#BookReview Silent Sentry by Theresa Rizzo #RomanticSuspense

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.

Gianna is a nurse turned entrepreneur. Her new product/app is innovative and could revolutionise healthcare provision. Shares in her company is going to be floated in a few months. But she and her father have caught the attention of some criminals. Her father's house gets broken into and her computer files are being ransacked when she walks in on the intruder and gets injured. She ends up in hospital which is where Joe steps in.

Joe is a surgeon whose wife was murdered and he's never really gotten over her death. He's buried himself into work and distanced himself from his family. But when he sees injured Gianna who is a family friend, he can't help stepping in to take care of her while she's unwell. Gianna's charitable nature reminds him too much of his dead wife and he just can't go down that route again, even if Gianna is all grown up and lovely now. But the fact that her life could be in danger means he can't keep away. He has to protect her.

Here's what I liked about this story. The suspense was good. I kept trying to figure out who did what and their motive. It was more like trying to solve the puzzle of a mystery than a fast-paced action thriller. And that was okay. We got glimpses into crime organisations as well as medical technologies. The run down state of inner city Detroit and the complexities of family relationships seemed to be a focus too.

However, the romance between Gianna and Joe never really flew for me. I don't know, but I just didn't care if they got together or not. I just never connected to them that way.

Having said that, I still think this is a good book and if you enjoy stories with strong suspense and a dash of romance, then check this out.
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Disclaimer: This book was provided by the author/publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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