Advance Readers Copy · Australian Author · Read-Reviewed-2020 · Romance · Suspense

Climbing Fear by Leisl Leighton. (2020).

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Climbing Fear by Leisl Leighton. (2020).

**4 out of 5 stars**

**Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me a free copy of this novel; published 7 October 2020**

X-Treme TV sorts star Reid has everything until his best friend dies on a climb for their show. Crippled by a new fear of climbing and questioning everything about himself, Reid returns to CoalCliff Stud, his family’s horse farm, to recover. Single mum Nat is determined to start afresh and a job at CoalCliff Stud where she lived as a child seems perfect. But she is unprepared to see Reid and even more unprepared for the passion still between them. But after a series of menacing events threaten her new home, Nat realises Reid is the only person to keep her and her daughter safe. Together they must face their pasts if they are to survive the present and forge a future of hope…

This has become one of my favourite genres to read, the romanctic suspense! I really appreciate having both tones to one story so it’s not too dark but it’s also not too lovey-dovey for me haha. This one is more heavier on the romance, with the suspense subtle until the climatic showdown near the end. In this book we have Reid and Nat, who are both psychologically damaged from recent events in their lives that would be traumatic for anyone. Nat’s daughter Tilly was a lovely kid, and Reid’s grandmother Barb was a cracker, the definition of cool. The setting of CoalCliff Stud sounded beautiful and so appealing, I think I would like a holiday there…
Those readers that enjoy a bit of dramatic action alongside their love story will appreciate this novel.

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