I received this book for free from InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Claire Goodnite #1
on March 13, 2018
Cover Design: Alyssa Garcia at Uplifting Designs
Format: kindle e-book
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: InkSlinger PR
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About Tell Me A Story:
George Washington Township, New Jersey has seen its fair share of crime and tragedy. Most recently, a young boy is missing from his home and the tenacious Detective Claire Goodnite is eager to find him.
But the case is stirring up old memories best left forgotten. When a blast from her own past, FBI Special Agent Wesley O’Connell, turns up, Claire finds it hard to keep old ghosts at rest. And even harder to keep the sexy SAIC out of her case and her bed.
Claire Goodnite is the best damn detective in the state of New Jersey and you better believe she's coming for you.
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I have mixed feelings about this book. I don’t know if I have liked or not. Not true. I know that I have liked some parts, and disliked other things. Weird about it all, if I had book #2, I would start reading it right now.
Contemporary Romance with a few murder/suspense moments. Mostly one-POV (the heroine). The hero had one chapter, chapter 28.
- Addictiveness: I couldn’t read it in one sitting. I had issues and I needed a breather from the book. At the same time, the conflict kept me going and had me wanting more. If I could place this in a middle column here, I would. (something for my future reviews)
- Freshness: Even though the story doesn’t have anything we could say WOW, how different, the overall book has a fresh vibe. I like the concept of the story and I find original the promise of the series.
- Plot: believable 3/5, conflict 5/5, dialogue 3.5/5, ending 5/5, enjoyment 3/5, opening 3.5/5, pace 3.5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 4/5, twists 4/5 I have a lot of things that I have enjoyed here, and others not so much. I have to say the conflict of the story is great and it kept me going and I have ended wanting more. The end was really good also. This book has a great setting; I’m a huge fan of small town’s vibe. The subplot and the twist at the end were really well done.
- Romance: believable 4/5, chemistry 5/5, description 4/5, development 3.5/5, steam 4/5 This is a love story. In the middle of all the craziness I have to say this book is a romance novel. Their chemistry is undeniable, their past is full of angst but we can see that is underlined by love. The development here is not great, but the promise for the future is really interesting and something I would like to read more.
- Writing Style: I don’t know. Like with addictiveness, I would place this here in a middle column. I really like most part of the plot. I have truly enjoyed the romance between the couple. But I had big problems with the characters. The writing in this book is good, but not great yet. It has enough to keep the series interesting.
- Character: hero 3/5, heroine 2.5/5, secondary characters 3/5, growth 2/5, real 3/5 Here lies a big part of my struggle with the book.
- Wes: I usually prefer the alpha type of hero, a bit of jerk, that likes to control things. Well, not the kind of jerk or control of Wes. Really, that man was always pushing too hard and yelling. Maybe if I had more of Wes POV, I could have connected better with him. The one chapter I had of him, was his best moment for me.
- Liam: Really, as a secondary character, he was almost a third main character of the story, but he was as horrible and obnoxious as Wes. I won’t even start how he carry on his job, that I will talk about later.
- Claire: I don’t even know where to start. Yes, Claire has a trauma. A trauma that should have been treated by now, since it has been 24 years since it happened. ( I will talk more about this under plot). But this doesn’t justify she acting like a 5 years old all the time. She was either screaming or pouting or running, while I read a lot that she was one of the best cops out there. At the same time, I feel for that little girl. I’m invested in seeing her get treatment and maybe finally face her past. I want to know more of whom that little girl could become with proper treatment.
- Cover: art 3/5, title 4/5, subtitle 3/5, color-font 2/5, buy 3/5 I’m obsessed with cover arts and I have to start here saying that I wouldn’t buy this one without reading the blurb. I don’t really like the art, I totally dislike the colors that was used. I really like the title and the font. After reading the book, I even like the idea of the girl without a face, but the art and colors really ruined the suspense effect for me. Maybe if she had on different clothes. Something more Claire.
- Plot: I have to say that the cop/FBI environment presented here was not good. It didn’t feel believable and it really annoyed me. Really, in RL Claire would have never pass a psych evaluation. The way that she handled all her problems by screaming in the middle of her job with everybody and then flying out of the scene, was unprofessional. How the captain of the police and the FBI agent presented here acted most of the time, was also very unprofessional. Also, I have to mention I find quite hard to believe that a family with a huge trauma like that haven’t had psychological support. Not only Claire, but the entire family.
This was my first read from the author and I’m looking forward to continue this series.
I’m hoping that on the second book, I’m going to see a more mature Claire trying to finally face her demons so she can have a better life.
22.5/35 STARS = 3 STARS ( between 21 stars and 24 stars)
Addictiveness: 3 Character: 2.5 Cover: 2.5 Freshness: 4 Plot: 3.5 Romance: 4 Writing Style: 3
- Action 2.5/5
- Angst 4/5
- Darkness 3/5
- Humor 0/5
- Romance 5/5
- Suspense/Mystery 2/5
- Would I recommend? I’m not sure yet. I would like to read the series first.
- Would I re-read this book? Maybe, it really depends how long will it take to book #2.
- Would I re-read this series? Not sure yet.
- Would I read more from the author? Yes, I would like to continue this series.
You MAY read this because you follow the author; you SHOULD read this if you are looking for a bit of angst; you MUST read this because it has an interesting plot.