Monday, October 12, 2020

Review at the Roost: Arresting Jeremiah by Amber Daulton


Title: Arresting Jeremiah 
Author: Amber Daulton 
Series: Arresting Onyx (book 2) 
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press 
Cover Reveal: September 23rd, 2020 
Release Date: October 14th, 2020 
Genre: Romantic Suspense 
Length: 98k 
Heat Rating: 5 Flames 

Tags: woman in jeopardy, man in jeopardy, single mom, family, violent ex, investigations, police procedural, criminals, gangs, drugs, urban romance, HEA, no cliffhangers, standalone, series


Injured Parole Officer Jeremiah “Jim” Borden never expected Calista Barlow, the sassy blonde waitress he’s craved for months, to ring his doorbell. She slips into his heart—and his bed—but he’s obsessed with a gangland investigation that threatens his career and maybe even his life.

Calista doesn’t trust easily, not with a daughter to protect and the stalker who keeps calling her. After her violent ex-boyfriend returns, she finds solace in Jim’s arms. 

Jim may have to forego his need for answers to protect the ready-made family he adores, but how will he and Calista escape an unseen enemy that is always one step ahead of them? 

Tagline – When threats escalate, will Jim and Calista succumb, or fight for a love they can’t deny? 


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Her blue-green eyes widened. She traced her fingertips over his smooth jaw, leaving sparks in her wake. 

“You’re so kind. I almost believe it when you say it. God, I wish I’d met you years ago, Jeremiah.” 

“Why do you call me Jeremiah? Everyone else calls me Jim.” 

“It feels more personal, as though you belong only to me. I may have to share Jim with the rest of the world, but Jeremiah—the strong, kind man I’ve admired over the past several months—is all mine.” 

Her admission branded him like a fire poker to his skin. If he were alone, he’d beat his chest and roar. No woman had ever wanted to claim him. No one but her ever called him Jeremiah. 

He coughed, clearing his throat. “Friday is only two days away, but I can’t wait that long. Let’s get in my car and go to a park, somewhere private, to talk.” 

“Talk? Is that code for necking like teenagers?” 

“I’m game if you are, but I don’t want to be rushed. We’ll have time for kissing and touching later.” 

She pecked his cheek. “We better go before the rain starts again.” 

He grasped her hand and they hurried back to the diner.

The Review
Rating: Four out of Five Stars
Disclosure: I received an advance review copy of this book, which will be available for purchase on 14 October 2020.

Arresting Jeremiah is an exciting romantic suspense novel by Amber Daulton. I truly enjoyed the roller-coaster ride while immersed in this high-octane thriller and couldn't wait to come back for more any time I stepped away.

The story is expertly executed and impeccably edited. Amber Daulton knows how to grab a reader's attention and keep them hooked. I was fascinated by the intricate back-story of the Onyx crime syndicate and its various facets. The characters are never sure who they can trust because the danger is coming at them from all sides and even their allies are tied to the seedy underworld.

The crime drama was my favorite aspect of the book. I love immersive, intricate mysteries, and enjoy a good, gritty detective story. This book provides plenty of both for a high-adrenaline thrill ride.

The erotic aspects of the book, while well-constructed, were not entirely to my tastes. All of the male characters are extremely macho and overbearing, which is not my cup of tea. Jeremiah is a good person and a compelling hero, but very controlling. Calista's ex-boyfriend, who has ties to the Onyx crime syndicate, is a brutal sadist. Although there are no explicit sexual assaults depicted in the story, this character's sexualized abuse of Calista could be traumatic for those with a history of sexual assault to read.

I don't care for diet talk or female characters obsessively ruminating on their perceived physical flaws, which Calista does a fair bit. While it's realistic, and women tend to believe that we are supposed to do it, I don't enjoy reading about it. As someone who tried to hate myself thin for 33 years before realizing that there were more important things in life, and who still struggles with my abusive life partner ED (stands for Eating Disorder), I find that all too many romance novels include these sorts of scenes, and they leave a bad taste in my mouth.

Overall, I wholeheartedly recommend Arresting Jeremiah to readers who enjoy a gritty, in-your-face, roller-coaster ride with some steamy erotic moments thrown in. I was sorry when the story was done and would gladly read more of the Arresting Onyx series.

About the Author 

Amber Daulton is the author of the romantic-suspense series Arresting Onyx and several standalone novellas. Her books are published through The Wild Rose Press, Books to Go Now, and Daulton Publishing, and are available in ebook, print on demand, audio, and foreign language formats. 
She lives in North Carolina with her husband and demanding cats. 

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