Out of Control

Desiree Holt
Out of Control
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Wild Rose Press
Release Date
February 2012
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Twenty five years ago Carrie Nolan was the only victim to survive the killing spree of a pedophile. Her life has been frozen in time, and not even a move to a distant city and a name change has healed the wounds that left her emotionally and sexually scarred. Determined finally to reclaim her life, Carrie returns to High Ridge as multi-published crime novelist, Dana Moretti, in hope of asking the questions that would lay her nightmares to rest.

Sheriff Cole Landry, came to High Ridge to escape the horrors of Iraq and Afghanistan, but soon after the sexy author arrives and starts poking her nose into matters best forgotten, his town once again becomes the hunting ground of a ruthless killer. She's sure it's the same man, and he's not all that convinced she's wrong. Keeping Dana safe means keeping her close--very close--under his protection, under him.

Between her sexual need for Cole and the danger lurking behind every stranger's face, her world is spinning out of control.

Book Review by CozyReader (reviewer)
Apr 24, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
139 people found the following review helpful
Child sexual assault is one of the emotive issues of our times. Just reading the prologue had me in tears; it was horrific what this sadistic madman did to two helpless little girls. I had my fists curled up so tight when he dared one little girl that she would be hearing her sister scream with what he was planned to do to her. At that point I could not put this book down because I wanted this madman captured and for someone to do to him what he did to so many innocent little girls.

OUT OF CONTROL is one of the best books that I have read from Desiree Holt. The characters of this book were all different and some of then were very spiteful, and it's what made this book so believable. Its true how in a small close-knit community and something awful happens they don't want to even think it's someone that they might know, maybe someone that they have coffee with every morning or dinners together; they'd just rather believe it was just someone passing by.

Our heroine is a crime novelist, Dana Moretti, who has dedicated her life to reopening unsolved cold cases and seeing them with new light. She does research and then puts it together and just maybe she can give closure to the families that were victimized by horrible people. She goes back to her hometown and decides that she needs closure and needs to find out who victimized all those children including herself and her late sister. It has been twenty five years and she knows that she is going to hit brick walls and people not wanting to reopen wounds but it was something that needed to be done. She was tired of living in the past and she wanted to feel like a woman. She wanted to know how it was to be loved, touched, cared for and for her to do the same thing. She wanted a real life. Only she did not suspect that with her return, the killings would resume.

Cole Landry was the Sheriff in town and thought he knew everyone there. Even if he was not born in Texas or lived all his life in High Ridge, he never thought that he would be investigating the type of murders that were happening in his town. These new murders were on older teenagers but something about them was not right. He believed Dana and thought that the killer was back from twenty-five years ago. So when the second murder/rape happened, he called in reinforcements--FBI. When the investigations got underway, he now believed that the killer was building up to take his last victim—Dana Moretti.

I was so pleased that some of the mothers of the victims actually talked to Dana and some volunteered to help. Then when Dana finally opened up to Cole and she let him know that she was Carrie Nolan and told him frame by frame what happened that day, I just about cried. To hear her blame herself, I just wanted to scream because her parents should have reassured her that it was not her fault. She was only seven years old. This was the fault of the madman pedophile. Then she remembered something, an odor but she could not put her finger on it but also there was a song that he sang and she had pushed it back so far in her mind that she had forgotten the lyrics. All I can say is that I was so shocked by who the killer was; I tried to see who it could be but I never thought of him.

This story was just amazing, and believe me I will recommend it to anyone willing to hear about it. Sure there were a little bit of editing errors but the way the story gripped me, I did not care. All I cared was to see if Dana could ever let anyone near her to make her feel like a woman and most importantly find the killer. I wanted to see him go down not only for killing innocent little girls and teenagers but even his extra curricular activity.

I will continue to read books by Desiree Holt because I just love her style. She has all types of reads for everyone. Read this book! Believe me, you will not regret it. Take an afternoon and just sit on your comfy chair and get ready for this suspenseful/ mystery that will have you smashing with anger but in the end you will be rejoicing for the happily ever after of Cole and Dana.
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