Thursday, May 1, 2014

Review & Giveaway: Just One Look by Virginia Kelly

Just One Look

Just One Look (RS 2 #2) by Virginia Kelly
Publication Date: April 11th 2014
Purchase Link: Amazon

About the book:

Just One Look
Sometimes that's all it takes…

FBI Special Agent Drew Davenport, still recovering from a life-threatening wound after a disastrous shootout, doesn’t have time to be serious about any woman. But Mia Alvarez, with her down-to-earth warmth, leaves him blind-sided.

A painful experience crushed Mia’s belief in love. The last thing she needs is an entanglement with Drew, whose sister is marrying her brother. And certainly not when she’s keeping a major secret. Despite her misgivings, forced proximity and overwhelming attraction lead to passion.

When Mia's secret shows up in the form of a stalker, Drew’s determined to protect her. Can he overcome his fear of failing again when emotions get in the way? And while Mia trusts Drew with her safety, can she trust in love when it happens with just one look?

Just One Look is a stand-alone companion novel to Against the Wind

My Thoughts:
Have you ever had the breath knocked out of you just by looking at someone?  Witnessing their vibrancy and beauty just rivets your gaze and you can’t look away.  Well this is what Drew feels when he catches sight of Mia at his sister’s wedding.

Drew is healing after almost being killed, and on desk duty for the FBI.  He’s taking a little break while attending his sister, Blair’s wedding down in the Gulf Coast. But when he returns Drew plans on getting his life and career back on track without distractions.  Drew doesn’t plan on falling for a woman so swiftly but Mia, the groom’s sister, captures his attention so fully he can’t help himself. When it becomes clear she’s in danger from a stalker, Drew makes it his mission to keep Mia from harm.  His protective and possessive feelings spring up so intensely there’s just no fighting it.

Mia is avoiding men since the last one, Lowell, ruined her job.  She doesn’t want to worry her family or worse, get anyone hurt, but he wouldn’t take no for an answer and caused all kinds of problems so Mia quit. When she meets Drew it’s clear that he’s intense, and that’s exactly what she’s trying to stay away from, but he’s also sweet, tender, and very protective. So protective that when he finds out Lowell followed Mia to the Gulf Coast he won’t let her out of his sight.

I’m not usually a fan of insta-love, but in this case it just worked.  I think sometimes you just know when a person is right for you.  Also, Drew and Mia were thrown together, first by their matchmaking family and then by fortuitous events, like getting stuck in an elevator together, so I felt like they did the equivalent of several dates by the time they realized the depth of their feelings for each another.  Drew and Mia had amazing chemistry so it was just a matter of “when” not “if” they’d be together. We got a lot of steam and heat before actual ignition so things didn’t feel rushed when they finally gave into their desires.

The dangerous situation Mia and Drew are confronted with had my heart racing in a few scenes worrying about how things would work out, lending a nice amount of thrill to the story.  But don’t freight, this is a romance so you know we’ll be left happy by the end.  I was pleased that with the short amount of pages (Amazon lists 118 pages) there was still a sweet and satisfying epilogue!

I didn’t read Against the Wind the previous story, and it’s not necessary to enjoy Just One Look, but I’d love to go back now and discover Blair and Michael’s story.  

Virginia Kelly does wonders with romantic suspense with just the right amounts of danger, sizzle and tenderness to capture your heart and keep your attention!

4.5 Suns

Click on titles for Goodreads link:

Against The Wind   Just One Look

About the Author:
Virginia's first story involved a mouse that hitched a ride with Paul Revere. She was eleven. A bit later and bit more organized, dreams of romance (with a happily ever after), adventure, and danger came together to produce To the Limit, her RWA Golden Heart nominated novel. In the Arms of a Stranger is a finalist in the National Readers Choice Awards. She writes about dangerous heroes (sexy, gorgeous ones, of course!) and the adventurous women willing to take a chance on them. An academic librarian, Virginia is a native of Peru and lives in Florida with her family.

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Virginia Kelly has generously provided this lovely giveaway: $5 Gift Card to Amazon or B&N, a Kindle copy of Against the Wind and an e-Copy of Dancing in the Dark to one lucky reader! Simply fill out the rafflecopter for a chance to win.

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  1. Glad you enjoyed it Rachel, the book sounds fun, even though insta-love relationship is usually hit/miss with me, probably more the later. Thanks for the give-away!