Thursday, October 20, 2016

Book Club Thursday:Catching Up With Author Sharon Sala

Hi Readers! Thanks for stopping by this week. My friends and fellow bloggers are "Catching Up With" another of our favorite authors with whom we have fallen behind. This month, our author is Sharon Sala.
     I am not too far behind on Ms Sala. The last few years, she has been writing romantic suspense trilogies. My pick is the first book of her 2015 Secrets and Lies trilogy-Wild Hearts.

Secrets and Lies Trilogy, Book #1
Sharon Sala

Past Sins Cast a Long Shadow 

Dallas Phillips refuses to believe her father committed suicide, even though things were tough on his farm and he was deeply in debt. When she hears he'd told a neighbor about an upcoming windfall, she grows suspicious, and her suspicion only deepens when she realizes someone is lurking in the nearby mountains after dark. 

For help, she turns to Trey Jakes, local police chief—and her former lover. As they begin to investigate, another mystery comes to light. Trey's mother is beginning to remember events from thirty years ago, something shadowy that happened in the mountains, and Dallas's father was there, too. Is what happened that night connected to his "suicide"? As they search for the truth, Trey and Dallas struggle to fight their attraction, but they may not be able to fend off another force—a killer who's more than willing to kill again to make sure old secrets stay buried.

     This book started off with a bang and kept on going. It is a fast paced suspense as well as a second chance love story. Dallas is called back home after the apparent suicide of her father. She knows that her father would never kill himself and she convinces her old lover Trey Jakes to look into it. Trey considered her father a friend and believes the same thing as Dallas, especially when the evidence begins to point to it as murder.
     The sparks fly again between Trey and Dallas even though she has been gone for years. Trey is an amazing hero, kind, caring and patient. Very patient. Ms Sala creates these amazing heroes with a lot of heart and they always stay in my mind.  Her heroines, like Dallas are strong and resilient. Dallas and Trey loved each other, but wanted different things in life which caused their break-up. Neither are bad people, and deep down, they never stopped loving each other. I thought both characters were well drawn and relatable. When explained, I can't fault Dallas for her desire to see more than their small little town. She was young and wanted to experience life before even thinking of settling down. 
     Without giving away too much, the prologue is an intense bit of information of a crime witnessed over thirty years ago. This crime was never solved. Years later, the extremely cruel villain is on another bout of murder and the murder is not solved in Wild Hearts.
     I enjoyed watching Trey and Dallas find their way back to each other, even under such terrible circumstances. There are some good secondary characters in the story like Trey's mom, Betsy, who is a sweetheart, but is now having odd dreams.
    The story had plenty of "oh no!" moments. If you want to remain surprised, do not read the blurbs for the next books. I wanted to see who the next couple was and had another "oh no" moment. Ms Sala has created a monstrous villain and plenty of red herrings to keep you guessing. It is probably one of my favorite romantic suspense stories that I have read this year and I can't wait to read the next book in the trilogy, Cold Hearts. 

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed BCT this week and will join us again, October 27th, as we have our October Reading Challenge. Until then, Happy Reading!


  1. Sounds good! I may need to try, although I'm NOT always a fan of storylines not being wrapped up in a book

    1. She is going to torture us thru 3 books!

  2. I love her hero's. She does do some of the best! This sounds so good!