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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Review: Hard to Protect by Incy Black

I wanted to like this romantic suspense by new to me author Incy Black but there were two big issues that I couldn’t overlook.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Entangled (Ignite)
Release Date: March 20, 2017

Volcanic hot and ambitious Special Agent Will Berwick doesn’t give a damn what his orders are; he’s not taking the enemy—the lovely but arctic Dr. Angel Treherne—to bed. Oh, he’ll root out her secrets, but on his own terms.

Caught up in a tangled web of deceit and betrayal, Angel trusts no one—certainly not alpha-cocky, cunning Will Berwick. First he’s hostile, then he’s charming. Why? What’s he hiding? With her life on the line, she needs to know. Preferably without losing her heart in the process.

What’s it About? Dr. Angel Treherne is suspected of helping a dangerous man in a deadly plot to hurt innocent people so Special Agent Will Berwick is ordered to find out what she knows by sleeping with her. As attracted as they are to one another they also don’t trust each other and with someone out to kill Angel, they don’t have a lot of time to work things out.

Overall reaction to the story? Hard to Protect was one of those books that when I looked at other readers’ reviews start thinking Did I read the same book? Because I didn’t have the same reaction to it as the majority of people. For a romantic suspense it was much too slow with a lot of nothing going on for long periods of time. I found myself skipping parts of the book just so I could get to the part where the plot started moving forward again. The parts that focused on the suspense and action were really well written but they were mixed in with scenes that could have been edited out and the book would have been better for it. Those scenes made the story as a whole seem longer than it actually was and not in a good way.

Another big hang up for me was the lack of consistency when it came to the connection/relationship between Will and Angel. There was a little heat here and there but a huge lack of emotional connection. Sometimes they came off as nothing more than co-workers and sometimes they were hot and heavy with each other but I never really felt that there was more between them than that. Will’s hot and cold act towards Angel got old pretty quick and I kept wishing I could reach into the book and smack him for not getting his act together. He was like that towards her through most of the book, he didn’t change until like the last second and by then I couldn’t find it in me to believe he had changed. I think that’s what also kept a tangible connection from forming between these two.

With two such noticeable issues with Hard to Protect, I found myself not enjoying the story as much as I should have based on the blurb. Like I said, the action and suspense parts were well done and I was kept on my toes waiting to see if the bad guy would get caught but even that wasn’t enough to keep me from getting bored with the other stuff going on.

Click It or Skip It? Skip It. I will try this author again though because Incy Black can write one heck of a suspense/action plot. I didn’t see some of the twists and turns coming so that was good but the unconvincing romance needed work and the unnecessary scenes in between need to go.

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