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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
How do you hook readers on page one, and re-hook them at the end of the story? You write a romantic suspense novel like Solstice by K.W. Keith, and when eager readers turn the last page to read the next chapter, they realize Solstice is just the beginning of a trilogy. How clever!
I was so absorbed in the intricate plot, the mind-blowing but realistic characters of Solana and Raine, the undercurrents of deadly Mafia workings and the hint, on those last few pages, that the all-powerful Raine was about to be taken down, that the unexpected ending of Solstice came as a shock. Incidentally, so did the very sensuous, graphically detailed and explosive sex scenes between Raine and Solana that sometimes lasted for several pages. Readers who enjoy this kind of romantic titillation will get more than their share. Those who don’t shouldn’t select Solstice, but if you don’t, you’ll also miss out on discovering one of the best female authors I’ve read. K.W. Keith is good, very good.
I rarely read romance, but the plot of Solstice looked interesting. Within a few chapters, I was totally caught up in Solana’s quest, as a top journalist for the Times, to get to the bottom of recent Mafia murders. Somewhat reminiscent of that fated attraction in 50 Shades of Grey, as soon as Solana spots the charismatic, handsome Raine at a upscale gala function, she knows, as does the reader, that somehow he is going to seduce her. But who would want to be seduced by a top Mafia man with murder on his mind, including hers? When Raine recognizes that this woman is his intellectual match and could undo all he has worked for, he kidnaps her. Solstice becomes a story of mutual seduction that leaves both principal characters struggling to understand what just happened between them.
K.W. Keith is an expert at making sex scenes come alive. But she is equally skilled at showing what makes people who they are. As Raine and Solana reveal to each other the truth about their families, readers come to understand and like Raine as much as they do Solana. Bit by bit, the tenderness and vulnerabilities beneath the necessarily chilling face that Raine wears is revealed. By the end of Solstice, readers are as worried for Raine’s safety as they are for Solana’s when other powerful and greedy Mafia members plot to use Solana against Raine. Will their plotting bring about his ultimate destruction? Looks like we’ll have to read the second book of the trilogy, Equinox, to find out.