Hiding His Witness by C.J. Miller

Let me preface this blog entry with an apology.  I have been reading quite a bit, but just haven’t gotten around to writing about it.  I promised this review to C.J. Miller last year!  I just recently got around to reading the book over the summer.  This is what comes from having hundreds of books at home to read.  So, here we go!

Hiding His Witness opens with main character Carey Smith walking home from work.  As she is passing an alley, she thwarts an attempted murder in progress.  When detective Reilly Truman arrives, he wants nothing more than to protect Carey.  However, Carey wants nothing to do with him, because, unbeknownst to him, she is already on the run from someone or something, and would like to maintain anonymity. 

What Carey doesn’t know is that the crime she has witnessed was perpetrated by a serial killer that the police have been looking to catch for weeks.  She is now a federal witness, and, as such, must go into witness protection.  The easiest place to hide out turns out to be a remote ranch owned by Reilly’s family.  What follows is actually a two-fold mystery.  Who is this serial killer that Carey interrupted?  Who or what is Carey running from?

I do not tend to read romances normally, especially Harlequin romances.  I overdosed on them when I was in high school and couldn’t get any romance myself!  With that being said, I actually really, really enjoyed this book!  C.J. Miller and I were roommates in college and I was so excited to see that she had written a book.  Her writing is both suspenseful and romantic without being cloying.  The plot is not romance or sex driven as are many of the romance novels I have read.  It progresses in a manner that leaves you wanting to read more, which I am looking forward to doing in C.J.’s next novels!  The sex that does occur is not gratuitous and fits in with the plot.  I found both Carey’s and Reilly’s characters to be well-developed and would love to read more about them!  I highly recommend this book for both suspense lovers and romance lovers.  4 stars!


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