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The Swallow (Caged Beauty Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – Large Print, March 1, 2016
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"If you like a good love story, stop reading this review and go read this book. It is phenomenal. The Swallow by Isabelle Joshua is well written and just a great read. It has action, suspense, and romance." - Shelby Dickerson, Paper Cranes
From the Author
The Swallow has taken a year to complete and it was such an exciting journey to write my first novel. Kathryn the main character was inspired by Elizabeth on the FX show The Americans. I wanted to show a women thrust into something she didn't want but making her way through it. I fell in love with Alex Reed and the relationship that sparks. I hope my readers love this story and the series as much as I did writing it.
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Kathryn works with the NSA to get information that is needed usually from unsavory people who would use it in unsavoury ways. Her job revolves around using her body and a drug to play with her targets mind and make them think they have had the time of their life with her. She hates her job and is silently making plans to escape, until Alex. This time the target is someone she has to get close to for a longer period tan she normally would, and as she gets closer to him she finds herself falling in love.
The book is shown from the perspective of Kathryn, so we only knows what she knows and what she feels and everything about everyone else is hypothesised. Kathyrn goes undercover as Ava and finds herself falling for her target, spends a month with him before an accident tears it all apart. This accident separates the book into two sections for me, and two different versions of the Kat is painted.
I disliked Kathryn decisions in the first half when she revealed after a week with Alex, everything about herself and her job etc. That struck me as maybe not something a person in that job/situation would do especially as they are still employed within a government agency and they would be confidentiality clauses etc, even if she had a plan to leave.
In the second half I liked her a bit more, even if she was dealing with a serious injury. Her reactions and personality seemed like the true person. However there were a few instances where I honestly wanted to scream at her for her behaviour and her decisions, also true in the first half. I really wanted to love the book, but unfortunately there was something missing and the characters all of them except for Alex rubbed me the wrong way. Kathyrn acceptance of Evan her boss behaviour when he recruited her, his messing about with specifically choosing her for the Alex mission all annoyed me big time. It seemed so unprofessional, and self-serving.
The cliffhanger at the end was unwanted, as I wanted finality and it to be all over and done. Honestly I want to rant, but will refrain and say read and judge for yourself. The writing was okay, plot points were okay, sex scenes were good and frequent. Being from only Kathryn's POV, we are limited to what she know, sees and judges from the people around her actions so I'm hoping with the second book, there are a few more POV to get a more rounded view.
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