A Kiss of Red
by Garrett Zephyr
A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
First of all, this story was way more interesting and clearly written than the blurb might suggest. Secondly, and probably the first thing people consider with indie books, is the spelling and grammar, which I am pleased to say was very good. The one notable issue is that the writing is extremely proper and grammatically correct, to the point of an almost complete lack of contractions even in the dialogue, however considering the state of many indie books on this matter-I consider it a breath of fresh air. Just fair warning, it took me a couple of chapters to slide into the story because of it.
The story revolves around the mysterious happenings in Brook Falls, Oregon and around one family consisting of the grandmother Ellen, and three cousins who were raised by her-Marie, Tanya and Lily (who we don't see until the end).
When Ellen mysteriously winds up in a coma, Marie (the main protagonist) returns to the home town she had left behind. She's caught between James Powell and Eugene Spencer, two men who are dangerous but only one of whom means to protect her.
This is a paranormal romantic suspense so we have both world building and the mystery, and the author does an excellent job of avoiding info dumping on both counts. There are several plot twists that keep the reader guessing til the very end and there's a nice set up for Tanya's story.
All in all, a rather solid first book from a new author.