I miss the days when a western romance meant cowboys…bare-chested cowboys on horses, with a rifle! And I’m not talking historical romances either! Now western romances are mostly all about very rich men with the resources of an army career behind them. Nary a horse, a cow or a bare-chested cowboy to be seen!.
Diana Palmer is a new author to me and I see she has many followers. This made me confident that I would enjoy this read. I also thought that this would be a book in this series that I could just jump into since most authors do a pretty good job of catching a new reader up to snuff, but I had a lot of trouble with this book. There is really no back-story and there are so many secondary and tertiary characters all with shadowy past that I couldn’t seem to keep everyone straight and that detracted from my enjoyment of this novel.
This should have been a great read. The synopsis made it sound like it would be unique and fresh, but the story had so many flaws that I quickly became disenchanted with it and had a difficult time finishing this book.
This was a very sweet and very non-sexual story, more action driven than anything else. The idea of Merissa being somewhat psychic, coming to warn a man she is so obviously frightened of, and then falling for him while all hell is breaking loose, was interesting. However, I felt that the writing was a little clumsy and the story, while certainly interesting to a point –left me wondering just how this could have been considered a romance. The romance took such a back seat to the mystery that I don’t think it should be considered a romance. If it wasn’t for the obvious way that we were going to get a HEA, it would have just been mystery/suspense. There wasn’t even a lot of action since most of the book was spent simply discussing over and over what was going on and what might happen in the near future and what all the men had happen to them in the past.
The author may not have researched things to well either since I did catch at least one glaring error on the protocol of firearms and airlines. But, no biggy right? What was a problem was how these so-called espionage experts had been played the fool time after time. Even a ‘civilian like me could see what was going to come next and I have no army training or police training what-so-ever!
On a side note we end with this little gem ----------->SPOILERISH<-------------------<br/>Apparently the politician who was setting this all up is named Matt Helm…an interesting choice of names is it not?*ARC Supplied by Publisher*