A Dark Lure by Loreth Anne White

Sarah Baker’s life changed the day he walked into her store. Being kidnapped, abused, held hostage for five months and then hunted like a wild animal, she knows the meaning of survival. Now twelve years later her past is back to haunt her.

Moving to Broken Bar Ranch and changing her name to Olivia West was the first step to her recovery, for the past three years it had worked.  But when someone starts leaving her glimpses of a time best left forgotten, the flashbacks start all over again. With the owner of the ranch gradually deteriorating she makes the call to his son who has not been home in thirteen years.

Cole McDonough hasn’t forgiven himself or his father for what transpired all those years ago but when he gets the call he returns home to find more than he bargained for…Olivia.

Do coincidences happen or is there someone really trying to hunt Olivia and finish the job he started twelve years ago?



This is a very well written, psychological thriller.   Sarah finds a reason to survive her initial capture and torture only to find that her past has once again caught up with her.  The story is written from multiple points of view, which gives the reader a full perspective of what is going on and what each character is thinking.  There are no hidden agendas, we (the reader) are given full knowledge throughout.  The characters are interesting and engaging and although there were times I was saying ‘just tell him’, I could also understand Olivia’s inability to discuss her past, the fear and loathing associated with her body and the reaction he might show to it. Her husband and family had showed enough disgust that it is no wonder she shied away from all men.

There are multiple story connections within this book as well which had me intrigued throughout and information from thought processes of the different characters that kept me guessing as to who was really after Olivia, if at all anyone was.

My only criticism is that the author left me with a few questions unanswered, mostly concerning the fallout from Broken Bar Ranch  in regards to Cole’s sister and the people connected to the buyout. I know it is a tiny part of the story but as it has been brought up in the book I like to know how things turn out.

Word of warning: There are some graphically written scenes within the book regarding the rape and torture of Sarah.

I did really enjoy this book and shall be reading some more by this author in the future.

Author: mandy

I love to Read! Mostly romance (of all types) but I also enjoy murder mysteries, paranormal fantasy, sci-fi, comedy, pretty much anything.

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