Kristi Hartinger has come to terms with her life as a single, thirty-something woman. She was in love . . . once. But following her boyfriend's tragic death, no one else could capture her heart. And nothing else could fill that void, though the serenity of the ocean came close. Two years ago, Kristi left the craziness of her Wall Street career behind and embraced a simpler life on her family's private island off the coast of Maine. As a resident of the small beach community, she anticipates a quiet future—until she comes face-to-face with her past.
Ace Samson is dead, or so the world believes. As a member of a secret organization known as the guardians, he was forced to fake his death years ago, leaving everything behind when he became an agent. So when he is selected to offer a potential new recruit a job with the organization, Ace braces himself: for the first time in more than a decade, he must face the woman he loved&mash;and left.
Kristi's world is rocked by Ace's sudden reappearance, and she's soon drawn into his world of danger and cover-up. But when Kristi herself becomes a target, Ace will do whatever it takes to protect the only woman he has ever loved.
Audiobook narrated by Luone Ingram
|Size||6 x 9|
|Published||Covenant Communications 2019|
Awesome book! I really enjoy all of this author's books. Very hard to put down. I can relate to the characters and the story comes to life!!
It was fun listening to it at work
Fast moving. It is a great escape from reality book. I usually love this reader but as others have noted she does not do Main accents well. It is distracting. However I will not remove a star for that given the book is well done.
The issue I have is the reader’s attempt at an accent for the female lead was inconsistent and annoying. It distracted from the story.
I always get so excited when I get to read a new Traci Hunter Abramson book. Her books are the kind that I wander around reading at all times during the day; say at the lunch table in my faculty lounge for example. They are always so hard to put down.
This new novel is part of The Guardian Series: Book #3. I know people will say that this book can be read without reading the other books, but I'm pretty particular about reading the books that come first. You always "see" former characters show up and I like to have a background on them.
Main characters Kristi and Ace were supposed to get married twenty years ago until Ace was killed in a car accident. Kristi is shocked when Ace shows up, alive and with an unbelievable story about his current occupation. The Guardians are a secret government organization that do super secret things. With bad guys wanting to steal Kristi's land and Ace and his colleagues having their own problems this causes the intense, non-stop action scenes in this novel. I loved that Kade and Renee from the last Guardian Novel, Safe House, play a big part in this novel too. I especially loved Kristi and Ace and how after twenty years they stepped right back into the comfort and ease of their former relationship. It still takes awhile to completely get together, but what a great ride along the way. I also truly loved Kristi's dog Samson.
Anyone that loves a great mystery/suspense will be hooked once you start reading this novel. The ups and downs of trying to figure out who is behind everything that's going on is more than half the fun of this book. I highly recommend Sanctuary and can say if you've never read Traci's books before, you've been missing out. This is one writer that knows what's she doing as she builds great plots, fabulous characters, and inserts twists and turns that will leave you reeling in your seat.
I enjoyed the last Guardians book I read, so I had high hopes for Sanctuary. The cover was great, and I really liked the idea of the story (a romance is destroyed when the man "dies" only to come back twenty years later). I typically enjoy the first love, second chances trope.
Sadly, I found Sanctuary to be drawn out and it didn't really hold my attention for much of the story. The action really picked up near the end and that pulled me in. It has a happy ending of sorts, but it really left me scratching my head. It's been a year and a half since I read the last book, so I think I was missing some important points about the Guardian program. The guardians that are focused on in this story are out in public often (at least Ace is). They typically try to blend in, but don't go out of their way to hide their faces or disguise themselves, except in an area they grew up. I didn't understand why Ace couldn't just get a face lift or something to change his appearance so he and Kristi could openly be together with her family.
Abramson is an author that I will automatically read because her books are that good. In fact, I didn't even read what this one was about and had a blast not knowing what was coming.
This is a GUARDIAN novel, but they don't have to be read in order, although knowing the back story to different characters is fun. Kristi lives a simple life on an island in Maine. I have a hankering to visit Maine now, to experience the villages, the ocean, the clams, and the quiet life. When Ace suddenly reappears in her life after almost twenty years, her world turns upside down, and not necessarily in a good way. Someone wants her dead and it's a race against time to figure out who and why.
I love Kristi's self-reliant, matter-of-fact personality. She loves being connected with her past and is good at taking care of herself, discovering ways to make her life more efficient. Ace is somewhat of a mystery, but he's good at completing any mission to the best of his ability. I loved the tumultuous connection between Ace and Kristi, especially because it served an important purpose to the story. There is an underlying longing of what cannot be, yet there are sparkles of hope glimmering in the peripheral vision of the big picture.
The danger and suspense had me on edge, as the quiet mystery of the forest and ocean served for most of the setting. I was on edge and deeply immersed, hoping with all my might for the outcome I wanted, as these twists and turns tossed me around. Such a great book!
Content: mild romance; mild+ moments of danger, violence, and peril
*I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.*
This riveting romantic suspense had me on the edge of my seat. Kristi lost the love of her life 20 years ago, and has never really moved on from him. Single, and living alone on an island off Maine, she gets an offer of recruitment to be part of the top secret Guardian program for the government…and the man who makes her the offer is Ace Sampson, her “dead” boyfriend from the past. To stay alive, he had to become dead. As the two begin to work together, Ace is determined to make a new start, but Kristi is just as determined not to let her crush her heart again. But when mysterious threats start occurring on the island, Ace realizes if he wants a chance to ever win Kristi’s heart again, he has to keep her alive from some sinister plot or persons who want her dead. This is a fast page-turner. Read it in a couple days. It’s an intricate plot I won’t even begin to try to summarize, but there are lots of surprises and twists and mysteries throughout the book. The characters were well done. The setting on the lonely island is cool. I really enjoyed the nuances of this story. And the romantic plight of our hero and heroine is super good. Overall, a great read!
Books by Traci are ones that I will pre-order before I even read the back cover. I have loved everyone of her books and this was no exception. The first page sucks you in and you can't put it down. There are unexpected twists, beautiful scenery, a bit of romance and tension at every turn. It's amazing to think that there could be situations similar to this happening around us and we'd never know. It's interesting to imagine. I would highly recommend this book to any and everyone, especially those who love a fantastic suspense novel.
This was the perfect book for me to settle in with the last couple days. I was really needing something fast paced and exciting and this book, happily, delivered that. Yay!!
While this book is part of a series, I don't think you have to read them sequentially to understand. You might be happier if do simply for the sake of back story because each book focuses on a different character within a group.
Talk about a second chance at first love story! It's a bit rocky all the way through but that's what happens when someone is always trying to kill you. Poor Kristi has no idea how in over her head she is. Ace saves her life SO many times! I think for that reason alone she should give him a second chance, right?!
I loved the constant forward momentum, the danger, the building intensity, everything. It was fantastic and I was fully invested from beginning to end. When I was at the end with only a few chapters left, my husband wanted my help with something he was doing for me. I hated putting the book down for even a minute! It was torture. Ha. I love when books can pull me in so completely! It's no wonder why this author is one of my favorites in this romantic suspense genre.
Content: peril, violence, kissing
- I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
It’s always a great day when there’s a new Traci Hunter Abramson book to read. She is one of my very favorite authors. I just love her books! This new one is no exception.
Kristi is an amazing woman. She went through a lot when her boyfriend died 20 years earlier. Now she lives on her family’s island alone. I loved the way she was strong. Kristi had an awful lot going for her in her life. And she knew what to do in a sticky situation.
I loved seeing some characters from this authors previous novels, Kade, Renee and Ace have all made appearances before. It was really great to learn more about Ace and his life. And I loved the way he was with Kristi. Ace was her love who “died” before. That made things in the story really interesting.
There is tons of action and adventure in this one. I loved that the reader never knows just who is after Kristi or really even why. That all unfolds as she and Ace figure things out. It just makes it one of those books that you don’t want to read by yourself, late at night. And I love to be just a little scared when I know everything is really okay.
Make sure you grab this one and really all of the books by this author! I love them all!