Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Carrots (Shelby Nichols #1) by Colleen Helme

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Shelby Nichols is an average woman who is married to the only guy she ever fell for. Her life is organized and predictable, revolving around her husband and two children.

All that changes the day she stops at the grocery store for some carrots. As the cashier rings up her purchases, a gunman is busy robbing the bank inside the store. When a customer grabs the robber's mask, he is shot and everyone runs for cover. Everyone except Shelby, who finds herself face to face with the killer.

The next thing she knows, she's lying on the floor with a bullet wound to her head. Luckily, the bullet only grazes her scalp, and she doesn't suspect any lasting affects until later, when she suddenly 'hears' what people are thinking. With this uncanny ability, her life takes on a whole new dimension. Her kids think she's bossy and too old to understand them, but that's nothing compared to her husband. He says he loves her, but what is it about the redhead at work that he doesn't want her to know? As if that isn't enough, the gunman knows she can identify him, and he's out to silence her forever.

In her fight to stay alive, she is saved from certain death by a handsome hit-man with ties to organized crime. This pulls Shelby even deeper into danger, where knowing someone's thoughts can not only hurt her feelings, but get her killed.

Book: Carrots (Shelby Nichols #1) by Colleen Helme (Goodreads)
Published: February 23rd, 2011
Pages: 220
Genres: Romance, Mystery
Format: Kindle
Date Read: March 10-15, 2016
Rating: 3.5 Stars

I absolutely loved the beginning of this book - it completely drew me in and enraptured me. It was nice to start reading a book that hasn't been done a million times before. However, once all of the drama started was when I started to lose interest and was able to pick out the hints of what was going to happen.

I enjoyed this book but it was extremely predictable and a lot of parts felt unnecessary and repetitive. I liked Shelby well enough but her husband just got on my nerves. He was kind enough but his thoughts weren't very authentic - he was too "nice" in them.

This book was good enough to pass the time. Would I recommend it? Sure, but its not on the top of my list.

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