Review – 72 Hours by Bella Jewel

72 Hours is a gripping intense journey that pulls you in, intrigues your mind, and makes you keep turning pages in search of answers. ~ Rhayne, Guilty Pleasures

It’s all part of his sick game. A game he’s been planning for an entire decade. Now everything is perfect: One woman and one man have been selected. They used to be a couple—and they can no longer stand one another. They are the perfect victims. He doesn’t intend for the game to be easy. He wants to push them to the brink of insanity, to make his hunt real. . .

The couple has been captured and dumped into a massive wooded area. There’s only one rule in this fatal game: They will have 72 hours to find a way out before the sadistic serial killer begins his hunt . . .But what he never could have expected was the explosive passion that ignites between the two ex-lovers—one that makes them strong. Fierce. And determined to do whatever it takes to escape—and to survive. . .

72 Hours is a gripping intense journey that pulls you in, intrigues your mind, and makes you keep turning pages in search of answers.
I have always been a huge fan of Bella’s writing style and her unique and beautiful ability to adapt words to action. She writes a scene in such a way that it plays like a movie scene in your mind. Her attention to detail is impeccable. It’s not always easy to get that right. Sometimes it is way overdone and I find myself skipping over parts or there is not enough and I find myself not connecting well. That has never been the case with Ms. Jewel, and it’s one of the reasons I just devour her stories.

This story is shared in multiple POV’s. Laura and Noah were each given a voice as well as their captor. It adds a lot of layers to the story and opens the plot to engage the reader and hook them in.

The story shuffles from past tense to the present to give you a chance to understand Noah and Lara’s history. They were together for a few years prior to a misunderstanding breakup that lasted a few months before they are forced into a game with a psycho.

Once they are forced together they have no choice but to fight for their survival. Their connection becomes unbreakable and you can’t help but to hope they have a chance for future outside of the hell they were dropped into.

The bulk of this story is about the72 hour game they are forced to play. They are given 72 hours to live and then they will be hunted and killed. The brutal heart wrenching scenarios that evolve as they try to outsmart him and escape is torture to read, but fully engages you as a reader and pulls you in hard.

I won’t give any further information away about what happens in the game. It needs to be experienced reading it in its entirety so it doesn’t take away from the plot, but it’s intense and is near impossible to put down.

I would have liked to have had a little more information of Bryce, the captor. I understand he is a sick twisted individual, but it doesn’t go into a lot of detail as why he chose these two to play his game. He had this planned for a long time and exerted a lot of time plotting their demise, and I just felt like his background or motives were not really clear.

Overall, this is a great read with a lot of suspense. It’s quite dark though. I know it’s labeled romantic suspense, but there really isn’t any romance. The couple starts the story being broken up and are forced into this game together. They eventually become a power couple you can’t help but to love, and there are a few sexy moments sprinkled throughout that are great and help build the powerful connection the main characters need. However, in my opinion it’s more of a suspense thriller with a love story entwined in the background.

Review copy provided for a voluntary review.

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