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Top 10 Tuesday — Tropes Are Tops!

20 Aug

This week Top 10 Tuesday is all about the tropes — common themes or devices used in literature. My list is all about plot devices that define a story line, such as rags to riches. While many turn their noses up at tropes, terming them cliches, there is a reason they are used over and over — they are stories readers want to read! My list contains the very common (and popular) tropes that were excellently used in the books mentioned. And as you can see, tropes can be used in any genre — romance, suspense, historical, and fantasy. Hope you find a book you will love!

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Top Tropes

Amnesia — Forget Me Not by Vicki Hinze

Cold Case — Traces of Guilt by Dee Henderson

Best Friends to Lovers — Sweet on You by Becky Wade

Long-Lost Heir — Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck

Love Triangle — The Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof

Marriage of Convenience — More Than Words Can Say by Karen Witemeyer

Missing Person — Threads of Suspicion by Dee Henderson

Second Chance at Love — Falling for You by Becky Wade

Unlikely Hero —A Cast of Stones by Patrick Carr


What’s your favorite trope?


Book Review: Not This Time

20 Aug

422071_w185Small town scandal. International terrorist attack. Who among them is the traitor?

Sara and Beth have built a multi-million dollar business together, but their once solid friendship is now strained. Beth is leery of Sara’s husband, and when he is kidnapped, authorities consider Beth their prime suspect.

Then, their small town of Seagrove Village is rocked by an act of terrorism, and Beth doesn’t know who to trust. Someone she knows is linked to the attack, but who? Is there a connection to Crossroads Crisis Center? In the midst of the confusion and fear, Beth finds herself attracted to a man from her past. She knows she shouldn’t fall in love with him, but she can’t resist or even explain their bond. As her world unravels around her, she wonders, is it possible to be beyond redemption?

HinzeVickiVicki Hinze has written 25 novels, three nonfiction books, and hundreds of articles. Selected for the “Who’s Who in America in 2004” as a writer and educator, Hinze is active as a sponsor and former Vice President of International Thriller Writers. She lives in Florida with her artist husband, a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel. Visit http://www.vickihinze.com to learn more about her books, blogs and writing programs.

My Impressions:

Not This Time is book 3 in Vicki Hinze’s Crossroad Crisis series. I read book 1, Forget Me Not (review HERE) and enjoyed it., but have not read book 2, Deadly Ties. That may be why I didn’t really connect with this story. The books are set in the fictional Florida Panhandle coast community of Seagrove Village where everyone knows everyone. The reader is expected to as well. There are lots of people mentioned but not a lot of context, so I was a bit distracted trying to figure out relationships and not focused on the story at hand. My suggestion is to start at the beginning of the series and read them in order.

Beth is a very successful computer software business woman with ties to Quantico. She and her partner Sara have been friends since college and have a very close relationship. Or at least they did until Sara married Robert whom Beth detests. A terrorist attack and Sara’s missing husband put Beth on the alert and Sara in the hospital. Now the mystery surrounding Sara’s secrets and Robert’s kidnapping are front and center for Beth and an attractive, yet elusive Special Ops agent, Joe.

Not This Time is a romantic suspense novel, heavy on the romance. The suspense revolves around a terrorist organization that has infiltrated the small town. Long time residents and newcomers alike are under scrutiny. You really can’t be sure who to trust. A bit predictable, the novel is nevertheless quick-paced and should be considered escape reading.

(I received this book through the Library Thing Early Reviewers program. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)