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Genre: Romantic Suspense, General Romantic Suspense
Suspenseful from the get-go, Blood Stains provides the perfect escape with its engrossing, fast pace. Although the novel’s mystery, plot and conclusion are predictable, the ride will keep you on your toes with characters and emotions that will surprise you. Full of unlikely coincidences and Maria’s nearly unbelievable goodness and purity, what makes this novel special are the warm, happy feelings you’ll get as you read — it’s just a satisfying story. Sala definitely has the suspense angle mastered and readers won’t be disappointed.
When Maria Slade’s adoptive father passes away, she learns that she was taken in as a young child after witnessing the murder of her prostitute mother. Determined to learn more about her biological family, Maria leaves Montana to investigate the unsolved mystery of her mother’s death in Tulsa, Okla.; a murder so traumatizing, she cannot even remember witnessing the crime. Upon arriving, Maria befriends Detective Bodie Scott, a sexy cowboy who falls for Maria. Together, they embark on a dangerous mission to put an evil entity behind bars for good. (MIRA, Feb., 400 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed By: Sarah Eisenbraun
Published: February 2011