RITA Reader Challenge Review

RITA Reader Challenge Roundup: To Catch a Killer by Kimberly Van Meter

RITA®, and the RITA statuette are service marks of Romance Writers of America, Inc.No review was submitted for the RITA® Reader Challenge for this book, so I have collected reviews from other sources. However, I am not assigning a grade to this review. This book finaled in the Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure category.

Book CoverPlot Summary: Ten years ago Kara Thistle fled her sleepy California town. She left behind bittersweet memories and a night that changed her life. Now deadly business brings the FBI special agent back home and face-to-face with her ex-lover— Lantern Cove police chief Matthew Beauchamp.

Forced to work with the special agent to track down a killer, Matt has to play nice with Kara, the last person he expected to see again. The woman he’s never forgotten. Despite everything, he still wants her – even when he discovers her secret. Now their daughter’s in danger, and Kara is stealing his heart all over again. This time they have everything to lose.

This book has a 3.17 star average at GoodReads.

One reviewer tagged this book with the term “bitchslappable heroine” in her three-star review. Paige, another reviewer wrote in her three-star review:

The story moved really slow to me. I never had that deep connection with the characters like I do in the other books.


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  1. 1
    library addict says:

    I know I read this book, but have no memory of it. 

    Just wanted to say thank you to Sarah and all the folks who reviewed books for the RITA challenge.  Following along on Twitter for the rewards ceremony will be more fun this year because of it.

    report99 Yes, I want at least 99 reports on the awards ceremony LOL.

  2. 2
    JamiSings says:

    Ug. I hate secret baby plots in modern books. They work in historicals because there was such a stigma in being an unwed mother up until the whole sexual revolution. But anything set in the 70s on up – forget it. Unless the father is a member of a gang or the mafia or raped the heroine or is a vicious serial killer there is no good excuse for a “secret baby.”

    It doesn’t help me that I’ve known a lot of kids who didn’t know their fathers. The ones who had fathers who died when they were young were way more emotionally balanced. But the others who had fathers that were out there, living, and didn’t bother to make contact or their moms kept the dad away from them were – and are for the ones I know now – are always crying and saying, “I just want to know if we look alike.”

    Having seen that makes me hate the secret baby plot even more.

    STOP WITH THE CONTEMPORARIES WITH THE WHOLE SECRET BABY BULLSHIT, AUTHORS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. 3
    val says:

    I agree that this book was completely forgettable, and for a short book, managed inexplicably to drag on… And unless he’s some sort of abusive monster, I totally count not telling a guy he has a kid as a bitch-slappable offense.

  4. 4

    i like this book’s plot ,so beautiful and a little sad. i lie this feeling .the girl is lucky to meet her lover and this is her another change in her life. changes happen everyday in our life. then you need to grasp the chance.

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