Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Review: Heat of the Moment by Robin Kaye

Title: Heat of the Moment
Author: Robin Kaye

Read copy: eBook
Published: October 21, 2014
Publisher: InterMix
ISBN: 0698182871
ISBN-13: 9780698182875

Cameron O’Leary, a 4th generation firefighter turned arson investigator, thinks he’s the luckiest man in the world—after a year of sickness in the family, everyone’s finally on the mend, and his life can go back to its even keel. But even though Cameron has moved to Boston to be there for his family, some sort of live-in nurse is still necessary, given the demands of his job.

Erin Crosby is financing her master’s thesis in social work by acting as a home health care nurse. Working for Cameron seems like the perfect gig—low key, plenty of time to work on her thesis, and the patient is lovely. She might never have lived with a man before—she’s never found anyone she cared about that much, had barely even considered it—but Cameron is easy to live with, and an easy friendship blooms between them.

But it gets harder and harder for Cameron to keep his hands off of his charming employee—and for Erin to remember that she hasn’t really moved into Cameron’s life.

My rating:

***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***

I have mixed feelings about this one, hence the middle-ground rating. It started great, a little Harlequin-y, but it didn't deter from my enjoyment of the story, it had two great protagonists and a wonderful little girl to bring them together...The tension was palpable, although I cringed a little at the insta-lust thing Cam and Erin had going...

Then came the one-night-of-passion scene, and the story fizzled for me. I never thought I'd say this, but the sex ruined this one. It somehow didn't "mesh" with the rest of the story, and although it was used as a catalyst for the rush toward the finish line and the ending, that one scene stood out like a sore thumb from an otherwise good story.
It simply didn't gel.

And the whole requisite misunderstanding that spawned out of that single scene didn't help things much. I hate it when authors use the misunderstanding and inability-to-communicate-to-each-other card in stories. It cheapens the whole thing, and just makes me roll my eyes.

And then everything was suddenly resolved between h/H, and all was well in Romancelandia. I don't know, the whole ending was tied up with a too neat and nice a bow. It seemed rushed to me, like there was a few scenes or pages missing, making the whole story appear a bit wonky and "lopsided".

It was cute (in places), and the shortness was a bonus, but there was just something missing.


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