For every action, there is a reaction.
People aren’t always who they say they are. Everyone has their secrets. Some are more evil than I ever thought imaginable.
I was left broken and alone after my boyfriend was murdered in my bar.
An old acquaintance moves into Liam’s home and a spark is ignited deep inside me.
Becoming vulnerable made me weak, and I never saw it coming.
When obsession takes over, lies and deceit can be killer.
I was given the ARC for this book without a synopsis or an author’s name. I got to see the cover right after I received it, and I have to say, I really liked it. Even with all that right after i jumped into it, I was captured. I stayed involved in the story more than half way through – it had everything I like in a romantic suspense – it had mystery, intrigue and a great heroine. But after about the 50% mark I felt it was rushed and quite predictable.
Catalyst is told mainly in 1st person POV and follows the story of Tinsley, a 29 year old bar owner. We catch up to her right after she lost her boyfriend in one of the most terrible ways possible, a murder. We don’t know much about the circumstances and I adored the way the author kept it all hidden and wrapped up in a veil of mystery – it only added to the captivating story so far. We got to see her trying to get back to her old self – get passed this heartbreaking event and move on with her life. Through this journey she’s surrounded by her best friends, Shannon and Noah, and an old college acquaintance, Maguire. Her relationship with Maguire becomes more than just a friendship and it’s what gives this story the suspense flair. We don’t know a lot about this character, but we do get to read some passages from his POV and it’s nail biting.
This story wasn’t what I expected – it started as a second chance romance and it ended in twist that I didn’t see coming. I enjoyed this aspect a lot. Tinsley is one incredilbe heroine – after everything that she had to go through she came out on top. I always love the heroines who save themselves rather than wait for the burly man to come to the rescue.
But, somewhere after the twist was revealed, I felt the author rushed through it. Some of the future revelations were predictable and noticeable throughout the last chapters. Everything settled into place almost miraculously – I, personally, would’ve wanted a bit more – more anguish, descriptions, details and grovelling. The writing wasn’t bad – it has a lot of potential and I’m sure the author’s future suspense works will only get better.
All in all, Catalyst is only a 3.5 star for me. But I will definitely check out the author’s previous and future books.
***ARC given in exchange for an honest review by the author through SB Promotions***
Watching movers pack away his things and throw them into the truck is so impersonal. Tossing the boxes into a truck with no thought as to what they are handling. I wish I had the strength to be the one who packed it all away, but I couldn’t. It was hard enough to pack up my things. I moved my stuff out of the home two weeks ago, but the majority of everything in that home was his.
He was my other half. My soul mate. One morning, we were completely in love and talking about starting a family, and then by nightfall, I had found my boyfriend barely alive in the storage room of the bar I owned. I rode with him as he was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance, praying he would pull through even though the look on the paramedics’ faces told me otherwise. After what seemed like forever in the waiting room, doctors gave me the news he didn’t make it. The police questioned me extensively, and later that night, I came home to his empty house. From that day on, I have been on autopilot.
Leighton Riley resides in Dallas, Tx and works in real estate for her day job. She writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Sinfully, Regretfully, and Deceitfully can be read in order or as standalones. Sinfully and Regretfully take place around the same time frame and can even be read in reverse order (will give more background on Payton and Ryder’s story). Tate’s story, Deceitfully, finishes off the series. She’s also the author of the romantic suspense novel, Catalyst.