Saturday, August 31, 2013

{Book Review} "The Scent of Roses" by Charlene Raddon

* Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Beck Valley Book Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Beck Valley Book Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


Rosalyn Delaney’s husband, Josiah, had vanished six years ago. Following a private detective’s lead, Rosalyn leaves Salt Lake City and boards a train heading to the mining town of Whiskey Ridge, Arizona. She arrives at Rose House, an old mansion reputed to be haunted, only to discover her missing husband has been killed, and his business partner, Whip Kincade, is wanted for his murder. Determined to uncover the secrets surrounding Josiah and his death, Rosalyn decides to stay-even when she begins to receive nightly visits from a charming “ghost”…


Escaping a troubled past, Whip Kincade had hoped he could make a fresh start by coming to Whiskey Ridge and opening a saloon with his friend, Josiah. Now as a murder suspect hiding in his own house, Whip’s future looks bleak indeed…unless he can find the real culprit. But the unexpected intrusion of Rosalyn ruins his plans of sneaking out at night to investigate. Scaring her away is the first step in clearing his name, but Rosalyn doesn’t rattle easily. And Whip isn’t sure he wants the lovely widow to walk out of his life—especially when she would take his heart with her…

About the Author

Charlene began her writing life at an early age, often penning stories where she cast herself as the heroine. It was after college when she dug out her old college typewriter and started her first novel, which came from a spirited dream she'd had the pervious night.

While that book never sold, her second novel did. Tender Touch became a Golden Heart finalist and earned her an agent who signed the book, and two others, in a three book contract with Kensington Publishing. Kensington went onto publish five of Charlene's western historical romances: Taming Jenna (1994); Tender Touch (1994 Golden Heart Finalist); Forever Mine (1996 Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer's Choice Award Nominee and Affaire de Coeur Reader/Writer Poll finalist); To Have and To Hold (1997); and as Rachel Summers, The Scent of Roses (1999).

Charlene took a break from publishing, but not from writing. A Kiss and A Dare is Charlene's first paranormal romance.

Divine Gamble is Charlene's latest work and won first place in the western historical category of the 2010 Romance Through The Ages contest.

When Charlene isn't writing, she loves to travel, do genealogy, digital scrapbooking and dyes eggs in the Ukrainian style. And she enjoys camping and fishing with her husband in the Utah wilderness. 

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Charlene Raddon pens "The Scent of Roses" in a plot filled with romance, mystery, suspense, murder and a touch of the paranormal. The author's characters were believable with great chemistry between them, not to mention how sexy the hero is. I read this book in one sitting and just couldn't put it down...I haven't read a good romance story in a while and this book has it all. Highly recommended to all romance and mystery fans.

I give "The Scent of Roses" a 5 star rating.


  1. I loved it when a book draws you in that much that you just cannot put it down!!

  2. Thank you so much for having me and for the lovely review.

  3. Nice review, thank you.


  4. Great review! This is one fabulous book. I love Charlene's books so if you haven't tried her work yet go out and get a copy of this book, you want be sorry.

  5. I'm so grateful for my loyal followers. Rita and Gail, you're my heroes. Thank you.

  6. It's always a good read when you can't put the book down. I enjoyed The Scent of Roses and look forward to more from Charlene Raddon.


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