This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Mystery Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Ewephonic
Released on December 11, 2019
Source: Book Tour Provided
I had a cover love moment- pretty flowers yet ominous feeling- that led me to reading the blurb which led me to deciding I had to read this one. New to me author and series just added to the excitement.
Spent Identity is the second in the Annalisse series of romantic suspenses. I did all right reading it out of order, but that said, I think I would have gotten more out of it reading in order so that’s what I recommend.
The book opens with a short prologue of a man finding a body. Ironically, he was reading a murder mystery and is a huge fan of the genre.
Next, Annalisse has left NYC to visit her Aunt Kate and the family farm where she hopes to spend some time with Kate who never fails to give her good counsel and make her feel better. It has been months since Annalisse was with Alec and she suspects her relationship is over as he dives back into his jet setting world and his workaholic habits.
But, instead of a relaxing and stress-free visit with Aunt Kate, she learns that Kate’s son is selling the farm out from under her and there is a dead body in the barn. Kate knows something about it, but before they get much further, Kate disappears. Alec swoops back in to help and naturally, his presence complicates just as much as helps Kate since it was her disappearing relationship with Alec that sent her running to the farm.
Spent Identity took me utterly by surprise. I was not expecting all the adrenaline moments, the rapid pace, or the feeling that I was constantly discovering more and more mysteries and character complexities. It was the ominous roses on the cover. Ha! I blame them for being blown about like that. I had a good time with that part and, to some extent, the characters. There were a few development issues that made it hard to know certain characters and their motives better.
Though well-developed, it was a struggle for me to appreciate both Annalisse and Alec. She got on my nerves a few times with the way she cuts loose with her mouth not giving a thought to others and I got startled a few times with choices and actions since I understood her to be an antiquities expert. Alec really needed to get over the unneeded jealousy of another man especially when he prioritized his life differently for the last few months. There were other quibbling little things, but, at the same time, the flaws made them real, too.
Honestly, I had no idea who was behind things in the end or even what all was significant and not. I did like seeing Alec back in the picture- not that I read the first book so I could only understand to a certain extent- because I liked seeing them working together. At first, I didn’t think they worked as a couple, but I let myself be persuaded. Mostly, I enjoyed the wild ride of a mystery this was.
So, that was a great surprise and I invite other mystery romance lovers to give it a shot. Don’t follow my lead, though. Instead, get the series from the beginning.
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