Title: A Shot of Red
Author: Tracy March
Publisher: Entangled Edge
Release Date: April 21, 2014
Category: Romantic Suspense/Thriller
Source: ARC received from Publisher via NetGalley
After fleeing DC following a one-night stand that had her reeling, biotech company heiress Mia Moncure has thrived working with a humanitarian aid team administering vaccines in Haiti. When the United States is threatened with a flu epidemic, Mia’s grandmother demands her return to unveil a new flu vaccine for Moncure Therapeutics. She arrives to find that her ex-boyfriend, the company’s PR Director, has died in a suspicious accident in Switzerland that Mia soon suspects was murder.
Determined to reveal a killer, Mia heads to Switzerland, where she’s threatened as she discovers a plan to infiltrate the vaccine for nefarious purposes. Desperate for backup, she turns to sexy Gio Lorenzo, Communications Director for her mother, a high-ranking senator—and Mia’s one-night stand. While negotiating their rocky relationship, they race to uncover a deadly scheme that could ruin her family’s reputation. But millions of people are being vaccinated, and there’s more than her family’s legacy at stake. Mia and Gio struggle to discover the truth about the scheme and their feelings for each other, but it just might be too late.
A Shot of Red is a thrilling romantic suspense that pulls you into a complicated story with edge-of-your-seat danger, irresistible passion and leaves you with so much hope.
A Shot of Red is a story about so many things – love, death, betrayal, deceit, and hope. There are several story lines that are going on and Tracy does a fantastic job of weaving them all together to make for a very intriguing read.
In short, the heroine Mia, learns that several vaccines her company Moncure Therapeutics formulated may have been tainted during the manufacturing process and she is set out to find the truth because hundreds are dying. When things turn dangerous and she is nearly killed, Gio rushes to her aid. From there they have quite the adventure in digging up any evidence they can find.
A Shot of Red is definitely a book you need to read carefully. Tracy alternates between past and present at the beginning of the book and if you don’t pay attention you could miss it. Once I realized that, I didn’t have any problems following along with the story and the style of the writing.
I found Mia to be very compelling. She wasn’t the damsel-in-distress heroine, but an assertive, decisive woman who knows the difference between right and wrong. She knows what she wants and goes after it, which was very refreshing to read! Gio is a no-nonsense type of guy so the two of them compliment each other. He is a little torn between his job (working for Mia’s mother who forbids any relationships between her staff and her family) and his feelings for Mia. The chemistry between Gio and Mia is undeniable, but the complication of their situation prevents them from going all in with their relationship. Love will find a way, though, right? Tracy does a fantastic job with the building of their romance. The intimate scenes are done extremely well, are very romantic and hot, but also fit the story. I will admit those scenes left me squirming in my seat while reading them!
The overall story is a tricky one and several times asked myself how Tracy plotted it all out. She develops the characters in A Shot of Red extremely well, describes settings so well that you feel as if you are living out the story and she is also a master of twists and turns. The ending totally blindsided me. Just when I thought the book was over, and I felt a little disappointed in the ending, BAM! She threw in another twist and ended the story perfectly. Well done, Tracy. If you like romantic suspense, you must try A Shot of Red.
Reviewed by: Amy R.