Thursday, July 23, 2015

Romantic Suspense Review ~ OUT OF CHARACTER by Diana Miller

Out of Character
by: Diana Miller
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Source: Kensington Lyrical Shine via NetGalley

Stepping out of your comfort zone can be hazardous…
Denver, Colorado, ER doctor Jillian Rodgers has never done an impulsive thing in her life. But all that changes when she meets the man of her dreams on a ski vacation. Within twenty-four hours, they’ve spent a passionate night together and Jillian is convinced she’s halfway in love. After all, she figures the worst that can happen is she’ll go home with a broken heart…
But the man pretending to be an ordinary guy is far from it. In fact, he shouldn’t get anywhere near Jillian. Yet there’s something about her he can’t resist—and she’s perfect for his cover. Besides, he’s sure he isn’t endangering her.
Unfortunately, they’re both wrong.
When someone uses their chairlift for target practice, Jillian ends up wounded—and her dream man promptly disappears. Within days, her car explodes. Just when things can’t get any worse, she’s kidnapped at gunpoint. Soon Jillian’s running for her life and forced to depend on the man who deserted her, a man who claims he’s trying to protect her but whose story has more holes than a gauze bandage. A man Jillian once thought she loved, but now isn’t sure she should even trust.

Out of Character was a good romantic suspense novel.  It has the customary plot twists and romantic interludes with just the right amount of heat.  The characters were likeable and had interesting back stories.  Out of Character was very well written and was not the least bit predictable.  From beginning to end, I felt like I got a well-rounded story that closed without any loose ends.  However, there was nothing that truly stood out.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing, just pointing out that it was on par with other books I have read from this genre.

Jillian Rodgers steps out of her comfort zone in order to move on from a failed relationship and ends up in the cross hairs of a criminal organization.  She doesn’t know who to trust and loses her best friend in the process.  As an ER doctor, she is usually in control and has a hard time dealing with her current chaotic situation.  To make it more difficult, she inadvertently falls for a CIA operative.  He comes with his own set of baggage which further complicates things.  How they sort things out between each other is far more interesting than how they elude the bad guys.  They spend a lot of time fighting their attraction to each other and we know that can’t last forever since they fit together nicely between the sheets.

While I was not blown away by the book, I would definitely read another novel from Diana Miller.

**Received a copy from Lyrical Shine in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**

Rating: 3.5

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