Review: Deadly Rumors
DEADLY RUMORS - Cheris Hodges
Kensington Dafina/Romance
BUY
November 2017
Romantic Suspense
REVIEWER:  Brenda Larnell | RATING: B+
REVIEW: P.I. Zoe Harrington and FBI Agent Carver Banks take the spotlight in DEADLY RUMORS, the third book of this series. Zoe’s life is being threatened, and Carver takes on the task of protecting her without her knowledge. Carver makes his home in Maryland, and Zoe lives in New York, but Carver’s plan to protect our heroine takes them across the country. In her line of business, Zoe has made plenty of enemies. This time it is no rumor that she is a marked target. It’s real and deadly.

DEADLY RUMORS is a suspense filled romantic story that captures the reader’s attention. We are drawn into the plots and schemes hatched to kill Zoe. On the other hand, the interplay between Zoe and Carver tends to wear thin. She is constantly reminding him that she is capable of taking care of herself, and he is constantly reminding her that he is the man for her. Then they make love. This scenario occurs frequently. Then there is Zoe’s twin brother, Zach who never fails to express his contempt for Carver. Zach’s dislike of Carver stems from what happened in the arrest of his ex-wife and Carver’s involvement in that whole fiasco. I won’t reveal any details since they are closely tied to the threat on Zoe’s life. If you read I HEARD A RUMOR (Book 2 of this series) then you understand why Carver and Zach are not buddies.

The villains in this story are noteworthy secondary characters. Kudos to author Cheris Hodges for creating such degenerate characters like Wendy Covington, Singletary, and Lewis Martinez. Their unsuccessful efforts to kill the heroine strengthened the storyline. Speaking of characters, Carver’s team of agents, The Shadow Team, are pretty impressive. Kenneth, Sarah, and Raymond are instrumental in bringing down the bad guys.

The Epilogue delivers a delightful double HEA. You’ll get that when you read the book.
DEADLY RUMORS is an enjoyable and engaging story. I recommend it if you like a little suspense mixed in with romance. I also recommend the other two books of the series, RUMOR HAS IT and I HEARD A RUMOR. Although they can be read as stand-alones, the stories are linked through the characters who transition from one book to the next.

9th November 2017 | romcol@caribsurf.com