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After her car breaks down, Beth Kennedy is forced to stay in Florida, the target of Hurricane Sabrina. She stocks up supplies, boards up windows, and hunkers down to wait out the storm, but her plan unravels when she witnesses a car accident. Risking her life, she braves the winds to save the driver. Just when she believes they are safe, she finds out the man she saved could possibly be more dangerous than the severe weather.
Donovan Goldwyn only wanted to hide from the police, but the hurricane shoved his car into a tree. Now he’s trapped with a beautiful woman while the evidence that can prove his innocence to a brutal crime is out there for anyone to find.
As Hurricane Sabrina wreaks havoc, Beth has no other choice but to trust Donovan to stay alive. But will she survive, or will she become another hurricane crime?
Content Warning: police brutality, violence, gun violence, animal death, snake
2019 Readers’ Favorite Award Contest – Hurricane Crimes won silver in the Fiction – Short Story/Novella genre
“Excellent drama and tension in this story, and terrific use of Florida as a locale and a hurricane as a means to intensify the conflict. Strong, evocative descriptions throughout, especially when bringing Hurricane Sabrina to life. Beth is a strong, take-charge character, and I’m rooting for her from the beginning. The story has several nice twists, and an unexpectedly positive ending.” – Indie Originals Book and Literature Competition Judge (Winner Best Short Story)
“Hurricane Crimes by Chrys Fey is a pure delight. It is a romance first and a suspense novella second, but both are combined in a perfect formula for a wonderful afternoon’s reading. . . This was a love story against all logical odds, but it was impossible not to hope that Beth and Donovan would find happiness together.” – Readers’ Favorite 5-Star Review
“Both Beth and Donovan were interesting characters and kept my attention. Coupled with the interesting mystery plot I had no problems reading this whole story eagerly in one sitting.” – Long and Short Reviews
“The characters were interesting as well as appealing. There was a lot of chemistry between Beth and Donovan.” – Romance Bookworms Reviews
For all of you authors out there wondering how to craft the perfect novella, I say use this as your template. Honestly, I really don’t have any criticisms!” – Romance Novels for the Beach
“There is usually just not enough time to develop the characters and pull the reader into [a short] story. But Chrys Fey not only managed to blend it all together in a whirlwind (or hurricane), she delivered it as one fascinating read!” – The Novel Lady
“This little novella has it all. A gorgeous cover, a captivating title, a hot guy and a not so defenseless woman stranded in a category five hurricane.” – Sherry Fundin
“This book is full of mystery, suspense, romance and passion. I would absolutely trade places with Beth Kennedy in order to have time with Donovan Goldwyn.” – Bookaholic Mama
5 things you don’t know about Donovan in Hurricane Crimes:
1. He is of Irish, Cherokee, and German descent.
2. His favorite drink is single malt Scotch.
3. He is six foot even.
4. He went to college on a basketball scholarship.
5. His favorite color is red. Blood red.
Diary entry written by Beth Kennedy:
Dear whomever may find this,
I am writing in case I don’t survive. Whether I die by Hurricane Sabrina’s windy hands or by Donovan Goldwyn’s strong hands has yet to be seen, but I am not taking any chances. You see, I saved Donovan’s life, putting myself at risk, and I didn’t exactly walk away from that unscathed, but I still have my life. For now.
I was fooled by Donovan’s violet eyes, but a murderer’s eyes can be any color. There is no proof that he’s a killer, but there is no proof that he’s not. And every fiber of my self-defense-instructor-being is telling me to run. RUN! But I can’t. Hurricane Sabrina is waiting for me outside, banging at the doors and windows like an intruder trying to get into my house. So I am trapped with a man who can kill me at any given moment.
And yet . . . those eyes. I look into them and I can feel them prying apart my carefully crafted walls. Donovan is handsome. He is alluring. He is intense. And we are stuck together.
Anyway, if you find this and I am dead then look at the two suspects: Hurricane Sabrina and Donovan Goldwyn.
Beth Kennedy’s hurricane survival tips:
– Board up all of your windows to keep wind and other intruders out. Or in.
– Have a fully-equipped first aid kit for any wounds you might get.
– Make sure you’re not stuck with a possible murderer!
Donovan Goldwyn’s hurricane survival tips:
– Get a blue tarp. You never know what you’ll wrap up in it.
– Have a shovel handy just in case.
– The bathtub is a great place to hide . . . things.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH HURRICANES: