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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
Throughout this suspenseful story, Make Your Bones, Wren Bouchard lives with the threat of a bloody finish to her life, thanks to her unfortunate hook-up, as a teen, with an obsessive hitman. A brutal control freak, hell-bent on proving to himself and others that he has “made his bones”, he offers Wren a high class lifestyle with all the glitter and glamour money can buy. Alternately, he demands full subjugation and obedience from her, and when his beatings bring her to a breaking point, she rebels. She gets away from him, but ultimately pays for her freedom with her parents’ lives. From then on, she is on the run, but ever fearful he may find her and administer the bloody vengeance he craves for her betrayal. Seven years later, she meets the mysterious and mystical Croy of Indian heritage. Their undeniable attraction for each other is both physical and spiritual. But as Wren falls deeper and deeper in love, she fears that Croy and his teen son are in danger because of her demonic ex.
This author’s name, L.D. Bloodworth, is perfect for the romantic thriller Make Your Bones with its plot and characters connected through blood-tainted events and a mysticism that hints at spiritual blood links. As the book barrels along quickly to its explosive climax, readers will find relief from the tension in the realistically passionate sex scenes between Croy and Wren, the touching motherly relationship between Wren and Croy’s son, Bo, and Croy’s intuitive and mystical abilities. Make Your Bones is a very different kind of thriller: it frightens but it’s realistic; it differentiates between true and obsessive love; and it suggests that some people are indeed born to be together. In short, this thriller is more about people than plot, a kind of literary thriller fiction. Definitely my kind of book and recommended reading.