Friday, October 30, 2015

Before the Storm by Leslie Tentler | Blog Tour with Excerpt, Review, and Giveaway

No Matter How Far You Run, The Past Will Find You.

Leslie Tentler is back with another story of romance and suspense… this time in a small Southern beach town called Rarity Cove. What happens when a woman on the run has her dangerous secrets finally catch up with her? Find out in Before the Storm by Leslie Tentler.

The Blurb

Six years earlier, Trina Grissom disappeared, on the run for her life. Now living under an assumed identity — as Samantha Marsh — she still struggles with the dark secret she harbors and the fear she might one day be found. When she moves to the coastal town of Rarity Cove, South Carolina, to open a caf√©, a handsome widower begins to chip away at the walls she’s built to protect herself.

Mark St. Clair lost his wife two years ago in a tragic accident. Head of the grand St. Clair resort, he distracts himself from his lingering grief by running the family business and caring for his troubled young daughter... until a beautiful restaurateur sets up shop in town. Before meeting Samantha, Mark was convinced he could never be drawn to another woman. But as his attraction to Samantha grows, the mystery surrounding her deepens.

As the two begin a hesitant courtship, double perils emerge. Someone from Samantha’s lurid past comes calling, threatening to expose her. And a powerful hurricane is forming in the Atlantic with the small beach town in its path. Trapped in the storm by the brutal man who wants vengeance on Samantha, she and Mark must fight for their lives.

Before the Storm by Leslie Tentler
Series: A Rarity Cove Novel, #1 
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 16, 2015
Publisher: Left Field Press  
Paperback: 334 pages 
ISBN-10: 0990639037
ISBN-13: 978-0990639039
eBook File Size: 4017 KB
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The Excerpt

The brooding challenge in his voice — the bare hint of harshness — was disconcerting, something Samantha hadn’t expected, despite her recent behavior. Her initial instinct had been right; she shouldn’t have come here.
“I should go,” she said. Despite her scrambled nerves, she forced lightness into her voice. 

“I just came by to return the money and thank you again. The gift baskets for the shop will be delivered next week —”

“Why not just mail me the check or give it to Mercer?” Mark asked. “You could’ve saved yourself the trip and avoided me altogether.”

Samantha felt a pang. “I - I don’t want to avoid you, Mark.”

He moved closer, his features strained. “Who were you meeting at the Sea King last week?”

A coldness fell over her skin. “You followed me?”

“What did you expect? You came into my office looking like you were about to shatter into a million pieces. Then you give me some lame excuse for needing eight thousand dollars, right away, and you walk back out. I was worried.”

She closed her eyes, embarrassed he’d followed her there. “You had no right.”

“Who were you going there to see?” he pressed. “Did it have to do with why you really needed the money?”

She bowed her head. 

“You’re angry with me. I understand, and I don’t blame you.” Holding her purse against her chest, throat tight, she turned for the door. She could only imagine what ideas were running through his head about her. “I’m sorry for the intrusion, Mark. Good night.”

“Sam,” he whispered into the air, still sounding irritated. He spoke louder as she walked out. “Samantha.”

She had nearly reached the Camry when Mark caught up to her. He took hold of her arm and whirled her around to face him, causing her to gasp.  

“I’m not letting you walk out on me again without giving me answers.” 

“Please. Just let me go. It doesn’t concern you —”

“Like hell it doesn’t,” he ground out, his jaw hard. His hoarse words washed over her. “I care about you, Samantha. I might even be falling in love with you, if you’d give me half a chance.” 

Her heart squeezed at his admission. Staring at him in the graying twilight, the roar of the ocean behind them, Samantha saw sincerity, as well as the pain she’d inflicted, in his eyes. She felt something break loose inside her. She was so tired of running. Of keeping herself closed off from everyone. 

“I went to see someone I used to know,” she confessed in a frayed voice. “But he’s gone now. It’s over. He won’t be back.”

“That’s the truth?”

“Yes. Please... don’t ask me anything else.”

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The Review

I just read an amazing book, y'all — Before the Storm. Let me tell you a little about it. Before the Storm is a romantic suspense novel, the first book in the Rarity Cove series by Leslie Tentler. 

Because I thoroughly enjoyed Leslie's last book, Fallen (which I hosted here with a review and excerpt on its blog tour), I was eager to join her blog tour for her latest novel. I was expecting another first-rate romantic suspense book, and Author Leslie Tentler did not disappoint.

Before the Storm features Samantha Marsh and Mark St. Clair in the starring roles. Mark's family (daughter, sister, brother, and mother) are featured in supporting roles. 

Samantha, formerly known as Trina Grissom, needed to assume a new identity due to ugly events from her past in Memphis. Samantha knows that she must avoid any more relationships, in order to keep her past life a secret. 

Mark lost his beloved wife in a car wreck. Mark believes that no one could possibly take her place in his heart. 

When Sam and Mark meet, however, their good intentions become harder and harder to follow. It's at this point when someone from Samantha's past finds her, and threatens her future. The climax of this story line occurs at the same time that Hurricane Gina is about to hit the Charleston area, including Rarity Cove.

The book begins with Trina in a very suspenseful situation, which grabbed my attention immediately. The fast-paced action is told in third person, primarily alternating between Samantha's and Mark's points of view. I remained caught up in the story, and finished the book in two days.

The romantic parts contain great romance, with just the right touch of spice. The suspense is appropriately suspenseful. Once I got to the really suspenseful part of Before the Storm, I couldn't put it down. The ending is very satisfying.  

I recommend Before the Storm to all fans of Romantic Suspense books. I loved Before the Storm by Leslie Tentler, and grant it our highest rating of Five Kitties! 

Five out of five kitties
Note:  I received a complimentary copy of Before the Storm in exchange for my honest review. 
All opinions shared are 100% my own.

The Author

About Leslie Tentler

Leslie Tentler is also the author of FALLEN as well as the Chasing Evil Trilogy (MIDNIGHT CALLER, MIDNIGHT FEAR and EDGE OF MIDNIGHT). She was a finalist for Best First Novel at ThrillerFest 2012, and is a two-time finalist for the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense. She is also the recipient of the prestigious Maggie Award of Excellence.

Leslie is a member of Romance Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and Novelists, Inc. A native of East Tennessee, she currently resides in Atlanta. 

Visit Leslie on the web at these locations:

The Giveaway

Grand Prize: $25 Amazon or B&N gift card
Two runners-up will receive their choice of an ebook from Leslie’s backlist. 

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