Silent Sentry

TheresaRizzo_SilentSentry_800Author: Theresa Rizzo

Publisher: Rizzo Publishing

Rating: 4 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Novel

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Blurb: Dr. Joe Scarfili runs. He’s a runner. It’s how he copes with emotional pain. 

When his wife was murdered, he ran from violent Detroit to insular Grosse Pointe. He ran from his smothering, caring family to long hours in the operating room. But when he falls for Gianna, another run could cost him everything. 

Nurse and entrepreneur Gianna Donnatelli is on the verge of making her dreams come true. Her company is poised to go public with a product guaranteed to revolutionize medical care and at the same time help revitalize Detroit, only she’s attacked, stalked, and flattened by an explosion. Then the danger escalates. 

With Gianna’s life at stake, Joe can’t run. Despite the fact that he has no police or tech experience… Despite the fact that Gianna’s penchant for aiding Detroit’s underprivileged is the same kind of altruism that got his wife killed… Despite the fact that Gianna pushes all his insecurity buttons… This time, Joe will do whatever it takes to keep her safe. 

And Gianna protects those she loves just as fiercely. Together they’ll fight to save each other and their love… Or die trying.


Review:  I never realized how narrow the line romantic suspense writers must tread between writing the romance alongside the suspense aspect. You’ve got to have just enough of each to keep the reader engaged. Silent Sentry was very strong on the suspense, sometimes at the cost of the romantic relationship between the two main characters.

While that’s more than okay and many writers purposely write that way, I really found myself wishing for a little more time with them. I had a hard time believing in their love, and I kinda think Joe was a jerk!

Gianna’s got a fast timeline approaching–her invention, Prometheus, is getting ready to receive its patent. As soon as that happens, the company will be going public. It’s definitely not the time for someone to stalk her–but of course, they are. Getting knocked out while checking on her dad’s house starts a domino effect of break-ins and explosions at both her home and her office. Her dad had always complained about her living in Detroit in a dangerous area–but she got hurt at his house in the Grosse Point suburbs! After several attempts are made on her life, she is forced to move in with Joe for safety.

Joe’s first wife was gunned down in their front yard in Detroit. So he’s less than willing to go back to the dangerous neighborhoods that Gianna seems to be drawn to. He’s already lived with one do-gooder with the worst possible result–she died. He’s just not ready to open his heart up for more hurt. But he can’t seem to stop wanting to help her even though he’s terrified the outcome will be the same as with his wife–but this time, he’s determined to protect Gianna, no matter what the cost. Can Gianna trust that he’ll stay and help?

The action was fast paced and the intrigue was convoluted and hard to follow at times. I enjoyed the characters but wanted more development in the relationship. For me, the suspense aspects of the story outweighed the relationship development and left me wanting more. Otherwise, there are enough explosions and dangerous scenes to keep even the most hardcore suspense junkie happy. Thanks for the read!

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