Linsalot challenged herself to read one book from every category for the RITA® Reader Challenge. She’s a badass, that Linsalot.
Plot Summary: Tyler Davis comes from a long line of cops, and he’s learned the hard way that police work and families don’t mix. But his solitary life is about to be called into question with the return of Megan Garvey, the woman he once loved…and lost.
Now, Megan is determined to keep her emotional distance— though it’s clear that she and the rugged lawman still share something special. But a predator has come to Lake Hubbard for Christmas. And when Megan’s young son disappears, there’s only one cop to believe in. This holiday, Ty has been given a second chance to be the hero Megan needs…if he can bring her boy home alive.
I did not like this book. The only reason it’s a C- and not a D is because the suspense plot had a somewhat unpredictable twist which I enjoyed.
The characters were not only one dimensional but had a bad case of internal monologue diarrhea. Their internal monologues go on for whole pages and it’s always the same thing (She has trust issues and MUST do everything herself buts she so lonely and tired; He screwed up and wants her back but she’ll never trust him and he’s so sad blah blah blah). There are much better ways to build both characters and romantic tension.
Then there’s the fact that these internal monologues are running while they are in the midst of doing criminal acts in order to save her kidnapped 3 year old son. All the internal angst just seemed out of place and really detracted from the suspense story.
The real icing on the cake for me though was the fact that the boy gets kidnapped in the first place because our hero (a cop) was too busy staring at the lingerie department and imagining sexy times with the heroine to keep on eye on her son. Not exactly my idea of a leading man.