Monday, December 15, 2014

Review of 'A Date to Die For' by Bonnie R. Paulson


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3dDate to Die for: Series

#1 When dating ends in deaths and threats, Molly might be better off staying single. During one of Molly’s weekly meet-ups with her girls at their regular bar, Molly succumbs to the duress of her two best friends and begins the aggressive dating they sign her up for online where the pairings are questionable... and dangerous. They’ve entered her in an evening of speed dating. But at the end of the evening she finds an item from her past that raises questions, grief... and danger.

When the number of deaths surpass Molly’s goodnight kisses, her past pushes into the present and Molly loses much more than she gains. A stalker has focused on Molly and refuses to let anyone else date her. But she refuses to be single for the rest of her life.

Is Molly doomed to a life of singledom wrapped in fear - or will the stalker turn on her?

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#2, Oh No, He Didn’t!

Molly is ready to meet up with her first date – Crisco Ethan. But first she has to survive threats at work and fear at home. Will Brad-the-bartender make a move or flirt from afar? The stalker is closing in and Molly has a terrible feeling she won’t stay untouched for long. Can she lean on Brad or is her heart pushing her toward danger?  

#3 Dinner for Two

Getting ready to message her next date, Molly comes across an email from the stalker that might tear her apart. The aftereffects swallow her sanity and she struggles to stay in the everyday while battling the knowledge that he can find her anywhere. Nowhere is safe.

Is Brad as involved as circumstances suggest? Or is a man out there that wants nothing more than to keep her all to himself – dead or alive?  

#4 Don’t Look Back!

At work, a special delivery slams home the seriousness of the situation. How many more lives will be affected by the man’s obsession with Molly? Molly’s stalker attacks close to home.

Can she find safety? Can anyone?  

#5 Dirty Twist

The stakes are high and Molly has learned how desperate her stalker has made her. Tormented with more kidnappings and deaths, Molly searches for answers in all the wrong places. Will she find what she’s looking for? Or will her fear continue to paralyze her, leaving her open for the ultimate end?

#6 Check Mate

What precautions can a single girl take to protect herself from a sociopath? Why, move in with the crush and bring his ass in to play the game, of course. Even with all the bravado, Molly still learns she has a lot more to lose. Can she come back from the turmoil? Or is she doomed to misery for the rest of her short life?

#7 Last Chance

In a desperate attempt to save someone she cares about, Molly faces her would-be killer.

But who it is devastates her. If the killer has their way, Molly will die at their side.

Can Molly escape or will she finally be on a Date to Die for?

**My thoughts**

Bonnie R. Paulson is one of my favorite current authors, because she has a knack for taking a common storyline and twisting it around into something original and exciting. In this series, Molly is being haunted by the unsolved murder of her twin sister. And now it looks like he is coming after her. It is someone who knows her every move, as she keeps finding tokens left behind and he keeps super close tabs on her. Those who are closest to her are also in danger, but sometimes it seems as if one of them could be her stalker.

I like Molly and her friends. They are very real and seem to have a great sense of humor, despite all of the craziness. I can feel Molly's despair as the stalker moves closer and closer. It makes me crazy that she isn't as forthcoming with authorities as she should be. She also gets somewhat reckless at times, trying to survive, but I almost can't blame her in those weakened moments. I also seriously hate her parents.

The story is told quickly, in seven short episodes. That made for super fast reading and an entertaining way to pass a couple of hours. Some aspects of the story, I wish we could know more about, but they were almost irrelevant to the story at hand. I just felt like I wanted a bit more from this, but at the same time would still recommend it to anyone wanting to read a gripping suspense. The plot twists are fun and you are unlikely to guess who the stalker really is. I had a few suspects in mind along the way and was really surprised at the revelation. In fact, I even want to go back and reread the series, to see if I can find some clues as to his identity any earlier.

So, go ahead and grab these titles and then also check out her other books. You won't be disappointed.

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