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By the second chapter, I was all in on this book. I love a sordid murder mystery and Black provides a doozy. She creates a world where money, looks and sex can literally let someone get away with murder. I thought I had the murder solved, but there were twists that I did not see coming. This book was reminiscent of her first book In Too Deep which is one of my all time favorites.
The problem I had with the book was with the two main characters. I don’t want to give too much away, but because this book is part romance, it is a given that Maria and Avery are going to get involved in a sexual nature, but what goes down seemed somewhat forced for me. Upon their first meeting, Avery becomes obsessed with Maria. I didn’t understand why. Black doesn’t go to great lengths to set Maria apart from most detectives working any case. In fact, Maria is a bit tired and worn out so she wasn’t looking to turn on any charm. I always find it a little off putting when a top-notch detective inadvertently ends up having sex with the primary suspect. I know this is fiction, but I can’t help but think that an excellent detective would be able to resist the charms of any suspect. There is nothing nice about Avery, but Black slowly redeems her through the course of the book. However, the very quick change of heart/attitude/outlook that Avery comes to at the end of the book just seemed forced to me. This made the happily ever after questionable to me.
The oddest thing for me: where was Avery’s sister? Her nieces play a big role in her life, but the sister is just a big question mark.
Black creates a great cast of supporting characters. Maria’s partner was exceptionally relatable and all the women moving in Avery’s social circle were one of a kind.
Despite the problems I had with the two main characters, this book kept me engaged. I was 100% committed to seeing it through because I wanted to know who did it!
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I'm a big fan of Ronica Black's love scenes. Some people aren't. I still thought she excelled in these, but the chemistry between the leads was lacking. I didn't feel like they were 'meant to be', but it felt like I was being told constantly that they should be with how Avery acted with Maria. But I guess I just didn't see how they completed each other on a fundamental level? I also wasn't the biggest fan of Avery until the very end, and Maria seemed to have lost her head during some parts of the book. So just so-so for me in the romance aspect of this book.
The murder mystery I thought was handled well though. I didn't know who did it so kudos for that!
1.5 stars for the mystery 0 for everything else
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