Witness by Piper Davenport #Review #AfternoonDelight

Posted July 31, 2015 by Sophia Rose in Afternoon Delight, Reviews / 15 Comments

Witness by Piper Davenport #Review #AfternoonDelight

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Series: #1 Guardians
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Released on July 14, 2015
Pages: 119
Format: eBook

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I did things a little backward when I read the spin-off series first, but I finally had a chance to come back for the FBI couples after getting the biker couples when these were up as freebies. I eagerly picked up this first book in the Guardians series and it dove right into the story for a fast-paced read.

The story opens with Brock Williams and his FBI team investigating reports that an abandoned house known for use in making meth has some activity. Their raid produces two frightened children and an injured woman. He slowly gets the story out of her and learns that these three escaped a bad situation, but there are others that they need to be looking for. Brock doesn’t know what all they are dealing with, but he does know that Bailey Harper is now the material witness that he has to keep alive. It doesn’t take him long to realize that this case is personal and he’ll do whatever it takes to solve the case and keep Bailey safe.

Bailey went through a harrowing experience when she allowed her college roommate to talk her into a party and it went bad from there. Now, she is in hiding after someone tried to take her life at the hospital and she is confused about the feelings Brock brings out. She has never been this attracted to a guy, but Brock holds her at arms length because she is his job. It’s frustrating, but she learns that she’s not the only one feeling impatience for the case to be over so they can explore their feelings. The answers finally come and they are shocking, but at least she has Brock at her side to help her face it all.

This story is one of those that has a solid foundation or ‘good bones’, but it didn’t quite get there. Beyond the premise which is solid, the development was weak, the transitions were rough, the plot got loose, and the romance was not developed much.

I felt dropped into the story and then hustled through it. I was confused or lost a few times whether it was the suspense part of the case mostly happening off scene or the romance going from strangers to declaring ‘I love you’s to doing it like bunnies and marriage. Blink and you missed something. The FBI procedural part of it made me cringe because normal rules were bent to accommodate the story and I’m not talking about the forbidden aspect of the Special Agent falling for his witness, but the many improbable actions that happened while Bailey was in custody.

But, as I said, there were good bones to it. I was vested in the likeable characters and I enjoyed the surrounding cast too. The idea of their romance and their passion worked for me even if it happened too fast. These two are sizzling and dive right in to the sexy times. The suspense had a twist to it that was foreshadowed enough that I wasn’t surprised, but it still added a layer of sympathy for when it was revealed. I am vested enough that I want to go on and get Dallas and Masie’s story and of course eventually Jaxon.

In summary, I was left wanting more, but not hating what I got. I know that the writer hit her stride by the time the spin-off series occurs two books later so I’m game to keep going. It was a quick read and I think those who enjoy mild romantic suspense and slightly spicy romance should keep it in mind.

Romance Roundabout #190 RS

New to Me #95 series

Mt. TBR #87

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • Maybe it’s too short so the plot development wasn’t explored much?

    • Maybe. I’ve got the second book so I want to give it a try and see if things tighten up.

  • Hopefully the second book makes up for what this one lacked.

  • Hm. I think maybe I would have issues with some of those things. The spin off though? Can I do those without these? I know you did but any issues with that? Sounds like maybe they’d be better for me.

    • No problem jumping right into the spin-off Dogs of Fire series without these. You’d see the names crop up, but not essential to have these stories first.

  • Seems like the bones were good, but things were rushed along a bit. I don’t like it when couples move too fast, it’s also annoying sometimes to have to wait the whole book, but going from near strangers to being married too quickly is also weird. Glad to hear the passion was still there. I hope the next book is even better. Great review!

    • That’s how I feel too, Lola. I want a more gradual development.

  • Jumping from mild to I love you, doesn’t work well for me either. Or the suspense happening away from the story where you don’t see it happen, doesn’t work either. I haven’t heard of these books before, but I hope they get better with the next ones for you!

    • Yep, that is exactly why I was somewhat disappointed. I know the spin-off series is really good, but I do hpe the next one in this series is better.

  • I do get frustrated at times with books that at times you liked but at others you didn’t. Causes mixed reactions. Not always fun, but it does sound promising.

    • Yeah, mixed feelings was my take. It is hard to decide where you come down on it when that happens.

  • Lindy Gomez

    This story sounds confusing, and rushed. I enjoy my characters to develop that slow burn kind of love. Insta-Love drives me crazy! Great Review 🙂

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape