Deep Night by Kathy Clark

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DEEP NIGHT
Denver Heroes #3
Kathy Clark
Releasing August 18th, 2015
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Sure to thrill readers of Nora Roberts and Karen Robards, the breathtaking Denver
Heroes series from New York Times bestselling author Kathy Clark continues as two adrenaline junkies find themselves fighting unexpected passion—and unspeakable terror.
Ex-soldier
Chris Wilson lost too many friends to war. Back home in Denver, he’s trying to make a difference as a paramedic, treating victims of crisis situations. Not even active combat could prepare Chris for the rush he gets when violence and tragedy collide, but the job isn’t the only thing making his heart race. His partner is his closest confidant from childhood, and the girl he remembers is now a strong, sensual woman . . . who needs him more than ever.
Sara Richards is more comfortable risking her life than asking for help. The petite blonde medic put a wall around her heart long ago, vowing to never let anyone hurt her again. Only now her long-buried secrets threaten to destroy everything she’s built. And though she should be able to trust Chris, his smoldering blue-gray eyes ignite desires that feel more dangerous than whatever’s lurking in the shadows. For once, Sara can’t go it alone. But Chris might just be
stubborn enough to stand by her side as she faces down her worst nightmare.
 
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EXCERPT

The skies were just beginning to lighten when Chris turned the ambulance into the garage. He and Sara worked as a team, giving the vehicle’s interior a final once-over before loading their leftover supplies and their narcotics kit on a cart that they rolled to the office. Only the narcotics kit was strictly monitored, and they had to wait until it was cross-referenced with the night’s usage report.

“Want to stop for some breakfast?” Chris asked her as they headed to the parking lot once check-in was finished. “I’ve got a thirty-minute drive to Parker to get home.”

“You’re still living with your parents?” she asked. “I’ll bet that sucks.”

“I haven’t had a chance to find something in town yet. Plus, I have to pay first and last month’s rent, plus the deposit. That would cut deep into my college fund.”

She stopped next to her car, but didn’t open the door. For a few seconds, she stared down at the ground as if she was working something through in her mind. Finally, she lifted her gaze and smiled. “I have a two-bedroom apartment in a rent-controlled building over by Coors Field. I could use a roommate to split the bills.”

Chris tried to read her expression, but the offer seemed to be genuinely extended. It would sure make his life a lot easier if he didn’t have that hour-plus drive every day. Not to mention the fact that at home he was sleeping in his old bunk bed, which his six-foot-two frame had long ago outgrown.

“If you wouldn’t mind,” he said. “It would help me out a lot.”

“It’s nothing special, but it’s close and cheap . . . relatively speaking.”

“Sounds like my kind of place.”

“You buy your own food, and I’m not your maid or your cook,” she added. “Plus, there’s only one bathroom.”

“Are you trying to talk me out of it?”

“I just don’t want you to have any . . . false expectations.” She gave him a steady look that told him she was referring to much more than that.

“How about today?”

She seemed surprised, but not opposed to it. “That’s fine with me. Sharing the rent will help me. But why the hurry?”

“Other than the drive and the traffic, it’s difficult to sleep there during the day with Dad mowing the lawn and Mom vacuuming.”

“It’s usually pretty quiet on my end of town.”

“My only concern is that Mom might be upset. I just got home, and I’m not sure how she’ll take me leaving so soon.”

“She’ll understand.”

“At least she knows you and won’t think I’m shacking up with some stranger.”

Sara gave him an odd look, but didn’t comment.

He smiled. “I think we have a deal.”

Review

Tragic, strong and emotionally touching.

Using his background and experience as a field medic while deployed, navy veteran Chris Wilson, is training to be a paramedic with aspirations to go into med school. But the adrenaline doesn’t stop while constantly being called into crisis situations during his night job. His boss, childhood friend and now roommate is also making his heart rate accelerate. Can he maintain their long standing friendship or will his unforeseen attraction push him to cross the line from friends to lovers?

For many years Sara Richards kept the nightmares at bay, her heart safe behind an impenetrable façade and the ghost of her past buried. But it is now haunting her waking moments and threatening her career. Can she trust Chris with her deepest, darkest secrets in order to help her through her fears? Can she overcome her past in order to embrace the promise of a future with him?

My heart broke for Sara’s stolen innocence, but it soared when I realized that she had grown up to be a strong, independent woman, albeit with deep scars and trauma. But they didn’t stop her from helping people and wanting to achieve laudable goals.

Chris was all sorts of sweet, caring, and kind. He was a natural protector, having it hard coded into his genetic makeup. He was perfect for Sara, except for one tiny detail. His lack of communication, or I should rather say, the nonexistence of communication from either Sara or Chris which increasingly peeved me throughout the story.

The blurb for this book really caught my attention and the plot hooked me right from the very sad and tragic start to the adrenalin pumping 9-1-1 emergency calls Sara and Chris attended. The story had the perfect elements for a truly emotionally griping story. From the sexy and sweet Navy veteran, the survivor heroine, the hot attraction between the two, the lovely characters from previous books, the secondary characters that rounded the daily crisis Chris and Sara faced to the incredibly cute lab they adopted. But unfortunately I feel as though it could have been so much more and the delivery fell on the short side for me.

Although the story is full of struggles and a lot of room for healing, the lack of communication between the main characters increasingly aggravated me while the emergency situations described kept coming one after the other and after the big reveal at the almost the ending things felt a bit rushed.

This is my first Kathy Clark book and I feel very curious about the previous books in this series. She has obviously done a good deal of research and has very interesting, real life matters to write about which have encouraged me to seek out more of her work.

Deep Night is book #3 in the Denver Heroes series by Kathy Clark. It is a standalone, full-length, touching romance filled lots of intense, adrenaline pumping moments (abuse, suicide, homicide). Told from both points of view, with interconnecting characters from previous books in the series, with a happy ending. So if adrenaline junkies and sweet love is your thing, this would be a good book for you.

Rating 3.5 adrenaline junkie stars

 

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Kathy Clark is a New York Times bestselling author whose novels have sold more than three million copies in
eleven languages. Her plot lines have always championed women’s empowerment, placing strong female characters in real-life situations. Her stories will make you laugh and cry, and her characters will live in your heart forever. She
lives with her husband and co-author, Bob Wernly.
 
 
 

One thought on “Deep Night by Kathy Clark

    Tasty Book Tours said:
    August 25, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Thank you for hosting DEE NIGHT

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