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Review: DON’T CRY FOR ME for Me by Sharon Sala

In Don’t Cry For Me by Sharon Sala, Mariah Conrad has come home to the States after being injured while serving in Afghanistan. She has no family,  having grown up in the foster system of Kentucky and she is about to be released from the hospital despite her injuries and PTSD. Out of the blue her former lover and fellow soldier, Quinn Walker appears at the hospital and offers to take her home with him. Quinn has found a peace of sorts living in a secluded cabin and working as a forest ranger. Mariah agrees to come home with him and they soon  resume their relationship as lovers. But when Quinn fails to come home one night from work, can Mariah find him before it’s too late?

13548107Sharon Sala has been one of my go to authors for romantic suspense for years. I don’t think I have ever read a bad book by her. Her characters are always well developed and her plots keep you interested from the first sentence.

This book had me puzzled at first. There is a whole story line about a rogue bear that Quinn is tracking and then starts searching for the poacher who injured the bear. In the meantime,  there is a concurrent story about a drug dealer  returning to Rebel Ridge to set up shop   I kept trying to figure out how the two were related and finally with about a hundred pages or so to go it all came together with an ending worthy of a Shakespearian trajedy.

I enjoyed watching Mariah slowly realize that the Walkers were becoming her family. At first she was extremely uncomfortable but gradually she warms up to them.  At one point in the book when Mariah thinks she is going insane,  her first thoughts were how she just found a family to love and now it was being taken away from her.

I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys romantic suspense. Don’t Cry for Me is a sequel but it can absolutely be read as a stand alone with no problem.

Reviewed by Candy* * * * *

About the Book:

Title: Don’t Cry For Me

Author: Sharon Sala

Release Date: September 18, 2012

Publisher: Harlequin

Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: Borrowed from the Library

Book Summary:

Mariah Conrad has come home. Badly wounded on active duty in Afghanistan and finally released stateside, she has no family to call on and nowhere to go-until Quinn Walker arrives at her bedside. Quinn…her brother-in-arms, ex-lover and now maybe her future.

Quinn brings Mariah to his log cabin in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky to rest and recuperate both physically and emotionally. While she’s incredibly grateful, Mariah is also confused and frustrated. She’s always stood on her own two feet, but now even that can literally be torture. She’s having flashbacks and blackouts, hearing helicopter noises in the night. She wants to push Quinn away-and hold him closer than ever.

But will she get the chance? Those helicopters are more than just post-traumatic stress; they’re real-and dangerous. Bad things are happening on the mountain. Suddenly there’s a battle to be fought on the home front, and no guarantee of survival.

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