Series: Sharpe & Donovan
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Harlequin, MIRA
Released on August 27, 2013
Source: Book Tour Provided
Carla Neggers is a new to me author. I have heard her name before, but just haven’t had a chance to read her work. Given the opportunity recently, I jumped to get a chance to experience her writing. Unfortunately, coming into a series without the ground work messed with my enjoyment of this story.
When the story starts we meet a young lady, Lindsey, as she has breakfast with her father. The story hints she carries a lot of secrets, but never gives you a real clue what is going on. Suddenly it jumps to Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan hiking in Ireland near Declan’s Cross. I had a hard time figuring these two out. Emma is a former nun who has left to become an FBI agent and work with her famous grandfather, but then again she is kissing and talking about couples messages with Colin. Colin was undercover and the shit hit the fan I guess. So the two are hiking and relaxing when Emma gets a call about a long ago case and how suspicious it is that Julianne Maroney is coming over to visit Lindsey, a woman she just met, to study marine biology.
So right off the bat I was in a confused muddle of what the heck was going on. I am pretty sure if I had read the first two books in the series, it wouldn’t have been so confusing, but unfortunately I hadn’t. Then there is the whole story of Julianne leaving Maine to visit Ireland because Colin’s brother Andy just dumped her back home. So as you can tell, the story really relies on having read the series to know the characters if not the suspenseful side of the story.
Then there is Finian Bracken, who is an Irish priest in Maine. Some tragedy took is family from him so he turned to the church. I couldn’t quite really figure it all out.
The writing style was beautiful as Carla invites you to see Ireland through her eyes. It makes me want to visit someday. I just couldn’t get into the story or feel much for characters I didn’t understand. The mystery was just that…a mystery.
So while I tried to finish the story, it just didn’t stick with me. I felt a need to just skim to the end. I would call this more of a mystery series than a romantic suspense, but either way, I would recommend this to anyone who is reading the series in order. For others just jumping in, go back and read the first stories first or you will be totally confused like I was.
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