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  • Fantastic characters and great suspense

    Murder and Mayhem is the first book in the series of the same name. This is a fast-paced romance between two opposites. The characters are likable and the rapid-fire banter fun. Of course, like all books by Miss Ford, the vibrant descriptions make the scenes and emotions come alive. I’m a sucker for a good romantic suspense and this one definitely delivers in terms of suspense, action, and intrigue. I loved seeing the mystery unfold as Dante and Rook try to piece together what went down and who’s after Rook. The ending came as a fun surprise for the most part and left me eager for more action from these two. From the first chapter, I loved the characters and how their personalities were so different. With Rook being a reformed cat burglar and Dante a cop who’d previously pursued Rook as a suspect for a number of different crimes, the potential for sparks was huge. Happily, Miss Ford delivered on the chemistry, especially physically. Then there was the fantastic banter between these two which further flushed out their individual and contradictory personalities. I laughed and smiled a ton while devouring Murder and Mayhem. And on top of a great pair of heroes, the secondary characters offer a considerable amount of charisma, deepening each of the main character’s personalities through their interaction and relationships outside of Rook and Dante’s romance. So why not 5 full stars? Unfortunately as much as the personalities shone and the physical chemistry crackled between Rook and Dante, the romance wasn’t quite all there for me. So much of Murder and Mayhem came across in Technicolor brilliance, but the emotional side of the romance felt incomplete. When the book starts, Dante and Rook often reference the previous existing attraction from their initial meeting years ago. Although that gives the reader a place to start and sets the stage for a fast-moving romance, I wanted to see it unfurl on page. The relationship definitely takes hold and grows within the book and I even got a satisfying happy-for-now conclusion, but the emotional connection felt glazed over. The result was Dante and Rook’s romance played second fiddle to the suspense which drove the plot. While I was admittedly let down in that realm, I cannot deny that I loved these two and their families and am eager to see what happens in the next book. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*

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