Friday, September 11, 2009

Danger At The Door, by Michelle Sutton

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Danger At The Door

(Desert Breeze September, 2009)


Michelle Sutton


Michelle Sutton, otherwise known as the Edgy Inspirational Author, is Editor-in-chief of Christian Fiction Online Magazine, a member of ACFW, a social worker by trade, and a prolific reader/book reviewer/blogger the rest of the time.

She lives in Arizona with her husband of nineteen years and her two teen aged sons. Michelle is also the author of It's Not about Me (2008) and It's Not About Him (Sheaf House 2009). She has nine other titles releasing over the next three years.


Upon her fiance's death, Laney became a recluse who only left her home for emergencies. She managed to survive - barely - on food delivery service and her work-at-home job. When she tries to move on from her grief, the commemorative meal she orders is ruined. However, it leads to an unlikely friendship with an attractive man, Bojan, who speaks little English.

As he befriends Laney he continually says the wrong things, but he doesn't give up trying to win her trust. Meanwhile, she has this strange feeling of being watched and wonders if she's losing her mind.

Complicating things further, every time she leaves her house something bad happens, confirming that she is safer at home. Can Bojan convince Laney she'll be safe with him, or will his presence put her in further danger? Will he be able to protect the woman he loves before it's too late?

If you would like to read the Prologue and first Chapter of Danger At The Door, go HERE

Though short - 132 pages on the Adobe PDF file (got it as an e-book), the plot and story was very gripping. The main character, Laney, has become reclusive and fear rules her life. She is afraid to ride in a car, afraid of people and everything that moves.

Enter the handsome foreign pizza delivery guy. He soon takes her heart, and teaches her to trust God. Meanwhile, someone from her past is bent on revenge and is out to take her life.

I liked the characters - very likable and believable, and I appreciated the message resonating throughout the book - we cannot let fear rule our life, and we must trust God in all things.

I did feel the physical attraction between the two main characters was played out a little too extreme for a Christian book. One sentence went "He secured the back of her head with one hand as he suckled her, engaging one lip at a time, and exploring her mouth with abandon. The desperate, husky moans emitting from low in his throat made her body hum. His tongue slid against hers in an intimate dance and her body pulsed as she pressed against him. She wanted more. Needed more." The whole book isn't that bad, but it does give a pretty good picture of how the physical attraction and interactions are played out - a bit too much. I can handle some romance as much as the next person, but it needs tamed down in a Christian book.

That issue aside, it really is an interesting and exciting book.


Edgy Inspirational Author said...

Thanks for posting, Mark. Pretty much all of my books are the same way when it comes to romance, but they are also strong when it comes to the faith element. It's just how I write. Glad you enjoyed it otherwise, though.