Believe me when I say I’m so happy to be back with Lone Star Book Blog Tours to bring you a wonderful book! November was a tough reading month, personally, as Covid finally caught me, and since recovering it has been a battle to concentrate on anything, which is a massive source of annoyance for this bookworm. That also means that for me to finish a book, it REALLY has to hold my attention, and trust me when I say that The Edge of Too Late did just that!
Read on to learn more about this book that is a fun mash-up of suspense with a little light romance and a dash of the supernatural and discover a book trailer and a great giveaway!
THE EDGE OF TOO LATE
Harbor Pointe Series, #5
by Jan Sikes
Ghost Suspense / Contemporary Short Stories / Action & Adventure Romance
Publisher: RiJan Publishing
Date of Publication: November 28, 2023
Number of Pages: 126 pages
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Brandon Miller has his dream job, financial security, and he’s madly in love. Only one thing is missing—a commitment.
Angela Cooper’s ex-husband left her with deep scars, souring her on the concept of marriage. She’s not interested in a do-over. Not with Brandon or anyone. Her heart is locked securely away behind a thick wall.
With a ring in his pocket and hope in his heart, Brandon arranges a romantic getaway to the historic Harbor Pointe Inn, where he plans to pop the question.
Before they reach the inn, Angela’s got her camera in hand and ghosts on her mind. But they arrive to find a much more tangible horror.
Accident or foul play?
Someone is up to no good, and Angela is the next target. When suspects can be worldly or otherworldly, danger and secrets lurk everywhere.
Poised at the perilous edge of too late, Angela and Brandon face the fight of their lives.
Author Jan Sikes’ The Edge of Too Late offers up a captivating mix of thriller, a genuinely sweet romance, snappy dialogue, adept use of dual point-of-view, and a very moody but romantic setting. It’s a quick but engaging read.
I was sucked in from the very start – the dialogue is quick and engaging, and I quickly got a good sense of who our two main characters are. The point of view switches between our main characters Brandon and Angela, a couple who clearly care about each other deeply, but are at seemingly different points in their relationship. Angela’s previous marriage left her leery of commitment and in no rush to dive into something permanent, whereas Brandon believes his love (which is very sweet – he clearly adores her) will be enough to break down the walls she’s put up. Ooh, the confidence of men: I knew this wasn’t going to be a typical romantic weekend. When the couple arrive at the hotel to find a woman being driven off by an ambulance and guests whispering about foul play, that scene had REALLY been set.
So start with a possible murder, add in a scary vagrant living on the beach, toss in a creepy maintenance guy, a possible ghost sighting in the nearby lighthouse, and a man CERTAIN he’s going to be able to change his girlfriend’s mind on marriage – and you definitely have one mess of suspense!
The hotel setting is both moody and scenic, which it lends itself well to establishing an air of suspense and disquiet. The suspense is lightened with some genuinely sweet romantic moments, which then veer into some unsettling ones. I was really kept guessing where the author would take the story next.
The story wraps up quickly and with a bit of a happy ending after a tragic event . I did have a small issue with one bit of the ending, but maybe some people can move on better than me – and Brandon’s pet name of “Angie-baby” may have set my teeth on edge, but also was a great flashback that set me firmly in a previous era (also shown by Angela’s film camera and the lack of cell phones everyone in the story.)
While this is the fifth book in the Harbor Pointe series, you definitely can hop right in without having read the prior books – it works well as a stand-alone (although I’m sure this won’t be your last by the author! )
I’m grateful to Lone Star Book Blog tours for introducing me to yet another new-to-me author AND giving me another book series to dive into. The Edge of Too Late gets four stars from me!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jan Sikes writes compelling and creative stories from the heart.
She openly admits that she never set out in life to be an author. But she had a story to tell. Not just any story, but a true story that rivals any fiction creation. She brought the entertaining true story to life through fictitious characters in an intricately woven tale encompassing four books, accompanying music CDs, and a book of poetry and art.
And now, this author can’t find a way to put down the pen. She continues to write fiction and has published numerous award-winning short stories and novels.
Jan is an active blogger, an avid fan of Texas music, and a grandmother of five. She resides in North Texas.
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