Saturday, September 19, 2009

Review: Becoming a Cavanaugh by Marie Ferrarella

Title: Becoming a Cavanaugh
Series: Cavanaugh Justice
Author: Marie Ferrarella
Read copy: eBook
Published: September 1, 2009
Publisher: Silhouette
ISBN: 1426839391
ISBN-13: 9781426839399

Someone was murdering the city's elite, and anyone could be next. Assigned to the case was Detective Kyle O'Brien, whose new partner was the blonde, blue-eyed Jaren Rosetti, as sunny as Kyle was dark. Not to mention too irresistible for her own good. But their growing attraction had to be pushed aside as the horrific killer swept through the urban landscape. Kyle knew he was falling hard for his obstinate partner, who had a will of her own. While they deciphered the psychopath's code, the killer prepared to strike again—this time dangerously close to home.

My rating:

The pains in the butt keep accumulating for Kyle O'Brien. He's recently found out his whole life's been a lie, he and his two siblings are not children of a heroic marine, but by-blows of and ex-police officer, Mike Cavanaugh that never bothered to marry their mother (because he already had a wife) or acknowledge the their three children.

So Kyle now has a huge clan of pains in his butt, and now after his old partner retirement, he's burdened with a newbie to Aurora PD. An Oakland homicide detective, Jaren Rosetti. A female whose chattering and good moon never stops. For a loner and silent type like Kyle, her optimism should be outlawed.

To top it all off, Aurora is plagued by strange murders. Three victims so far, found staked through their heart. The only possible connection is preposterous - someone thinks they're vampires.

As Kyle and Jaren search for clues, Kyle realizes the unthinkable. Jaren has somehow gotten under his skin.

Not this is what I call romantic suspense. You could cut the suspense with a knife, the police procedures were wonderfully written and a pleasure the read, the frustration of the Aurora PD with their inability to come up with any valuable clues palpable, and the romance between the H/h realistic, progressing nicely from forced partnership, to reluctant friendship, and startling realization of deeper feelings.

The only thing marring this almost perfect picture was the fact the villain was a bit too easy to spot - or maybe I've read too many RS novels and know what to look for.

Nicely written, well-paced, with great characters and plot. What more could a reader want?


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