Anniversary Review & Contest: Connecting Strangers by Rachel Carrington

Rachel Carrington


Welcome to day 1 of Romantic Suspense week at Romancing the Book.  We were scheduled to have a Top 5 List from Rachel Carrington, but she recently received some unexpected news and had to cancel all her upcoming appearances.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Rachel as she deals with this news.  So sit back and enjoy this review from Rachel’s newest release.

Connecting Strangers by Rachel Carrington
Series: Discovering Emily (# 1)
Release Date: July 20, 2014
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Pages: 214
Source: Book purchased for review



Getting close is dangerous…

He’s too close, and I start to fidget, needing to keep my hands busy so they won’t grab hold of his shirt. Because that’s what they want to do. Draw him closer. So I can Inhale his scent. Taste his skin.

I didn’t run because I was in an abusive relationship; I ran because my soul was being crushed. I’d forgotten how to live, how to be happy. Running out of gas in a small town, I catch the eye of the local sheriff when the very last thing I want is to come under the scrutiny of the police. I left my boyfriend with blood on my hands, and I know as soon as the wound heals he’ll come looking for me.

Adam Madison draws me to him so easily I can’t even pretend to fight. And the closer we get, the more combustible we become. I’ve never experienced such passion or power. My need is as great as his, but I’m sure he’ll walk away from me once he knows my secret. No other man would stay.

I’ve had enough complications in my life. I’m not looking for more, and that’s exactly what Adam is—a sexy, magnetic complication with secrets of his own. And with my ex on the hunt, I can’t risk bringing him down with me. But he won’t leave…even when vengeance could kill us both.


Review:  When Emily Jacobs decides to start a new life, she knows that her past won’t be far behind. Yet with a solid dose of newly-found self confidence, she moves on. In the first installment of Rachel Carrington’s Discovering Emily series, the focus is on building relationships. With Connecting Strangers, Emily gathers a support network as she fights to keep her past from becoming her future.

As a story with roots in an unhealthy relationship, there is plenty of angst. Emily’s emotions, particularly the feeling of helplessness, are well portrayed without being too dramatic. Since every little girl dreams of a knight in shining armor, the fact that she catches the key of a handsome man with a badge only underscores the importance of good being able to triumph over evil.

It is part of a series, which means it comes with a bit of a cliffhanger. It’s nothing too dramatic, but it’s enough to serve as an enticement for the next book. Add in the secondary characters, and there is more room for development.

Although the storyline has romantic elements, the author has provided a solid sense of suspense leading up to the end of the story. While ending a story with more questions than answers isn’t my choice, the author delivers the surprise plot twist very effectively.

Anyone familiar with small town life knows how powerful a family name can be. In Connecting Strangers, the characters may not share a name, but they demonstrate the power of friendship. Those friendships, coupled with the powerful chemistry between Emily and Adam, provide the basis for this interesting series.








I started writing years ago, and my first attempt was a contemporary romance that will never see the light of day. I think I may even have thrown it away by now. It was absolutely horrific as I knew nothing about, well…anything to do with writing. So I tossed it and tried again. And again.

I finally started writing fantasy romances about wizards and witches, and once those caught on, I segued to paranormal romances (hello, vampires and ghosts) and romantic suspense. I mainly write in those genres now, but I have branched out, just recently, into zombie romance and young adult. (Sometimes, the muse really is weird.)

I also write articles for various magazines, including The Writer’s Journal, Writer’s Magazine, Writer’s Weekly, Writing for Dollars, Absolute Write, and Funds for Writers.

I’m fortunate to make my home in historical Charleston, South Carolina where I just bought my first house. Beautiful city. Beautiful people. My cat, Temperance, is my roommate…or mortgage holder, depending upon who you ask.

When I’m not writing, I love to read paranormal romance, romantic suspense, and young adult, create videos, shop, put together jigsaw puzzles, cross-stitch, and drink lots of coffee.

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15 thoughts on “Anniversary Review & Contest: Connecting Strangers by Rachel Carrington

  1. Karen H says:

    Rachel is a new-to-me author and while I read primarily historical romances, I do enjoy a good suspense book on occasion. Connecting Strangers sounds like a book I would enjoy. I’m on the look out for it!

  2. JeanMP says:

    A new author to me. This sounds like an great story. Nothing like reading about small towns and their politics and the whos who of the town. Enjoy reading suspenseful books, the aspect of trying to figure out who did what and what the fallout is going to be. Putting this one on my wishlist.

  3. Hi Rachel! I reviewed this book for a blog tour a few months back. I really enjoyed it. I was thrilled to see you are featured here during Romantic suspense week!

  4. Rebecca S says:

    Rachel, I lived in Charleston too for a while – I LOVE that town! We lived in West Ashley though, not the historic section – although we ate/shopped/took long walks there every chance we got. Congratulations on your new place! And thank you so much for talking about your first writings that none shall see. 🙂 I hope everything is okay – while I have no idea what’s going on beyond the post announcement, my thoughts and prayers are with you along with the RTB staff.

  5. JoAnne says:

    I look forward to reading your romantic suspense books since that’s one of the genres I enjoy reading. Connecting Strangers looks like a book I would enjoy.
    Charleston is definitely on my bucket list of places to visit.

  6. Johnnie-Marie says:

    ok so I was hooked at the first line!!! This sounds like a must read for sure!!! Thanks for writing!!! 🙂

  7. Bonnie Hilligoss says:

    I love romantic suspense! It’s so much more interesting than just romance or suspense by itself.

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