I saw this book when it first came into the library and I figured I'd give it a try since I enjoy Evanovich's Stephenie Plum series. And well it was refreshing to finally see a couple of strong female characters, ones who have kick ass skills and know how to use them (instead of Stephenie and Lula from Plum who are always ridiculous) it fell far from the mark I was expect.
By looking at the book flap I expected
this to be less about just Kate O'Hare and more about Fox as well. After
all this is clearly a start of a series which will star both of them.
But all the background information, personal details, and inner
monologues were all Kate. Fox was nothing but a cardboard cutout version
of the sexy conman and he never really evolved. I didn't learn anything
to flesh out his character but I would have liked to.
though the reader did learn more about Kate it didn't seem to make
sense. She was set up to be a tenacious FBI agent (hell she's so bad ass
that she punched out her commander when she was a Navy SEAL because he
made a pass at her) and occasionally she talked about how she didn't
always play by the rules. I know it was for a con and all but by the end
of the book descriptions of Kate's hot body were abundant but anything
kick ass she did was basically glossed over in a sentence or two. I
would have liked for the focus to be on her analytical skills instead of
on thoughts like "eww, he's such a pig."
I also expected this
book to be a little bit more serious than the Plum novels, more high
speed crime and drama. And it did get a little gritty but then the
authors (I'm betting on Evanovich because of the similarities to the
Plum series) they tried to insert too much humor into situations where
it wasn't needed. A scene where the focus is more on a man's anatomy
than how O'Hare can get out of the situation. The ending couple of
paragraphs that come straight out of a fanfiction scene written by a
twelve year old like "create a scene where the character's aren't doing
anything dirty but everyone else thinks they are and go."
will not be a series that I will continue because I felt it promoted
itself as a more serious crime drama and it was not and because the
characters were so dull and flat I just didn't care about them.