Review: Declan’s Cross by Carla Neggers

Review: Declan’s Cross by Carla NeggersDeclan's Cross by Carla Neggers

Series: Sharpe & Donovan
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Harlequin, MIRA on August 27, 2013
Pages: 314
Format: ARC
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three-half-stars

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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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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!
  • I had a really hard time with this one too Shari. It’s on my DNF for now shelf. I might try it again later. I made it about half way through and while I figured out the characters by then nothing was happening on the romance side, the suspense side or the mystery. She really does have beautiful writing but overall I just couldn’t get into it. Glad I’m not the only one who had issues.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Glad I wasn’t the only one scratching my head wondering what was going on. Not knowing was the reason I had to skim to the end. I just couldn’t figure anything out and really lost interest very early on. As you said, her writing is beautiful, but I couldn’t get in to like the characters. Too much history was there for me to ever truly enjoy.

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  • Sophia Rose

    Good to know about staring at the beginning. I have a short story from this series floating around on my kindle, but I’ll wait and read them all in order so I don’t go crazy with confusion.

  • I’ve been seeing her books pop up in my FB feeds like crazy lately. How far is the series is this one? Never read her either, but I would love to give it a try. Thanks for sharing Shari!