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About the Author
Gerri Hill lives in East Texas, deep in the pines, with her partner, Diane. They share their log cabin and adjoining five acres with two Australia Shepherds, Casey and Cooper, and a handful of furry felines. Her books include Hunter’s Way, Behind the Pine Curtain, and No Strings to name a few.
Abby Craden is a professional actress and voice artist who can be heard in numerous TV and radio commercials, video games, and audiobooks. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner as well as an AudioFile Best Voice of 2012, Abby is an award-winning stage actress and a resident artist with the prestigious theater A Noise Within.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B00540GNL6
- Publisher : Bella Books (May 1, 2005)
- Publication date : May 1, 2005
- Language : English
- File size : 1193 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 350 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #264,270 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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There is a rape of one of the primary characters in this book, and a lot of people seem to feel the aftermath of it was handled badly by the author. Namely because the story doesn't spend a lot of time dealing with her recovery. She seems to be able to move on with her life very quickly, particularly with sex, which some reveiwers feel is not only unrealistic but also disrespectful of rape survivors' experiences.
In my opinion, the aftermath was believable. Yes, she moves forward with her life, even into having sex again, quickly. But I want to point out that recover is different for different people. For some, like for this character, sex can be healing, even so soon after the trauma. I think the way Hill writes this characters experience is well done for the following reasons.
1. She acknowledges that rape isn't about sex, it's about power and in this case was a form of torture to gather information.
2. She was at a point in her life where she was learning about her own sexuality. Prior to the assault, her experiences were mediocre at best, and so her growing attraction and feelings for her new partner who was actually a gender she was attracted to...well I could see how sex could be a reclaiming of her body, not just as part of recovering, but also in general.
3. She isn't magically healed after the sex and emotional release. She does still rely on coping mechanisms. She has support and healthy coping techniques.
4. Not everyone who experiences trauma develops PTSD or processes it the same way.
5. She is in the middle of investigating an escalating serial killer, her life is increasingly in crisis mode. Some people are extremely high functioning when they feel like their is a crisis to deal with, in fact, this is an important quality for anyone in military or law enforcement.
My only real dislike about this book was that there were some formatting issues that made it a little confusing when POV changed, but it wasn't even that big of a deal and rarely was enough to pull me out of the story. Most Gerri Hill books don't have this issue at all, some I'm guessing this is an earlier work.
Fan fiction is actually pretty fun! Yes, yes, I know I'm a tad late in discovering ¨uber-Xena¨ type stories... but the Xena and Gabrielle chemistry is so electric and universally adored that even a more distant likeness like Tori Hunter and Samantha Kennedy conjure this magic.
So homicide detective Tori Hunter is our brooding protagonist in this story. She can't hold a partner- at work or personally. She's just too emotionally troubled to let anyone close. At 37 she still hasn't worked out some extreme trauma she experienced as a kid and apparently her obnoxious and reckless behavior at work hasn't forced her into some much needed long-term therapy with the department shrink. She is simply permitted to be the (somewhat juvenile) resident rogue.
Along comes ¨hot-tempered¨ Samantha Kennedy (according to the back of the book), her new partner... who is anything but ¨hot-tempered.¨ Hot, maybe... persistent, for sure... but she's not swimming in passion and anger. Breaking a mirror doesn't equate with passion as much as it symbolizes changing herself. If anything, passion is a repressed part of herself upfront. She doesn't know herself at all and is rather passive. So it's no surprise that at 34 she's still wandering aimlessly in straight-ville with a controlling boyfriend in tow. When you don't take charge of yourself... others won't hesitate to do so.
Together these two search for a serial killer who is targeting young lesbians... which in turn provides us with a convenient setting of queers to observe for our closeted straight woman. The charm of this book is not just that it is reasonably well-written with wonderful character chemistry and moves along at an easy pace... but that the romance is set at the forefront.
I don't want to say that the police drama is a subtext, exactly, because it is plausible enough... but it's there to give these two every opportunity to get closer, visit lez bars together and even behave like girlfriends. This is a very sweet union... which is why it's a little surprising when violence actually does ensue. There is a rape scene that I almost want to say was just kinda glossed over... but it really didn't feel that way. Again, this is not a book that wants to focus on dysfunction and depressing stuff... it is first and foremost a romance and manages to stay as much despite the drama that emerges.
The one annoying factor for me about this story is the needy boyfriend who doesn't go away until, like, page 227... and then somehow STILL manages to resurface again, and again, lol... geez. GO AWAY ALREADY!! Coming out story or not... this author allowed way too much time to this clown. I'm not sure if he was supposed to be amusing (not) or prepped as a stalker for book 2... but if nothing else he is more evidence of Samantha's passive nature. If she were truly hot-tempered he'd of been found in a ditch by page 23.
It is Samantha's vulnerability and femininity that appeals most to Tori and breaks down her defenses... Sam is someone Tori instinctively wants to protect.
Whatever its little flaws, you're still gonna get hooked on this sexy couple.
This seems like a mix between those series and buddy cop movies except with two female leads.
I would love to give it a four star but there were just too many pov whiplash errors for my liking.
A little more editing would have made the novel better. I hated the characters at first, but quickly grew to like them and by the end was hoping that nothing would happen to them.
Except the boyfriend. He sucks.
Pick it up if you like the vibe of cop shows but in book form.