Monday, July 15, 2013

Precious Embrace by Dana Mason: Review + Giveaway!

Date Published: 7/11/2013

A second divorce and a new baby wasn’t the vision Alison Hayes had for her future. Now a single mother with two young boys, she wants to focus on her kids and what’s left of her stagnant career.
When Detective Johnny Rhay Bennett breezes into her life with his country-boy accent, she wants to run. She doesn’t need another man in her life, or another reason to make people talk. But when her worst nightmare becomes a reality, Johnny is the only person who can pull Ali out of her despair, forcing her to stay strong and not give up hope of finding her missing child.
Who falls in love after a one-night stand? Johnny Rhay doesn’t believe it’s possible until it happens to him. With Nashville in his rear-view mirror, he’s determined to convince Alison she loves him too, even if it means moving to the West Coast.
Ali’s not easy, and she’s living on just this side of bitter after her divorce, but Johnny doesn’t care. He’s up for the challenge. At least, he believes he’s up for it until baby Micah is stolen right out from under his nose. Now Johnny has to keep it together and get that sweet little boy home safe before his dreams of having a family vanish too.

Dana Mason
Dana Mason started writing to prove to her computer geek husband and her math & science geek kids that she actually has a brain; it’s just a right functioning brain instead of a left. She’s lived all over the country and uses that experience in her writing and character studies. Her debut novel, Dangerous Embrace, is the first in a contemporary romance series about a group of friends from Northern California who learn just how short life can be when you don’t hold on to what’s important. Second chances don’t come easy…but sometimes love is worth the risk.
When not writing, Dana specializes in professional development and training. She’s also a board member on the local Art's Council and does what she can to support the art community.
As an avid reader and movie watcher, she always requires a happily ever after ending.

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This book is the second book in the series (the first being Dangerous Embrace). I read it without reading the first one first and it read fine. That being said, reading the second one made me want to go back and read the first. 
I didn't actually expect this novel to be hard to read, but it was. Dana Mason writes a very realistic reaction to the thought of a missing child and the helplessness, insanity, and distress that would come with that. 
I have a baby around Micah's age - the aforementioned missing child. I think it helped add an extra realistic punch to the novel.
I like Dana Mason's writing. I don't find her romance overly cliche or trite, which makes it easier to get in to the story.
There was a moment, while two characters are driving, that there seems to be no mention of time passage, but a thirty second conversation puts them somewhere else, which pulled me out of the story. Other than that, I was gripped to the edge of my seat, worried, and wondering.
I may  have cried, but no one was up to witness it. If a tear falls and no one sees it, does it still exist? Maybe they're not like forest trees. 
Dana Mason writes a very gripping suspense. 

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