Chasing Eva, (In Light of Shadows 1), Camellia Hart
Debut book by Camellia, and its very well written. I didn’t realise it was a trilogy and I’m a bit concerned over the title of the last book Killing Eva – sounds ominous, I hope its not 🙂
Its a story I enjoyed but I wasn’t stuck to the page, unable to let go. Its easy to pick up again though and continue. It does feel a little slow at times, but then making a story last over three books inevitably tends to have that effect for me.
I loved Eva, loved her confidence and her good friends. Every girl needs those and they were great characters in themselves. I also loved/hated the swimsuit model/ex fling of Clive’s – Sylvia? I think that was here name – I love the manipulative, jealous b itch type in a story!
What didn’t work so well for me: Clive and Eva, I loved them, and the way Clive has been searching for her in a way for such a long time. I just wasn’t convinced by their romance though, it didn’t feel real to me. I needed a bit more build up before they got together, that slow burn of can’t stop thinking about each other, the need to touch, kiss and more that comes over time as they get to know and respect each other. They certainly had lust and those scenes were good and fitted the storyline, but I just wasn’t feeling anything more….Also could Eva really pick up and run a top company so quickly and so well when its not what she chose as her career?
Then there’s the “what’s going on” suspense angle, and I just didn’t really understand it – why would the FBI get involved, and would they really have agents that inept? Again though suspense is hard to get right, especially in a debut book, and though this was a good line, it just felt a bit confusing to me. I wasn’t really sure why someone would do what they did, the motives – though I suspect one person and the motive is there, it just doesn’t quiiite add up yet for me. Maybe it’ll come together more in the later books – that’s happened to me before, when I need the whole story to understand and make sense of what’s happening.
Stars: Four, a good start, but a little slow and confusing at times
ARC supplied by author