A romantic suspense novella set during a heat-soaked summer in California…
Sacramento Police Department records analyst Roselyn Ridge has always wanted to find her father. When she takes a website DNA test, she learns she has a Pacific Islander grandparent. After she attempts to learn more, strange things start to happen. Drug dealers appear in her quiet neighborhood. Someone tries to run her over when she’s out jogging. Meanwhile, her mysterious father’s widow, Healani Chang, invites her for a visit to Hilo, Hawaii.
Nothing interesting has ever happened to Roselyn before, but she’s beginning to think ignorance was bliss. Now, if she doesn’t solve the mystery of her father, she risks not surviving to start a family of her own with the attractive Hawaiian man she’s just started dating.
Heather Hiestand was born in Illinois, but her family migrated west before she started school. Since then she has claimed Washington State as home, except for a few years in California. She wrote her first story at age seven and went on to major in creative writing at the University of Washington. Her first published fiction was a mystery short story, but since then it has been all about the many flavors of romance. Heather’s first published romance short story was set in the Victorian period and she continues to return, fascinated by the rapid changes of the nineteenth century. The author of many novels, novellas, and short stories, she is a bestseller at both Amazon and Barnes and Noble. With her husband and son, she makes her home in a small town and supposedly works out of her tiny office, though she mostly writes in her easy chair in the living room. She also writes as Anh Leod.
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I was given an advanced reading copy of this book for an honest review. Blood Ties explores the interesting worlds of online genealogy and dating. Roselyn Ridge is a single woman who is half-heartedly looking for love on an online dating website. Her best friend, Laura, is actually the one pushing Roselyn into the online dating scene.
She’s much more interested in finding out all she can about her biological father and cousins she’s related to on his side of the family who live in Hawaii. Readers familiar with the Lei Crime Series will recognize the Healani Chang character.
This book thoroughly describes just what happens on an online dating site, as well as the pitfalls of exposing oneself online. Author Heather Heistand also describes Roselyn’s genealogy search in intriguing detail.
There is light erotica—kissing and petting with the rest left up to the reader’s imagination. There is light cursing.
This is not an intense thriller, but a nice read that Lei Crime Series fans will enjoy. Roselyn, living in Sacramento and working for the PD, is urged by her best friend, a cop, to sign up for an online dating site. She meets Hawaiian hunk, Makaio (Mak), online. Then her world starts falling apart. Shady characters appear. After she has a coffee date with Mak, more strange things, scary drug-related things, happen. Is it because of Mak? Is there some connection? She’s been trying to find out who her real father is; possibly a Hawaiian? The Chang family is involved; even the pedophile, Charlie Kwon, is mentioned. Blood Ties should definitely be on your TBR list!
This is the first novella I have read in The Lei Crime Series. This is a intriguing novella with a clever plot to keep you guessing. Our heroine in this tale Roslyn Ridge character is sweet with a a bit of waffling in her personality. Her new Hawaiian guy she just started dating seems to be a bit of a mystery himself. With, her crime fighting skills Roslyn seeks to solve the mystery of her father & who wants her dead. A quick cute cozy read. I volunteerily reviewed an advanced reading copy of this novella.