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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Review: Rough Rider by B.J. Daniels

So I tried a new author and it wasn’t bad, the suspense and intrigue was spot on but I wouldn’t call it a romance.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Harlequin Intrigue
Release Date: October 1, 2017

He was sure he could handle one petite PI with an attitude—but he’ll need her help to solve the secret of his missing sister and outwit a ruthless killer

His family never fully recovered from the kidnapping of his siblings decades ago. Now Boone McGraw finally has a lead on his missing sister’s location, but it means working with feisty private investigator C.J. Knight.

Desperate to solve her partner’s murder, C.J. doesn’t believe her case could possibly be connected to the sexy horse breeder’s investigation…until they find themselves running for their lives.

What’s it About? Finally after years of unanswered questions, Boone McGraw has a lead on his missing sister’s location, unfortunately that means he has to work with private investigator C.J. Knight. C.J. is investigating her partner’s death and when Boone tells her that it might be connected to his sister’s kidnapping, C.J. is reluctant to believe him but as they start digging into both cases, things start falling into place and someone starts coming after them.

Overall reaction to the story? This was my first time reading a B.J. Daniels book and Rough Rider had a lot going for it. It also missed a few things too but all in all it wasn’t a bad read. Daniels does a great job of building a mystery and I get the feeling that this has been building since the first book in the series. I enjoyed the way this author created a heartbreaking situation and allowed it to shape her characters in a way that made them interesting and relatable. I will say that I was severely disappointed in the lack of romance. The book is classified as a romance and that’s what I expected but it wasn’t what I got. I’m not saying the story didn’t have romance because it did, however that aspect was more of a blink and you’ll miss it. I kind of felt deceived because Rough Rider is labeled as a Romantic Suspense so it should be a romance with a suspense element, not a mystery/suspense with a slight romance. A shame really because if the author took the time to build the romance like they do with the suspense this book would have been amazing.

C.J. and Boone make a formidable investigation team even when they were wary and suspicious of one another. They both held their own and I do love partnerships like that, their personal relationship lacked though or maybe that isn’t accurate. I feel like most of their romantic growth happened “off page” which was disappointing given that I liked both these characters’ personalities and wanted to feel that emotional connection building between them.

Click It or Skip It? Click It. Don’t expect a romance but more of a suspense filled plot with interesting characters who have an off page romance.

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