Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Decoy Valentine by Shannon Kent {Review}

Decoy Valentine by Shannon Kent

Kindle Edition
Published January 10th 2021 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.

A broken engagement drives Susanna Kelly back to her hometown of Sweetheart, Texas and the arms of its quirky, lovable citizens. But her peaceful return to her roots is shattered when heart-shaped notes with sinister messages start appearing. The support of Daniel Sheppard, Asian American bestselling author and her childhood friend, gives her a much needed ally amidst the turmoil. He offers to play the role of her boyfriend to discourage the stalker, but Susanna resists. Pretending to be a couple? And with Daniel of all people? Who would buy it?

The note writer's mind games force her to reconsider. Susanna accepts Daniel's crazy plan, but her heart acts up whenever she's near her decoy valentine. Comfortable, uncomplicated Daniel has turned into a full-grown man who makes her senses spin. As she tries to sort out her feelings, the make-believe romance has the opposite effect intended. Harmless notes turn into life-threatening accidents, and Daniel and Susanna must find out who's behind the chaos before they can decide if their temporary relationship is a heaven-sent gift meant to last forever.

My Review: 4 Stars
Decoy Valentine is a story full of adventure, danger, and love. Kent does a great job of capturing a reader's attention with menacing threats and moments of peril, mingling with a tender romance.
Susanna is back in her small hometown of Sweetheart, ready to help withe the town's Valentine celebration. She's an overly nice and giving character, which leads to her being taken advantage of by some of these quirky residents. Her childhood best friend, Daniel, shows up again as well, which leads to a fake relationship, escalated threats, and a hint of romance. Daniel is a solid, likable character, with a sweet, protective streak.
I really enjoyed the way Kent kept me guessing. The mystery/suspense elements were well done and not very easy to untangle--just the way I like it. The pacing was perfect--not too overwhelming, but moved at a believable stride. I would have loved an epilogue to tie everything together, especially with the celebration, but it was still very entertaining.

Although I'm all about the love, this story was a great deviant from the typical Valentine's story and I loved the blend of a perilous romance.

Content: mild romance; mild violent/perilous situations; mild+ religion

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