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Appalachian Abduction A small town cop must protect a beautiful rogue undercover detectiveTrespassing fleeing a peace officerhell she’d aimed a gun at his chest Officer James Tedder can’t help but admire her fight And undercover detective Charlotte Helms will never uit She’s on a personal mission rescue her best friend’s daughterand bust the child trafficking ring that lured her away When they’re forced to become partners James must trust Charlotte to have his back But can he trust her with his heart


About the Author: Debbie Herbert

Debbie Herbert a USA Today and Publisher's Weekly bestselling writer pens Psychological Suspense romantic suspense and paranormal romance novels She’s always been fascinated by magic romance and Gothic stories Married and living in Alabama she roots for the Crimson Tide football team When not working on her upcoming books Debbie enjoys recumbent bicycling and jet skiing with her husband



10 thoughts on “Appalachian Abduction

  1. says:

    25 stars rounded up to 3 because it's readable and better than many Intrigues but a definite disappointment considering that the previous book Appalachian Prey was so good This has Charlotte I Can Do It Myself Helms arriving at Mount Lavender in belief that a sex trafficking ring is in operation there This sees her teaming up with new deputy James I Don't Want To Talk About It Tedder brother of Lilah from the previous book The mission is personal for Charlotte as one of the victims is the daughter of her best friendThere are a few tropes in romance I don't like and I seem to keep finding One I've noticed a couple of times is the heroine who is fiercely determined to be independent and self sufficient So whenever anybody tries to help her usually the hero she always responds with I can do it myself or I don't need your help Now independence is all well and good and you should be able to look after yourself but I can't help but feel when you keep on giving out statements like that time after time you move from independent to ungrateful That was definitely the case with Charlotte here and it got a little exasperatingJames was a solid hero He's a war vet and suffering PTSD Often I have difficulty with PTSD heroes in romance as much as I admire veterans and have utmost sympathy for PTSD sufferers because that often becomes the focus of the story and it can be an exhaustive headspace to be in Here the PTSD angle only serves to inform his character and how he reacts in certain situations which I was grateful forUnfortunately the plot wasn't great shakes After the great mystery and suspense of the previous book this was pretty straightforward and wellflat There's a sex trafficking ring we know from the git go who is behind it and it often feels like a case of treading water until the wave hits Events are padded out with the arrest of some ginseng poachers and a domestic dispute I mean really? This is a romantic suspense dealing with humansex trafficking No budgetary considerations In a book your only limit is your imagination So it's disappointing this failed to do much interesting with its gritty subject matter And makes me think this line isn't the appropriate one for humansex trafficking storiesCuriously this book seems to take place a good year or so after the previous one despite being published just a month later Lilah was pregnant in that one but here she's had her child The child is referred to as a baby but at one stage says See the fire Uncle Jim Bob So is it a baby or a 5 year old???Once again I enjoyed the setting Always good to take a step outside Texas and Colorado in these books once in a while But the book never took the opportunities it should have considering its subject matter and concerned itself with too much extraneous material that didn't have much to do with the real story And I could have gone without that minor character who has the sight


  2. says:

    Emotionally gripping sweetly thrilling action packed sexy romantic adventure filled with danger mystery and two people forced to trust each other to survive Detective Charlotte Helms is a strong dedicated and on the trail of a human trafficking ring when her best friends daughter is taken The cabin in the Appalachian mountains she is staying at broke into ends up belonging to Officer James Tedder and he wants answers Loved their chemistry and determination Highly entertaining and engaging romantic adventure


  3. says:

    Detective Charlotte Helms from the Atlanta PD is extremely dedicated to her work so much so that it got her suspended for insubordination The case on human trafficking she had been working on for a year has become personal her best friend Tanya’s daughter Jenny has vanished and Charlotte fears Jenny was abducted by the traffickers who seemed to have moved their operation to the Appalachian Mountains Charlotte is acting on her own in Lavender Mountain and when the owner of the cabin where she was living makes an appearance things take an interesting turn The cabin belongs to Officer James Tedder and his well ordered world is about to be shakenI had really loved Appalachian Prey but this is even better and while characters from the previous book are featured APPALACHIAN ABDUCTION stands firmly on its own Charlotte and James are fabulous characters and what I appreciated the most is that they are believable all the way as people and as police officers I loved that there weren’t long lasting misunderstandings and their chemistry was palpable from the start; theirs was a slow burn that was perfectly integrated to the suspense and you feel that when it happens that they are good for the long run Debbie Herbert has an innate sense of pacing that made this book a pleasure to read the pace is nice and steady throughout with perfectly timed explosive bursts of action The romance takes place in a realistic timeframe and the romantic moments happen at the right place and the right time There were a few fabulous little details such as Charlotte’s first uniform and the dye job that are not crucial to the plot although they do serve a purpose; they were absolutely delightful and enhanced the story There was also a very clever plot twist that involved something that I never knew was illegal And now I must come to what really really wowed me Debbie Herbert’s writing The descriptions are vivid the fights are very creatively crafted the characters exceptionally well defined the dialogues are excellent and adapted to the characters’ personalities and the prose is amazingly smooth elouent and wonderfully smooth Ms Herbert’s writing is subtly elegant vibrant and dynamic and all this gorgeousness never distracts from the tightly plotted story A most excellent book I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book All thoughts and opinions are my own


  4. says:

    The second story conceived by Debbie Herbert for her series of books taking place in northern Georgia is absolutely outstanding Danger happens in the opening scene and the peril keeps escalating all the way through until the stunning conclusion Add in all the realistically portrayed characters and I was hooked on every carefully invented aspect APPALACHIAN ABDUCTION really is a novel that cannot be put down once started as there is never a spot where a development is not riveting plus noteworthyWhen Charlotte Helms came to a gated community located on Blood Mountain in Georgia she hoped to find evidence related to the disappearance of a girl Though the Atlanta undercover detective has been forbidden to work on the case her friendship with the mother of the teenager makes the case personal and she plans on using some of her skills to find any solid proof But when she and a local deputy sheriff named James Tedder encounter one another he could ruin her carefully thought out scheme to safely retrieve the girlAlthough the woman who had broken into the cabin belonging to James did not want to be caught he was eually determined to track Charlotte down and get answers Upon learning about the missing girl who might possibly be a human trafficking victim he wants to discover if someone in the area is a participant in this terrible crime As James and Charlotte are given the chance to look for any confirmation about the illegal activity they have a very hard time keeping their feelings from becoming involved in the case and especially each otherThere is so much to love about APPALACHIAN ABDUCTION as details are precise and come across as accurate No matter where a situation occurs I got a clear picture of the area The threats to anyone are very real and those endangering either James or Charlotte could often be deadly I was freuently worried about what was going to happen to these two as both were not people who backed down and always gave their all I definitely admired Charlotte and James as they tried to make sure anyone innocent was rescued while the guilty party was brought to justice Human trafficking is one of the worst things a criminal can take part in and I was anxious to see how all events would play out A big shocker awaits them as they seek out answers and the author made the surprise convincingI thought James and Charlotte are extremely likable individuals He had spent time as a soldier before coming home and taking a position with the local police department and his time in the Middle East still affects him without warning These moments were poignantly depicted and certainly believable Charlotte has dedicated herself to helping others and her persistence to help a teenager had me seeing her as someone who puts others before her own wishes The relationship of the couple always seems genuine as their discussions are candid and feelings are expressed with sincerity Several characters from the prior book make appearances and though that story does not have to be read first it should not be missed I am so looking forward to seeing what Debbie Herbert imagines nextI voluntarily reviewed the book and all comments are my honest opinion


  5. says:

    This was first published on my blog Lecture toute une Aventure Lavender Mountains are really not a safe place to live as it seems This book take place after Appalachian Prey and we see Liland and Harlan but this book focus on another couple Lilah's brother James jimmy and Charlotte so this one can really be read as a stand alone without any difficultyJames is working under Harlan after being retired from the military but he still has some bad effect from his time in Afghanistan and he does doubt himselfwhen he discover an intruder in his father's cabin he isn't letting go until he discover the real story of Charlotte and when he does he can't leave her aloneI loved that he was loyal he is determined but also a bit wild He does his job well but we can see that it doesn't complete him yet He is also resourceful and uite stubbornCharlotte also is really stubbornshe has a lead to find the missing daughter of her friend and she let nothing get in her way but doing so she also renounce to help she really need When she is forced to trust Jamesshe tries not to let her past dictate her reaction but it's not easy and she sure is paranoid However i do admire her determinationBoth have been hurt and learning to work together uite a bit like them against the world help them to heal bit by bitNow the investigation is interesting the action fast paced but i did prefer Appalachian prey In this book we get less info about the setting the people but really focus on Charlotte and James past which is good but i kind of missing the rural ambiance Also Harlan was a bit strict and while that's normal with his past he should have been open minded in my opinion he did well but not fast enough and not the right way so for those who have read the other story it can be disappointing but for new reader it should be a problem at allSo all together it's a good romance suspense that works perfectly as standalone without cliffhanger


  6. says:

    A fun read Spunky Charlotte and James Tedder who has some unresolved issues have a good chemistry together for this story The characters build at a nice pace and you're never asking uestions of 'why' or 'who' The plot is solid yet there are some surprises that are nice The book is well written and very visual I like visual I want to see the story play out in my mind while I read not just read words on a page like an essay Herbert does this very well which is why I am drawn to her stories The book was a good length told the story perfectly and didn't contain a lot of fluff for fillingAlthough this is the second book in the series it is a stand alone It takes place in the same town and revolves around the Tedder family I do recommend reading Appalachian Prey as well because it was enjoyable too I do home there will be in this series ; #housewisereview #arc #ramblingboho


  7. says:

    This review is of Appalachian Abduction by Debbie HerbertNote this review contains spoilersWhen you hear of human trafficking you think of big cities like New York or Atlanta You don’t think of uiet wooded Appalachia But then you haven’t met Charlotte and Richard and Maddie StowersCharlotte is on a mission to find her friend’s daughter and that mission has led her to the Stowers and Lavender Mountain and Officer James Tedder Charlotte has had a tough time being undercover in Atlanta and she’s been suspended for insubordination But she won’t stop until she finds Jenny and the longer he knows her the James feels the same wayThe characters are well developed and the romance adds spice to the mystery of the kidnaping and everything else that is going on Charlotte learns to trust James but who else is trustworthy? Will they find Jenny in time? You’ll have to read this to find outI hope you enjoy it as much as I did


  8. says:

    Charlotte Helms is on a mission to rescue her best friend's daughter and she is happy to risk suspension and her career to find her and rescue her James Tedder is a war veteran turned small town cop who he discovers and pulls a gun on him Whilst he admires her when he is forced to be her partner trying to crack the child trafficking ring can her trust her to have his back let alone look after his heart?This is a great development in the Appalachian world that this author has created where a surprising serious crime is right under their noses There was just so much drama and danger wrapped with twists and turns as a sweet love story developed around the plot of this book I really liked the way the story developed and how it progressed towards a grand finale at the end Well written and very enjoyable


  9. says:

    Detective Charlotte Helms is on the trail of a child trafficking ring she believes to be in the north Georgia mountains She’s a cop from Atlanta working undercover Unbeknownst to her the cabin she suats in belongs to Officer James Tedder from the local sheriff’s department After learning why she’s in the area he joins in the search There are some really tense moments and I couldn’t seem to read fast enough it was so exciting This is one book I couldn’t put down I haven’t read the previous book but this one was fine as a stand alone It featured characters that were in the previous book Appalachian Prey I will certainly be reading it soon I really liked how the romance was woven into this story It didn’t feel unnatural like some books that make you think it couldn’t happen while on a serious case It was subtle and didn’t feel rushed I love this author’s writing style


  10. says:

    Detective Charlotte Helms is on the trail of a child trafficking ring she believes to be in the north Georgia mountains She’s a cop from Atlanta working undercover Unbeknownst to her the cabin she suats in belongs to Officer James Tedder from the local sheriff’s department After learning why she’s in the area he joins in the search There are some really tense moments and I couldn’t seem to read fast enough it was so exciting This is one book I couldn’t put down I haven’t read the previous book but this one was fine as a stand alone It featured characters that were in the previous book Appalachian Prey I will certainly be reading it soon I really liked how the romance was woven into this story It didn’t feel unnatural like some books that make you think it couldn’t happen while on a serious case It was subtle and didn’t feel rushed I love this author’s writing style


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