Title – Loverboy
Author – Trista Jaszczak
Genre – Romance/Thriller
Re-Release Date – October 31, 2013
Publisher – Planettopia Publishing
Cover Artist – Beetiful Designs
Book Blurb/Synopsis –
When Charlotte Murphy escapes from the ruthless serial rapist and killer, Loverboy, she finds herself completely lost and scared to death. Lost, frightened, recovering, and in the sights of a brutal killer. In a most odd but clever tactic from the police, they assign Charlie 24/7 live-in protection; a move that is supposed to comfort her and make healing easier. Somehow, despite the odds, Charlie finds a refuge in officer Nick Andrews and in his arms she finds the strength to heal and the courage to move on with life. Nick finds everything that he wasn't looking for in Charlie’s eyes and a fight against a killer that becomes personal.
Goodreads Link –https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4530480.Trista_Jaszczak
On this day... February 15th I thought it would be a fantastic time to post a review about romance. It's not always some perfect date where after the kiss goodnight, fireworks go off & boom! You're in love. Sometimes that "happily ever after" has to be earned. Blood, sweat , and tears might just be the price.
In Trista Jaszczak's suspense crime thriller "Loverboy" it takes all that and more for the hero & heroine Charlie & Nick. The author choose to write this book with alternating point of views, going from Charlie's to Nicks. Experiencing this book from both the female & males pov gives you an interesting understanding of what's happened.
"Loverboy" is about Charlie getting kidnapped by the notorious serial killer "Loverboy" dubbed for his cruel torture and abuse of the females he captures, drugs, tortures & than kills. Charlie is the only person who has escaped with her life.
Sadly she doesn't remember much about her time with the infamous murderer. Where that's a blessing in many regards it is also making the investigation difficult. Enter Nick, a cop who has personal reasons for wanting this killer brought to justice. Nick has a sister who endured rape. Coming from a family that chooses to "Serve & Protect" he already had aspirations to become a cop. When his younger sister became the victim of a terrible crime it only made his need more profound .
Nick is the police officer put in charge of standing guard outside Charlie's hospital room. In what is a unusual choice the police department assigns Nick to become Charlie's bodyguard & protector when she is released from the hospital to go home . Worried that "Loverboy" will try to finish the job with Charlie & thinking that as Charlie heals she might remember more details of her imprisonment, and could help Nypd capture him they have Nick go undercover as her housemate.
Nick wants to make Charlie feel safe. Be able to live her life w/o looking over her shoulder all the time, get back to teaching dance, and find the joy in living that "Loverboy" has beaten out of her.
Charlie is at first shocked the police would be so insensitive to post a male cop to help her after all she's been through. The fact that he's a young, good looking, kind man doesn't even occur to her... at first. Nick's from a family that he was a lone male amongst his mother & sisters. He has a respect for woman that most men don't have ingrained in their make- up. He sees the strength in Charlie and the longer he watches and helps her get back on her feet the more he notices how brave, strong, and truley beautiful his assignment is.
Charlie goes from being leery of Nick to feeling safe and content with his continued presence. The last thing she expected to be thinking about was romance after all she'd been through. She finds herself wondering if she'll ever feel that way about any man ever again.
There are twists and turns that you'd might not see coming in this crime thriller romance. The identity of the killer has more than one shocking twist. The alternating pov's help you understand what both characters are going through while dealing with the awful crime that is rape.
Sadly I have had more than one friend who has endured this crime. It's awful to watch a beautify vibrant woman become a shell of herself when invaded this way. I thought it was very brave to tell this story. Though it was about a serial killer..besides a few chapters it did not get overly detailed with the specifics of the crime. I think it could be helpful for young adult audience's to read this book if only to be educated on what could happen to anyone. It also would appeal to fans of the psychological thriller with a bit of romance thrown in. It's also absolutely chick- lit!
So after all was read and done Mousehead and Tales gives "Loverboy" 3 1/2 stars. I'm a huge fan of Trista Jaszczak's retellings of original fairytales. This was a totally different type of book & I think that speaks to the talent of the author. Not everyone can write more than one genre well. If you haven't read anything by Trista Jaszczak I would suggest that you check out the links provided on this tour and add her to your to be read list immediately . I'll be looking forward to reading the next book she writes.
Hope you all enjoyed that Hallmark holiday we have to show the people we love they are appreciated. I'm glad that I had a book tour that showed the true meaning of love. Keep checking back for more reviews, virtual tours and chances to win swag !
Trista Jaszczak (jazz-ick) is the author of the Believe series, retold, and upcoming relaunches, Loverboy, What Lies Inside and the Darkness Falls series. She is an Air Force spouse and mother to two mischievous and rambunctious little girls. She is originally from Hamilton, Ohio but calls home where ever the Air Force sends her. She currently resides in Anchorage, Alaska where she finds endless inspiration in the pure Alaskan wilderness. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time with her family in the vast Alaskan outdoors, plucking away at her old guitar or working on self-improvement in the gym. She loves the outdoors, the moon, old movies and music.
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