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Inescapable: The Beginning by Madge H. Gressley

Friday, October 23, 2015

When Brad is suddenly called away to personally oversee repairs on a secret project in Lima, he promises Darcey that he will be home in a couple of weeks. When five weeks pass with no word from Brad, Darcey impulsively takes matters in her own hands and decides to travel to Peru in order to find out what has happened to her beloved.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Darcey reaches out to Brad's partner, Armando, to help her reach Brad; not realizing that Armando is suspected of sabotaging the project, and is unwittingly playing into Armando's plans for revenge against Brad. However, Armando never gets the chance to implement his plans because she is kidnapped by an employee of a human trafficker who knows that his boss can get top dollar for selling a delicate and seemingly innocent American woman to the highest bidder.

During the kidnapping, Darcey is injured. Between the injury she sustained and the drugs she was given during the kidnapping, Darcey suffers from amnesia. Confused and in a foreign land, Darcey can't remember who she is, or why she is in Peru; what she does know is that she is being held against her will, with no discernible way of escaping.

Will Darcey find a way to escape, or will Brad realize what has happened and rescue Darcey before she is sold to the highest bidder? If he does rescue her; will she even remember him?

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Inescapable: The Beginning by Madge H. Gressley contains several different elements: some action, intrigue, suspense, and romance. I was instantly charmed by Darcey's character, and was engrossed in the book from the beginning to the end. The book had a fast pace, but it wasn't a whirlwind of activity; the plot and the characters had depth and were well thought out; and I didn't find the story line predictable. 

I liked Gressley's timing when switching between Brad's and Darcey's parts in the story; I felt that Gressley gave enough information about what was happening with Brad before switching to Darcey's predicament, and vice versa. While I was curious to see what else might befall Brad or Darcey, I found that I was given enough information so that my curiosity was sated enough to see what was happening to the other protagonist without impatiently waiting for Gressley to switch to the other protagonist's point of view. 

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I also found that Darcey's reactions to the traumatic events that she suffered were realistic. Darcey's personality changes a bit after the injury and the drugs, but who she is at her core remained the same. While some readers may disagree with this assessment and find Darcey's personality change a bit unrealistic, I thought that it was nice that Gressley didn't ignore that detail in the story.

I really enjoyed Inescapable: The Beginning by Madge H. Gressley; Gressley has managed to combine the elements of suspense, intrigue, and romance to create a balanced and interesting story. I am really looking forward to reading more about Darcey and Brad in the next book, Inescapable: Remembering.

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To find out more about Madge H. Gressley, visit her blog where she posts updates on special pricing for her books, reviews of other indie authors' works, and shares some of her adventures as an author. If you would like to follow her on social media, make sure to follow her on Facebook and Twitter where she not only posts specials running on her books, but also posts book specials that her fellow authors are running. If you would like to see what others have to say about Inescapable: The Beginning, you can find reviews on Goodreads and Amazon.

Enjoy!
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