March 11, 2013

book review: white diamonds

Suspense and sexy steam make for an entertaining story in Shirley Hailstock's White Diamonds (read an excerpt here).

Sandra Rutledge's life takes a dramatic change when she finds an unconscious and injured man on the road leading to her Poconos cabin. The situation becomes more complicated when she realizes the man is none other than Wyatt Randolph, a junior senator, and he happens be carrying millions of dollars worth of diamonds. The daughter of a senator, and undeniably attracted to the handsome man, she sets out to help him, even though she realizes this uncertain path may lead her to danger.

Though appreciative to Sandra for saving his life, and more than a little interested in the beautiful woman, he is also cautious. He believes her father is involved in a plot that not only caused the death of his friend, but could cause national or worldwide security issues. As they work together to prevent a global catastrophe, Sandra and Wyatt also explore their feelings for each other.

A fast-paced read with sufficient twists and turns to keep the reader guessing what would happen next, White Diamonds made for an intriguing read. Action begins on page one and keeps going strong until the end.

I was instantly drawn to Sandra and Wyatt, and their sexual tension seemed legit. Throw in the fact that each has reasons to not wholly trust the other person at first, and the pages sizzled.

Probably my favorite part of this book was the banter between Sandra and Wyatt. From the moment they first speak to their final exchange in the story, their words offered plenty of flirtation and humor to give this otherwise serious and suspenseful story some lighter moments, too. I always like a page turner, but giving me an opportunity to grin or laugh every now and then makes one that much more enjoyable.

At times I found myself a little confused with the secondary characters. It could have been that some of their names sounded similar, or that there are quite a few important players with hard-to-guess motives outside of Sandra and Wyatt, but at times I found the supporting cast difficult to follow. Still, once I got into the groove of the story, I quite enjoyed a lot of these characters, who include the POTUS.

It's been a while since I read a women's literature story told as a political thriller, and I truly enjoyed the twists and turns this novel took.

Plus what girl doesn't love a story about diamonds?

Rating: 4 of 5

Be sure to check back tomorrow for my interview with White Diamonds' author Shirley Hailstock.

About the Author
Shirley Hailstock began her writing life as a lover of reading. She likes nothing better than to get lost in a book, explore new worlds and visit places she never expected to see. As an author, she can not only visit those places, but she can be the heroine of her own stories. A past president of Romance Writers of America, Shirley’s has authored 29 books and won many awards and accolades for her work.

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