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Lizzy had the bad luck of seeing someone killed. Turns out both the person killed and the killer were FBI agents. Unfortunately, Lizzy has not had good personal experiences with the "Blue Line" that all all cops share. And running on no sleep, shock and shear terror, Lizzy grabs what she absolutely has to have, and bolts for safety. Luckily, Lizzy was able to get away and find safety on an island in Washington state that houses the summer camp she attended back in her youth. In the middle of winter, with no way to access it, except by boat, it should be a safe place to hide out.
From the first time Lizzy came in to give a statement, Mac was having very inappropriate thoughts about Lizzy. Then when she seemed to just disappear, leaving him with no leads on the death of his partner, Mac got a bit obsessed. It took him a couple of months, and a bit of luck, but he tracked Lizzy down. Now he just has to convince her to trust him when he says believes her and that he will help her.
I liked Lizzy's gutsy-ness and levelheadedness. She thought ahead, played it smart and I really admired her for it. She was the complete antithesis of the TSTL female character. Mac, on the other hand, I didn't really like. I found it really odd. Most of the time, it's the female character I have an issue with. This time it was the male. He came off as a bit of a condescending jerk in the beginning and I just couldn't warm up to him. Then there was their first sex scene, and I was a bit eww-ed out by it. I understand it was a plot device, but still - eww.
I did like the over-all plot and the writing was well done. The dialogue was tight and once Mac and Lizzy were once again in Chicago, the family dynamics were fun and heartwarming. Then there was Lizzy's dog Franny. The author did a great job of making sure that Franny's needs weren't forgotten and portrayed them in a very realistic way. It's nice to see an author remember that dogs have to be fed, walked and played with. Every. Single. Day. And not just when their needs can be a vehicle to move the plot along. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. Overall, I enjoyed this read and would tray another in the series. I gave this book a solid 3 stars.
The author provided me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
Find Me started off so promising. I had read the first chapter beforehand and it hooked me. I wanted to read more and was excited to see what would happen. Lizzy accidentally sees the murder of an FBI agent, only when she goes to the FBI office to give her statement she realizes the killer is another FBI agent! She has had some bad experiences with the police in the past, she knows they stick up for their own, so she is not sure what she should do. Can she really go to the FBI and tell them one of their own did it? Will they believe her? And who can she trust? She doesn't know who all might be involved.
Lizzy doesn't think the FBI will believe her if she does go to them. After all they didn't do anything in the past when she needed them. After someone tries to break into her apartment she decides to run to Seattle where she has a friend who has property on a remote island in the San Juan's. Somewhere where no one can find her. She needs to try and keep herself safe.
After Lizzy runs Mac can't let the case go. He was instantly attracted to her and is worried that his attraction made him miss something. Maybe she is involved with the killer. Maybe she helped do it. Who knows, but he has to find her. He won't rest until he does.
Now up until this point I was good with the story. I was enjoying it even though some of the conversations were a bit...not realistic for me. It was just a fun read. But once Mac finds Lizzy, once he washes up on the shore of her island during a bad storm, then things just spiraled way out of control for me. Then it turned into like this constant sexy time or thinking about sexy time thing. It was not good. The things the people thought, said and did didn't make sense most of the time.
Mac is passed out when Lizzy finds him, with hypothermia, so she knows she needs to heat him up. She puts him in front of the fire and starts taking off all of his clothes. Skin to skin contact is needed to get him warm. Fine, no problem there, but there was the first iffy part for me. When she takes off his boxers she ogles him and thinks I wonder what it would look like when he wasn't freezing to death. How big would it be? Stuff like that. Um...okay...then she forgets to put on her survival suit to go get more firewood and gets a bit of hypothermia herself (so how cold is it there that going out into the rain needs a) a survival suit and b) can make it so you can get hypothermia that quickly?? It didn't seem quite right to me, especially not in the Pacific Northwest there, but I never spent a whole year on the islands so maybe...). So of course she needs the skin to skin contact with mystery guy just as much as he needs it.
So when Mac wakes up with a naked lady, thinks we must have had sex even though he doesn't remember that, and without knowing who she is, without even really looking at her, thinks how he has to be in her or he will die or something. Lizzy was the same way - she needs this mystery guy or she will she will just not be able to go on...No, just no. So they have sexy time and it was really not sexy. And then it just went on from there. Lots of sexy time, lots of Lizzy being afraid of what will happen and wanting to run (especially when she finds out who Mac is), just lots of stuff that didn't read as realistic. Like the airport just shuts down because of the crazy storm that had had them trapped on the island. It was just...I don't know. I didn't seem believable. That was the biggest issue, nothing seemed real.
It was sad as I was really enjoying the first part. I don't know what happened, but it just fell off the rails for me once these two met up. The end was also a bit too simple, too easy, not what I wanted. I didn't even really get that yes! We caught the bad guys! moment. It was more like oh, that's it? Oh well. This is obviously not the book for me.
This review was originally posted to Jen in Bookland
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