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Never Tell Mass Market Paperback – 14 Jun 2004
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"The intense byplay between Erin and Gabriel, as well as the search for the murderer, will keep you reading late into the night. This compelling story is an amazing combination of emotion, suspense and drama." -"Romantic Times" "An exciting roller coaster ride of emotions and passion that at no time eases up...an interesting and dramatic debut that is sure to have readers aching for more." -"Romance in Color" on "Rules of Engagement" "Selena Montgomery's atypical story deals with many sensitive subjects, and yet has an entertaining undercurrent of suspense and romance. As the story progresses, Montgomery takes readers deeper into the labyrinthine psyches of both protagonists and killer. The suspense is relentless...Never Tell is a well conceived, absorbing read." -"BookLoons" "Fans of romantic suspense will appreciate the innovative plot and adventurous language Selena Montgomery employs in NEVER TELL. Gabe and Erin are engaging characters, and the secondary cast at the newspaper, police station, and college round out the book for an interesting tale that keeps us guessing the killer until the end. A good beach read for the coming hot weather." -"NewandUsed Books" "NEVER TELL is a story filled with emotion, sexual tension, suspense and great characters. The main characters are African American, but the hero and heroine could be any race, as Ms. Montgomery has focused more on what's inside rather than the color of their skins. This story was gripping and kept me guessing to the very end. Ms. Montgomery is sure to be a must-read author. A very good read that I enjoyed very much." -thebestreviews.com "Fascinating...a winner!" -"Romantic Times" on "The Art of Desire"
About the Author
Selena Montgomery grew up in southern Mississippi with two incredible parents and five fascinating siblings. She is a graduate of Spelman College, the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and Yale Law School. She draws upon her interest in and experiences with social and economic policy, politics, and creative writing to fuel her novels. Selena is now a proud resident of Atlanta, where she is a lawyer by day and a writer during every waking hour. As her alter ego, she is the author of several pieces on tax policy and social justice issues. Selena is also an obsessive consumer of political biographies, every genre of fiction, good television, and film & movies (which are different). She is still mourning the passage of Buffy and the end of the Star Trek: The Next Generation franchise.
Top customer reviews
Journalist Gabriel Moss is hot to find his next huge story - and he knows that Erin is onto something big.
As they join forces, Gabriel slowly seduces Erin, but Erin knows that their love can never be, for she is hiding a terrible secret - and if Gabriel reveals the truth, Erin's life could be shattered forever.....
A good read. Well written, though it did start to drag nearing the end.
I'm rating this 3.5 stars.
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One dreadful night years later, she catches him in the midst of something so horrible, she flees to a cabin he once took her to. He follows her and when they confront each other, a big fight ensues. The end result is that he loses control of the gun, it goes off and when she awakens, he is dead. Analise calls her only friend to help her dispose of the body.
Years later, Analise has turned herself into Dr. Erin Abbott, a criminal psychology professor at a college in New Orleans. She's hid herself under a shroud of frumpy clothing and refused to let anyone get close to her. When she receives a letter filled with obituaries and clues detailing several murders, she knows her past is back to haunt her and takes the information to the police. Unfortunately, they don't really believe her and why a killer would single her out leaving her clues that she claims only she can see.
Reporter/Journalist Gabriel Moss, on the other hand, is sure that her story of the ABC Murders will save his dying newspaper. Thrusting himself in her life, he immediately sees through her charade and wants to find out what she's hiding. Their partnership is set amidst lies and secrets, yet they join forces to find the killer. What ensues is an emotional race against time to identify and stop the killer from adding victims to his list.
Action-packed and suspenseful, Selena Montgomery immediately draws in the reader and keeps a consistent hold through the pages of NEVER TELL. Going from the present to the past and back again, we're able to relive Erin's earlier life and find out exactly why she's holding tight to her secrets. The sensual attraction between Erin and Gabriel fits perfectly and allows us to see all dimensions of their character. What I really loved about the story was the suspense. While reading, you have no idea who the killer is until you actually read it once it's revealed. Additionally, Montgomery has written a story that transcends race and lands solidly as a book I'd recommend to anyone.
Reviewed by Tee C. Royal
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
As the city of New Orleans becomes a pawn for a killers bizarre plan of retribution. Dr. Erin Abbott finds her anonymity threatened when she begins to receive mail containing clues that cleaverly links the past she wants to forget, with seemingly random murders within the city.
Initially, Erin tries to report her knowledge to the police without revealing her connection, but she nor her theory are given credibility. Gabriel Moss's gut reaction to the details he overhears is not so easy for him to dismiss. He is positive the good doctor is harboring more than her ability to decipher the abstract evidence.
Although police disregard her claim, Erin is locked in a game of words with a killer playing out their revenge. As Gabe follows Erin for the story he's sure will be big, she is not eager for his attention to the case or to her. But while seeking to uncover the story behind the ABC Murders and save his struggling Ledger, Gabe also hopes to uncover the beauty the good doctor is hiding beneath her ill fitting and unfashionable attire.
As the horror of Erin's past is reflected in the terror of the present, I felt the victims fear as realization of their impending death permeated their final thoughts. I visualized Nathan's indelible paranoia escalate in witness to Analise's linguistic genius. I cried for Analise who sought the acceptance and security of her demented captor. I felt the despair of this unique prodigee' whose gift amazed the greatest scholars. I applauded Sebastian's love and loyality for the lifelong bond nearly destroyed by envy and jealousy. I admired Gabriel's committment to protect the woman he loved from the secret of her past. I was overjoyed when Erin finally found a love that would cherish and heal her for all time.
BRAVO, Selena. I also recommend Rules of Engagement.