Friday, April 12, 2013

Buried by Kendra Elliot: A Review

Buried (A Bone Secrets Novel)
MARCH 26, 2013
Reporter Michael Brody is used to getting answers. The one that’s eluded him, though, for twenty long years is learning what happened to his brother Daniel the day his school bus disappeared. When the remains of the other children are discovered—and Daniel’s aren’t among them—a desperate Michael calls upon the sole survivor of the tragedy, Chris Jacobs, hoping he will finally break his silence.
Constant fear of being found by his kidnapper has driven Chris into hiding. The only lead Michael has is Chris’s sister, Jamie. Strong and impenetrable, she’s capable of burrowing deep into Michael’s heart. As they race to find Chris, Michael and Jamie somehow find each other among the decades of wreckage. But locating Chris may not be so easy. Now grown, his scars go far deeper than skin.
In Buried, the next thrilling Bone Secrets novel from bestselling author Kendra Elliot, a damaged hero digs deep into his terrifying past…and unearths a chance at love for the future.
When children's bodies are found close to Reporter Michael Brody's home, he fears it's his worst nightmare, and closure at long last.  He races to the horrific scene, sure it's the site of a long ago kidnapping of a school bus full of children, including his brother.  When the bus is found, but only 7 bodies, and none of them are Daniel, Michael's brother, Michael sets out to find answers ~ and being a great investigative reporter, he's determined. 
First up, Jamie Jacobs.  Her brother was on that bus that fateful day, and the only child to survive...showing up 2 yrs. after the bus was taken, bruised, abused and broken.  But noone can find Chris Michael sets his sights on the beautiful Jamie to help find her brother.  But someone else has set their sights on Jamie...and that someone is willing to get physical to get what they want. 
What happened to Daniel's body?  Why is Chris hiding from everyone?  WHO orchestrated the kidnapping?  As the questions pile up, Michael and Jamie find themselves drawn to one another even while they begin to put the puzzle together. 
I SO enjoyed this book!  Best in this series yet!  Michael was a great hero, strong and determined but also vulnerable without taking his edge away.  Jamie was a very likable easy to relate to heroine ~ they are both fighting demons, and it they just seemed to fit as a couple. 
And the storyline was AWESOME!  I'm so good at guessing at who dunnit, but this one keeps you guessing.  You think you KNOW, and Kendra Elliot buries doubt back in your mind with some little red herring.  I LOVE books like this!
I'm looking forward to the next in the series, which I really hope will be a direct spin off of this one! 

Book 1
July 17, 2012
Eleven years ago, the Co-ed Slayer murdered nine female students on the Oregon State University campus. Lacey Campbell barely escaped his attack, but lost her best friend whose remains were never found. As the sole surviving victim, Lacey helped send the sadistic serial killer to prison for life.

Now a forensic odontologist examining teeth and bones for the state Medical Examiner, Lacey is devastated when she arrives at a crime scene and identifies the skeletal remains as her college friend’s.

The remains are discovered on the land of ex-cop Jack Harper. Sparks fly between him and Lacey, even as they realize that the prosecution’s witnesses from a decade ago are now being murdered one by one. All the evidence points to the Co-ed Slayer as the culprit—only, he’s long since dead. So who’s the new killer? And is Lacey next in line to die?

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Book 2AUGUST 14, 2012
As a forensic nurse on a search and rescue team, Brynn Nealey braves a dangerous blizzard to find the survivors of a plane crash in the Cascade Mountains. Joining her is Alex Kinton, a former US marshal with self-destructive tendencies. Alex lies his way onto Brynn’s team to find the man who killed his brother—and then return the favor. But once the team members reach the plane’s wreckage, they discover everyone aboard has perished…except for the man Alex is hunting. Alex will do whatever it takes to track his target through the vast, snowy wilderness.

As the temperatures drop, however, so do Alex’s defenses. His contact with the sharp, kindhearted Brynn makes his lust for vengeance difficult to reconcile with his growing feelings for a woman who risks her life to help others. What will happen to Alex’s savage instincts when he finally has the opportunity to confront his brother’s killer?

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