newmar1Here’s a great new romantic suspense. I just finished yesterday, and really enjoyed this one. It has a unique premise and a riveting plot. Lots of action. Lots of mystery. Lots of reading goodness. Here’s the nitty gritty on this new book by Traci Abramson.


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 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.

My Review

4 Delicious5 Stars on both Amazon and Goodreads and 4 stars on my more critical Sweet Scale (see above). 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!

About the Author

Traci Hunter Abramson was born in Arizona, where she lived until moving to Venezuela for a study-abroad program. After graduating from Brigham Young University, she worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for several years, eventually resigning in order to raise her family. She credits the CIA with giving her a wealth of ideas for suspense novels as well as the skills needed to survive her children’s teenage years. She has gone on to write a number of bestselling suspense novels that have consistently been nominated as Whitney Award finalists. She considers shoes an optional accessory which became evident when she won her first three Whitney Awards in 2013 (Code Word), 2014 (Deep Cover), and 2016 (Failsafe.) Safe House won Whitney Awards for both the mystery/suspense category as well as 2017 Adult Novel of the Year. She currently lives in Virginia with her family where she enjoys sports, travel, writing, and coaching high school swimming.


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I love the cover and title of this book. Sanctuary. Reading is a sanctuary to me. I hope it is for you as well. Have a great rest of the week!


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