Review & Giveaway: IF YOU ONLY KNEW by Dixie Lee Brown



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Book Info:

Title: If You Only Knew (A Trust No One Novel)
Author: Dixie Lee Brown
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: January 21, 2014



Book Blurb:

Beautiful but deadly, Rayna Dugan is a force to be reckoned with – even in heels.

But when her plans for the evening suddenly involve defending her life against a criminal empire, Rayna knows she needs backup. Suddenly the choice she made to leave Ty and her old mercenary team in Montana seems like a bad call. She’s been running from her feelings for the tough, rugged man, but Rayna needs Ty now more than ever. Yet when Ty becomes the new target, his help could mean his death…

Ex-cop Ty Whitlock has spent the last six years waiting for his past to catch up with him. When it finally does, he isn’t expecting the woman he loves-the one who walked out on him-to be caught in its web. He knows she’s moved on, but he can’t help but want one more chance with the petite beauty. Ty’s only got one choice: find Rayna and keep her safe. But that’s the easy part. Once he finds her, can he convince her to stay?


My Review:

The Story:

Rayla and Ty have been together, building friendship and possibly love, while being part of a mercenary team. Until the day they weren’t, when Rayla decided to pack up her bags, leave that life behind, and fulfill her dreams, and that of her deceased brother’s for her to go back to school. But months later, a kidnapping, hers to be exact, threatens to bring her back into that dangerous life and into the same orbit as Ty’s again.

Ty, on the other hand, has decided to leave their mercenary team as well, not only because his past might put everyone he cares for in danger, but because the very place where they live remind him so much of Rayla and that, he could bear no more. But a video sent to their leader, one showing Rayla in captivity by a Russian mafia boss, one who wants something very badly from Ty, his heart leaves no room for doubts or recriminations, only the desire to save the woman he has loved for a while now.

My Thoughts:

I really like the mix of romance, suspense, and action in this book. The pacing went so well and at times it had me at the edge of my seat in anticipation of what will happen next.

What I like about the romance between Ty and Rayla is that they already know each other. The readers are given enough glimpses of their past together to know that they were good together before and that it was obvious that they still have feelings for each other, well at least mostly for Ty’s part especially in the beginning. But as the story progresses, the readers also get a pretty good look at what was tearing them apart and it was really entertaining watching them do a kind of cha-cha dance with their feelings. Being insecure, then hurt, overcoming the past, and then braving through it all because what could be more important than living a life with the one you love?

The mystery behind the man who is hunting Ty down because he wants something from him was also developed well. In this case, even when it was already revealed, the author was still able to give off the feeling that it might just be a revelation on the surface and that something must still be lurking underneath. It isn’t just black and white, not clean-cut at all and I really love when stories take on the gray tones. The villain might be a villain but the author fleshes him out too so the story does not make it like the main couple are against the ultimate evil.

There was a bit of lag in some of the scenes just because it seems like a particular plot was just being repetitive at times. But the elements did build up nicely towards the climax so it was still good.

If you like some suspense and action in your romance read, I heartily suggest reading this book. The connection between our main couple is sizzling and the high-stakes and high-adrenaline circumstances that they find themselves in this book surely add nicely to the tension and conflict that they have to overcome, which is a pretty good read to me.

My Rating:

3-5 stars



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About the Author:

DIXIE LEE BROWN lives and writes in Central Oregon, inspired by what she believes is the most gorgeous scenery anywhere. She resides with two dogs and a cat, who make sure she never takes herself too seriously. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, movies, and trips to the beach.

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