We’re a good fit.”

He just stated it, as if it were a fact. His gaze never left hers. He acted so certain.

“You make no sense, Zale. You’re a highly intelligent man. Other than that, I don’t know the first thing about you and you don’t know the first thing about me. You’re talking as if that month and a half we had together is the same as the two years Sam and Stella had. It isn’t. They had time to get to know one another. A lot of time. We spent most of our time having sex.”

“I made love to you. I might not have known that was what I was doing every single time, but that was it. I knew it was different and you had to have known it as well. Every time I touched you, it felt different. Sometimes, Vienna, I couldn’t sleep. I would just lie awake and watch you sleep, breathing you in, terrified of what I was feeling for you.”

“And yet you left without a single word.”

He nodded slowly, thoughtfully, his expression never changing. But his eyes did. She was watching closely, and the color deepened, turned a dark chocolate, almost a velvet. She pressed a hand to her stomach to keep the sensation of rolling away. The roller coaster again. She couldn’t afford to live her life on a ride at a theme park.

“I didn’t know how to protect you. Or give you a promise. I had to think things through. I had to know for certain that I wasn’t going to ruin your life if I inserted myself into it permanently. Men like me don’t do that easily, Vienna. We have to know we can protect the people we choose to have in our world. I had to know if I could even be in a relationship and make it work. I wasn’t going to insist I could and then back out later.”

“You can’t know that about yourself.”

“I’m good at looking at my weaknesses and strengths. In my line of work, I have to be. The one thing I don’t ever do is bullshit myself. I can make a life with you. I’m loyal, Vienna. That’s one trait I have. And I’m capable of loving the right person. That’s you. Stop shaking your head.”

She might consider keeping him just for his foot massages. The entire time he’d been presenting his case, he’d never stopped rubbing her feet and calves. That felt so good. She should have been tense, but his hands kept her relaxed and mellow.

“Snowflake, you didn’t date anyone else. According to Sam, you didn’t look at anyone else. It wasn’t like you haven’t had chances. I didn’t look at anyone else. We fit.”

“Do you have any idea how annoying you are?”

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