Wednesday 25 April 2018

Blog Tour, Review, Excerpt & Giveaway ~ Anonymous by LP Dover

Title: Anonymous 
Author: L.P. Dover 
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: April 23, 2018 
Cover Designer: Regina Wamba at Mae I Design and Photography 

Book Description:

Every person has a story to tell. Some may be sweet with a happily ever after, but there are others that end in tragedy. Mine has yet to be finished. My name is Elizabeth Kingston and this is where my story begins. I never thought my life could be so perfect. I have an amazing job owning my own bakery, and a wonderful husband who I love and who loves me back. Never once did I have to worry about anything, at least, not until the texts started coming in. They always begin the same way … numbers that spell my nickname when read upside down. 31773 It’s someone from my past, only they won’t to tell me who they are, but that by talking to them, I’ll figure it out. It’s a game I refuse to play. Unfortunately, I’m left with no choice when things begin to take a dangerous turn. His name is Anonymous and there’s only one thing he wants … ME.

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It’s closing time and Vikki and I are busy cleaning, so we can get home. My phone beeps with an incoming text and I look down at it and growl. “You can’t be serious.” Staring back at me isn’t a text from Jake, but from Anonymous. Even though I deleted and blocked the number ninety days ago, I still recognize it. Vikki moves closer, her eyes wide. “What’s going on?” I show her the text. Anonymous: 31773? Brows furrowed, she sits back. “What does that mean?” I turn my phone upside down, so she can see that the number spells out my name. Her eyes widen. “Wow, that’s cool you can type your name with numbers.” “But not so cool when I don’t know who the person is,” I counter. “About three months ago, I got texts from this exact same person. Whoever it is likes to play games. I’m sick of it and I want them to leave me alone.” Taking a deep breath, I type out a reply. Me: WHO IS THIS? Anonymous: Why all the yelling? I roll my eyes. This is just ridiculous. Me: I like using all caps. Anonymous: Don’t stop on my account. So, what have you been up to? Been a while since we talked. Me: Yeah, it’s because I blocked the number. Anonymous: Why? Me: BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!!!!!!! “What is he saying?” Vikki asks. I show her the texts and her eyes widen. “So, you haven’t talked to him since you blocked the number?” I think back to when I blocked it and if my calculations are correct, the ninety days was up yesterday. “No, but he has perfect timing. My ninety days ran up yesterday. I might need to run to the cell store and see if they can block it permanently.” My phone beeps again and a sharp pain settles in my gut. I just want whoever it is to leave me alone. Anonymous: That hurts. You’ve always been friendly toward me. Me: Obviously not friendly enough, if you can’t tell me who you are. It’s weird and it makes me uncomfortable. You need to leave me the hell alone. Don’t text, call, or try to contact me in any way. I’m happily married, and I want it to stay that way. GOODBYE! Heart racing, I log into my cell phone account and before I can block the number, another text comes through. Anonymous: Sorry 31773 but that’s not going to happen. The blood in my veins runs cold. Hands shaking, I block his number and my phone drops onto the table. Vikki picks it up and reads the final text, her face growing pale. “I don’t think this person’s going away."

Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 3.5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“Every person has a story to tell. Some may be sweet with a happily ever after, but there are others that end in tragedy. Mine has yet to be finished.”

This was a book that drew me in by its cover, dark and mysterious, and that pretty much sums up its contents. Mystery, suspense and intrigue. This book centres around an already married couple, so don’t go into this expecting romance, although our hero and heroine are still very much in love and extremely “active.” For me, this was all about the suspense and while I had guessed early on who the “baddie” was it still made for entertaining reading.

This was an extremely quick read, especially for a mystery, thriller type book. I did feel that this would have benefited from a little more meat in places, but none the less, what was delivered got the job done, however, it did feel a bit choppy at times. This is fast paced, action packed and doesn’t give you a chance to breathe. Stalker books are always a good read and this one was great as the reader tries to determine what are clues and what are red herrings.

Our heroine, Ellie is happily married to Jake and runs her own bakery. This couple are still hopelessly in love and this oozes from every page. Jake was an adorable, loving and protective husband, ex MMA and now an architect and Ellie knew she had hit the jackpot of the husband lottery with him. Ellie starts to get anonymous text messages and the more they continue, the creepier and more worrisome they become. Initially keeping them to herself, it soon becomes clear that she needs help and Jake knows just the person.

“Changing your number won’t get rid of me. I’ll still be able to find you.”

As I said above, I had guessed the culprit early on, but the author did have me questioning myself a few times and she does a great job dropping little curveballs to throw you off the scent. Being a crime documentary and serial buff, I did feel that the author exercised artistic license and felt this did not follow procedures or protocols, but none the less, it did make for some entertaining reading. I read this in a few hours, a great way to get lost for a while.


Meet the Author:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L. P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she began her literary journey she worked in periodontics, enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries. She loves to write, but she also loves to play golf, go on mountain hikes and white water rafting, and has a passion for singing. Her two youngest fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime, usually Christmas carols. Dover has written countless novels, including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, the Armed & Dangerous series, the Royal Shifters series, the Society X series, the Circle of Justice series, and her standalone novels It Must’ve Been the Mistletoe and Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense, but if she got to choose a setting in which to live, it would be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.

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