Sun Storm by Marlow Kelly

Sun Storm by Marlow Kelly
Publisher: Viceroy Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (308 pgs)
Heat: Spicy
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Poppy

In Montana to prove her portable solar panel can solve the world’s energy problems, naïve scientist, Dr. Marie Wilson must first fight to survive, and then expose the powerful businessman intent on destroying her life’s work.

Ex-special forces soldier, David Quinn is haunted by the horrors of combat, and yearns to be left alone with his beehives, but agrees to do one last job for his old mentor.

When the scariest man she’s ever met becomes her savior, Marie discovers a heart of gold beats beneath his surly demeanor.

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Just a few pages into this story, our heroine, Marie, is alone in a cabin in the middle of nowhere when four men with guns burst in through the door. She’s dressed in long underwear and nothing else, and does whatever she can to escape. Thankfully, one of the men has a change of heart when he realizes what they are actually up to, and helps.

I liked Marie right off. It’s funny, she has this idea that she’s a frightened, incapable woman (I blame this on her good-for-nothing father) but she manages to escape more than once from the people trying to capture or kill her. She’s smart and actually pretty darn fearless. I guess we never know what we’re capable of until we’re put into a situation where we have to step up or die. She was, thankfully, never stupid (okay, one time I questioned what she did, but…) and always smart and brave.

I like David, too. He really just wants to live his life off the grid in peace, but finds himself smack dab in the middle of trouble. Never one to take injustice lying down, he does everything he can to figure out who’s on his side and who isn’t, and to protect Marie.

The suspense portion of this book is pretty well spot on. Lots of action, lots of intrigue, never entirely knowing who’s a good guy and who isn’t (with some exceptions). The suspense and action kept me turning pages. I read this book in just a couple of days because it definitely held my interest. I was honestly surprised to find out one of the cops was not what I thought he was at the end. And I do hope to see the head of the Syndicate get their comeuppance (what a horrible sociopath that person turned out to be).

The romance portion took a little suspension of disbelief. It’s not that Marie and David didn’t have chemistry–they absolutely did. My big issue is, I’m not a fan of “instalove” and these two weren’t together long before they were madly in love with each other. I remember a line from the movie “Speed” where Sandra Bullock’s character says, “…relationships that start under intense circumstances, they never last.” And I always wonder about that when I read this type of book. They meet while dodging bullets, the spend every minute running and dodging bullets and proclaim their love for each other in a few days. What happens when they settle down, raise bees, live a quiet life? Again, I honestly think these two will be fine because at heart they’re both really kind of quiet homebodies, but I probably would have been happier with a “happy for now” than an “HEA” in this case (and, since this is the start of a series, we could see the relationship develop some as the other books are released).

The thing I liked best about this book was the clear, strong relationship the friends had with each other. Clearly there is absolute trust between them, and each would do anything to help one of the others. I like Michael the best of the group (outside of David, of course), but Finn was interesting as well, and were there tidbits of a “twin bond” between Sinclair and David that might come up again? Only time will tell. I’m a sucker for character driven stories, and despite the plentiful action here, it was the strong, interesting characters that kept me reading.

This is a great start to what promises to be an intriguing series.


  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Antoinette M says

    Sounds great… I love a good suspense/mystery!

  3. Maria Dalmau says

    Great review! This sounds like a great book.

  4. Jodi Hunter says

    What inspired you to write this book.

    • Hi Jodi,
      Years ago I read about a small solar panel. It was gold, about a yard wide, and was made out of recycled plastic. It could be folded for mobility and created a tremendous amount of electricity. The scientists working on it had some problems converting its energy into usable electricity so the product was probably ditched. But the small gold solar panel captured my imagination and wouldn’t let go. What if it was scrapped because of the big corporations? What if the people in charge wanted it to disappear? From that idea, Dr. Marie Wilson was born.

  5. Poppy, thank you for taking the time to read and review Sun Storm.

  6. Kathy Cozzarelli says

    This sounds like a good story.

  7. Anna Nguyen says

    book sounds great

  8. Iris Tseng says

    I love good suspense/mystery books! Marlow, congrats on your new release!

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