Monday, January 12, 2015

A Love Beyond - First Paragraph / First Chapter and Teaser Tuesday

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In A Love Beyond (contemporary romantic suspense) AJ Owens vows to retrieve the horse stolen from her family by Mike Towers. Chance Landin wants to prove that Powers destroyed several thoroughbreds for the insurance money, a crime for which Chance's uncle has been falsely imprisoned. Both AJ and Chance are pretending to be what they're not, but neither one knows the other's agenda. Their lives intertwine as they work to bring down Mike Towers in this romantic thriller that spans the Texas-Mexico border at Laredo. 

This book is beautifully written and nicely edited, and the plot kept me turning pages from the opening sentences until the very last word.
I'm giving it five stars. 

First Paragraph:
On the banks of the Rio Grande, Laredo, Texas
      The river, black and barely visible, slid silently past. Trees pressed close to the bank, leaving only a narrow strip along the water's edge, and AJ Owens set one foot in front of the other cautiously. She was unafraid of the water, but not eager to be found out, whether by one of the law enforcement agencies screening the river for illegal activity, or by any of the criminal agents plying their trade alongside the fabled Rio Grande. Unconsciously she tightened her hold on the worn leather reins in her hands. Slight rustling in the brush startled her, making her stiffen and stifle a gasp. Alongside her, the chestnut Thoroughbred balked, throwing his head up in alarm. His snort echoed through the still night, sending some unseen smaller animal scurrying off into deeper cover.

Teaser Tuesday (from 64% on my Kindle):
She'd accepted a strange man's invitation to spend "a while" at his ranch in a foreign place. An invitation that came with the implied understanding that she wouldn't come and go, but stay there as tradition dictated. Even her friends would claim that was inviting disaster.

Genre:  Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Length of Book: 214 Pages
Amazon Link: A Love Beyond
Author's Website/Blog: Leslie P. Garcia Blog "Return to Rio"


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30 comments:

Literary Feline said...

I love a good romantic thriller, and this sounds like it fits the bill. I am glad you enjoyed this one, Sandra.

Cleo Bannister said...

I'm with her friends, that does sound like inviting disaster! Here is my TT for this week https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2015/01/13/teaser-tuesday-january-13/

Margot said...

I like the suspense in the first paragraph. It does make me want to keep going.

Suzie Quint said...

I tend to be leery of romantic suspense because too often it's long on suspense and short on romance. Maybe I've just picked the wrong books though.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I do like the intro Sandra so might read a bit more. enjoy

Beth F said...

Not my usual genre but I might read a bit more.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Even from the first sentences, I could feel the intensity mounting...and the teaser really made me anxious! What is she in for? Thanks for sharing...and I want to know more.

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Laura Thomas said...

Powerful beginning and the plot is intense. I could handle this if they didn't go in depth about destoying the horses. I couldn't take that.

My TT - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/01/13/teaser-tuesdays-95-growl/

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

I'm a fan of romantic suspense and this sounds like a good one. Love the phrase "inviting disaster."

My post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2015/01/first-chapter-first-paragraph-89.html

grammajudyb said...

I would not have picked this one off the shelf, I am not drawn to horse stories. See, I would have been wrong, so thanks for bringing it to my attention.

Sarah's Book Shelves said...

This one isn't for me, but I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

There's romantic tension in this book, but I'd say the plot centers more on the characters trying to exact revenge than on romance. Perhaps that's a characteristic of the sub-genre.

Monica's Bookish Life said...

I like the writing, and the opening makes me want to read more, so I'd keep reading!

Heidi Gonzalez said...

Sounds interesting. Hope you are enjoying it. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am really enjoying John Irving as well!

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Sandra,

Probably not my book of choice, although this one does seem to be written a little more descriptively than many similar books in the genre.

I am also liking the cover art, simple and understated, yet helping to tell the story.

I am wondering exactly which tradition means that she can't come and go as she pleases, especially as she doesn't appear to know her host - why would you agree to stay with a complete stranger under those circumstances?

I am pleased that you enjoyed this one so much and thanks for sharing your excerpts.

Yvonne.

alisbooks said...

I've read a book that sounds very similar to this one, but I can't think of the title or author at this second. Glad you enjoyed it!!

madamevauquer said...

Oh good, we get some mystery involved.
Mine this week is a classic of Spanish literature: Fortunata and Jacinta by Benito Pérez Galdós at http://wp.me/pZnGI-h9

Alice Audrey said...

Yep, that's a clear invitation to disaster. Great teaser, though.

Sonia Lal said...

I'm with her friends!!

Mine: https://storytreasury.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/teaser-tuesday-the-enigma/#comments

kelley jensen said...

I like the setting and the writing style. I'm very curious about what is about to happen to her. I'd keep reading. Have a nice week. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

Trish said...

Five star page turner? Sound like a win to me!

TRISH

Pat @ Posting For Now said...

I love horses. This sounds like a book I would enjoy. I'm going to add it to my to read list.

jacquie said...

A five star? WOW! I'm in!!!!

Yvonne said...

I definitely like the sound of this one!

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

Great 1st paragraph and TT!
I'm hooked :)

enjoy your week's reading, Sandra! and thanks for stopping in at FHC ...

Topazshell said...

Seems really risky to me. I love how the author shows the setting. Gives me an idea what Texas looks like.

Kim@Time2Read said...

That one certainly sounds interesting! Wonder what it was that startled the horse! Enjoy!

Kim @ Book Munchies said...

That's an interesting teaser!

Thanks for stopping by my post! :)

Nyze Gremio-Velasco said...

Not my genre, but I hope you're enjoying it.
NYZE@EverythingNyze

Spangle said...

This isn't my kind of book, but I would be interested to read your thoughts on this book, after you have finished it. Thanks for visiting my blog!