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Friday, December 12, 2014

ARC Review: Private Affair by Rebecca York

Format: .epub (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: January 6, 2015

Does everyone have something to hide?

Olivia Winters and Max Lyon knew each other way back when, but she was one of the cool kids, and he was a bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks. Olivia's a successful model now, and Max a PI much in demand.

When Olivia's old high school friend is murdered-and a raft of "accidental" deaths may be murders, too-Max is the only man Olivia can trust to help her investigate.

As they team up, Max is blown away by Olivia's courage under fire, and Olivia finds that the bad boy she remembers from the fringes of her social circle might just be the best man she's ever met...


Max Lyon and Olivia Winters weren’t exactly friends back in high school. Max was from the wrong side of the popular crowd and Olivia was practically the queen of the popular crowd. Aware of one another’s existence but hardly friends, they both graduated and went their separate ways. Years later, one of Olivia’s high school friends is murdered and a string of “accidental” deaths begin to get closer and closer to Olivia herself. The only person she can turn to for help is Max, now a successful Private Investigator. As Max tries to find out who is targeting the people around Olivia, he discovers a different person than the one he knew in high school and Olivia begins to think Max just might be the one man for her.

Private Affair was a mixed bag for me. Some parts of the book didn’t work but other parts were very well done. That said, I’m writing this review in a very different format so that I can make sure my points are made.

What did work: The suspense, mystery and danger. When I read a book that promises suspense, mystery and danger then damn it, that’s what I expect! Author Rebecca York did a great job of not only making me bite my nails wondering when the villain would make their next move but keeping the identity of the villain a total secret until the last few pages! That’s not easy! In fact, a few times I found myself taking a guess at who the villain was, only to be completely surprised by the real identity at the end. The mystery of who was terrorizing these characters was the real reason I kept reading Private Affair. There’s nothing like a good mystery to keep me turning the pages!

What didn’t work: The romance and the characters. This is a big deal because Private Affair is classified as a romantic suspense novel and the romance just wasn’t there for me. Max and Olivia had close to no chemistry at all. They were more like platonic friends at times than lovers! I just didn’t connect to Max or Olivia as characters, they fell flat for me. They had such potential to set off sparks between them but they never quite reached their potential which is a shame because if they had then Private Affair would have been a big contender in the romantic suspense category.

Final Verdict: Would I recommend this book? Yes but maybe not to romance fans. I think readers who enjoy suspense/thrillers would enjoy Private Affair more than romance fans. Of course, if you like your romance on the light side with a heavy dose of danger and mystery then by all means pick up a copy of this book and enjoy!



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