Monday, January 12, 2015

Review + Excerpt: Shadows in the Curtain by Cami Checketts

I am very excited to present to you guys an amazing Romantic Suspense book!

Shadows in the Curtain
Cami Checketts

Every stage actress wants fans, but what happens when one goes too far?

Emmy has the perfect life— a house on the beach, a successful career headlining the local theater, and love. But when a brutal murder brings unimaginable grief, Emmy’s world comes crashing down. As she tries to pick up the pieces, she can’t seem to avoid Josh, the new fireman in town.

Emmy does her best to fight the sizzle in her chest when Josh is near. But with the stalker still out there, terrorizing her and those she cares about, she can’t fall for anyone—especially Josh, a suspect in the murder investigation.

If Emmy allows a man to get close, it’s not just her heart she puts at risk, it’s her life.

My Thoughts: Cami Checketts did it again! She has written another suspenseful romance that had me at the edge of my seat! I was completely absorbed into the story and characters. It had me guessing the majority of the time who the killer was. This has become a new favorite.

This book had my heart thumping! It had plenty of mystery and suspense to keep my eyes bulging out and the back of my hair standing up. It was a little creepy at first when the notes were mentioned at the beginning of the story, but then I became horrified when the stalker murdered the heroine's beloved. I immediately began to feel the terror and paranoia that Emmy went through. It has been a while since I've read a book that has had me nervous, anxious, and completely afraid. I even found myself gasping at the breathing scene after Emmy ran away from Josh in the rain. This book had me spooked!

Though this was a very suspenseful book, I also enjoyed the romance factor. Emmy and Josh had great chemistry. Emmy's attraction and revulsion towards Josh at first was understanding. I was happy to read how she quickly changed her mind when she realized the truth of the situation and the truth of her feelings. Josh was a doll. He gave Emmy her space and respected her, yet at the same time he was courageous enough to keep pursuing after her. He was also very admirable for all the heroic deeds that he did. When these two finally kissed, I couldn't help but cheer. 

I would like to say more but I am afraid that I would spoil the book. Let me end it by saying that this was an excellent read. I was completely captivated by the story and characters. This book also scared me to the point that I'm triple locking my doors at night. I highly recommend this book. I rate it:

 *I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*


Timothy stuck to her side while people surged passed with compliments, hand squeezes, and the occasional hug. Emmy searched every eye, but only saw excitement from a fun performance or weariness from sitting too long. If anyone had murder in mind, he was as good at putting on a fake face as she was.

No one piqued her curiosity. Until he came. She had no clue what his name was, but the past few weeks she’d seen him almost every morning at the gym. He was much too good-looking, with his rippling muscles and deep blue eyes. She always avoided looking directly at him, though she knew that was as obvious an indicator of her attraction as staring would be. She couldn’t avoid him now.

The wide entryway, which featured plush, faded carpet and wood-planked walls, shrank as he drew nearer. The babble of the crowd faded. He reached for her hand, staring deep into her eyes. Her hand fitted itself into his like he was a magnet. Her entire body leaned toward him.

“You were amazing. So passionate.” He smiled and the room swayed.

Emmy was quite sure the passion she experienced right now had nothing to do with singing or acting. She should draw away but couldn’t force herself to. “Thank you,” she managed, embarrassed by the huskiness of her voice as she tried to catch a breath.

The crowd pressed forward, and he was forced to release her hand and move to the side. His blonde date gushed over Emmy for a second, and then they were gone.

Emmy continued greeting other patrons but couldn’t forget the allure of his blue eyes. He didn’t seem like the creepy stalker type, but she had to wonder. Could he be the one sending the notes?

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About the Author:
Cami Checketts is married and the proud mother of four future WWF champions. Sometimes between being a human horse, cleaning up magic potions, and reading Bernstein Bears, she gets the chance to write fiction.
Cami graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Exercise Science. She teaches strength training at her local rec and shares health and fitness articles at
Cami and her family live in the beautiful Cache Valley of Northern Utah. During the two months of the year it isn't snowing, she enjoys swimming, biking, running, and water-skiing.
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  1. Thank you for the wonderful review! I feel terrible I scared you, but am thrilled you loved the book. I terrified myself a few times while writing it!
    Many hugs,

    1. Lol no worries! It's a good kind of scare. It just shows how absorbed I was in your book and how in touch I was with Emmy's emotions.

      Thank you so much for writing an awesome book and for giving me the chance to read it!