Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Book Review: Close Encounters

Author: Sandra Kitt
Title: Close Encounters
Publisher: Open Road
Publish Date: Aug 27, 2013
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided By: Net Galley
Book Blurb: 
Lee Grafton is a divorced cop and the father of a teenage girl. Carol Taggart is a newly single professor. Their lives collide one night when Carol is caught in the crossfire of an undercover drug sting gone south. Shot and seriously wounded, she finds an unexpected friend in Lee . . . unaware that the man she’s falling for could be the shooter.

Twenty years on the street do nothing to prepare Lee for the night that changes his life. Determined to make amends, the special-operations lieutenant finds himself irresistibly drawn to Carol. But Lee soon faces a new threat. With his career and heart on the line, he races to prevent Carol from becoming a victim once again.

Passionate and bold, Close Encounters shatters myths about race, gender, and love.

Review:  Close Encounters was originally published in 2000, which makes me wonder why the color lines seemed so antiquated.

The focus of the book is on Carol Taggart a professor who got in the middle of a take down while walking her dog at an ungodly hour of the morning.

That's where the story started to go wrong for me. I can't deal with the death of an animal in a book and it happened so early on.

I was hoping for a more cutting edge romance between Carol and Lee, but instead there was more about "the case" and less about the relationship, that didn't really start until the book was more than halfway through.

Carol was such a strong character. I wanted more of her. I wanted to know more about her and I wanted more of her with Lee, even though, Lee comes across as quite a manwhore at the beginning. There's no real reason for the two of them falling for each other either.

Then there's Carol's ex who is a douchebag. I couldn't quite understand why she had a fling with him at the beginning of the book. Sex with an ex-husband that you aren't in love with is always bad news.

Lastly there's Barbara Pena, who gets painted as some hero, when she isn't. I would have liked to have seen her exposed for what she was, rather than made out like some sort of wonderful cop.

Sandra's writing is great though I would have preferred this book to have been more of a mystery than a romance, because for me that part just didn't work.

Rating: 3 flowers


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