Compass North
Stephanie Joyce Cole
Romantic suspense
Champagne Books
ISBN: 978-1-77155-008-6
December 2013

Fleeing from a horrible marriage seemed the only possibility for Meredith Benton to be happy again. Taking a trip to Alaska is definitely a good plan until the bus she’s been travelling on with other passengers exploded right before her eyes. Formulating a plan, she moves in with an elderly lady in a small town and changes her name hoping it will be enough for her husband never to find her again. However, danger lurks just around the corner.

The plot of this book was captivating from the beginning and just kept getting better. The bomb on the bus rocks Meredith’s world and her resolve to finally find happiness for herself again. There were many twists and turns with first Meredith’s survival and then moving to a town where she knew no one and finding herself unwelcome by many of the folks in that small town. The sex scenes were mild and mostly memories of Meredith’s times with her husband when she’d held his attention. But between Meredith and the hero Nick there was certainly a strong attraction that could have been explosive if they’d come together. What I liked so much about Meredith was her determination to change her identity and find some peace in her life away from the misery her husband had put her through. While with Nick, I liked that he gave Meredith a chance, even knowing that she might be hiding a big secret from him.

Overall, this was an intriguing book of love and loss mixed with just the right elements of romance and suspense. Well done to this author.

Overall Rating: 4hearts
Sensuality Rating: Mildly Sensual
Reviewer: Bec