After winning a prestigious award, Natalie Charles added more pages to her first book and created a compelling Harlequin Romantic Suspense release. The clever plot of THE SEVEN-DAY TARGET is captivating with many mysteries, while the romance has countless emotional issues to resolve.
When Nick Foster was on the police force in Arbor Falls, NY, he hoped to one day have a more exciting career. Becoming a FBI agent got him out of the small town and thankfully away from Libby Andrews who broke off their engagement. He still feels the sting of the words spoken by his ex-fiancée when she firmly stated her wish to not marry him, so he hopes to not come in contact with her when he returns for a short visit.
A baffling murder has the local police asking for Nick’s assistance, especially since a piece of evidence points to Libby possibly being the next victim. He does not want to remain in the area, yet he feels the risk to the woman he once loved is too great and goes to talk with her. Since she is a prosecutor, enemies come and go but none of the threats she has ever received have actually turned out to be serious. When the danger to her becomes personal, Nick is once again in her life as he has dedicated himself to keeping others safe, even those whom he does not want to see again. There is something Libby left unsaid when their upcoming wedding was cancelled, and she plans for the information to stay a secret. While she will let her ex-fiancé watch over her, she intends for them to never be more than friends ever again.
Her career as an attorney helped Natalie Charles to make THE SEVEN-DAY TARGET very convincing with frighteningly believable developments. Her heroine is a prosecutor, and her beliefs plus the steps she takes to discover who is watching her are realistically depicted. The idea of someone stalking another person with the intention of killing that individual is chilling, and the author terrifyingly brings this plan to life. While I thought the identity of the perpetrator was revealed through several clues, I still was not certain and definitely did not know what cunning scheme this person would try to pull off next. Ms. Charles sets the pace of the action on swift, as events occur suddenly and often without any initial warning. Before all concludes, I was taken on a series of highs and lows as Nick and Libby experience a whole myriad of emotions. The way these two frequently react shows just how confused they are about their feelings for the other, and this bewilderment causes doubts about their past actions. Even though a second opportunity to once again have a relationship is given to them, neither thinks the words they previously spoke can be forgotten or forgiven. Working through the hurt they still clearly remember takes a lot of soul-searching, and Ms. Charles portrays these moments with sincere frankness. Libby especially has much to think over before she can talk openly with Nick, and her worry over particular concerns is understandable. The passion this couple once felt for the other is the one aspect of their relationship that did not die, as there is still plenty of fervent desire between them. Two secondary characters find their lives becoming entwined, and their storyline is also interesting. Natalie Charles has constructed an enthralling romantic suspense story packed with intrigue. THE SEVEN-DAY TARGET has riveting suspense caused by increasingly dangerous incidents.
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