Set Me Free
Book Two – The Fugitives
Lucy Tate has spent the last 5 years on the run. That is, until she met Zach, the one guy she couldn’t bear to leave even though it could cost both of them their lives.
Hunted by a crooked FBI agent who killed her parents, Lucy has taken on one disguise after the next. But Zach knows exactly who she is and in spite of mounting evidence indicating her guilt in her parents’ death, he knows she’s innocent.
Convinced that it’s time to put her years on the run behind her, Zach and Lucy vow to fight back, clear her name, and take down the real killer.
With support from Zach’s loyal friends and his uncle, an investigative reporter, they set out on a dangerous mission hoping that the truth…will set them free.
Wow! This conclusion to Lucy’s story had me on the edge. It was full of pulse stopping scenes that I was both scared and excited about how it will all end for Lucy. At every turn of the page, the tension grew more and more that I didn’t even notice I was holding my breath. I immensely enjoyed the book from start to finish.
I must say though that there was something I was looking for when it ended or during that part when Lucy and Tenner met again. During book one, I never really questioned why Tenner was on the hunt for Lucy. I just thought that she’s just a loose end to the whole thing that’s why he wanted her dead. Melissa was smooth that way. But then in this second book as the characters raised that question, I was like, ‘yes why indeed. Maybe there’s another reason for it’. Like Lucy was probably the key to something that will really end it for Tenner. But that confrontation didn’t even came. The scene was fast that it was over before I could even react. I don’t know if I’ll be disappointed or be happy that it finally ended well for Lucy.
Other than that, every bit of the book was spectacular. As this is a New Adult which is not usually my genre, I’d say I enjoyed it pretty well. I love that Melissa put that year apart with Zach and Lucy letting them grow in their own feet. Plus that meant that they went a year older before the book concluded. As always, I find it awkward to read about teenagers or barely adult talking about love in that serious sense. I mean, it always make think ‘if I were seventeen what will I do’. So the added year in the story was totally a plus for me. I also love that this didn’t happen in a short span of time. The time from when Lucy met Zach till it end was long, enough to give me a sense that they really do know that what they feel for each other is real and permanent even if they’re young.
Two thumbs up to Melissa Pearl for this novel. She’s now on my list of author to watch for from this day on.
Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book is coming out in February 2014 – True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six books planned for 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.
“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”