Romantic Road

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Winner of the 2015 ROMANCE REVIEWS Readers Choice Award in the 'Action/Suspense/Mystery' Category!

Romantic Road is a fast paced novel of romantic suspense that takes Blair McDowell's readers on a thrilling and chilling chase along Germany's famous Romantishe Strasse, through Austria, to an explosive climax on the shores of Hungary's Lake Balaton

This romantic thriller is a mix of hair raising suspense, romance and a sprinkling of humor.


When Lacy Telchev buries her husband she finds herself in treacherous waters. Igor, much older than Lacy, had secrets. Suddenly Lacy is being chased across Europe by men who believe she can lead them to those secrets. Evading her pursuers with the aid of a chance acquaintance, the handsome and mysterious Max Petersen, Lacy travels across Germany, Austria and Hungary, to a shattering discovery in Budapest. 

Along the way, she meets three women from Igor's past. As Igor's story unfolds through them, Lacy is less and less certain who her husband really was. Who can Lacy trust? Will she survive to find out?


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Reviews for Romantic Road Reviews

Independent Reviews

5 out of 5 Stars - Jack Magnus,

"Blair McDowell's romantic suspense novel, Romantic Road, is exciting and fast-paced. Lacy is a strong and appealing character whose fairy-tale marriage has abruptly ended, leaving unanswered questions and danger. The quest Igor sets for her leads her and the reader on a marvelous trip through Canada, Austria and Hungary, and the author's familiarity with each of these venues makes Lacy's adventures truly come alive." .....More


Escape Rating A - MustReadFaster

"Wow, okay...first thing about this book is that it's a fast paced exciting ride that kept my tired brain tuned in! I've started a brand new job (nights and weekends) so my brain is all over the place lately, but this story kept my attention and kept me riveted to my reader! The suspense is amazeballs. It's done so very well, and kept me wondering what would come next. The romance was nicely done. The plot was fun and definitely well laid out. I enjoyed the writing tremendously and would certainly recommend it as a "must read" of this genre!"


4 out of 5 Stars - Marlene Harris,

" Like her other books, the story in this one operates on more than one level.  The suspense is edge of the seat, while Lacy's inner journey makes her a sympathetic and fascinating character. If you enjoy edge-of-your-seat suspense with a heart-pounding romance wrapped around a story that also makes you think, read Romantic Road, or any of Blair McDowell's marvelous stories." .....More

5 Stars out of 5 - Debbie Davenport, Librarian via NetGalley

"This is my kind of book: a fast-paced romantic suspense thriller with teeth! And the puzzles Igor left that Lacy must follow all over Europe... beautiful! The secrets will blow your socks off!"

4 out of 5 Stars - Linda Green,

"ROMANTIC ROAD by Blair McDowell is a fast paced, captivating, dangerous adventure, that transports the reader effortlessly from Vienna, to Budapest, to New York. The plot really appealed to me as I love a good mystery, and the relationship between Lacy and Max was brilliantly handled, as I found myself second guessing whether he could be trusted, over and over again. I enjoyed the character of Lacy as she dealt with her life crumbling around her, with spirit and determination. " ....More

4 out of 5 Stars - Ashia,

"Romantic Road is a fresh, unique concept that caught me by surprise, yet I couldn't help laughing at the sheer naughtiness of it" .....More

Excerpt from Romantic Road

In the following excerpt, our heroine has her first intimation that all is not well.

“Where is it? Just tell us where it is and you won’t get hurt.” The taller man loomed over her, his face expressionless, a mask.

“Where is what? What are you talking about? Who are you?” Lacy began to be annoyed. That was better than being scared. “Can I see your badges again?”

The second man stared hard at her though dead-looking flat grey eyes. “Mrs. Telchev,” he said, his voice low and menacing, “we mean you no harm. But you must tell us where he hid his manuscript.”  

They knew her name? Icy tentacles of fear slipping down Lacy’s back. She shook her head. “I have no idea what you’re talking about.”

At that moment the red and white lights of a state police vehicle rounded the curve coming toward them. Seeing the blocked road it stopped. Two uniformed officers got out and approached the two parked cars.

“You’re blocking the road. What’s the trouble here?”

The taller man spoke.  “No trouble, Officer. Sorry about the way we’re parked. I’ll move the car immediately. The lady was pulled over here and we just stopped to see if she needed help.”

He flipped open his wallet and showed the officers the same ID he’d shown Lacy.

It seemed to mean something to the policemen.

Lacy opened her mouth to say something and then thought better of it. What could she tell the police? These men wanted a manuscript from her but she didn’t know where it was? Or what it was about? Or even if it existed. That it involved her dead husband? No. She wouldn’t say anything. Not until she knew more.


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