Jannifer Hoffman


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Edge of Daybreak by Jannifer Hoffman


Review from, and Copyright held by, Night Owl Reviews

Review by Terri

Maggie Malone is on the run and desperate. She knows that if her father-in-law catches her, she’s dead, just like her husband and possibly her sister. She’s doing her best to hide her trail but bus tickets can be traced and she’s not wanting that which is why when she sees a man obviously broke and frustrated at the garage with a car needing repairs, she approaches him with a deal. Maggie will fix the car if he will give her a ride to wherever he is going.

Logan Rydell has been out of prison for a couple of days and is down to $50. He’s heading from AZ to MN to find out who framed him. He didn’t plan on needing to repair the car he traded his $3000 watch for. When the woman from the bus stop approaches him, he can’t believe his luck. He has no choice but to take her offer if he wants to get back on the road but he also can’t take chances of getting pulled over by the cops. He knows she’s running from something or someone. Does he dare take the chance?

It doesn’t take long before Maggie realizes that her father-in-law is bribing people to help him. Can she get away? Can she trust Logan? Will she have a choice?

Once again, Ms Hoffman has written an action packed suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

This story has not one but two plots going on that end up as intertwined as her characters.

Maggie has changed her name and is running as fast and as far as she can from her in-laws. She has proof of illegal activity that will put all of them away for a very long time, if she can get it to someone not on their payroll! Logan was set up and sent to prison. He has a mental list of whom it might have been and just about everyone is on it. He’s not sure how he’s going to figure out who did it but he is going to try his hardest to find out.

As Maggie and Logan work their way across the country, they learn to trust each other and learn about each other. Logan doesn’t want to tell Maggie too much, especially as she doesn’t trust the cops and he’s a former police detective. Logan doesn’t want Maggie to know that he’s just been released from prison. Unfortunately, Maggie makes up her own scenario which could cause problems later. With adrenaline pumping as they play cat and mouse with the in-laws, Maggie and Logan find it hard to not take their strange relationship to a closer level in bed. But, at some point, does it even matter?

Car chases, modern technology and more money to spend than you could ever imagine gives this suspense more of a thriller/action feel. Private jets are used to move the bad guys around and cell phones keep track of Maggie’s movements. With all the high tech gadgetry given, the only thing missing was a cell phone charger! Of course, most chargers are universal but that small fact can be forgotten.

Add to all that, a long kept secret that will change Logan’s life, a loving but slightly strange grandmother, a bad guy with a soft spot and lots of guns and you might have an idea of all the plot twists and turns. Every time things look like they might begin to calm down, something else pops up and instead of feeling forces or being just thrown in there, it feels possible and at times probable.

I really enjoyed this book. It kept my interest and had me wondering how all the loose ends were going to be tied up. Things weren’t always as they seemed and kept me guessing. This is a terrific book to start off your summer, or pretty much any time.

Review from, and Copyright held by, Literary Nymphs Reviews Only

Review by Goddess Minx

Rating: 4 Nymphs

Maggie Carpelli is in a bad situation, not of her own doing. She’s all alone, and needing to make a quick escape is at the top of her list of things to do to survive. When she finds a clerical error among some papers at work one day and makes an attempt to bring it to light to her father-in-law/boss, he fires her on the spot. So now she is recovering from a hit and run and decides to listen to her deceased husband’s advice; disappear without leaving a trail for anyone to follow her.

Logan has had only one thing on his mind the whole two and a half years he was in prison, and that is to find out who framed him.  He is always writing notes in his little tablet to keep track of things, and revenge might not be as sweet as he imagined when he gets back to his home town Duluth, Minnesota. What he didn’t count on was having to get help from a mousy woman, who is in need of his help. 

Edge of Daybreak is a thrilling suspense story that had me wondering what would happen next. I had to make myself focus on Logan and Maggie’s travels instead of trying to think about when the villains would catch up to them. Believe me, I was not disappointed doing that!   

This is a new author for me. Ms. Hoffman’s creativity kept my attention through the whole book. She makes an eventful story you will want to read to know what is going to happen to the characters. The way she presented the personalities of Logan and Maggie are truly believable and I was cheering them on all the way to their destination. They were able to accomplish their goals, both together and separately to some degree, and they never stopped trusting each other.

Logan may have started out as a tough guy, but quickly developed into the strong manly person his grandmother taught him to be. Maggie did surprise me because I thought she would never grow a backbone but once she did, she never let go of it.  I applaud Logan and Maggie for their determination to stick together and solve their problems for each other. Adding in loyalty, steaming hot sexual attraction and love only made reading this story better for me.

I really enjoyed reading Ms. Hoffman’s Edge of Daybreak that told of beautiful scenic areas, and will add this one to my keeper list.

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