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Former Cop Kidnaps Witness Story
on March 18, 2012
SYNOPSIS: A cop's g-friend is killed with a bullet meant for him. He tries to drink himself to death on his private island Iguana Bay. Then, the man who killed his g-friend is up on murder charges of another victim. One woman stands as the killer's alibi. The (ex)cop kidnaps her, takes her to his island, and then fights his intense physical and romantic attraction to the alibi.
The cop believes she's a mob moll. She encourages this belief in hopes it will keep his hands off her and keep her alive. In reality, she's a virgin school teacher, who happened to be at the wrong place/wrong time. Cop falls in love with her, takes her back to Miami, she gets the bad guy off. The bad guy gets finished off in the novel in a spectacular shoot-em up.
My favorite scene was when the heroine handcuffed the sleeping hero to his own bed. It was funny, and clever. Even the character later admitted that was when he fell in love with her.
I loved the scene where the heroine was deathly ill with cramps and the hero showed genuine concern for her. He even told her to 'Do me a favor and get another doctor'. It was a sweet scene and really showed how the characters were beginning to trust each other and mesh together.
An enjoyable read - if you skip the first few pages where the ex-cop gets lectured by his friend. If I were the editor, I'd suggest dropping that chapter entirely, and start with the witness in the Miami guilded prison high rise.
1) Gators don't eat people. They DROWN them, let the meat age a little, then eat them later. So the hero didn't once "see someone get eaten by a gator". (I'm a Floridian who has the nasty things wandering in my neighborhood. Don't let your dog out loose, cause they'll be gator food).
2) No one seeemed to even consider the judicial consequences of tampering with a witness, assault, or kidnapping. Pretty sure, the hero would at least have pause and consider - oh say - asking the heroine to say, "pretty please would ya not tell anyone I committed a serious crime that would put me in prison for the rest of my life? Pretty please?!".
3) When the hero was taking the heroine back to Miami he cut the motor and stared at her. Her first thoughts were of a romantic nature. Yeah. Right. She never considered that he might be planning on tossing her overboard for fish bait. Nor that he had plenty of reason to NOT return her safely to the mainland.
Liked this book enough that I almost marked it 5 stars, but the boring chapter at the beginning pushed it down a notch. It was a freebie on my kindle, and I will probably pursue reading other titles by this author.
The characters leaped out of the pages and did their thing.
It kept me up late finishing it and isn't that what good books are supposed to do?