Forsaken by Sarah Ballance

Posted on September 17, 2014 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 0 Comments


Her past is back to haunt her and this time, it s got a gun.

When Gage Lawton finds his brother shot to death on his back porch, every shred of evidence points to one person: Gage’s ex-lover, Riley Beckett. The only gun in town that fires a bullet of that caliber belongs to her.

Certain the shooting is payback for his part in the loss of her parents, he abandons his promise to stay out of her life and confronts her, his rage backed up with a revolver. Yet when she steps through the door, all thoughts of revenge burn to ashes.

A year after Riley unwillingly walked away from Gage, she enters her home to find him sitting in the dark, gun pointed at her head. One look into those achingly familiar blue eyes reminds her how wrong she was to let him go. But now there’s more standing between them than their heated past.

A twist of fate and a hail of sniper bullets puts them in the cross hairs of a killer, leaving Riley with just two slim options: trust her greatest betrayer, or face a murderer alone.

This book has been previously published.

Warning: Prepare to get caught in a crossfire of profanity, danger, and desire. Intense violence may trigger the desire to wear body armor and take it off. Very, very slowly.


I have read a few books written by this author which I enjoyed as such when provided with the opportunity to read and review Forsaken I immediately ceased it. Forsaken is a story that will pull you in from the very first line. The action is non-stop and keeps readers on the edge of their seats.
It has the right blend of romance, action, drama and suspense that will keep readers engaged to the very end. I was hoping that the story would be more mysterious, but this was not the case. It was easy to figure out who the villain was a quarter way into the story. It was very obvious, but what kept me turning the pages was trying to figure out how the villain was able to carry out his plans for revenge.
The interaction between the primary characters (Gage and Riley) is entertaining and at times amusing. The chemistry between them burns hotter than before the tragic accident that had claimed the lives of Riley’s parents. After the accident Gage and Riley had parted ways after he vowed never to contact her again. Yet, another tragic circumstance would have them re-connected in a manner they never anticipated.
Based on reviews that I read a few persons have a problem with how Gage was able to recover so quickly from his brother’s death. Personally, I don’t believe he did and besides, I don’t believe he would have had the chance to grieve given the fact that he was being chased by a psychotic killer.
I enjoyed this story and would recommend it to readers who love romantic suspense.
NB I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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