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My Darling Husband

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Thank you to Harlequin Trade Publishing and Netgalley for a free ARC of My Darling Husband by Kimberly Belle in exchange for an honest review.  This book publishes on December 28, 2021.

Rating 4 star
Genre Thriller

Holy Bananas!!!  This book terrified me in the best of ways.   This is my first Kimberly Belle book, but it won't be my last.  If you are looking for a thriller that really gets your blood pumping and leaves you terrified at times, this is it!  I would definitely recommend this book if you like scary thrillers. 

Have you read other books by Kimberly Belle?  I need recommendations now!

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Good book with an intriguing open and moves fast from there. There were also some surprises along the way.
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oh man! this is a super quick, super crazy read. One day in the life of the Lasky family, Cam and Jade and the Bees, their two sweet babies. Cam's house of cards is falling, Jade has no idea, and a masked man is terrorizing their children. Nail biting suspense throughout! The ending fell a little flat for me; there was no big OH MY GOD moment. Still a totally enjoyable read!
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This was a fantastic fast paced heart-pounding domestic thriller from Kimberly Belle.

Cam and Jade Lasky seem like the perfect married couple. He’s a celebrity chef and the acclaimed steak king of Atlanta, and Jade is a designer. They seem to have it all, two beautiful kids and a home that’s been featured on the glossy pages of interior magazines. Until one day, when Cam’s fifth restaurant burns to the ground and Jade and the kids are taken hostage by a masked home invader. 

The book is timestamped, takes place over the course of one day, and is told from four alternating points of view which kept things thrilling throughout, and really helped to build suspense. It was interesting to hear the story from Sebastian, the home invader's point of view, as events unfold inside the Lasky home, and from Jade, who would do anything to save her children.

I was hooked from the beginning of this one, and found My Darling Husband to be a bit of a compulsive read. Belle sure knows how to get the pulse racing.
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A captivating, thrilling read. Great story line, well written. Anxiety inducing. I didn’t particularly care for the various points of view, though. Definitely will read more by Kimberly Belle.
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With the title, the cover, and how many domestic suspense books I've read over the years, I thought I knew exactly how this one would play out, but it turned out that Kimberly Belle had more up her sleeve than I thought she would. Never tricky, this page-turner held some genuinely scary moments as Jade has to keep herself and her children safe against a masked home intruder while her husband scrambles to fulfill the oddly specific request for money. The best yet from a reliable author!
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Cam Lasky is living the American dream, he has the perfect house, wife, job and is a household name in the Atlanta area. One day he arrivals at one of his restaurants to find it’s been destroyed by a fire and to make matters worse he receives a call from his wife that they have been taken hostage in their home by a masked man. 

The hostage taker has requested that Cam gets him a large sum of money by 7pm that night or his family dies. Cam is beyond scared as anyone would be however Cam has been hiding a secret that might prevent him from getting that money and in turn killings his family. It’s a race against time to see if Cam can play hero or not. 

I’ve read one other book by this author which I really enjoyed and this one might have been even better. I read the book in just over a day and found it extremely hard to put down. The premise is unlike anything I’ve read and I just couldn’t wait to see if Cam could save the day or not. The book also has a larger issue built in which is the American health care system. Being Canadian I generally don’t have to worry about health care or being able to afford it. This is a difficult issue that I know America has struggled with for a long time with no good solution in sight. In any event you should definitely pick up this book and give it a read asap.
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I was hooked by the synopsis and the more I read the more I had to know. Who was the perp and how much of a liar was Cam? I liked Beatrix  the most. For a little kid she had nerves of steel and tenacity that neither one of her parents exhibited. The only thing I didn’t like about the book was the ending. I don’t like endings that resemble choose your own adventure  stories from my childhood. I like decisive endings.
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What a day!!

Cam’s restaurant burned down in the morning, and his family is being held hostage in their home with a ransom of some odd, outrageous amount. 

How could Cam come up with $734,296 by 7 p.m. that same day when the banks were about to close in three hours and he didn’t have that kind of cash?

Can he get the money?

Why did the intruder choose his family?

What is the significance of that odd amount?

A terrifying read that brings out more than what is seen as a perfect family.

You will be with the characters sharing the terror they are experiencing.

Ms. Belle always keeps you biting your nails, and this book has tension galore.

Another great read her fans won’t want to miss or be able to put down. 5/5

This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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I enjoyed the multiple points of view writing style in this book. There were suspenseful moments and a satisfying plot twist for the reader. I also found the interview format with one of the narrator's to be an interesting choice which set the tone at the start of the novel with our narrator, Cam, and the book works backward in time in a sense. I am not sure how I feel about the ending, but it will definitely leave you guessing. If you haven't read this author, I recommend starting with Dear Wife, so far that is the favourite book of what I have read by this author and I look forward to reading more of her books in the future including Stranger In The Lake which is on my shelf to read.
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This book is great! Would definitely recommend. Thanks so much to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.
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Giving this one four stars though it was probably more like a high three. This should have been terrifying but instead it was just slightly intense. For a book about a home invasion, I wanted more suspense. The beginning was definitely better than the middle and ending, where I felt it kind of fizzled out. There were also some things left unexplained. The story itself was good, even though I figured out what was going on halfway through it. Overall, I enjoyed this, but nowhere near as much as the author's Dear Wife. I look forward to what Kimberly Belle writes next. Would still recommend for fans of the genre.
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Holy cow I flew through this book - just my kind of thriller!  Jade and her kids experience such a shocking scare. Love her amazing daughter. I did like the ending- not a fairytale one but very realistic.
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𝐈 𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐝 𝐦𝐲 𝐛𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐠𝐚𝐩 𝐦𝐲 𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐥𝐞𝐟𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐈 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐦𝐲 𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐧. 𝐈𝐟 𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐞𝐥𝐬𝐞, 𝐁𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐱 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐡𝐞𝐫, 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐈 𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞.
𝐈 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐰𝐨𝐧'𝐭 𝐛𝐞 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐢𝐭.

MY DARLING HUSBAND was my worst fear come true, a home invasion that was written so flawlessly, the pacing so superbly done, that I felt like it was happening to me.

Jade Lasky is confronted by a masked man in her garage as she's exiting her car with her two children. He wants money, a curiously precise amount, from her husband Cam, who is the self-proclaimed "steak king" of Atlanta. As owner of several restaurant chains, Cam should be drowning in money. His lavish home, the kids' private school, and all his other luxuries certainly suggest that. But the truth is, Cam is barely keeping his business afloat, especially after a devastating fire demolished his most successful restaurant.

The masked intruder taunts Jade when she assures him that Cam will have no trouble delivering the ransom, which is over $700,000. She begins to have her doubts about her husband and wonders if their financial status is the only secret he's been keeping. What begins as a violent crime begins to shift into a deep moral dilemma, and Jade finds herself being forced to make a decision no parent should have to make.

This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year, and it did NOT disappoint. When I tell you that reading this book was like watching an ID Channel true crime show come to life, I mean it was a completely immersive experience. She nailed the emotion, the crippling fear, and best of all, the lengths a parent will go to to protect a child. I think I stress ate the entire time I was reading, and while I desperately wanted to find out the resolution, I was also terrified to turn another page.

Publishes December 28, 2021. Thank you so much to the publisher for sending me this coveted early copy!
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Heart pounding, nail biting, holding my breath thriller. 
Kimberly Belle hit this one out of the park! This suspense/thriller is a must read.
Thank you NetGalley for the ARC. 
Pub date : December 28, 2021.

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Set in Atlanta, Cam Lasky is the Steak King. He has multiple restaurants in Atlanta’s high end dining scene. People wait two weeks to get a reservation. 

Cam and wife Jade are a normal, happily married couple with two beautiful children they affectionately refer to as The Bee’s, Beatrix and Baxter. They live in a very nice spacious home as Cam manages the rapidly growing restaurant business. This blissful world is upended when Jade is confronted by a masked home invader. The man holds  Jade and the children for ransom money. Cam scrambles to gather the ransom money to save his family’s life  while racing against the clock. During this process some pretty ugly secrets come out and  in a very major way. 
Still, Cam is a good father, a celebrity chef and a darling husband, but there’s another side he’s kept hidden from Jade that has put their family in mortal  danger. Unbeknownst to Cam and Jade, the home invader has been watching them and is about to turn their family secrets into a public scandal.

This well written thriller is fast paced and kept me on edge until the very end.
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This is the kind of book that will have you put aside anything else in your life to read it; I read it in every spare minute I had over the course of two days. A bit exhausting because the tension never really lets up, but expertly written so that the many layers are gradually and satisfyingly revealed, leaving no loose ends hanging. It's about the lengths parents will go to protect their children and a searing indictment on certain aspects of the failures of the American system--to say more than that would be giving too much away. If you like thrillers, I'd highly recommend this novel. Many thanks to Park Row and NetGalley for an e-ARC of this book.
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We all have our own versions of the truth based on our perspective and experiences. Cam is a restauranteur in deep financial trouble. Jade, his wife, thinks he’s successful and is unaware of things Cam has done to protect his “brand.” Enter a masked man who takes Jade and her children hostage, demanding that Cam give him a large sum of money or he will kill Cam’s family. Twists, turns and revelations examine what people will do in the face of desperation.
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First off  like always I  want to say a  huge  thank you to the publisher Bookouture , the author Kimberly Belle , and to NetGalley for the invite to join this blog tour as well as letting me read and review it. Wow now this is my kind of story,secrets, lies, family drama. The type of story that once you start you knew that its going to be good because it  the one thing that you love , it makes you set there and just read . Plus its a fast-paced thriller which is right up there as one of my favorite types of books to read . Every time I turned the page I was like setting on the edge of my set, wanting and having to knew what was going to happen next . And it didn't let me down at all. It was everything that I was hoping it would be and so much more.
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A fast-paced thriller that kept me glued to the pages until the very end. Loved the premise, and the kids' personalities were particularly well-crafted. I did not guess the ending and that makes the book particularly satisfying. A great page-turner.
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