Thursday, November 15, 2018

Seeking Sanctuary by Jodi Ashland (Spotlight, excerpt, review, and GIVEAWAY) GFT

by Jodi Ashland


GENRE:   Romantic Supsense



She thwarted a killer’s attack. He’s off the case because of their prior involvement. Now, they’re at the top of the hit list…

Aleks Levin promised herself she'd never become a victim again. Out for a late evening run, she spies something terrible: a serial killer attempting to murder his next victim. Aleks interrupts the deed and saves the woman's life, but in the process she becomes the only witness to the U-District Strangler's brutal attacks. Refusing protective custody, Aleks has a better idea for keeping safe: pretending to date a detective on the case…

Neal Hawkins never knew if he'd see the alluring Aleks again, but he certainly didn't expect such life-or-death circumstances when he did. After their prior involvement gets Neal kicked off the case, he can't help but continue to investigate as the killer creeps closer to his next victim… her. The detective knows that sheltering Aleks is the best way to keep her safe, though he wonders if there's any way to suppress the sparks that start flying the minute she crosses his threshold. 

Caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse, old wounds and secret lives threaten to reveal the Strangler's identity. Can Aleks and Neal stop the killer before his reign of terror continues with them?

Seeking Sanctuary is the third standalone novel in the captivating U-District series of romantic suspense novels. If you like sizzling chemistry, edgy characters, and twists you won't see coming, then you'll love Jodi Ashland's riveting tale.

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“Why don’t you two get out of the car, so I can properly introduce Aleks to the police commissioner?”

Neal nodded. Nothing like a good dose of his captain to cool the libido.

When Cap walked off toward the commissioner, Aleks whispered, “He totally bought that.”

Neal stared into those whiskey eyes. She was playing it cool, but something more lurked under that façade. She’d felt it too. The question of the week, month, and year was, what did it mean?

There was no doubt they were physically attracted to one another. But now that he’d had a taste of her again, he craved what she could give him.

Is that enough to build something on?

The one night with Aleks had been fantastic, but what about a relationship? Could he see going the long haul with her?

Aleks climbed back to her seat and grabbed her hat. “Is my lipstick smudged?”

He looked down at her lips. Not good. They only made him want to kiss her again. “Yeah.”

She pulled the visor down and used her finger to clear any smudges. “Let’s go meet the commish, honey.”

This whole boyfriend-girlfriend thing was a terrible idea. He got out of the car and walked to her side to open the door after he confirmed their surroundings were safe. He leaned in to pull the Glock out of the glove compartment and inhaled her fresh scent.

Neal helped Aleks out of the car. He kept her hand in his to maintain appearances. It had nothing to do with the fact he wanted to hold her hand, that he’d grown accustomed to it, or that it felt right.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Jodi Ashland is an award-winning author of romantic suspense. If you enjoy reading about empowered women who overcome adversity, flawed sexy heroes who love them, and action packed mystery and suspense, then you’ll love Jodi Ashland’s books. Jodi has a B.S. in Information Systems and an M.B.A. but has pursued her true passion writing novels and poems. She is a mother of two, cancer survivor, kayaker, skier, gardener, camper, and lover of all things outdoors.

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My review:

4.25 out of 5 stars

“Seeking Sanctuary” by Jodi Ashland centers on Aleks Levin, who plants herself in the crosshairs of the U-District Strangler when she intervenes in his latest attack. Her accepting protection from Detective Neal Hawkins forces them to confront the simmering attraction between them, but Neal is torn between following his heart and following the rules, and the killer may not wait for them to resolve their conflicts.

This contemporary romantic suspense novel is part of the ‘U-District’ series and starts with a bang and continues to escalate the tension. Despite being part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone story with no problem, since allusions to the backstory are woven in, and characters from the previous tales make cameos. There are alternating points of view with an occasional foray into the killer’s POV. The tension of the romantic triangle was a little awkward for me but I liked all of the characters and was invested in finding out whether the central couple would indeed get their happy ending. Those who have triggers should be advised that sexual abuse plays a role in the story, and of course there is a bit of violence. I love trying to figure out who the killer is and thought there were great red herrings and I definitely am interested in reading more about these folks. If you’re in search of an exciting romantic suspense tale I happily recommend that you give this one a try.

A copy of this title was provided to me for review


  1. Really great review, I'll definitely be checking this one out!

  2. I hope that you’ve enjoyed your book tour and I wish you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors. Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  3. I read the 3 book series but can't find the continued book series with Riley and Kenzie