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Rosanna Selim can’t recall almost two years of her life, but it hasn’t stopped her from loving her job as a paralegal with one of the top defense firms in Cleveland, Ohio. It also hasn’t affected her relationship with sexy, charming homicide detective, Houston Cassidy. Until he tells her about a twelve-year old case. As images invade both her waking and dreaming states, she’s certain that uncovering the truth means losing Houston.
Houston has been unlucky in love because of dedication to his job, so he’s determined not to screw things up with Rosanna. She’s sexy, beautiful, and the most easy going woman he’s ever met. He adores her. But when she tells him about the images, and as she works with a therapist to recover her memories, Houston has to come to terms with the possibility that she’s the killer in a case he’s been trying to solve for twelve years.
I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a HUGE Ravenna Tate fan, so I was super excited when this book came out because I love this series so far, but I have to say that as much as I loved the other books, this one, by far, blew me away. I mean, I think this may be my favorite book from her ever. I ran through the gamut of emotions from laughing to crying and I was seriously bummed out when it was all over. (Because it was over.)
Houston Cassidy is a police detective who has been a detective for 12 years. He’s gone through 3 marriages because of it, but he wouldn’t give it up. He also has a girlfriend, Rosanna Selim who he is crazy about. His partner Annie, who drives him and all the rest of the precinct crazy, has found a lead on a cold case. His very first case as detective.
He tells Rosanna about the case, and she starts having nightmares along with ages old flashes of dark images. Houston starts to suspect that Rosanna may just be the suspect he’s been looking for. If she is, then she may have lived through something horrible.
I seriously felt for both characters in this book as both Houston and Annie’s investigation progressed and Rosanna not only had to deal with lost memories, but with Houston being a bit of a jerk for a while, and then dealing with her repressed memories when they come to light. Aside from Houston’s period of being said jerk, he really was a great guy. And I liked Annie, maybe she’ll have a book. All in all, if I could give this more than 5 Stars, I certainly would. Just an awesome read!!!
Undeniable by Ravenna Tate
Undeniable is book 4 in the Tortured Love series by Ravenna Tate and is the story of Houston Cassidy, a homicide detective, and Rosanna Selim, a paralegal for the Graves Law Firm, both located in Cleveland. Their love affair is the stuff of fairytales. A chance meeting, an immediate attraction, and a hot, sexy relationship that quickly develops. What more could a couple ask for, right?
But complications soon arrive. There's an inactive case, Houston's first case when he became a detective, which was never solved and involved the murder of a young college man found in a snowy field with no clues as to his killer. The case remains in the inactive files but it has haunted Houston for the past 12 years. His partner, Annie Walters, comes across a clue they've never seen before...on social media of all places! Houston jumps at the chance to solve the case that "got away," and he and Annie take off in an attempt to locate a clue, any clue, that will lead them to the murderer. Unfortunately, when one clue leads to another and then another, what they find does not make Houston happy. Quite the contrary, in fact. He soon begins to dread the truth but he knows he has to solve this case.
Meanwhile, Rosanna is happier than she has ever been. She has found the man of her dreams. He's handsome, loving, caring. Sure, he's a detective and works unreasonably long hours. And he's been married and divorced three times. But they're in love, true love, and she's over-the-moon about this man. She has a job that she adores and the old saying, "All's right with the world," certainly applies.
The same night that Houston learns of the new lead on the old case, he and Rosanna have dinner and are joking and talking as normal. He teases her about her job, nothing new, just the same playful banter they've had before. She teases him back. But when he asks, again, if it bothers her to work for a law firm that defends criminals...rapists, thieves, arsonists and such...it brings the same response it always does, a flash of darkness, almost like a cloud of gray/black, that flits through her mind. It's like a heavy weight that comes from nowhere. It's nothing new, nothing important. It's been happening for years, just momentary bursts when she feels the weight of something in her mind, but then they're gone as if they never happened. She's become used to them. They're more of a nuisance than anything else.
That evening Houston also brings up the old case, describing it in very general terms since he can't give details. While she listens to him talk, the flash of darkness returns. Only this time it's heavier, darker, than in the past. It makes her uneasy in a way she's never felt before. But she tries her best to put it out of her mind and, once again, she dismisses it and moves on. Shortly thereafter, however, Rosanna has a nightmare of being chased down a dark hallway, running from someone, a boy. She tries finding the stairs so she can escape but every time she reaches the stairs, they disappear. Her phone suddenly wakes her. She is trembling and frightened. She's never had a dream like this before and wants to remember while she still can so she makes notes, trying to recapture every detail. She doesn't realize she's about to fall down a rabbit hole and her life will never be the same.
Undeniable is a riveting thriller/erotic romance that will keep you glued to your chair (or bed, as in my case). I was so engrossed in the story that I didn't want to put it down and read far into the night attempting to finish it. Unfortunately, I had to wait until the next day but it was well worth the wait! To say that Ravenna Tate is a master of both suspense and erotic romance at the same time would be an understatement. I won't give any spoilers here but the story is engaging, romantic, sexy, at times heartbreaking and totally captivating. If you enjoy this genre, you will definitely LOVE Undeniable.
In closing, I would like to make a personal comment. This is an amazing book but it is also an ADULT book. It contains explicit language and explicit sexual scenes. If you do not enjoy thriller/mysteries with erotic romance and sexual scenes then please carefully consider your purchase before starting this entire series. PLEASE DO NOT BUY ANY BOOK IN A GENRE YOU KNOW YOU WILL NOT ENJOY AND THEN LEAVE A NEGATIVE REVIEW OF THE BOOK AS IT IS NOT FAIR TO THE AUTHOR! She works hard to provide a quality work product and if you know before you purchase a book that you will object to the subject matter contained in the book, you will be doing not only yourself, but the author, an extreme disservice.
Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!