Not what I expected, definitely not. I was expecting a romance with some mystery and instead this is a mystery with some romance. The H/h circle each other endlessly (while the mystery plays out) and the final chapter is where they really come together as a couple. Too little, too late for my taste. If the romance portion of the book had been a little more developed, I would have given it another star. I'm thinking of books like Dream Man by Linda Howard, for example.
I also had a few plot issues - overall, the mystery is well developed but it starts to get sloppy toward the end. Jake and his brother Nick are both law enforcement and are both representing their agencies (County Sheriff and FBI) in the investigation of their father's case. Wouldn't this be a conflict of interest? I can't imagine any DA agreeing to have a case investigated by a family member because of the potential trouble it would generate if the case were to go to trial. I was equally distracted by the fight scenes that take place near the end of the book. Maybe it's because I was listening (audible.com) and not reading that they struck me as fake. E.g., does anyone still refer to a 'karate chop' motion in today's fiction? Maybe so, but more important is how Jake comes out the victor, without harm, in every fight and regardless of who is armed, who has the element of surprise, etc. Then there is the repeated reference to who the mastermind is - Jake & Nick catch the bad guys but they talk about who was in charge. Yet they never follow up, this particular thread is just left to unravel for someone to maybe pull it loose in a future book. Not all loose ends have to be tied up by story's end (this is not Charlie's Angels, after all) but somehow I'd have liked it if Ms. Herron had acknowledged the we'll-never-know aspect of this one, or maybe never raised it at all.
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Those items were irksome but overall, the book was good. I picked it up thinking it was a romance, however, so be aware it leans more toward mystery.
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