When Bronte O'Hara finds an injured man in her kitchen in the run-up to an international political summit in Edinburgh, a world she thought she'd left behind catches up with her. When the man makes his escape, the police seem less interested in finding out where he went and how he came to be there than they are in Bronte's past - more specifically, her ex-boyfriend, Eden Mayhew. Eden's an anarchist, up to his neck in any trouble around - and he's missing. The police are keen to find him, certain that he'll come back. Who can she trust - and what has the Eden's disappearance got to do with the handsome stranger?
Book: Blank Space by Jennifer Young
Series: Dangerous Friends; Book #1
Publication Date: 12/21/16
Published By: self pub
Pages: 266 pages
Source: Author, in exchange for an honest review
Rating: four stars
First off, many thanks to the author, who provided a copy of Blank Space in exchange for an honest review.
Blank Space was a well plotted, well told tale that I enjoyed reading very much.
When Bronte O’Hara was a fresh faced college girl, she considered herself an activist. She protested against corporations that bled the populace dry, and along with Eden, her boyfriend at the time, they delved into the world of anarchy. As time passed, Eden became more aligned with the violent side of protest while Bronte pulled away, favoring nonviolence. Once she graduated college and entered “the real world” she realized that all of the fine ideals she once held didn’t put bread on the table, and wound up taking a job at a big bank in her city of Edinburgh. She and Eden grew apart, finally breaking up when she discovered that he had a woman on the side.
One lovely evening, Bronte returns home from work to find a man injured on her kitchen floor. He hijacks her car, but the police seem more concerned about her ties to Eden and his activities than about her amnesiac attacker. There is a big G8 summit coming to town, and the authorities are sure that Eden is likely to be involved with any threatened acts of terrorism. Trouble is, the man is a ghost, and Bronte’s contact with him is spotty, at best. Marcus, the man from her kitchen reappears. Bronte finds that there is more to him than meets the eye as well. He is searching for Eden as well, and while Bronte is attracted to him, she is not entirely sure that she can trust him. Bronte begins to dig into Eden’s past, and soon finds that he has hidden more from her than she suspected. It’s not until people start to die that Bronte realizes the danger she is in.
I enjoyed Bronte’s struggle within herself about her activist past vs her corporate present. The action was well done, and I enjoyed the mystery. I wish there had been some more heat between Bronte and Marcus, but the whole storyline with Eden played out very well. I will be looking for the next book in this series.
Till next time