Veils and Vengeance by Rachelle J. Christensen (Review)

Veils and Vengeance (Wedding Planner Mysteries Book 2)Veils and Vengeance
(Wedding Planner Mysteries #2)
by Rachelle J. Christensen
Adult Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 347 Pages
July 7th 2015 by Peachwood Press


When wedding planner Adrielle Pyper orchestrates a destination ceremony in Hawaii, she’s prepared for anything—except murder.

After the trauma of her last event, the beautiful isle of Kauai is the perfect place for Adri to unwind and do what she does best – plan. She even lets herself indulge in the attention of the groom’s handsome brother. But just when everything seems to be perfect, an afternoon snorkeling trip turns deadly when Adri discovers the body of a young woman. 

Shaken, but unable to let go, Adri’s sleuthing leads her into more danger than she bargained for. When a number of “accidents” threaten her own life, it soon becomes apparent that someone will do anything to keep Adri from interfering with their vengeance. 

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My Review

I was looking forward to reading Veils and Vengeance and finding out more about Adri after reading the first book in this series. I also think you could definitely read this one as a standalone, but it did help quite a bit that I had read the first book. Just like the first book, Adri is working on a wedding and finishing up the final touches for it in Hawaii. It should be a joyous, wonderful event and then tragedy strikes when she finds the body of a young woman in the ocean while snorkeling. This then initiates the mystery and suspense for this story as Adri tries to figure out what happened and how it all connects to those around her.

Adri still has a ways to go with her confidence in love and other people because of her prior history. When she started to spend time with one guy who was new to her life, I resisted because I remembered another guy from the last book who I thought she should give a chance. It was interesting to see how she interacted with two different men who were very different and knew her in different ways. There was also a different level of intimacy between Adri and Luke because of their experiences in the past from the last book. In some ways it was easier for Adri to be more carefree and let go with Jon because he didn't know her past.

Then there was the whole murder, a threatening hotel guest, attempts for foul play on others, and some things that Adri was trying to piece together to muddle the story and create plenty of tension and suspense. I liked that this was more on the cozy mystery side. There definitely was some danger, deception, and risks involved, but Adri had a few people on backing her up that she could count on to help her through it all. There were also a few things that didn't quite add up and felt slightly unrealistic, but otherwise it was a great mystery that kept me hooked and that I definitely enjoyed. The last half of the book I read about as fast as I could because I needed to find out what was going to happen and how the romance would progress.

If you're looking for a cozy mystery where everything isn't as it seems then I'd recommend Veils and Vengeance. Adri was an innocent, unsuspecting woman, put into danger, trying to finish organizing a wedding, enjoying Hawaii while doing so, with two men vying for her favor. There was plenty going on to hold my interest, especially towards the end.

Content: Clean
Source: I received a complimentary copy through, which did not affect my review in any way.

Did you read the first book in this series? Do you enjoy romantic suspense?

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