Review by Kathleen M. Barker (USA)

4.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting Debut Novel (Amazon.com)

Like many readers, the “Twilight” series was the first modern-day vampire romance I’d ever read…and I was a big fan. But as more books flooded the market, hoping to capitalize on its success, I lost my enthusiasm for the genre. So when Carlie Cullen’s debut novel, “Heart Search: Lost” hit the digital shelves, I wasn’t sure I’d like it. But knowing Carlie’s style, I decided to give it a chance…and I can honestly say that I’m very glad I did.

Without spoiling the plot, the story revolves around Remy and Joshua, an attractive, happily engaged British couple who are excitedly waiting out the last few days before their wedding. Everything seems to be going along swimmingly until Joshua suddenly disappears. Unbeknownst to heartbroken Remy, Joshua has a very good reason for his unexpected departure. He has been bitten by a vampire and, to his horror, finds that he himself is being transformed into one of these dreaded creatures of legend. Steadfast in his love for Remy, he knows he cannot remain with her without endangering her life.

Of course, Remy is devastated by his disappearance. She initially spends time wallowing in desperate confusion before deciding to embark on a perilous journey to find him. Author Cullen artfully weaves her story by alternating between the two main
characters’ viewpoints, drawing lush verbal portraits of their worlds. Even minor characters come alive in her descriptive passages. The plot twists, especially in Joshua’s new life, made me impatient for the second book in the series, which I hope won’t be long coming.

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