About the Book:
This is a romantic suspense with emphasis on romance. The pace of the first half of the book is methodical and slow. While there are some threats and the hint of a villain, most of the plot centers around Cress and Max getting to know each other. Midway through there is finally some danger. The threats escalate and possible danger becomes more real.
The character development is over the top. Cress, a self admitted klutz, over reacts to almost every sound. She spill drinks, drops tea cups, trips and has various other intense reactions to surprising but somewhat normal events. I found her a difficult character to like. Max, a suitable protective hero, is quite emotional, more so than any Scotsman I've known. Michalove excels in description and we read much about cars and operas and buildings. The narrative alternates first person between Cress and Max. Although each chapter clearly has the individual point of view identified, I did find the technique was a bit confusing once I was well within each chapter. Her writing style was generally good but at times a little odd. “I shake my head and laugh like a drain,” for example.
This is a novel for readers who like a romantic suspense with a slow build and deals more with relationship development than action or suspense.
My rating: 3/5 stars.
About the Author:
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)