Sunday, July 13, 2014

~Review: Her Dark Places (The Sutton Files, #1) by Kelly Killarney~

‘Veronica Mars’ meets ‘Felicity’ in this sexy, snarky, New Adult Romantic Suspense novel.

Jasmine “Jazz” Holloway gets more than she bargained for when she heads to Sutton College for her freshman year. A long-distance relationship with her high-school boyfriend is tough to maintain. Especially when Brennan, the cute boy down the hall, keeps flirting. And after someone starts threatening her roommate, Jazz enlists the help of Sean, a smokin’ hot upperclassman who runs a P.I. agency out of a darkened corner of the library. 

Jazz has to fight her attraction to both guys as she works to uncover the stalker. But as the stakes rise and tension heightens, the hardest part for Jazz will be keeping her own secret...what she’s really doing at Sutton College. And that’s something no one can know.

Overall Rating:  4 Rockin’ ★★★★

"I wasn't here to party.  But I wasn't exactly here to learn, either.  I had my own agenda.  And that was something no one could know."

"My anger motivated me.  And that wasn't always a bad thing."

Kelly Killarney takes a unexpected turn on mystery and romance.  This book is the first in a new series that this author is undoubtedly inspiring readers with a reeling suspense thriller and most importantly a romantic twist of growing up, pain, and love.

Brennan Ashford is a character that you will instantly fall in love with.  Brennan is a freshman in college, like Jasmine.  He is the epitome of what every guy should be.  Handsome, caring, thoughtful and has eyes for only one girl...Jazz.  Brennan captured my heart from the beginning and I was openly cheering for him to be the one that would win the girl!

Sean Coyle, a junior in college and a private detective on the side.  Sean is a handsome, bad boy character, with more depth and secrets of his own.  His instant attraction to the strong willed Jasmine, is something that he's not willing to let go of...yet.  He wants to help her, care for her, and fight her demons for her.  He also wouldn't mind a few other things in bed, but knows that she's not quite interested in him that way.  So he's willing to keep her close in anyway he can.

Jasmine "Jazz" Holloway, is running from her own demons, but she thinks that she's facing them head on.  Going to the same college that her sister went to, when she should've been attending one that was more challenging, she finds herself in a suspenseful mystery involving her roommate, Audrey.  Jazz is such a great character and I was totally wanting to be like her.  She is powerfully driven in everything she does and goes into every situation with full force. 

Will Jasmine choose the guy who sets her blood to boil or play it safe by taking from a guy who has no strings attached?  Will she find the clues to the mystery and crime she is searching for?  Can she accept help from her new found friends?  Read this book to find out!  I couldn't help but keep reading until I was finished.  I was in suspense the whole time and I wanted, no needed, to find out what would happen next.  I can't wait until the next book to see if Jasmine and her friends will conquer the next chapter of their lives in college!  Excellent job, Kelly!  Grēta

Hero -  Brennan Ashford 4.0 stars
Hero -  Sean Coyle 4.0 stars
Heroine -   Jasmine "Jazz" Holloway 4.0 stars
Steam Level:  3.5 stars
Plot:  4.0 stars
Cliffhanger: Yes

Would I recommend this book: Yes!  I enjoyed the author's take on her thriller suspense packed romance novel.  She mastered the ambiance of mystery with developing a fresh look at attending college.

Would I read other books by this author: Yes!  As I said before, I can't wait to read her next book!!!

***Received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review***

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