Undercut, by Heather Day Gilbert (WoodHaven Press, 2017)
Her sister and brother used to follow their FBI father to the shooting range, but Molly McClure has always been different. She’d rather dress in pretty clothes and arrange her hair.
Truth told, she didn’t sound like my kind of character. But it didn’t take long for Molly to impress me, and she certainly carries the heroine role with courage. What I admire about Molly is that she knows what she wants, and instead of going to the extreme of either passive hinting or aggressive pressure, she takes an honest, direct approach.
This is a romantic suspense story, where Molly and PTSD-scarred ex-military sniper Zane Boone, now turned lumberjack, each carry a previous attraction to the other. When they meet again, she’s not pushy, but she’s sure not sitting back pining. She meets him as a confident equal, and while there are doubts, there’s not the angst we too often see.
The suspense comes because Zane is convinced someone’s stalking him. He’s very much in alert mode, and it shows in his reactions.
For a novella-length story (132 pages), Undercut packs a lot of action and emotional content. It’s book 2 in the Hemlock Creek Suspense series. Book 1 was Molly’s sister Katie’s story, so I assume book 3 will feature their brother, Brandon.
Undercut first released in the ebook box set, Kill Zone, and is now available on its own in print and digital formats.
Heather Day Gilbert always delivers a good read with strong characters, whether she’s writing about Vikings (God’s Daughter and Forest Child) or contemporary suspense (the Murder in the Mountains series and the Hemlock Creek Suspense series). For more about the author and her books, visit heatherdaygilbert.com.
[Review copy provided by the author.]
Thanks so much for reading/reviewing, Janet! I am always glad to hear how my books strike you, and I’m glad you warmed up to Molly, as I did myself! 🙂 I thought Molly/Zane were a really good match.
Molly and Zane are a good match, for sure. And it’s not that I didn’t think I’d like Molly, but I didn’t expect to relate to her — and what a good life lesson reminder that is, right? When we spend time with people who seem completely different from us, we find connection points and even things we can learn.