Title: The Choice
Author: Lorhainne Eckhart
Published: February 5th 2012
Series: Walk The Right Road, #1
Genre: Romantic, Suspense
Length: 300 pages
Source: Enchanting Books
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Marcie Hollis is a Wiccan, who’s always played by the rules. That’s until she meets Dan McKenzie, a man who she believes to be the knight in shining armor she’s been searching for all her life. However, Dan’s not who he appears to be. He lures Marcie into his world of lies, greed and high-grade marijuana. But fate intervenes on Marcie’s illicit trip for Dan to New Orleans, when she’s robbed in a crowded airport. The thug not only makes off with her suspicious backpack, he knocks her down, her head slams on the concrete floor, and she loses her memory right in the path of DEA agent, Sam Carre.
After a six-month investigation into the activities of a big time drug dealer crumbles, the same day damming evidence is found stuffed in Sam’s locker – evidence suggesting he’s the notorious leak on the team, Sam jumps on the first plane home. Arriving in a crowded airport in New Orleans – his reputation and loyalty are in question. But even though Sam’s tired, disillusioned and haunted by a past that gives him no peace, he stops to help an attractive stranger when she falls in front of him. Then in an act of chivalry, he takes her to his home until the police can identify her. When questions arise about Marcie, and what she’s involved in, the answers lead them to the exact felons Sam investigated in the Pacific Northwest.
When her illusive memory returns, this complex case pushes them both to explain the unexplainable, and leaves Sam with a haunting question. Was she set up, or was this a game she played? Sam’s forced to make a choice, walk away from the attraction that connects them, or risk losing everything.
My review will be shorter than some of my others but with such a detailed Blurb, I don’t want to give away too much.
The Choice was not quite what I expected but it was a great read. I was drawn right into the story and lives of the characters to the point I stayed up late just to finish it. I do that a lot with the MM romance reads but not with with many others so, for me, that said a lot about how engrossing and powerful the story was.
As a proud Wiccan, this story intrigued me before I even opened it. The twists and turns were well thought out and by the end, I was more than pleased that I had the honour of reading The Choice by Lorhainne Eckhart. I hope you will give another Indy author a read and find all the wonderful things within The Choice.
Check out her Interview from 3/24 HERE.
Almost done. Peace, blessed peace, blossomed in her heart. Marcie offered thanks to her angels for guiding her safely through.
Marcie glanced at a magical jazz mural exploding with vibrant color. It drew her into the rhythm and music that pulsed to life in the vivacity of the art. Marcie loved art, but then she grew up around artists that sojourned on Las Seta.
Overhead a saucy Cajun lilt announced incoming and outgoing flights, and it melted the tension in her tummy a little more.
Then everything went into slow motion. One moment she clutched the black and red knapsack over one shoulder. The next she felt a cut, snag and pull, at the same time a large, rough hand shoved her. Unable to stop the momentum and regain footing, she went down in a hazy blur. Her ears roared. Her blood pounded through her veins. She felt nothing when she smacked her head on the hard concrete floor.
Her ears rang and vision blurred. She struggled to focus on the maze of faces wreaking havoc on her overloaded senses. But she couldn’t think. As she pushed herself up, she started to sway to some indistinguishable hum buzzing in her head. She shifted her bottom on the cool floor and balanced on a shaky arm to keep from tipping over.
What happened? She couldn’t think. The downy hairs on the back of her neck spiked with icy unease, adding to her discomfort. Something remained vaguely out of reach, an ache—and wow, when it hit it became a ripe sting burning the side of her head. She couldn’t understand what she was looking at—her hand, and it was streaked with blood.
Voices, sounds, chaos existed in slow motion. Like a puzzle in her brain. A strong hand grabbed her shoulder. Another touched the side of her face. At first, she gazed unseeing, and then blinked. A crowd gathered close behind the rough, unshaven face of a stranger who resembled a fallen angel. He peered into her eyes. His full, firm lips moved. But she couldn’t make sense of the rumbling sound. He turned away. This time she heard his smooth smoky voice shout out to the crowd of bodies behind him.
What was it about this man with his shabby light hair? Even his intense blue eyes appeared tired, with lines of life that deepened his god-like appearance. Did she know him? There was something familiar about him. She wanted to trust him.
“Ouch.” She flinched when he touched her head. Her brain blanked out. “There’s blood on my hand.” She didn’t mean to speak. But her voice cleared away the fog and piercing ring buzzing in her ears.
“Your head’s bleeding. You’ve got a big gash. It’s going to need some stitches. What’s your name, sugar?”
She liked the honey richness in his voice. Except something worried her, and she didn’t know why. “Marcie, ah … what happened?”
“Don’t you remember?” He watched her again in a way that made her want to reach out and touch him. He seemed nice. She liked him. Maybe it was his husky southern drawl, or maybe the concern this good-looking stranger showered over her.
Marcie reached up to touch her head. The stranger quickly grabbed her hand.
“No Marcie, don’t touch.”
“Oh.” He pressed something against her head, bringing on a wave of dizziness. She wanted to lie down and close her eyes. But when the room tilted out of control, she grabbed his shirt instead.
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Lorhainne Eckhart began her writing career in 2008, when she published her first novel, The Captain’s Lady, a Contemporary Military Romance through The Wild Rose Press.
Lorhainne Eckhart is a member of the RWA, Sisters in Crime and Victoria RWA. She makes her home on beautiful Vancouver Island, and lives in the country with her three children. The mother of a special needs child. And one her greatest gifts was having to learn, organization, structure, and how to stay focused on what’s really important in life. She lives by simple rules, the same she teaches her children. Stay honest, be impeccable with your word, never take advantage of anyone, and treat everyone with respect. She’s an advocate for children with special needs. Passionate about preserving our environment, wildlife, and protecting what natural resources we have left, so there will be a future for our children.
Lorhainne is the Author of two contemporary romances, The Captain’s Lady and The Forgotten Child, a romantic suspense, The Choice, and a young adult holiday historical.