A Romantic Adventure

Fiction - Drama
332 Pages
Reviewed on 11/18/2022
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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite

Squeeze by Hiram Davis is a romantic adventure that simmers with suspense and intensity. Cooper Landry has a propensity to overthink situations that cause misinterpretation, which ended his romantic relationship. To heal his wounds from the breakup, he accepts a job from a man named Jeral Orin. The job requires him to go to Central America to work as a consultant for a gold mining company. On his way to this assignment, he is abducted and imprisoned by a drug cartel. Evidence of Americans imprisoned by a cartel is the only thing the United States needs to take prompt action. Quinn Daltrey, a federal agent (Cooper’s ex-girlfriend) tries to find him. She hopes to fix things even if she has no concrete plan.

Squeeze is absorbing in its details, persuasive in its characters, and intelligent in its prose. Hiram Davis's eloquence in the pages takes off with a good lift. The tension is tight and the relationship between Cooper and Quinn is well-explored, which becomes an important aspect in shaping the events of the storyline. Cooper, Quinn, and the villain Ortega are everything that the story demands. Quinn’s character is doubly interesting because she breaks the mold of the female character who needs saving. Rather, she is the savior. The novel’s abduction story is intriguing. It provides sufficient details on the nature of drug cartel operations and their motives. Squeeze truly grabbed my interest from start to finish, and I found it riveting. You will have sympathy for its heroes and be understanding of its villains. Highly recommended.

Pikasho Deka

Squeeze is a survival romance thriller by Hiram Davis. Abused as a child and raised in a dysfunctional home, Cooper Landry had a rough childhood, with Stan LeBeau his only guardian angel, who became his surrogate brother. After a stint in the Marines, Cooper becomes a miner, starting a brief but passionate romance with a government agent named Quinn Daltrey. But Quinn's boyfriend, Sheriff Tom Reynolds, doesn't take well to being rebuffed and chases Cooper out of town. Soon, Cooper arrives in Belize for a job alongside Stan but finds himself taken captive by a drug cartel led by a man named Ortega. Forced to work on a poppy field and hyped up on drugs, Cooper and Stan live each day hoping for an escape from their excruciating hell. Meanwhile, Quinn takes it upon herself to find Cooper and bring him back home.

Filled with suspense, action, and romance, Squeeze is a survival drama thriller that holds your attention from the first page to the last. With a fast-moving plot full of twists and turns and relatable characters to root for, author Hiram Davis spins an engaging yarn that provides thrills galore every step of the way. The narrative is gritty and realistic, as Davis never shies away from showcasing the brutal realities of captivity by a drug cartel. Cooper is a fascinating character who is plagued by his childhood trauma and feels hesitant to put his trust in others. Quinn makes the perfect foil to him as she takes the initiative in their relationship. Overall, a thoroughly entertaining novel.

Stephanie Chapman

Hiram Davis provides a deep look into the life of Cooper with the novel Squeeze: A Romantic Adventure. The beginning of the book is anything but romantic, as Renee molests her younger brother. As soon as he was able, Cooper joined the Marines. His return to New Orleans allows for his best friend, Stan, to become partners with him in a business venture. Years pass and Cooper decides he wants to try mining gold. While mining, he meets Quinn and feels hope in overcoming his childhood nightmare. Deputy Blakely warns Cooper about the sheriff’s intention to kill him. Cooper leaves for New Orleans. Quinn goes to Cooper’s cabin, which explodes from a bomb planted by the sheriff. After several attempts fail to contact Quinn, Cooper and Stan decide to go to Belize for a vacation. However, their plans become altered by Ortega’s forced labor camp. 

The psychological impact on Cooper flows on every page. Hiram Davis delivers such raw emotion, connecting me to Cooper’s mind. I felt his revulsion from Renee’s disgusting actions. His mother’s inability to care about her children implants his mindset of avoiding women. The story is realistic at every moment. I felt suspicious of every character’s intentions alongside Cooper. Stan is the rock for Cooper throughout his life, and his appreciation for stability is beyond words. The story twists in several ways, and the transitions between Cooper’s and Quinn’s views are clear. Is Cooper able to ever have a moment of peace in his life? I know readers of adventure stories written with a developing mental state will appreciate Squeeze.

Rabia Tanveer

Squeeze: A Romantic Adventure by Hiram Davis is an adventurous novel with the right amount of drama, suspense, and romance to entertain you for hours. The story follows Cooper Landry and Quinn Daltrey as they navigate the world of romance, kidnapping, and searching for the truth. When Cooper and Quinn broke up, Cooper took that as a sign to move away. Hoping to change the course of his life by changing the scenery, Cooper was ready to go to Central America when tragedy struck and he was abducted by a drug cartel. Escape seemed to be impossible, but Cooper wasn’t counting on Quinn searching for him. The moment Quinn realized Cooper was missing she started the quest to find him. Retracing his steps, Quinn wanted to rescue Cooper and get their lives back in order. Would she be able to find him or would she get caught as well?

I absolutely loved the story, the chase, and the brilliant characters. The development was gradual, the pace was fast, and the plot was thrilling, and each of these aspects worked well together to create a story that will entertain you every time you read it. Hiram Davis did a great job of merging adventure, romance, and action to create a plot filled with thrills and entertainment. Cooper was stuck in a bad place at a bad time while Quinn was determined to get to him as fast as possible. It was such a great example of how we react to issues in our lives. While Cooper decided to run away from his problems, Quinn was ready to face them, fight them and get what she wanted. It was hard for me to believe that Squeeze is Hiram Davis’s first novel. I would highly recommend it!

Essien Asian

Cooper's life has been an endless cycle of pain and distrust. Between the constant beatings from his stepfather for imaginary infractions and his sister molesting him sexually at every given opportunity adulthood cannot come fast enough for the young man. When he moves out of his parent's home to make his fortune in the world, he shies away from the warmth of female companionship until the day he meets Quin Daltrey, a government agent who develops more than just a passing interest in him. Convenient beginnings grow into something much more intimate than either of them imagined and now they need to confront the elephant in the room - Tom Reynolds, Quinn's current beau who will not let her go without a fight. When Cooper disappears while on an assignment in Central America, Quinn must decide how far she is willing to go for a man she barely knows. Bruised egos and battered knuckles beckon in Hiram Davis' Squeeze.

Hiram Davis uses a style of storytelling that is fluid and filled with a ton of details. It is a combination that comes off so beautifully it reads like poetry. The storyline is quite interesting. A romantic story arc features prominently with the vengeance-laced subplots giving the novel a heightened degree of suspense and a gradually increasing pace as the story unfolds. The character development is impressive. Hiram Davis builds up the characters in his story using a thorough origin story for each of them in a way that nothing about them is left to guesswork. The high point of this beautiful story for me has to be the faceoff between Quinn and Tom at the hospital. Squeeze is a lovely novel that promises romance and a gripping adventure to boot. This is an excellent example of quality storytelling.