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Texan Undercover Paperback – October 27, 2014
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This love story has a lot to offer, not the least of which is the smoldering attraction between Internet cafe owner Claire Maxwell and long, tall Texan Dillon Anderson. With a retro angle of a pre-millenium setting, Texan Undercover takes advantage of the hot trend in Hollywood and TV--stories about events in our recent past.
I'm seeing this trend in several books, and a good example of when it works is Texan Undercover. Set in 1998 Austin, Texas, the plot revolves around a hacker using an Internet cafe for his nefarious deeds. To the uninitiated, and I'm one because my technology expertise is limited to running the software I've learned, this story could be ripped from today's headlines. Even though most of us now use markedly improved security, the hacker's modus operandi detailed in the book still occurs--usually with a different delivery system but with just as devastating results.
In truth, the story reminded me of a kinder gentler and romance-focused The Blue Nowhere by Jeffery Deaver. Where Deaver's book is a thriller, focused on the technological aspects of a psychotic hacker, Ms. Novark's book is focused on the growing romantic attraction between the cafe owner and the detective tasked with finding the hacker.
Ms. Novark deftly handles the suspense elements as well as the relationship that grows from sexual attraction to love.
The supporting characters, friends of Dillon and Claire are both strong and playful. They keep them grounded, and encourages them to step outside their fears and prejudice to experience the life of passion and pleasure. Needless to say Dillon is not far of the mark already, he becomes the lover and hero all rolled into one.
This was a fun, book with a twist mystery, with a tad bit of drama at the end. Small amounts of profanity but otherwise a good reading time treat.
They leave the scene of a crime (kidnapping, guns involved, and an unconscious thug) just like that? I know the parner and Nathalie were there, but they just cannot do that! Does not sound like something a private investigator would do.
It was a fun read, although unreal.