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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Review: Going Deep by Ann Calhoun

Calhoun's book wasn't a bad read but it wasn't a memorable one either and I felt cheated out of a romantic suspense.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: November 1, 2016

After weeks on a sold-out tour, singer Cady Ward is coming home for the holidays. But after one too many episodes of fan-craziness, Cady’s manager decides that she needs protection―in the form of muscled cop Conn McCormick. Longing for peace and quiet to prepare before her next album drops, Cady doesn’t need a bodyguard just to deal with some vague email threats…though she can’t deny that close proximity to Conn’s body is a very nice place to be.

Conn is in the midst of a career scandal when his boss assigns him to pop-star guard duty. It’s a poor use of his skills, even though Cady’s feisty nature proves the perfect distraction for Conn while Internal Affairs investigates his case. What begins as a sizzling attraction becomes something deeper than either Conn or Cady could have expected. But when Conn uncovers the sinister plan behind the threats to Cady, he’s faced with a professional dilemma: To save her life, will he risk having a future with the only woman who’s ever touched his soul?

What’s it About? Singer Cady Ward is used to dealing with the pitfalls of fame but after one too many encounters with crazy fans, her manager thinks it’s time to hire protection. In the form of Conn McCormick. He’s in the middle of a possible career ending scandal when his boss assigns him to protect Cady. Though he feels it’s a waste of his training, Conn has no choice. Then Conn starts to unravel the mystery behind the threats to Cady and suddenly he’s faced with protecting her or his career.

Overall reaction to the story? Going Deep was an entertaining read for me, it just wasn’t an overwhelmingly amazing one. The characters were nice and likable, the chemistry was there, and I had a few chuckles now and again with some of the scenes. I think that had this book been an actual romantic suspense it might have rated higher and been more memorable. I was pretty disappointed to see that yet another book in this series is called romantic suspense and yet there was no suspense to be had outside of the usual “whodunit.”

Conn and Cady were enjoyable as a couple though I found some of the reasoning behind Conn’s appearance in Cady’s life to be a bit flimsy in the believability department. I overlooked that though in favor of the way these two built a relationship in a pretty chaotic and stressful setting. It wasn’t ideal but Anne Calhoun made it work and I did believe in their romance after my initial skepticism.

Going Deep was definitely not a rom-suspense book though. It was more a contemporary romance with a dollop of suspense to add a bit of flavor. There’s nothing wrong with that but in my opinion categorizing it as a romantic suspense is misleading to readers. I was expecting a romantic suspense and was disappointed that it wasn’t. However if you’re looking for just a smidge of suspense in your romance then I say pick this book up and enjoy.

Click It or Skip It? Click It. Despite the lack of suspense, Going Deep is still a good way to pass the time.

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