Review: Unlock the Truth by Robena Grant

Unlock the Truth by Robena Grant
Series: Desert Heat (# 1)
Release Date: January 24, 2013
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Pages: 336
Source: book purchased by reviewer

Dena Roman needs closure. Three months ago, her sister’s murdered body was found in the California desert. When a second body is found at the same site, Dena jeopardizes her public relations position to go undercover and investigate. But falling for the main suspect isn’t part of her plan.

Zeke Cabrera needs help. He sold a portion of his family’s Three C’s Estates to keep his citrus farm afloat, but when bodies are unearthed on the site, he’s suspected of murder. Help comes in the form of a communications expert who makes all the difference in his life and business-–and in his heart.

Amidst an attack on her life and run-ins with a cantankerous foreman, Dena digs for the truth, even as she forms a strong bond with Zeke. But can their newly found love survive all the deep secrets hidden at Three C’s Estates?


Review: I am an avid fan of romantic suspense so I was definitely psyched to read and review this title. Although the author was new to me I chose the book because I found the blurb to be rather intriguing. I didn’t know what to expect as I was not familiar with Ms. Grant’s writing style.

Unlock the Truth is atypical of the romantic suspense that I have come to enjoy. It was not fast paced and it never really gave me that nail biting or edge of your seat feeling that one would expect from a suspenseful read. However, in-spite of this it was not a boring read. For me this title was more of a cozy mystery with an element of romance.

I thought the author dealt with the mystery element quite well. It had me guessing from one moment to the next as to who the villain was. When I thought I had it figured out Ms. Grant stirred things up and threw me a curve. The romance between Dena and Zeke was sweet, however I thought it could have been better developed. I felt it was a bit rushed.

Unlock the Truth is the first book in the Desert Heat series and I found it to be an enjoyable read. Based on my experience with this title I am definitely looking forward to the other books in the series,