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Top Customer Reviews
The love story between Madeline and Donovan was well-paced and believable. I enjoyed seeing a woman who has been burned by love learn to trust again, and a former womanizer finally discover true love and give his heart to someone. There were some misunderstandings along the way (what's a good romance novel without them?), and rooting for them to overcome them was part of the fun.
What really kept me turning pages was the mystery element. So many murder mysteries aren't really a mystery at all, with the culprit easy to guess in the early chapters. There were plenty of possible suspects here, and while the true perpetrator was someone I identified as a possible suspect, it was never obvious and the twists and turns of the plot kept me guessing the whole way.
Donovan is an attractive Alpha-male, known as a ladies' man, who turns his ways when he finds a connection with Madeline. Madeline is a feisty, independent woman. With persuasion, she soon learns that she can give her heart to someone, without regrets. In the midst of all the chaos, Madeline and Donovan find solace in each other, learning to love and trust again.
The story is full of mystery. A whole list of secondary characters has you looking over your shoulder and playing detective as you try to figure out who is the killer. And of course, the romantic and dramatic twists and turns throughout the story keep the reader on their toes.
If you like a "Who Done It" tale with a splash of sexy romance, this is the novel for you. It won't disappoint.
One thing I liked about Crimes and Passion was that some of it took place and focused on a dog grooming business, Woofy Cuts. It offered a unique setting I thought, and helped change up from the run of the mill office buildings and police stations. A minor point, I know, but something a bit different.
The cop was the man about town. As a male reader, I enjoyed Donovan. He took some getting used to, but I liked the obstacles and reputation he had to overcome. He had character flaws which I love in a character. Much more interesting to follow than a never sinning alpha male.
Madeline is a woman torn between her head and her heart. It's not an easy battle, and I'm not going to reveal which one she chooses. Suffice to say, choices like that are never easy.
One thing I really like about Chantel's writing is it's two fold storylines. The writing is very clever. It is romance of the finest quality, but leaves you guessing from one chapter to the next. Will they get together? There's plenty of reasons for them NOT to. I like that. The other element is the mystery side of it. Lots of twists and unknowing that keeps the pages flicking into the night to find out 'who dunnit?' You can't ask for more than that.
This is another outstanding read and one that I highly recommend.
The responding officer is Donovan Andrews, the local playboy who's cycled through all of the women in town, some several times, from the police chief's daughter to Madeline's boss, Lindsay.
Sparks fly as suspicions revolve around the town that Donovan was the killer. Madeline believes Donovan is innocent, and reluctantly join forces with him to find the real killer--all the while fending off his romantic overtures.
The plot thickens with a second murder, but when Madeline is injured by a maniac, Donovan stays at her side and wins over her parents. After several twists, both romantic and suspenseful, Madeline has to trust Donovan or lose her life.
This story was exciting and dramatic. I could understand how distrustful Madeline was of Donovan, but I loved the way Donovan persisted on winning her over. He was sweet and thoughtful, and always made sure to consider her feelings about her self image and her past. Even though he had a reputation, once he fell in love with Madeline, he did everything he could to reassure her and put up with her snarky remarks and putdowns.
I was really happy that Madeline finally understood why Donovan was the way he was and accepted his past, and I loved the ending and the plans they have for their future together.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a cross between a mystery and a romance, and both have challenges that leave us biting our fingernails until the very last page. I loved it! Read morePublished 2 months ago by AuntieK3
Madeline was walking a large dog on the beach in California when she saw a man in the water. When she got closer, she could see a rope around his neck and he looked dead. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rebecca J. Claxon
Madeline Scott has no idea how much her life is about to change when she finds a dead body on the beach. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rebecca A
I liked this one more than the previous book I tried by this author. But it was still a struggle for me to get through. It was just okay.Published 11 months ago by elgato
Loved this book, I liked how it showed the immature side of adults we are not always perfect and this tells you all of it.Published 16 months ago by Krissy Miller
I'm not sure how I even got through the first 50% of this book before I stopped reading it....Donovan was a 40 something year old guy portrayed with the libido and personality of a... Read morePublished on July 16, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Loved it! Wonderful mix of romance and crime. It kept me guessing. Just when your thought you knew another twist pops up ; )Published on May 9, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Who to trust, especially when you have little faith in men? A murder suspense novel with lots of twits and turns before the final outcome. Read morePublished on February 4, 2014 by kaye nothard
The romance or whatever competed too heavily with the crime story and just about overpowered it. I couldn't take anymorePublished on January 18, 2014 by SurfCityGal