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on May 13, 2011
I usually like Shannon Butcher, but this was just bad. By the time I got to the end I was extremely disappointed. I have several of her other books on Kindle, and I was looking forward to this one since it was touted as having a strong female lead. Wow. No. The main character is a hard core gun for hire with some serious daddy issues. Well she was until this guy she's met for about a day tricks her into speaking ONCE with her father. Who she now loves again even though her entire life has been one long string of her hating him. One little talk with several other people looking on and she's ready to fly into his arms and forgive everything. Since it's so played up how horrible he was to her I'd at least expect her to say that they could catch up over coffee or something once her possibly dead friend was taken care of. Ease into it and try to build a relationship. If it hadn't been mentioned and prodded into oblivion throughout the entire book this wouldn't have been such an issue for me. Suspension of belief and all that. But it's a pivotal plot point, and it makes zero sense that the second half of the book would happen the way it does.
And this career that she loves and makes her the strong independent woman she is at the beginning of the book? Well forget it! She's quitting and moving to a rural farm town to be with the man she loves. The man who fixed her relationship with her father. The man she's know for less than a week. And did I mention that he's pretty close to being exactly like her father? Yeah, this girl needs a shrink and her concealed and carry license revoked.
The rest of the book is a lot of inner dialog from the two characters as they plod through the jungle by themselves even though both have access to what amounts to their own mini militias, who they call in at the last minute anyway. Why you ask? Yeah me too.