Shadow of Doubt by P.A. DePaul (SBG #2)

Shadow Of Doubt by P.A. DePaulAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Intermix

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

When her secretly filmed tryst shows up on the internet, Michelle Alger goes on the run. She has no choice. Not only was her one-night stand the son of a US senator, but he’s been murdered—and she’s the number one suspect. With both the senator and an avenging drug lord on her trail, her life is in danger. There’s only man she can trust. He saved her once, but will he still be her hero six years later?

Captain Jeremy Malone and the rest of Delta Squad have the senator’s order: find the mystery woman who killed my son. But to Jeremy, she’s no mystery. Six years ago his team of Green Berets rescued her from the torturous clutches of a Colombian cartel, and he’s never forgotten her. His personal and covert mission: find Michelle before anyone else. When he and Michelle do meet again, the sparks are explosive and consuming. They’re also dangerous as hell.

Because with each new bit of evidence, Jeremy suspects that Michelle’s innocence may be a ruse—a beautiful trap set by a woman who has even more secrets yet to bare.

Wow! I really liked this one and now can’t wait to read more from DePaul! I feel like she is definitely coming into her own as an author and with each book she’s honing her unique skills.

Jeremy isn’t expecting to see such a personal blast from his past on the screen as the prime suspect in the murder of his bosses only son. Seeing Michelle again brings all his guilt right back to the surface but he can’t deny the pull he still feels toward the woman he carried out of a hell hole six years ago. Now he just has to decide if the broken girl he rescued is capable of the heinous murder she’s being accused of.

The past six years of her life have been about living. About surviving. And about moving on, with the exception of the man she still carries a vivid memory of. Now on the run she calls the only man who may believe her innocence, Captain Jeremy Malone. He’s definitely the hero she remembers and the emotional connection they have flares brilliantly back to life instantly. But can he trust that she wouldn’t have resorted to murder after everything he knows first hand she endured?

Michelle was an enigma that constantly had me second guessing myself. Obviously her past was coloring her present but I wasn’t sure up until everything was revealed, what she was actually capable of. I liked that aspect of the book and thought DePaul did the mystery perfectly. She managed to make her vulnerable but strong and a character I could get behind.

Poor Jeremy had a harder time drawing me in. I think his guilt complex was what made him a harder reach. I understood how he felt to an extent but never having been a soldier myself I think I just had a harder time connecting. I loved his fierce protection where Michelle was concerned, even when he wasn’t sure of his own emotions/feelings. He saw the best in her even when she had a hard time seeing it in herself. I also really liked that he didn’t fit the mold of the typical, unfeeling soldier. Sometimes author make these men so tough that they can’t feel the emotions deep enough. Not true here, Jeremy was the tough solider but he still had the courage to show his emotions to not only Michelle but also to his friends. I loved that!

The suspense aspect was well done and paced perfectly throughout the book. The weaving of past and present and how everything fit together made for some climactic reading. I always enjoy the sense of brotherhood between military men and Shadow of Doubt had it in spades. This group of elite soldiers, men and women, have got each others back to the end. I liked how they were both protective of Michelle AND Jeremy, even though he was their leader.

There are so many potential stories I saw throughout this one that I am chomping at the bit to get more from this author!

I give Shadow of Doubt by PA DePaul 4 stars!

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