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Color of Danger

(Secrets of Rios Azules #1)

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Former runaway Mari Del Lobo works hard to save her struggling restaurant and to trust people again. Dallas surgeon Dr. Luke Goodman turns her world upside down with terrifying news. A recent murder has her late brother's - aka the Smiling Killer - signature and MO. When attacks on her escalate, Mari fights her growing attraction to the good doctor as fiercely as she fight ...more
Kindle Edition, 195 pages
Published May 13th 2014
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Jola
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review also on www.jolasbookshelf.wordpress.com

'Color of Danger' is a fascinating debut novel written by Alexa Verde. The mystery plot was engaging, maybe not very original, but can keep readers captivated and wanting to know what happens next. I had my suspicions about the end game, but it still surprised me.
I can recommend this book to every one who enjoys mystery with a little romance in it.

Thanks to Alexa Verde for sending me an ebook in exchange for an honest review!
E.Michael Helms
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Opposites attract" is a physical phenomenon in the laws of nature, and it certainly holds true in Alexa Verde's fine debut novel, COLOR OF DANGER.

Suave Dallas surgeon Dr. Luke Goodman travels to the small Texas town of Rios Azules (Blue Rivers) in search of tough girl Mari Del Lobo, brother of Tony Del Lobo, aka "The Smiling Killer," who supposedly perished in a fire witnessed by Mari a year earlier. Luke's girlfriend was among the late serial killer's victims. But when a recent slaying matchin
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Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Color of Danger is packed with suspense! It starts off with some pretty high-stakes tension and doesn’t let up for very long throughout the course of the novel. There’s not a lot of action necessarily, but the suspense is set up more psychologically. As a reader I got to the point where I almost didn’t trust anyone and about the time I thought I had it figured out, the author threw me another curve. This not only kept the pace of the novel steady, it also kept me engaged throughout.

Mari is the k
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Elizabeth
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Color Of Danger : Christian Multicultural Romance Suspense ( Secrets Of Rios Azures-Book 1 )
By: Alexa Verde

Color of Danger is the first book in Secrets of Rios Azules series. This is the second book I have read by Aleza Verde and I was not disappointed. The first one was the prequel to Color of Danger, and it picks up where the prequel, River of Danger, left off.. I would advise anyone to start with River of Danger, the prequel before reading any of the other books in the series. I think I woul
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Book Junky Girls
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

Mari has tried to put the past behind her, a serial killer for a brother really shows you who your true friends are. She's opened up a resturant and is always there for everyone else, but when a new string of murders are similar to her deseased brother they rally around her to try and help, and then there's Luke. Luke's fiance was killed a year ago by the Smiling Killer and seeing murders that match his signature he's determined to solve the case and bring them to justice, even if he's
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Britney
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Color of Danger is Alexa Verde’s debut novel and the first book in her Secrets of Rios Azules series. Set in a fictional south Texas town, this inspirational romantic suspense kept me guessing until the very end!

I really enjoyed the complexity of the main characters, Mari and Luke, and their emotional and spiritual growth, as well as the undercurrents of romance. The dramatic elements and mounting suspense made for some hair-raising moments and intensified my need to know how the story would en
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Diane
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great book. I couldn’t put it down. Alexa has created great characters. Very interesting plot. It’s fast paced and action packed. Mari’s story pulls you in from the first page. Mari has started to put her past behind her when she’s confronted with it in the form of another killer that uses her brother’s mo and she’s the main target. With the help of her friends and new boyfriend Luke they set out to find out who it is that’s doing the killing. She learns that not everyone are what they seem to b ...more
Laura Scott
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing and uplifting inspirational suspense story by Alexa Verde, I read it in one sitting it was so intriguing. Mari is a complex and compelling heroine who has to overcome a horrible past. She meets handsome Dr. Luke and immediately sparks fly between them. There are many twists and turns in this story that keep the reader guessing until the very end. I think this is an excellent start to Ms. Verde's Secrets of Rios Azules series! I can't wait to read her next book!
Maria
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars
Debbie
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Color of Danger" by Alexa Verde is a clean suspenseful love story. It is about God's love as well as love between a man and a woman. It keeps the reader turning the pages till the end.
I know I have said that about a lot of books that I have been reviewing lately but I think that is a good thing because isn't that why us readers read.

"Color of Danger" is the first book in the (Secrets of Rios Azules series) and it was a wonderful read but I'm glad I read the prequel "River Of Danger" first beca
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Julia
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Color Of Danger by Alexa Verde is a Christian multicultural romantic suspense. It will have you guessing and asking questions right from the start - and just when you think you've guessed the outcome, you find out you're wrong!
The novel has many themes including that of forgiveness. We all need forgiveness but it is often hardest to forgive the face in the mirror. Past performance means Mari believes she is beyond forgiveness and redemption. "Once she believed she was worthy of God's love... How
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Karla
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
For those who love a book full of suspense and mystery, look no further! This is the perfect read for you!! From the opening page to the end, I was caught up and lived in Rio Azules, alongside the characters, totally embroiled in the trials, fears and life threatening situations. It is hard to believe that this author is relatively new to writing. Her talent in grabbing your attention and keeping it is outstanding.

The characters were extremely well developed in such a way that I became part of
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Tianna Holley
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Although I usually read fantasy, I decided to buy this novel one evening and am glad I did. Color of Danger is a Christian, romantic suspense with a strong female main character, and I was surprised by how much she has in common with the lead in my Alissia Roswell Series. Both women come from child abuse and have a love interest named Luke.
With a bad past, the main character has trust issues, and the author explores this deeply within the story. I’m not one for love at first sight and was please
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Shanean
The sweetest of all romances for me are the beautifully written Christian Romances. But this one come with a twist. Suspense, murder and betrayal.

From the very first page I found myself completely wrapped up in the intensity of family betrayal. It only increased throughout the book as I racked my brain to try and solve the mystery behind the threats and murders. To then be completely blown away by the actual murderer. I can usually figure out a mystery but author Alexa Verde did an excellent jo
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Miriam
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense, series
Luke and Mari’s story… It’s filled with mystery, suspense, desperation, forgiveness, love, and healing that is powerful, overwhelming, and tangible. The twists in the plot are unexpected and gut-wrenching, but there’s a strength, a steady resolve in both of them that just blew me away.

I didn’t have to read more than five pages of this story to know what it was that kept Luke and Mari on the path they walked. It was their faith. Weak or strong, wavering or certain, their faith in God was always t
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Joelle Teague
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After reading the prequel, I knew this book was going to be good... what I didn't expect was for it to be FREAKING AWESOME. Mari's story kept me on the edge of my seat and i couldn't put the book down because I was afraid I was going to miss something. (Yes, I know it's a book and nothing was going to change, but you get the point) The lone wolf, one of the Danger girls... Mari was a very complex, yet inspiring character - you had to admire her spunk and perseverance. She also met her match in L ...more
Lisa Filipe
Apr 29, 2014 rated it liked it
If you are a fan of Criminal Minds (as I am...come on, Shamar Moore...Need I say More?), you will certainly enjoy debut Romance Suspense, COLOR OF DANGER by Alexa Verde.

I like a strong heroine like Mari, who wants to be able to protect herself, and hates to rely on others for protection...but when you find a fake head in your mini fridge, you know it might be time to let go of the reins a bit.

Dr. Luke Goodman has every reason to dislike the heroine, Mari, but many of those reasons went right ou
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Linda Rainey
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Color of Danger by Alexa Verde was a heart, stopping,edge of your seat,action packed inspirational romantic suspense novel.
Luke came to Rio Azules to find out about his fiancee's death, Mari, wanted to find out who was stalking her.
Working together, they race to find a possible serial killer before it's too late.
Helping them is God's love, comfort and redemption.
Well I can officially say that Alexa Verde is a fantastic author.
Ann Miller
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A very entertaining suspense, Color of Danger is a full-bodied read encompassing friendship and faith along with plenty of mystery and, of course, suspense. Reminiscent of Dee Henderson, Verde constructs a "family" of young adults who take care of each other. Also, the hero is an uber sensitive, over-the-top nice guy. I loved the strong-minded heroine who kept a knife in her boot, yet had a soft heart. 4.5 Stars
Louise Pledge
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First, let me say that it was hard to believe that this was a debut for Alexa Verde! The writing was superb & very professional, unlike many of the debuts I've read, and the story, itself, grabs your attention from the beginning. I enjoyed watching the main character grow to accept not only herself but God's role in her life. I am so eager for the next book; hurry, Ms Verde!
Rita
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thank You to Alexa Verde for sending me an e-book to read and give an honest review of! This is an awesome debut novel. Insprational,Romance and suspense all rolled into one. I wanted to keep reading to see what would happen at the end.I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Alyssa
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4.5 Stars!
Full Review to come!
Glenda Parker
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My review today is the thriller Color of Danger. This is book one in the Secrets of Rios Azules Series. This book was sent to me by the author. I'm not required to review it. It was sent to me because I really enjoy Alexa's work. This book is excellent, I enjoyed every word of it and look forward to reading more of her work. I love intrigues. This book is well written, action packed and full of twists and turns. You are going to love it.

Anthony Del Lobo was a serial killer. He was killed one yea
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Jaycee Weaver
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyable!

I came across this author recently in a Facebook group. To be honest, I’d seen it in my recommended list here and skipped past because I didn’t care for the cover. But I read the description again and decided to go for it. I am SO glad I did. It was a very well written romantic suspense. Her heroine was likable, spunky, and fun. Her hero was sweet, protective, and her perfect counterpart. They worked through their issues together and with the Lord’s help. And while it was co
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Renate
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense-mystery
Alexa Verde is a talented writer of different genres. Even though I usually do not read mystery suspense, I enjoyed Color of Danger with unique international tidbits - German commands, Russian cuisine, and more. As a German, I chuckled that Nowa, the German Shepherd was trained with German commands - Bleib, Sitz. Mari, Luke, and the Danger Girls are relatable, yet unique, characters. The twist and turn plot kept me turning pages. Clues were woven into the plot, so when Mari realized, who was try ...more
Debbie
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mari and Luke's story is truly remarkable. When Luke contact Mari his life will change. The troubles these two find their selfs in will have you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next. The characters in this book are all very special people. You will feel God working throughout this whole story. I had the honor to review this book for the author for a honest review. The review is my honest thoughts and reaction to this book. I would give this book a higher rating than a five s ...more
Anne Wingate
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A State of Mind

Mari tells Luke that Texas is not a place, but a way to life. It's even more than that. It's a world in itself, and it contains danger as well as joy. Mari has had more than her share of that.
Luke hasn't known that much fear, but he's well acquainted with grief, thanks to Mari's brother Antonio.
Verde's mystery/suspense novel is heart-pounding tension from first word to last one.
Recommended for all readers of clean mystery, suspense,,and Texas fiction.
Lillie
Life as the sister of a serial killer would be very difficult, especially when you feel responsible for your brother's death. Yet Mari has overcome the challenges and has a strong faith and a good life until Luke comes into her life telling her that his fiancee was murdered by a killer with the M.O. of her brother. Then she becomes a target, and the fast-paced suspense charges forward. Their shared faith and desire to stop the killer draw Luke and Mari together.
Janice Sisemore
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-books
Color of danger

Love the suspense of this book. Love the characters of Mari and Luke and Mari's dog. Someone is trying to make Mari believe her brother is alive and he is killing again. Will they be able to find out the truth before if is too late? Definitely kept me guessing who the real killer was. I received an complementary copy of the book and definitely recommend it. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
Andrea Byers
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mari’s brother died in a fire, but did he really? A new victim has appeared and it looks like his signature. Luke comes to Rios Azules not believing Tony is dead and wanting to see if his sister Mari is really the one responsible for the murders. She’s being threatened and he decides to stick by her side to see if she’s telling the truth or setting this up herself. Riveting story, and one that keeps you guessing until very close to the end.
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Alexa Verde writes sweet, wholesome books about faith, love, and murder. She penned her first literary masterpiece, a rhymed poem, at the ripe age of eight, and since has had 200 short stories, articles, and poems published in the five languages that she speaks. She has bachelor's degrees in English and Spanish, a master's in Russian, and enjoys writing about characters with diverse cultures. She ...more

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Secrets of Rios Azules (5 books)
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