Story: In a quirky college town surrounded by the mountains of New Hampshire new art history professor, Jacob Oliver, hikes a trail on a crisp September morning. He contemplates his life. Forced out of his job with the Boston Police due to a horrific accident, he spots a naked woman beneath a majestic waterfall. Escaping, he falls and re-injures his knee. Destiny Blake hears a noise. Someone is on her mountain. She finds a handsome man sitting in the mud. Love blooms and lust consumes them after she helps him to the safety of her cabin. Soon, assumptions pull them apart, leaving her vulnerable to the unwanted attentions of other men. When Jacob decides he cannot live without her, he must save her from a madman who chases her up her mountain through the cold, snowy darkness of a November night. Ghostly voices push Jacob onward, and urge Destiny to fight back. Pain, hypothermia, and death threaten before the sun rises. Can Destiny and Jacob make it off Destiny’s mountain…alive?
Review: Jacob Oliver wasn’t your typical professor, but a retired police officer from Boston, forced off the beat after acquiring a near debilitating injury to his thigh. He has memories and events he’d sooner forget. After years of struggling to get back into physical shape, he’s decided to pursue past interests and takes up a teaching post at Fairfield College, having a new beginning in mind.
He was a likeable enough fellow. From the first, I got the feeling he had a good heart, but I had some reservations about him. With so many perverts chasing Destiny, I was inclined to paint him with the same brush. When he couldn’t seem to pull his thoughts away from thinking about Destiny Blake, particularly after he’d accidentally seen her in the buff swimming at Wolf Rock, I was ready to label him weird like the rest of the perverts.
Destiny Blake, a beauty inside and out, had a past that kept her from pursuing undergraduate work. She worked at the college, enjoying the work in the cafeteria and helping profs set up labs for the students. She was having trouble with a couple of guys staking her – student Marcus and Pete who worked at the fire station as a paramedic. She figured if she’d ignore them, they’d go away. I knew they weren’t going away. To make matters worse, Destiny loved her solitude and the mountain. She’d hiked over much of it many times and it sang to her.
As luck would have it, when Jacob hiked further up the mountain past where he spied Destiny, he had an accident of his own, tumbling down a ravine and rehurting his leg. Destiny came upon him, not too happy with the man since he’d been watching her from the bushes. She had been spooked by those two stalkers, and she didn’t need a third. This was a little bizarre to me, for if she were being stalked, and even if she thought they wouldn’t see her, I would think she’d be a bit more prudent. But then again, what young girl would live in a cabin away from people?
She had immediate chemistry with Jacob. After a weekend of explosive love-making (yes, she took him to her cabin, caring for his injury), he dared not continue the relationship. After all, he was a prof and she a student. The author does a good job of writing these scenes and giving us an inside look into both of their heads. And of course, neither have the right of it. Jacob struggles to stay away from her and Destiny is hurt by his behavior. The tug of war between the intense attraction he feels and the knowledge that he can’t pursue her with an honorable conscious, inadvertently puts Destiny at greater risk.
The story starts to heat up putting me on edge and anxious as all get out. Both Destiny and Jacob hear voices in their heads! All I wanted was for Destiny to steer clear of the perverts, move out the cabin and get real. I see her with no safety-net. The author painstakingly developed the story with her being alone in the cabin, when Marcus decided he’d had enough of her side-stepping him. No wonder this book is called Shiver. I did plenty of shuddering and shivering as I read.
Nancy Lee Badger’s story drives the reader to greater heights of peril. I knew Destiny was going to be in trouble—JUST KNEW IT. It was the perfect setup to scare me. Destiny lives alone, isn’t stupid and always prepares for electrical outages. Marcus and Pete are big guys and really strong. Marcus scares me the most. Then someone in the town gets raped and murdered. Yikes! What am I reading this for? BECAUSE I CAN’T STOP!!!
Lastly, I’m not much of a thriller romance reader, but I like happy ever after endings and this one had one. Thank God. I’ll give Nancy Lee Badger’s Scottish romance novels a whirl soon. You readers who love to be scared out of your wits, this is the read!
About the Author: Nancy Lee Badger grew up on New York’s Long Island. After graduating college in New Hampshire, she now writes fulltime in North Carolina. She loves everything Scottish, though has also gathered great story ideas while an EMT, volunteer firefighter, and a 9-1-1 Emergency Medical Dispatcher.
She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Fantasy-Futuristic and Paranormal Romance Writers, Triangle Area Freelancers, and Celtic Heart Romance Writers. I volunteer annually at the New Hampshire Highland Games.
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