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Reading Under the Willow Tree

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Fatal Embrace - Aris Whittier For this review and more like it visit my new Adult book review blog: The Little Death

This book had all the right ingredients but none of the fizz. There was drama, romance, sex, angst and crime but it never quite hit the mark for me. The characters, although well put together, changed their minds about things all the time. Their personalities also seemed to change a lot too. One minute he was hot then cold. One second she was tender and caring then sarcastic and snappy. There is nothing wrong with that in general but it seemed like the changes were occurring in the same sentence, it was hard to keep up.

I liked that the romance was a slow burner, it took it’s time and built up throughout the book. My main problem with it was that I didn’t care that much for the characters; sure I thought it would be nice for them to be together but I was never truly invested in them. I didn’t get that agonising feeling in my gut where you want characters to be together so much it almost hurts.
Also, everything was a little fast in the beginning. The set up appeared to be in the middle of the book and not the start which I found a little bit bizarre, but once it had settled in it was much better.

There were times when this book seemed to step right out of reality and read a lot more like an over done Fan Fiction but those moments were few and far between.

What this novel does get right is the crime. About half way through I was pretty sure I know who the killer was but was surprised to find that I was well off base. It was a well done twist that really raised the level of the book for me. I didn’t see it coming and I often do so I give the Author credit for that.

If you are a crime-romance fan this is a short and pleasant read that you will probably enjoy. It could have been a lot better but it was still a nice way to waste away a rainy bank holiday afternoon.