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Book tour, review & giveaway: Lizzy’s Kiss, by Karen Tjebben

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Psychological Romantic Suspense
Date Published: November 21, 2018
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Lizzy Adams spent the summer pining for Tyson Smith, the sexy security agent whose instruction at a safety seminar saved her life. Now, every man she meets is measured against the absolute awesomeness of the brawny black man with the soulful eyes, the baritone voice that whispers over her like a velvet caress, and a smile that turns her knees to jelly. Now she just had to get him to notice her.
Tyson Smith had a lot of respect for Lizzy Adams, the spunky teacher who freed herself from the clutches of a deranged miscreant who’d wanted to take her hostage. But his concept of her wholesome ‘girl-next-door’ image was challenged the night she showed up at a company barbeque dressed as a flirty cowgirl. Always the gentleman, he managed to keep his eyes off her assets as she strolled around the farm. His mother had raised him better, but there was no denying that she was every man’s ‘American Beauty’ fantasy. But the night he’d shown up at her doorstep to help her out altered their relationship forever. Between the fear in her eyes and the baseball bat perched on her shoulder, his protective side surfaced, and he handed her a piece of his heart.
Their whirlwind romance is threatened when a man from Lizzy’s past attacks her. Sam Clark wants vengeance for his son. He blames the jurors from Jason’s trial for Jason’s death and crafts a hit list. But killing Lizzy, the scrappy survivor, is harder than he thought. After Sam fails at his first attempt on Lizzy’s life, he resolves to kill her before he’s forced into hiding. He just has to get past the big, black man who appointed himself Lizzy’s protector.

**My Review**

Welcome to my stop on the tour for Karen Tjebben’s latest in her Savage Security series, Lizzy’s Kiss. Unfortunately, I have not read the previous books in this series but believe me that it doesn’t matter, you can still enjoy this one!

This novel is part crime, part psychological, and part romance. Lizzy is completely infatuated with Tyson, who is dating someone else. Tyson sort of has the hots for Lizzy but is trying to be respectful. Sam is completely crazy and has decided to kill the jurors that sent his son to prison, and one of those is Lizzy.

This novel started out a bit odd and slow for me. Lizzy seemed like this desperate, needy, sexually frustrated young woman and was somewhat annoying. Then, I had no clue who anyone was and there is no clear POV. One second, the story is being told by this person, but then it’s someone else, and then another person without any chapter changes or any real division. This was confusing and I’m not sure why it was done this way. On one hand, it will keep a reader on their toes because they’ll never know who is going to talk next…. But I still struggled with it and it made me go back and re-read several pages. 

As I read on, Lizzy became less of an annoyance and ended up being likable. However, although Sam was the “bad guy” of the novel, he was probably the most interesting character. As I was reading, I felt that I gained more insight into who he really was, versus the little glimpses provided regarding Lizzy and Tyson. Yes, he was sick, psychotic, and so forth – but I felt he was the most developed character in the novel.

Throughout Lizzy’s Kiss, I had several back and forth moments trying to determine how I felt about the book. As I said before, Lizzy wasn’t a fantastic main character and her best friend Grace (the main character from a previous novel in the serious) was quite possibly the flattest and most under-developed character that I have ever read (and I read a book a day.) However, I enjoyed the overall plot and action of the novel and found myself truly engaged in the story. 

As far as the ending…. I just don’t understand. Why pour so much detail into a book and then just suddenly stop? Perhaps it’s just me, but I need a bit more closure than that. What happened next with Tyson and Lizzy? What happened with Sam? Will this be continued in another novel? Ugghhhh the questions!

Anyway, overall I enjoyed this novel. It was a fun, quick escape into the fictional world of suspenseful romance. If you aren’t overly detail-oriented and just want a fun read, then check this one out!

*Thanks to RABT and the author for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review!

About the Author

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Karen Tjebben lives in central North Carolina with her wonderful husband, twin daughters, and two hamsters. When her girls left for kindergarten, Karen discovered that she needed to fill her days with something, and that was the beginning of her new career in writing. She loves to create worlds filled with unique characters that she hopes will delight and raise goose bumps on her readers. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband and seeing the world through her daughters’ eyes.
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3 thoughts on “Book tour, review & giveaway: Lizzy’s Kiss, by Karen Tjebben”

  1. Thank you for spreading the news about Lizzy’s Kiss and the Amazon Giveaway. I appreciate that you took the time to write a review. I’m glad you enjoyed the book.

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