New Review: Empty Heart by Elisabeth Rose
Honeymooner Nikki Spenser emerges from the surf at Surfers Paradise and can’t find her husband, her towel, or her clothes on the beach. Carlos has disappeared from her life as suddenly as he entered it.
In despair, Nikki returns to Sydney where she is contacted by Detective Luke Emerson, a reminder from her past she thought never to see again. Luke informs her that the man she married so recklessly in Las Vegas three weeks prior doesn’t exist. Everything she knew about Carlos is a lie, and Nikki realises she knows nothing about her husband—not where he is, not even who he is.
As Nikki and Luke chase down tenuous leads, they soon find themselves plunged into an ever-widening sea of international crime and violence, and Nikki is faced with the hard questions—how much of her love is based on lies, and how much is true?
Nicole’s 4.5 Star Review
When I was a kid and my family vacationed at the beach, my mama always gave my sister and me a landmark to look for when we were out in the ocean. If we went passed whatever the landmark was, we had to walk back in the direction of our umbrella. One time, I didn’t really pay attention to what Mama decided was the landmark and ran into the ocean without a care in the world. Imagine my fear and confusion when I got out of the water and HAD NO IDEA where I was or what the landmark was!! My 8yr old self was justifiably terrified!! My mama is a smart woman. She knew all along that I hadn’t paid a BIT of attention to where the landmark was and as such, she was watching me the whole time. I tell you this because in Elisabeth Rose’s latest novel, Empty Heart, our heroine experiences that disorientation coming out of the ocean and finds that that is just the beginning of a series of events that lead her to question everything she thought she knew before she got in the ocean.
Nikki Spenser is on her honeymoon when she gets out the ocean looking for her new husband. After hours of looking, she realizes he is nowhere to be found. He isn’t on the beach, in their hotel room, in the hotel bar…just gone. With no other leads, she heads home and winds up turning to the one person she wishes she’d never met. In a series of twists and turns, Nikki finds that the man she married doesn’t exist, the man who turned her world upside down is the only one she can trust and her life and heart are in more danger than ever.
I love a story that has suspense, action and romance all rolled into one. Empty Heart has all of those elements. The writing is solid and the characters are interesting and relatable. I often get lost (and not in a good way) when there are peripheral characters that play key parts to the story. I usually can’t keep up with them. Elisabeth Rose does an awesome job of keeping the secondary characters separate and distinct. Here is my ONLY complaint about this book. The ending felt rushed and a little too tidy. We went from intrigue and action to resolution and HEA in less than 10 pages. I needed more at the end. That said, Empty Heart is a great read and totally worth it. If you love romance with suspense thrown in, Empty Heart is for you!
Tai Chi is a main part of Elisabeth’s life and has been since 1987. Alert readers will notice many of her heroines take or have taken Tai Chi lessons.