Saturday, March 1, 2014

REVIEW: Harbour Falls (A Harbour Falls Mystery #1) – S.R. Grey

Released: October 31st, 2012

Best-selling author Maddy Fitch, researching material for a new novel, returns to her hometown of Harbour Falls to investigate a disappearance that has haunted the tiny Maine coastal town for the past four years. Maddy soon discovers that the case has gone cold, but the prime suspect, Adam Ward, is hotter than ever. Now living on an isolated island, Maddy takes up residence near the sexy Mr. Ward's home. As she begins to seek out answers, the mystery deepens, putting Maddy in jeopardy.
Lies, secrets, deceptions. Nothing is ever what it seems in Harbour Falls.

A steamy novel that immerses the reader in an intricate storyline that will keep them glued till the very last page.

First in a series. Romance/Mystery genre.
"Much like the Harbour Falls Mystery itself, the man at the center was a puzzle. And I longed to solve him piece by piece."

This is one of the books I will be reviewing for a blog tour and the final of the trilogy review will be posted on MARCH 10TH.

Harbour Falls was surprisingly enjoyable. A delicious blend of steamy, sexy scenes and thrilling, heart-racing mystery. Although it was slightly predictable, I definitely adored the characters, especially Adam Ward, the sexy then-bachelor. 

Introducing Harbour Falls, a small secluded city on an island, plagued by a mystery for over a decade. Beautiful but haunting.

Maddy Fitch, a best-selling novelist, who originated from the island returns after many years off it. She needs inspiration for her new novel and what better story than the mystery of Harbour Falls, about the disappearance of a young girl, that's been there for decades?

So Maddy becomes an amateur sleuth as she digs deeper into the truth. But the deeper she digs into it, the deeper the grave that she's put herself in. 

Then enters Adam Ward, the super schmexy computer science genius and MIT graduate. He's mysterious and deliciously seductive. But he's also the number one suspect in his fiance's disappearance.

When Maddy comes back to Harbour Falls, everyone becomes a suspect. With everyone holding a secret of their own, no one is safe anymore. Even her old friends have changed, some for the better and some for the worse.

Now, let's talk about the romance first.

Although I must admit that it's waaaay too fast-paced, which I'm not a big fan of. I see the chemistry and connection between Adam and Maddy. They've both had crushes on each other since high school but never acted upon it because Adam was the guy back then and, well, Chelsea had her claws deep inside him.

But when she returns and they reunite, sparks instantly ignite and the little flame that they had blazed into an inferno. 
Amid noisy gasps and hot breaths, Adam deepened our kiss, tenderly parting my lips until our tongues met—all strawberries, champagne, and the thrill of uncharted exploration that only those first kisses can deliver.
WOW. Whew [fans self] now, that's one hot scene.

And Adam wow. He's been hurt for so long over the accusations and all the secrets, of living his life in fear and hiding that fear. When Maddy reenters his life, it all changes.
"Because you make me feel something I thought I'd never feel again. So I'm willing to take this chance with you. Even it means my ruin."
I think I just melted.

Then there's the case that Maddy's investigating.

This is probably her throughout the whole book as she tries to look into it:

Everyone Maddy knows becomes a suspect and she trusts only her father in the beginning. But as more and more secrets unravel, Maddy's putting herself in even more danger.

I can't talk much about the mystery because that'll just spoil the whole thing.

Anyhow, the mystery was actually thrilling as Maddy discovers more evidence that leads to Chelsea Hannigan's disappearance. Although I must say I suspected the culprit from half of the book, I still enjoyed being surprised in the end.

IT ENDS WITH A CLIFFY WHICH IS WOW. I was like, "I KNEW IT! I KNEW THERE WAS MORE!" Because well… I'm not going to say anymore. ;) 

Overall, a pretty damn great book.

3.5 — 4 APPLES!!!!!

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♕ Harbour Falls (A Harbour Falls Mystery #1) ♕
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♕ Willow Point (A Harbour Falls Mystery #2) ♕
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♕ Wickingham Way (A Harbour Falls Mystery #3) ♕

S.R. Grey is the author of the bestseller Harbour Falls and Willow Point, first and second books in A Harbour Falls Mystery series. She is also the author of I Stand Before You, the first novel in the new Judge Me Not series (New Adult/Contemporary Romance). 

Ms. Grey resides in western Pennsylvania. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree, as well as an MBA. Her background is in business, but her passion lies in writing. 

She is currently working on Never Doubt Me, the second novel of the Judge Me Not series. Expected publication: Spring 2014. 

Other novels slated for 2014 are Just Let Me Love You (Judge Me Not #3) and another New Adult novel, title yet to be determined. 

When not writing, Ms. Grey can be found reading, traveling, running, or cheering for her hometown sports teams.
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