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- Print Length: 258 pages
- Publisher: Jug Run Press; 2 edition (November 8, 2014)
- Publication Date: November 8, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00PF2ARBA
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,534 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Anne Hagan starts "The Morelville Mysteries" series with <i>Relic</i> and the introduction of customs agent Dana Rossi and temporary Sheriff Mel Crane. Both characters have a lot in common as they are both on the trail of criminals, Rossi is chasing down a shipment of stolen goods that is coming in and Crane is on the trail of counterfeit money. From the moment they meet sparks fly and not only in words but the in sexual chemistry. Hagan gives them electricity right from the beginning, but as all good lawmen do, they put the job first. As we tail two separate cases, these two lawmen keep crossing paths and get more involved with each other than either is prepared for as they both have romantic pasts to put behind them. Hagan knows her couple though and there is nothing like a little excitement and danger to put those endorphins to work and we get to enjoy the after effects.
The mysteries are solid and the result is not rushed or too outlandish to be believed. Rossi and Crane make sense as a couple and their chemistry is good and could really work for them in future novels (at least I hope so, I am always a sucker for a happy ending). There is just a enough sex to satisfy the romantic, but not too much to distract the mystery fan. I did not want to put the mystery down and this is a good sign, cannot wait to read the next one and you will feel the same way. Word of advice: read this on a weekend. (laugh)
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Look, um, I'm not crazy about mysteries or suspense/thrillers, so I was hesitant to read this. Turns out it wasn't too anxiety producing. So I could move to my bedtime book. Well, that is, until near the end of the book when I realized I was still awake reading at 4 AM.
I did like the main characters. I liked how the author, Anne Hagan, divided the points of view between both of them. That way she could let us in both women's thoughts and actions.
For most of the book, I found the writing fair. Towards the end though, sentences were hard to understand and there were words that should have been other words. Like the word 'man' should have been 'main'. Maybe earlier in the book I wouldn't have noticed but here we are in the thick of trying to solve the crime and the tempo of action has sped up. I often had to reread passages to understand what happened.
In my opinion, using cuss words should be full out, and in this case warranted, or not used at all. I felt spelling a cuss word with asterisks felt like cheating. It was another thing that pulled me out of the book. The other cheat was in how the book ended. We're in the middle of the shake-down (or whatever that part of the arrest process is called and we don't get to see what happened until later. Sorry, I nearly threw in a spoiler. Then when it is all explained, it felt anticlimactic. Then the next book has a preview which is that scene duplicated. Truly a letdown. I do understand why the things in that last part of the book got jumbled. When I write a fast scene or erotica I find my grammar and spelling give up the ghost. And my descriptions are horrid. Note the above review. But I hope that part and the beginning of the next book can live up to the rest of the first book.
By the way, this book can be rated "G". What I mean is the sex scenes are kept to the minimum. For me, this story didn't call for long erotic scenes. Maybe in the next book or so? Mostly the story kept to the mystery. Relationships are building, but the main characters try to keep it 'professional'. I won't say how successful they were, but the author did a good job keeping it real.
I hope I haven't been too critical. I did like the book and do look forward to reading the rest of the series. Like I said, I liked the story and the characters. Worth the read, folks!
There were also way too many exclamation points.
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Decent introduction to a new series as small town Sheriff Mel and Customs Special Agent Dana butt heads and hearts while being forced to work together to track down the evil and mysterious Relic, who is behind a number of huge Customs scams and also a number of deaths. Mel and Dana are both likeable in their own ways . Butch Mel is keen to protect her family (primarily her sister, niece and nephew) and Dana her heart, having been hurt before. But their attraction is strong - can they resist it given that Dana is only 'passing through' Mel's life?
I usually like a bit more romance than this in my mysteries, but it was good enough for me to pay money to download the collection of 6 and I'm looking forward to more...
2) No real chemistry. So Mel liked Dana and so did her, but she had more trouble acting on it? And that's fine, except the only reason why I knew this was because they said it out loud in their heads. There was no tangible attraction, anywhere.
Still, I've given it three stars because the plot was actually good and interesting, even if I wasn't able to finish it myself.