Monday, February 7, 2011
Source: Received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I have really been enjoying Carina's romantic novellas and I think this was my favorite so far. I don't read too much suspense, usually preferring a nice cozy, but I enjoyed this a lot.
The story kicks off right away with Izzy, a bartender escaping from her rich overprotective father, and Adam, secretly hired by Izzy's father to protect her and convince her to move back home, feeling tremendous sparks between them. Adam is trying to fight his attraction for her but when she proves more than willing, their romance starts. They fall for each other very quickly, spurred by a criminal terrorizing the area.
That criminal provides the suspense as he has been kidnapping women and molesting/abusing them until Izzy interferes between him and a prospective victim. Then he sets his sights on killing Izzy while Adam and Izzy have every intention of staying alive and together. The criminal is absolutely despicable, especially once you know his "reasoning" behind the choice of his victims. While the focus is on the romantic leads, I felt that one police officer was given some personality that helped him stand out.
I was worried about Adam concealing his identity from Izzy because that lie always explodes in one's face as it did here. I think she should have made him grovel more but I also felt his pain and I knew that he was an upstanding guy.
Overall: Strong mix of romance and suspense but nothing surprising.
Cover: Not a big fan-I'm not sure what's so off-putting to me but I would not have chosen this book based on the cover.
Read as part of Ebook challenge