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Capturing Karma (The Sullivan Boys) Paperback – December 9, 2009
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Matty is a psychic who helped solve crimes for the police. Because of this, someone close to her was murdered. Therefore, she quit helping the police and moved to Illinois. She now has visions concerning a missing man and is compelled to give the information to Brian, a local detective. She reluctantly agrees to continue helping him with the case as long as her name is kept secret (i.e. so no killer knows she is helping the police). He agrees. They are attracted to each other as they work together.
This author is the writing team of sisters, Pat Casiello and Kathie Clare. I was hesitant because I have never yet been pleased with books co written by two or more people. I was hoping to like it but was somewhat disappointed. I have read a handful of books that were co written. They've all been 1 or 2 stars. This is the best one so far and its only 3 stars.
This story has the basic ingredients for a romance novel, but I wasn't emotionally drawn in. I'm not sure what was missing. It was probably the characters. I was taken aback at how immediately they "fell in love" with each other. He's thinking babies and marriage way too soon. He dated many women before, but his immediate desire to marry Matty didn't feel right. I didn't see a relationship develop before they fell in love.
It's a short story, about half the size of a typical romance novel. In general, there was nothing special or different. It was just ok. I'd get it from the library. I wouldn't buy it.
I noticed another reviewer claims this book "is as cleverly entertaining as KISS THE GIRLS, and as thrilling as ALONG CAME A SPIDER, with Morgan Freeman." In my opinion, no. I saw the movie "Kiss The Girls" and found it full of intrigue and depth. This book had an interesting plot with a lot of questions answered, but the characters, events, and situations used to develop the plot were not exciting. Usually books have more depth than movies but in this case (for me) the movie did.
The authors blew it on one conflict. They wanted Brian to have a reason to not trust Matty, but they were inconsistent as follows. On page 84 Matty tells Brian that she knows a gun is in a boxcar but she says "I have no clue where this boxcar is located." Brian says "I do." He had seen a boxcar in someone's home. They went there, but found no gun. On page 129 Brian is thinking the following about why he does not trust Matty: "The boxcar incident hung between them. The evidence and her truths didn't line up. They had the gun, no thanks to Matty. She had been wrong about its location." Later in the story, he learns that the gun had been in a boxcar in another location that he hadn't known about. He was the one who claimed to know the location not her. Now he says she was wrong so he no longer trusts her? This annoyed me. If the authors wanted distrust, they should have come up with something better.
Story length: 184 pages. Swearing language: strong, including religious words. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: 3. Approximate number of sex scene pages: 4. Setting: current day Illinois. Copyright: 2009. Genre: paranormal romantic suspense.
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