GENRE: Romantic Suspense
SERIES: U-District (Book 3)
Seeking Sanctuary is on sale for 99¢ during the tour
About the Book
She thwarted a killer’s attack. He’s off the case because of their prior involvement. Now, they’re at the top of the hit list…
Aleks Levin promised herself she’d never become a victim again. Out for a late evening run, she spies something terrible: a serial killer attempting to murder his next victim. Aleks interrupts the deed and saves the woman’s life, but in the process she becomes the only witness to the U-District Strangler’s brutal attacks. Refusing protective custody, Aleks has a better idea for keeping safe: pretending to date a detective on the case…
Neal Hawkins never knew if he’d see the alluring Aleks again, but he certainly didn’t expect such life-or-death circumstances when he did. After their prior involvement gets Neal kicked off the case, he can’t help but continue to investigate as the killer creeps closer to his next victim… her. The detective knows that sheltering Aleks is the best way to keep her safe, though he wonders if there’s any way to suppress the sparks that start flying the minute she crosses his threshold.
Caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse, old wounds and secret lives threaten to reveal the Strangler’s identity. Can Aleks and Neal stop the killer before his reign of terror continues with them?
Seeking Sanctuary is the third standalone novel in the captivating U-District series of romantic suspense novels. If you like sizzling chemistry, edgy characters, and twists you won’t see coming, then you’ll love Jodi Ashland’s riveting tale.
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Read an Excerpt
“Why don’t you two get out of the car, so I can properly introduce Aleks to the police commissioner?”
Neal nodded. Nothing like a good dose of his captain to cool the libido.
When Cap walked off toward the commissioner, Aleks whispered, “He totally bought that.”
Neal stared into those whiskey eyes. She was playing it cool, but something more lurked under that façade. She’d felt it too. The question of the week, month, and year was, what did it mean?
There was no doubt they were physically attracted to one another. But now that he’d had a taste of her again, he craved what she could give him.
Is that enough to build something on?
The one night with Aleks had been fantastic, but what about a relationship? Could he see going the long haul with her?
Aleks climbed back to her seat and grabbed her hat. “Is my lipstick smudged?”
He looked down at her lips. Not good. They only made him want to kiss her again. “Yeah.”
She pulled the visor down and used her finger to clear any smudges. “Let’s go meet the commish, honey.”
This whole boyfriend-girlfriend thing was a terrible idea. He got out of the car and walked to her side to open the door after he confirmed their surroundings were safe. He leaned in to pull the Glock out of the glove compartment and inhaled her fresh scent.
Neal helped Aleks out of the car. He kept her hand in his to maintain appearances. It had nothing to do with the fact he wanted to hold her hand, that he’d grown accustomed to it, or that it felt right.
I have to admit, I had mixed feelings about this book. The writing is really good, the story line/suspense engaging and the resolution complete. All the boxes that make a really good romantic suspense were checked and double-checked.
It took me about half of the book to put my finger on what was bugging me and yet kept drawing me into the story at the same time. First of all, the heroine, Alek, is young and sometimes that works against her in decision making. The mother/grandmother in me was screaming at her for taking that run at night. Alone. The adult woman in me was cheering, “you go girl” and applauding her for not being afraid.
Our hero, Neal, also caused me a moment’s concern. I didn’t like the idea of him stringing Alek along while still making his mind up about her and Kenzie. I know he was doing his best to not get involved with a potential witness/client but I felt the mixed signals were a dis-service to both women.
The supporting characters were well drawn out and added a wonderful element to the story. The red herrings kept you guessing for a good portion of the book before the reveal. Again, a small qualm and that was with Kenzie. She was too perfect. I was actually wondering if Neal would choose her in the end. Hopefully, she’ll get her own story and happy ending.
My little quirks in no way diminished the enjoyment of this book and are only given as insight. Although part of a series, Seeking Sanctuary, stands on its own quite well. If you’re a fan of well written suspense, I have no doubt you will enjoy this book.
About the Author
Jodi Ashland is an award-winning author of romantic suspense. If you enjoy reading about empowered women who overcome adversity, flawed sexy heroes who love them, and action packed mystery and suspense, then you’ll love Jodi Ashland’s books. Jodi has a B.S. in Information Systems and an M.B.A. but has pursued her true passion writing novels and poems. She is a mother of two, cancer survivor, kayaker, skier, gardener, camper, and lover of all things outdoors.
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