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I’ve thought about it a lot. And the only thing I can think of is that we’re dropped back into their story after all the angst and turmoil of the initial connection between the two is already over. So, if it’s been a while since you’ve read Shutter Speed, you might want to read that one again before you start Freeze Frame and read them both as one long book. I think that would have pushed my like more towards love…
Instead, you get a lot of routine decisions that every couple makes when starting out together. They’re not dull decisions but they are the less than exciting things that build a relationship. And I do that kind of stuff daily. I don’t even want to think about that stuff if I don’t have to in my own life. That’s why I read.
There is a lot of stuff going on in the background of Ben and Isla’s life that makes you think the threat against them is not over and I would have rather seen more of that story line. But, even though I wanted to get to more action, Barker and Dove do bring a well rounded story to the table.
In this continuation of Ben and Isla’s story we learn a little more about Ben’s past work with the DEA and his troubled family history. We also experience with them how difficult it is for two people to blend their two, sometimes very different, personalities into one life together. It’s not always as easy as everyone makes it out.
What you don’t question is the depth of the love these two have for each other. They have their challenges. They have tragedies they have to work through. Doubts they have to overcome. And they have to remember that each of them had a past before they met each other. Nothing that seems like it’s a deal breaker, but all together, definitely doesn’t make for a smooth transition into couplehood.
Regardless of whether this is read as a stand alone or as one long book along with the prologue, I have to give it to Barker for creating another solid story with incredibly likeable characters and a realistic story that will keep you reading.
I am a fan of Freya's strong independent heroines, Isla fits that bill perfectly. Not just any woman would pack everything up to go help look after a campground on the side of a mountain. But when her Uncle Al needs her help she doesn't think twice. This giving her the perfect backdrop and subjects to further grow her photography and pursue her dreams. Over the crest of 40 she had all but given up the hopes of finding love.
Ben finds himself at a turning point of his life. After many years undercover for DEA he is now retired and ready for normalcy. He was not willing to look for love and companionship while undercover but a certain Pixie has given him a direction and a place to start. Once he starts to settle in he is quickly realizing what he has missed out on and doesn't want to waste any time. Bringing what little family he has to Delores to spend time with them.
When Ben's past sneaks into Delores things get anything but boring. Can Ben keep his past from touching Ilsa and his family?
I often worry when two authors join forces on one book, can the writing style truly mesh. I think Freya and KT are either pretty well matched or maybe a ying/yang. The writing is seamless and I couldn't tell who was writing when. Ben and Isla are both in an adjustment faze and the growth of these character individually and as a couple was very touching.
I am excited to see where Freya and KT take us next with The Snapshot series.
Ms. Barker's characters become like old friends in a matter of a few pages. Uncle Al returns and he is a hoot and a half. As is Ben's sister's child and the dog they acquire. The banter between characters is natural and when you add Ben's sister in the mix, it only gets better. I love the cameos by some of my favorite Cedar Tree residents, especially the way Neil riles up Ben.
Being in a new relationship, the couple still struggles with a few things but they seem very well suited to each other between the sheets. The sensual side of their relationship is HOT and the emotions they feel are realistic and true. Then Ms. Barker adds to her recipe her special ingredient, suspense. That cranks the entire story up several notches. The surprises Ms. Barker has in store for the reader will shock them. I love these characters and can only hope that there is more stories coming from this series.
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"Freeze Frame" continues the events that happened in Barker's novella "Shutter speed" and boy did this book far from...Read more