Summary: When Charlotte Murphy escapes from the ruthless serial rapist and killer, Loverboy, she finds herself completely lost and scared to death. Lost, frightened, recovering, and in the sights of a brutal killer. In a most odd but clever tactic from the police, they assign Charlie 24/7 live-in protection; a move that is supposed to comfort her and make healing easier. Somehow, despite the odds, Charlie finds a refuge in officer Nick Andrews and in his arms she finds the strength to heal and the courage to move on with life. Nick finds everything that he wasn’t looking for in Charlie’s eyes and a fight against a killer that becomes personal.
My thoughts: It’s sometimes nice to read a romance that includes some of the most awful aspects in life like serial killing. The story starts with Charlie, our female MC, waking up in a hospital, bruised, beaten and raped, but not really remembering what happened with her. After she’s being discharged from hospital, officer Nick Andrews is assigned as her personal “bodyguard” and they fall in love. So, you have a bit of forbidden romance element, although it’s not really explored.
I liked that Charlie was mostly portrayed as a strong female lead and I enjoyed her journey of conquering again normal activities like going out on the balcony, grocery shopping, eating out, etc. Nick was the too good to be true character though. He didn’t really have a flaw (I’m not counting the self-assessed slob label), so there was a lack of relationship conflict. I did like the alternating point of views, even though Nick could have had a more masculine voice.
Even though there are a few interesting twists and turns, the story wasn’t very credible overall. The police would never assign an officer as a 24 hour bodyguard. And the killer might work on paper, but in reality that would never happen. But if you turn a blind eye to those details, you might enjoy the ride. The scenes with Charlie’s ex-boyfriend were quite funny.
There were some aspects I haven’t really enjoyed. For example, some stuff is repeated too many times and sometimes the dialogues seem too much like real life, aka boring. The first part of the book does lack tension, but I guess it compensates in the second part of it. All in all, if you like your romance with a side of thriller, you might enjoy this book.
My rating: 3.5 stars
About the author: Trista Jaszczak (jazz-ick) is the author of the Believe series, retold, and upcoming relaunches, Loverboy, What Lies Inside and the Darkness Falls series. She is an Air Force spouse and mother to two mischievous and rambunctious little girls. She is originally from Hamilton, Ohio but calls home where ever the Air Force sends her. She currently resides in Anchorage, Alaska where she finds endless inspiration in the pure Alaskan wilderness. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time with her family in the vast Alaskan outdoors, plucking away at her old guitar or working on self-improvement in the gym. She loves the outdoors, the moon, old movies and music.
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