Review: When She Wasn’t Looking by Helenkay Dimon

Posted May 7, 2012 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 0 Comments

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Review: When She Wasn’t Looking by Helenkay Dimon
When She Wasn't Looking

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Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Harlequin
Released on May 1, 2012
Pages: 218
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Talk about just leaping into the plot!  This book was quite the thrill ride from start to finish.  No sooner than the two main characters meet than we have a chase, a deadly crash, and an attempted assassination.  The hits just kept coming and I was intrigued and at the same time confused.  I suspect it was on purpose and that is the author’s intent.  I was so glad when it slowed down long enough for me to get just a small glimmer of what was going on, but it was a quick pause before we- the book characters and I- were off again.

Jonas, the new deputy police chief for a small community in Oregon is starting over after a stint in the army and a promising in the DEA goes sour.  He just wants to deal with small town drunks and punk kids for a change.  But this all goes south when a favor for a law enforcement friend lands him in a heap of trouble.  Just after his shift ends, he runs an errand to check on a complaint that an old gal isn’t taking her meds.  What he finds is a young gal who doesn’t know what he is talking about and gives off warning signals that all is not as it should be and not just because the situation is not what he thought it would be.  Courtney does a runner and Jonas gives chase.  And for the sake of this exciting story, I’m going to stop there with the plot summary.

Courtney and Jonas are the main characters and I like the way they are written as well as their romance growing at a steady pace.  Their personalities and their pasts were revealed a little at a time.  He could come over all overbearing and bossy, but she was not taking any of that.  At times this byplay was cute, but at times I found her stubbornness to insist on following him into harms way annoying and then there was the one moment when she got herself into trouble.  I get not wanting someone bossing you around and caring about them going into danger without you at his back, but hello- he’s trained, he’s armed, and you’re not and will likely distract him.  Her bravery in the face of what she went through in her past and her love for Jonas did redeem Courtney for me.

The plot was twisty and the lines between friend and foe blurred and changed which made things always engaging right down to the end.  The story switches points of view between Jonas and Courtney, but also with the others who are after her.  In a way, it was interesting to get inside the other guys’ minds, but I also felt that it took away some of the suspense knowing what they were thinking and plotting.  Never fear, this did not mean that I saw everything coming.  Trust me, there were still plenty surprises to go round.

I recommend this to anyone who enjoys their romance on the run and likes a twisty plot without much blood and gore.


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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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