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on February 3, 2012
You can't con a con--but can you love one? Carny Sullivan--named for the carnival in which she was raised--was taught from a young age how to spot a mark and how to run a con. But when she arrived in Serenity, she left the carnival and her former life behind. When Logan Brisco arrives in town trying to raise investment funds for a new theme park, Carny recognizes a con artist when she sees one. She's determined not to let him ruin Serenity's peace--and Logan is determined not to lose. Despite her best intentions, Carny finds herself drawn to Logan. Is he seeking riches--or redemption?
There are a lot of good things about this book. I thought the former con-meets-con storyline was fresh and well written. Both Carly and Logan are complex, well-drawn characters. It's the conflict between these characters that really drives the novel. I also liked the way Blackstock incorporated the theme of redemption and restoration into the novel. Many Christian novels include the faith plotline almost as an afterthought, but here it's more integral. This is especially notable since the book was originally published under a different title as a secular romance novel.
Where it didn't work for me, however, is that it's really slow. I'm used to more action from a Blackstock novel. I made it through the first half of the novel and wound up skimming the rest just to see how it wound up. It just didn't hold my attention for a thorough read.
If you're looking for a character-driven romance, you might want to give this one a try. If you're expecting something with some action or suspense, though, you might want to look elsewhere.