Saturday, July 8, 2023

The Carolina Variant by Brooke L. French - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

 Carolina Variant

Tour Date: July 5-9

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Book Details: 

Brooke L French 
June 22, 2023
Black Rose Writing 347 pages

Book Summary:

Tess Oliver's memory is a killer.

When the lead that could save her law practice is destroyed in a suspicious fire, only her recollection of it remains. Tess can relive memories, but her gift comes at a cost. The last time she used it, she nearly died.

This time, she only takes a peek. A single moment spent in her memory of the defendant's encoded document gives her a brutal migraine and a phone number.

Luke Broussard answers her call from the wreckage of a downed plane. His charter passenger is dead. A mutated virus seeps from the man's broken cargo. And when rescuers take Luke to an Atlanta hospital, the virus comes with him.

Tess follows her lead to Luke and finds an instant connection. As they run from a psychopath who'll stop at nothing to retrieve the document, the city falls apart around them. The code hidden in Tess's mind may be the only thing that can keep the outbreak contained, but using her gift to decipher it could kill her. If the virus – or whoever engineered it – doesn't get to her first.

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My Review
Carolina Variant is an edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep you engaged until the very end. It's a story that is filled with action and intrigue, and there's even a small hint of romance. If you're into exciting medical thrillers full of suspense and mystery, this one is for you.
The story follows Tess, a down on her luck lawyer who is about to be evicted and potentially lose everything. But one last lead she thinks will help a client ends up being more than she could have anticipated. Soon, Tess finds herself entangled in something much bigger than helping a client get the money they're owed or paying her rent so her landlord doesn't evict her. In a race against time, with a virus spreading throughout Atlanta, Tess has to team up with Luke, a pilot whose plane has gone down, to try and figure out how to stop things before it's too late. 
I really enjoyed this book. It's tense. It's thrilling. And even though it's fictional, it comes across as something that could actually happen. It's well-written and draws you in right from the beginning. You can't help but feel bad for Tess, and when she finds herself pulled in to these crazy events, she stays strong instead of running off to hide until it's all over. She's also got a photographic memory, which comes in handy, and it makes her all the more intriguing. She's a tough cookie. 
This was my second book by Brooke French, but it won't be my last. I'm officially a fan, and I can't wait to see what she writes next.
4.5 stars!

Author Bio: 

Brooke French is a recovering lawyer turned writer who lives with her husband and sons between Atlanta and Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. She spends most of her days gleefully researching and writing about fatal viruses, terrorism, and murder. 

Brooke is likely on numerous watch lists.

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Giveaway Prize: spa gift basket (emailed pic), a $25 Amazon GC, and a signed copy of the book. Total value of the package would be about $80. 

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