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Willaful Review: Rafe Sinclair's Revenge by Gayle Wilson. (TBR Challenge)

rafeSensuality Rating: lightly steamy

The Challenge: Read a book by an author with more than one book in your TBR

Gayle Wilson is one of my favorite Harlequin writers. Her historicals have a emotional quality that reminds me of Mary Balogh.  I’ve also enjoyed several of her contemporaries, but sadly, this romantic suspense story left me cold.

Suffering from severe PTSD, Rafe Sinclair left both the CIA and his lover Elizabeth; he’s spent the past six years doing carpentry in an isolated cabin. But the past refuses to let Rafe alone, and a threat to Elizabeth is all that’s needed to flush him out. Now he needs to discover if the despicable terrorist he killed six years ago could somehow have survived to haunt them.

Nothing about this story ever caught fire for me. Instead of sympathetic, I felt impatient with Rafe for deserting Elizabeth instead of seeking treatment for his PTSD. (And unless I missed it, he never does — they just decide to live with it!) The suspense isn’t suspenseful. And there was way too much backstory for a book that’s supposed to be beginning a series — it’s a spin-off, and tons of previous storylines and characters clutter up the place.

This isn’t much of a review, but if I keep going I’ll just put myself to sleep. I’m giving this book 2 stars, for some tender moments between lovers who could never forget each other. It’s out of print, but you can buy it used or for Kindle here.

Published by Harlequin. Review copy obtained from paperbackswap.com

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  • Phyl
    May 15
    4:13 pm

    Bummer. I’m with you, I loved Wilson’s historicals and I miss those. I tried one of her category suspense years ago and did not like it. It wasn’t this one, but can’t remember what it was.

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  • I can recommend Only a Whisper. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/120061242

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  • It seems unbelievable, considering the size of her backlist, but I’ve never read any of Wilson’s categories. None of them. Although I know I have a few romantic suspense single titles floating around the TBR.

    (And there is nothing more depressing than a duddy TBR read. But hey, at least it’s off your pile now!)

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  • @Wendy: AND I cleared off two other books first. I briefly started Raziel but decided I needed to finish the other Angels series I was reading before getting into a new one that has all the same names. :-)

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  • Phyl
    May 15
    10:00 pm

    @willaful: Now that sounds interesting. I’ll add it to my wish list. Thanks!

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  • This book had what could have been a good idea for a book but sounds like didn’t deliver. I hate it when a main character doesn’t meet a challenge and grow from it.

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  • @Kathryn: That sums it up pretty well.

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