Connecting Strangers, Book 1 in the Discovering Emily series, Rachel Carrington
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
I’m not sure how many books are in this series, if it’s a trilogy or more – or even when they are out. It seems to be in the trilogy mould though, and ends with a clue for the way the next book is going, but not what I’d think of as a huge cliffhanger…thanks Rachel as I REALLY HATE those!
So, it’s romatic suspense and the romance kicks in pretty quickly with the delicious Adam, who’s attracted to Emily as soon as he pulls her over one night on patrol…She’s escaping from an abusive realtionship, and somehow quickly gets taken over by a local cafe owner, who’d been through similar herself and recognised the signs Emily was showing. Adam turns up in the diner next day, and it’s not long before the two fall into a passionate, sensual affair. They just don’t seem to be able to keep their hands off each other. Of course Emily has to keep some parts of her escape secret, and it turns out that Adam has been quite close about his past too…but secrets have a way of coming out at the very worse times.
There’s lots of emotion and drama here, but I just didn’t feel they were in enough depth. It felt very superficial. Though I loved Adam and Emily I didn’t quite connect with them in the way I thought I would. There were parts of the story too – especially the later elements, that seemed too glossed over, too slick and convenient. It did make me glad though that the UK police force isn’t elected, that though it has it’s shortcomings at least money can’t buy influence as easily as it seems it can with some of the law upholders in this story.
The end, you think it’s all tied up and then…out comes the start of the next book. I enjoyed the romance, though would have liked a slower build up, it seemed barely had they said hello, than they were getting hot and heavy. The suspense though, that was where the book really fell a bit flat for me. I didn’t really feel any danger for Emily, it lacked that “oh no – what now” factor.
Stars: Three. A good start, but not sure that I will continue with this. I guess it depends on whether the suspense picks up, and when and how many epsisodes there are next.
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