Friday, February 3, 2017

Review: Cold Midnight by Joyce Lamb

Title: Cold Midnight
Author: Joyce Lamb

Read copy: ebook
Published: August 4, 2009
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 1101106670
ISBN-13: 9781101106679


Ten years ago, Kylie McKay suffered a brutal assault that ended her athletic career and sent her running from everything—and everyone—she loved. Now she’s back in Kendall Falls, trying to rebuild her life and keep an eye on the future. But someone from her past has other plans ...

When Kylie’s construction site is vandalized, the man Kylie once left brokenhearted steps in. Detective Chase Manning has no doubt that Kylie’s life is in danger, and he’ll do anything to protect the woman he once loved—even if it means ignoring the desire that ignites between them—and to catch a killer, before he returns to finish what he started...

My rating:

Ten years ago, two strangers broke her knee, her knees, and her life, prompting Kylie McKay to run across the country, leaving Chase Manning, the only man she’s ever loved, in her wake.

Now she’s back, determined to build a tennis center in her hometown, but someone doesn’t want her back in Florida. Someone’s been sabotaging the building site, and one of her contractors had unearthed a baseball bat eerily similar to the one used on her ten years ago. And to make matters worse, the Detective assigned to the case is none other than Chase Manning...

This could’ve been a great book. The pacing was spot-on, the writing excellent, the characters well-developed and nicely layered with realistic issues and depths, the suspense and mystery were intriguing, the villain an utter and welcome surprise, although the motive had much to be desired...

It could’ve been a great book if it weren’t for the heroine. She was too much of a bitch for too long for me to warm up to her in the later chapters. An emotional cripple without apparent reason (at least I didn’t glean one), she kept bottling up her feelings, pushing people away, and running at the first sign of trouble, because apparently it was easier. I didn’t get her reasoning, I couldn’t stand her, and I couldn’t stomach the way she treated the hero, Chase. A bitch through and through, again with no apparent reason but for the fact it was apparently easier. I kept hoping for someone to kill her and put us all out of our misery.
When the turn point finally came, it was too late, and too trope-ish with the near-death experience changing her outlook on things.

Yet another book where the heroine ruined everything.


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