But I’ve read this author’s work before and was impressed, and frankly, the whole notion of a “shy and awkward” police detective in a romantic suspense novel totally piqued my interest (they’re usually slick, swaggering, alpha-holes), so I decided to give this one a try. Overall, I’m really glad I did.
Sauer was a great hero. He was tough and alpha when he needed to be, but sweet and patient and endearingly shy when it came to emotional matters. He was a rarity in Romance Land, and I appreciate the hell out of unique, totally non-cliche characters.
The mechanics of the story were also good. The pacing was even, the dialogue felt natural, and I found very few typos and other grammatical errors. (Hey, no one’s perfect. There’s no editor alive that will catch EVERY typo, so I urge all you grammar Nazis out there—you know who you are—to ease up a bit.)
I had a couple of nitpicks, but nothing so egregious that it really damaged my overall enjoyment of the story:
And fair warning: as stated in the blurb, there is instalove. It personally doesn’t bother me too much. I don’t find instalove to be any more unbelievable than, say, werewolves, and I read the crap out of werewolf books. I only mention it because I know that instalove is a huge no-no for some readers. (*shrugs* To each his own, I say.)
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
Some elements of the story border on unbelievable, as is often the case with romantic suspense reads, but this is well-written enough to avoid contributing to the romance stigma, in my opinion.
Other reading suggestions
Well, like I said, I’m not a huge reader of romantic suspense, so I can’t offer much in the way of recommendations on that front. But, for a fantastic read about a socially awkward but totally sexy hero, try Melanie Harlow’s Some Sort of Happy.