Sunday, December 6, 2009

Review: Mouth To Mouth by Erin McCarthy

Title: Mouth To Mouth
Author: Erin McCarthy

Read copy: eBook
Published: November 1, 2007
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
ISBN: 0758228295
ISBN-13: 9780758228291

In Love, There's No Such Thing As A Simple Plan

Rule #1: Cops maintain their distance.

It was supposed to be your average stakeout. My partner and I would scope out both the coffee shop and Laurel Wilkins, the latest target of con man Trevor Dean's scheme to meet women online and bilk them of their money?and everything else.

Rule #2: Cops think fast on their feet.

So I went inside to get a better look. So she happened to be gorgeous with a body that made me temporarily forget how to order coffee. So she knew my name—Russ Evans—and hugged me like we were more than friends. So what the $#@ is going on?

Rule #3: Cops never, ever get involved.

At least she?s willing to offer herself up as bait. All I have to do is keep her safe—and keep my hands off. Anything else would be against the rules. And oh so tempting...

My rating:

Russ Evans is floored when the woman he and his partner have been watching, hoping a con artist would approach her, jumps up from her table, calls him by his name, and hugs him. What the heck? How does the woman know him? And what does she mean she was waiting for him?

Well, maybe she meant that she was waiting for him because they had a date, and she knows him because they've been chatting online for the past month or so.
Only that Russ doesn't even own a computer and even if he did he wouldn't have a clue what to do with it.

Laurel Wilkins, sweet, fuzzy bunny-like Laurel, has been set up, but she doesn't mind, the real Russ Evans is so much better than the creep sending her emails. Although he's starting to get annoying with his preaching about never meeting strange men online or in person, yadda yadda yadda. Well, maybe he can protect her...And make her fantasies of being wild come true.

Sorry to say, I expected more from this book. Sure, it was sweet in places. Sure, it was funny in places. Sure, it was hot in several places. And it did convey a good message for this era - about the perils of meeting strangers online...But still there was so much stalling in between all these sweet, funny, hot places that just didn't make for a constantly exciting and entertaining read.

The hero and heroine were walking contradictions for one. Though she more than him. He was just being the usual cop guy who wants the girl, but doesn't want to want the girl, convinced she could and should do better than him, constantly putting his foot in his mouth around her...
While she first came through as a strong, resilient woman despite her handicap, while the next she reverted into a spoiled, childish brat with absolutely no sense whatsoever, and threw tantrums when he tried talking reason.
I'm getting dizzy just thinking about it.
And I just didn't feel the connection between them. Sure they were cute together, but it just didn't convey romance. And sure they were hot together, but I feel there was too much sex and not enough love-story.

The three secondary stories (about Russ and his relationship with his brother, about the villain and his relationship with his latest victim, and about Russ' partner and Laurel's coworker), just kepr the pacing slow and sluggish. Cutting on the page count would've done this story a ton of good.

Good suspense subplot, though, and severely underdeveloped. I got the feeling the whole deal was inserted only as filler and as an afterthought. And the rushed "grand" finale didn't help matters.

I really wanted to like this story, but it just didn't deliver. I definitely expected more.


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