Sunday, August 21, 2011

Review: The Baby's Bodyguard by Stephanie Newton

Title: The Baby's Bodyguard
Author: Stephanie Newton

Read copy: eBook
Published: August 1, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 145920994X
ISBN-13: 9781459209947

A shocking discovery

When an anonymous text message arrives with photos of tiny hands and feet—and GPS coordinates—Florida cop Ethan Clark believes it's a prank. Then he follows the coordinates to an abandoned toddler. Handing Janie Doe over to caring child services worker Kelsey Rogers, Ethan thinks his job is done…until the little girl turns out to be a kidnap victim. To protect the child, Ethan and Kelsey stumble into an investigation that digs up a tragedy from Ethan's past. Will they uncover the truth before the kidnappers bury the trail forever?

My rating:

I’m not a fan of the H/S Love Inspired line, because for a non-believer (at least someone who doesn’t believe in God) these stories tend to come through as preachy. I picked this one up solely on account of a reading challenge - yes, I did read a few reviews before I did - and I actually wasn’t disappointed.

Don’t get me wrong, this is from the Love Inspired, so God is mentioned, so is praying, but I didn’t feel like the author tried to “make me see reason”, if you know what I mean. The genre also helped, since RS is a favorite of mine.

The story was rather template-y, it could not be helped, but despite the formulaic feel, the story worked. It was intense, rather dark and serious, for having to carry such a title, the characterization was good, so was the pacing, and if there was a slight lack of romance, it was to be expected.

Was it as good as some stories in the HI/SRS line. Nope, but it wasn’t bad. A nice surprise, in fact.


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