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Tess Madison thought she left her old life behind. She was content to devote herself to her law practice and a man wasn't necessary, until the dinner party at the Worthington mansion and the return of Jack Valentine. Tess was humiliated by Jack three years ago and she wants to crawl under a rock when she sees him again. Jack shouldn't be at the dinner party. Her old life wasn't supposed to meet her new life, but it does and the dinner party full of dysfunctional family members ends badly. Now Jack is the prime suspect in a murder. What do you do when a super-hot man who gets to you in a way no other can is being investigated for murder? You represent him of course!! This puts her at odds with the people in her new life, but Jack is innocent; at least she's pretty sure he's innocent and her hormones aren't messing with her judgment.
When I first started DEADLY VALENTINE I swore that I was transported back in time. Back when I played the board game "Clue." I mean the whole dinner party at the old mansion with the old rich guy and the butler, etc. The plot is right off the game and into a story. It does evolve into more, but it takes some time.
I would categorize DEADLY VALENTINE as a murder mystery with a romantic subplot. Most of the story revolves around the investigation into the murder that occurs at the Worthington mansion and subsequent events. I love mysteries, but DEADY VALENTINE had twists that I felt were too predictable and the storytelling was drawn out at times; mainly the first half. I did enjoy the long list of interesting secondary characters (My favorite is Cora.). So many people could have been the murderer and we learn about many of them, which make for a complex story.Read more ›
The 'mystery" behind Jack's past is not really mysterious since it's pretty much spelled out for us half way though. The writing tense and tone also changed about half way as well. Tess is the protagonist until it abruptly changed from her to Jack. I love when authors give us different perspectives of the same event especially when we can get inside a guy's head, but in this case it just felt awkward.
I am thankful that the author gave us a complete, stand alone novel (no cliffhangers here), but it was just okay for me.
Not only are the characters readable and believable, but the plot is intriguing and believable as well. This is a page turner that will keep you guessing until the last page.
I'm definitely looking forward to Book 2!
For one, it seemed to me that the "big event" that had Tess withdraw from emotional attachments, and especially from Jack, was rather small and insignificant to produce that outlook. Yes, I get her childhood history plays a large role in her insecurities, but that leads up to my second criticism. The author "tells us" what her childhood was like and not in enough detail to really get much of a picture of it. It might have been more realistic then. This telling starts to take up more and more of the writing and the character development less and less, as well as less of the style of writing which I initially was taken by. The 'come here, go away' games between Tess and Jack reached ridiculous levels and at one point I wanted to through up my hands and quit reading! Her actions started seeming very immature for someone of her age and experience. Then, just when she admits her problems, then Jack starts in on the same line, in a kind of back-at-you, childish kind of way. The love she felt for her surrogate family was undeserved considering the strict conditions they put on it. Also, one editing problem in the kindle edition that drove me crazy was the constant change in font size, sometimes three different types on a page.
This is done in a hurry and it probably is evident. But I didn't want to just blow off a review because there was something about this novel that kept me reading to the end.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love the start of the Valentine series. This have everything I love to read mystery and romance. It has enough suspense to keep you reading from the first paragraph. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jami G
Very nice story and wonderfully written. Lists of suspense and mystery, buts also just enough love and romance to keep the story moving. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jane Ragland
This was a good story for Valentine’s Day. A classic "who dunnit" that catches your interest. And a main character was named Jack Valentine. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Linda Tippit
I must confess that I didn't know what a cozy was before I picked up this title. Now I realize that I've read many cozies and really do like the genre. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kelly Cain
This is a beautifully written and easy to read book that captures your interest and keeps you hooked up to and including the fantastic ending. Put this on your must read list.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a good romance/ who dunnit story. Lots of twists to the plot. When I finished the story I bought the next book in the series to continue the saga with the same... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Gretchen Lipp
Enjoyed the mystery, and, even though I'm not a fan of romantic fiction, enjoyed the interplay between the characters. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Alliwolfchild
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