Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Review: Deadly Beginnings by Jaycee Clark

Title: Deadly Beginnings
Series: Deadly
Author: Jaycee Clark
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: January 26, 2014
Publisher: Beyond the Page

Kaitlyn O’Reilly, an RN, believed she’d found love with the charming and well-liked surgeon she’d met at work. Landon Goldburg was kind, attentive, and she thought they had so much in common. Now engaged, the good doctor has quickly become the man of her nightmares. As he grows more controlling and violent, Kaitlyn wants her freedom.

Jock Kinncaid can’t stop thinking about the quietly beautiful—and engaged—redhead he met at a fund-raising gala months ago. He knows a spitfire lurks beneath the surface of this woman who’s invaded his dreams, and he knows she’s exactly what’s been missing from his otherwise ideal life. When a chance meeting throws the two of them together again, Jock swears he won’t let her get away this time.

But even as Jock vows to protect the woman he loves and Kaitlyn struggles to trust Jock and the passion between them, the deranged doctor is bent on destroying them both, even if it means killing the only thing he loves.

My rating:

***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***

As soon as he sees her, Jock Kinncaid knows she is the one he's going to marry. Pity, Kaitlyn O'Reilly is already engaged...

Kaitlyn "certainly not Katherine" O'Reilly is in over her head. She thought she found the perfect man, only for him to turn into a perfect nightmare. Dr. Landon Goldburg III dictates every aspect of her life—from what she'll wear to how she'll talk, who she'll talk to, and she's certain he's also sabotaged her ability to enter med school. A doctor's wife place is at home, he says.

When he hits her, she knows she has to end things. Unfortunately, her fiance won't accept her ring back. She's his, you know. And she'll learn.

I wished it was longer. As it was, the only thing that was "fully" developed was the romance, while the best part, the suspense with its crazy villain, took the back seat to the "love story" between Jock and Kaitlyn. Yes, the romance was cute and sweet, but also rather rushed (due to the length of the story, I suppose) and hence rather unbelievable (in the love department, there was no problem with the lust).
And I couldn't help but think Kaitlyn simply changed one overbearing man for another. Yes, Jock was sweet and he "asked" instead of "told", but he still wanted it all his way (no highway option) and although he made her think she actually had a choice, she never had one. He was her knight in shining armor, her hero...Of course she fell for him. He was kind, he was gentle, he never lifted a hand over her...Of course he was "different" from her abusive, crazy ex.

I don't know, I just didn't "feel" the love, and with that after taste of Jock being quite similar to Landon, minus the abuse and craziness, with added charm, I didn't "buy" it.


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