Next Comes Love

Published By: Harlequin

Book Category: Fiction, Romance

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Reviewed by Shawn Remfrey

When Erica Corelli’s sister disappears, she takes her nephew and runs for the only safe place she knows, Mirabelle Island. Fearing her brother-in-law is behind her sister’s disappearance, Erica takes every precaution she can to hide both their trail and whereabouts.

Garrett Taylor, a former Chicago cop, came to Mirabelle Island for a more relaxing routine. When he notices a strange woman and child getting off the ferry, his instincts are on high alert. When the woman refuses to answer his questions, he knows trouble is following her–and she’s not what she appears to be.

As Garrett finds himself more and more drawn to Erica, Erica finds she must work harder and harder to keep herself hidden from the inhabitants of the island. One small slip could mean the end of life for her or her nephew.

My initial reaction to this book is one of quiet surprise. Harlequin has a tradition of being sappy romance stories. Though this book definitely has the romantic qualities you look for in a Harlequin, there is so much more. The quality of writing had me mesmerized from the first page. The book is more intrigue with romance thrown in. Hopefully, many of you normally turned off by Harlequin will give this book a chance.

I found this book to be a great mystery read. I was kept guessing throughout most of the book and was thoroughly surprised to be greeted by so much darkness near the end. For me, the best part of this book was having the bright, shiny Mirabelle Island drawn into darkness as the villain approaches, and drawn into light as everything is well. I felt like the entire island was the heroine, instead of just Erica.

Next Comes Love is the second book in a trilogy written by Helen Brenna. First Come Twins is the first book, featuring other characters on the island. The third book, Then Comes Baby, returns us once again to Mirabelle Island and is due out in stores in December.

Armchair Interviews says: A most satisfying read.

Author’s Web site: http://www.HelenBrenna.com

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