Colton Baby Conspiracy (The Coltons of Mustang Valley)

  • Author Marie Ferrarella
  • Release Date January 7, 2020
  • Publisher Harlequin Romantic Suspense
  • ISBN/ASIN 9781335626363
  • Our Rating
  • Reviewed by Jo

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Our Review

COLTON BABY CONSPIRACY is the first book in the COLTON’S OF MUSTANG VALLEY series. There are ten books scheduled for the series, and each one will be written by a different author. This book has a lot of story lines but not all reach closure, and there is a cliffhanger which definitely left me wanting more!

These are some of the plot lines in this romantic suspense, and each could have been a book unto itself—babies switched at birth, an unexpected pregnancy between arch-rivals, a stalker, and random shootings and their consequences. We are introduced to members of two family-owned companies, Colton Oil and the Robertson Renewable Energy Company, of which Marlowe and Bowie are the presidents of their respective family companies. Marlowe and Bowie have an unexpected attraction, and Bowie is definitely protective of Marlowe once they spend some time together.

The family dysfunction in Marlowe’s family was a little off-putting but did stir my emotions. The story is packed with action and suspense. Decisions are made rationally (for the most part) but only when everyone focuses on the issues at hand. The characters have depth, though I had a hard time connecting to a few. The prologue sets the stage with a mystery to be solved but doesn’t get resolved in book one, which could be problematic for readers wanting a story with a solid ending. The epilogue adds more questions than answers but does give some closure to one of the stories.

Nicely done, but not resolved enough for me.

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