29 October 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Before the Storm by Leslie Tentler

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…

Before the Storm
by Leslie Tentler.
Audience/Genre: Adult, Romantic Suspense.
Publication: October 20th 2015 by Left Field Press.
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.

Reviewed by Kelly.

This reminds me of a Nicolas Spark’s novel, Safe Haven.

Mark runs a very well establish hotel on the coast of sc. He has a sister, a brother, and a mother. His sister and he are very close. His brother and him have had some issues over the years but are ok. His mother is meddling and only wants upper class for her kids who grew up with everything that they needed. Mark and his very young daughter Emily survived a car accident several years ago while watching their mother/wife die during it. Emily hasn’t talked since. Mark still wears his wedding band. Both still clearly traumatized over the loss.

Samantha was once Trina. Trina lived a horrible childhood. Her mother overdosed. Her grandmother preached and did awful things to her. When she ran away, her life then went to nightmarish. She was a stripper and was personal property to its owner. He would beat and rape her. Sometimes makeup would cover his marks sometimes she had to go to the hospital. One day she was able to get away.

Six years later, she has a culinary degree and a small shop called Cafe Bella on the coast of sc. She has put everything into it. She still looks over her shoulder because she knows they are still looking for her. Who is? You will have to read for yourself because there are many little twists to it. She keeps to herself too. She won't burden anyone. But sometimes life has a funny way of making you live and love again.

Emily runs up to her stand on one community event and wants one of her cupcakes at her stand. Mark gets her one. They start talking and then Sam is doing Emily’s birthday party. And with a little push from Mark's siblings and no help from his mother, they go on a date. Sam tells him little about herself and he notices. He would do anything for her. She goes hot and cold with him. Because even though she knows she can't have a relationship with anyone, the heart wants what the heart wants.

Then the signs start pointing to the fact that someone has found her. She is scared. There is a storm coming for the coast too! And the next thing I know because I have holed up in my favorite chair in my bedroom with the lights out and my kindle on, my husband alarm clock goes off as I finish the book! Oops! No sleep for me because yeah, it kept me wanting to see how it would end!

There are explicit details of flashbacks from Sam's previous life before. It still disturbs me. She went through a lot. I like books where someone overcomes something and Sam is strong.

There are twists and turns and love and brotherly contentions, fighting, and those are some of the things that kept me involved in this story. The writing was great and the story utterly believable! I loved the way Mark woke up and started to heal!

So, if you like stories where the bad guys come for you, overcoming abuse, children with stories of watching their parent die and what happens to them, finding love, cupcakes, running on the beach, storms, those that will do anything to help and protect you, the posh life, teddy bears, then this might be for you!

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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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.

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