Title: Unlikely Partners, Book 1: From Indiana, With Love
Author: Sandra Sookoo
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc.
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense, Romance
ARC Received From: Tasty Book Tours
Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours
Being embroiled in an FBI sting isn’t exactly conducive for book research or warm fuzzies—or is it?
Samantha Arnold, prep cook and struggling romance novelist, believes adventure is right around the corner. Trouble is, nothing exciting happens in the small town of Newburg, Indiana. When a routine trip to pick up chicken results in meeting a guy too well-dressed to be a farmer, she can’t help but hope things are about to turn.
Special Agent Patton Mitchell isn’t exactly enjoying his stint in the farming community. The property he’s using as a home base adjoins that of his mark, and it also connects him with meek and mild Samantha. Her questionable Internet search history has triggered a visit from the NSA, which means him, and he’s not above a little flirting to get his answers.
Suddenly, small town life explodes into a story right out of Sam’s imagination, with intrigue, guns and betrayal to boot. What she thinks of as a madcap caper is a fight for life or death in Mitchell’s book. Between dodging bullets, chasing a would-be terrorist and dealing with drop-in relatives, there might just be a shot at romance—if the bad guys don’t get them first.
Sam’s day-to-day life is pretty routine and pretty boring. Between working at The Cafe and struggling to pen a decent romance, she doesn’t have much going for her. Until the day she meets Special Agent Mitchell. Mitchell’s life consist of assignments, secrets, and bad guys. It isn’t much of a life but it is what it is, and he’s okay with that. Until the day he meets Sam.
From the get-go it was obvious Sam was stubborn, persistent, and a little bit quirky, all in an adorable kind of way. She’s forward and honest and fearless when she’s scared to death. All of those won her points with Mitchell, who struggled to figure out if she was involved with his case or not.
Mitchell’s the perfect agent written to life. He’s aloof, all-work-and-no-play, and jaded. He’s not looking to fall for anyone while in Newburg; he just wants to wrap up this case and go home. Fate has other plans.
From Indiana was an absorbing read. It sucked me in from Chapter 1 with its intrigue, dialogue, narrative, and questions, and was definitely more suspense/mystery than romance. The romance is totally there, but it’s not the focal point. It’s sprinkled throughout in delicious little doses that ensured their attraction was alive and kicking without yanking me away from the endless questions I had regarding Mitchell’s investigation. And that ending? Whew! What an ending! It made me happy, sad, and hopeful, all at the same time.
I’ve read Ms. Sookoo’s historical romances and they’re a beautiful thing to get lost in. This is my first contemporary romance by her and it won’t be my last. I enjoyed every word of this story, and can’t wait for Book 2 to come out. If it means more mystery, suspense, and heated kisses, you know I’m in!
About the Author:
Sandra is a writer of romantic fiction. Her portfolio includes historical, contemporary, sci-fi, and paranormal romances in full-length books as well as shorts and novellas. No matter if the heat level is spicy or sweet, she loves to blend genres and oftentimes will add humor to the mix.
When not immersed in creating new worlds and engaging characters, Sandra likes to read, bake, taste new teas, watch The Big Bang Theory, and Psych as well as Finding Bigfoot and travel. Her favorite place to spend vacation hours is Walt Disney World: it’s where dreams come true and the soul can play. When she’s not writing, she’s keeping things interesting at her Believing is Seeing blog or spending time with her husband, who patiently answers questions she has about men, sci-fi-related subjects, and the odd “what if”.
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