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  • An interesting mystery that could use more meat

    BUY ME LOVE is a story following Moses Reilly, a Detective Chief Inspector for Scotland Yard, and Zelda Sachsen, a Guardian for a security company called G4S. Zelda also happens to be a werewolf. These two meet while investigating the same case, and once their true identities are revealed to one another, they find themselves falling in love. I have never read anything by this author before, and the first thing I have to say about this book is that it is VERY BRITISH. And when I say that, I do not mean biscuits-and-tea-with-the-queen British, I mean the other, rougher side of being British–the rugby side. The only reason I mention this is because this book is filled to the brim with British slang that at times I, as an American, could not even comprehend what was being said. Perhaps if the slang had been used less frequently–for example if it was only used when characters were speaking rather than throughout the narration–it would have had less of an impact. The story starts out slow as all of the characters are introduced and Zelda and DCI Reilly each try to find people responsible for a lucrative online dating scam. This goes on until 30% of the way through, when Zelda and Reilly figure out they are working the same case. That case is subsequently dropped for a more interesting one involving a murder near the G4S headquarters. The murder mystery is carried on throughout the rest of the book and it is definitely infinitely more interesting. However, with so much of the first part of the book focused on this dating scam investigation it seemed odd that it was thrown away so easily. Whenever something like that happens in a book, I like to examine why it would be. My conclusion was that essentially the dating scam investigation was the tool the author used to get the main characters together, and once they were there was no need for that tool any longer. The different POV changes were also a bit odd. Some of the characters that had a POV were only given them once throughout the whole book. Several of them seemed completely unnecessary–like when Viorica, the Romanian woman who worked in the station, managed to have an entire chapter just to have a lunch date with the superintendent, or where Susie got two POV scenes where she was in love with Reilly from afar but nothing came of it. There are times when POV changes can be useful, but these didn’t add anything to the plot. My biggest concern about BUY ME LOVE is that it doesn’t feel like a fully fleshed-out story. The bones are there, but it needs a bit more substance to it. This is especially true for the paranormal aspect of the story. There is absolutely no fantasy feeling throughout the book. We know that Zelda is a werewolf because she told us, but that is really it. There is no building of a supernatural world. We are just told that it’s there. The same is less so, but still true for the characters. They are rather one-dimensional, and none of their flaws or mistakes are addressed. Reilly starts the book in a sexual relationship with a married woman, and yet once Zelda enters his life it seems that whole situation just disappears with no consequences. It felt as though this was supposed to be viewed as harmless, but it personally made me lose all respect for Reilly within the first couple of chapters. This conflict (I suppose it would be MY conflict and not his since it is not addressed in the book) does not manage to give Reilly depth because he feels no remorse, he doesn’t have any sort of moral dilemma about it, and all it did was tell me that he had no interest in a real relationship. Zelda on the other hand was mostly the pretty, smart girl that every man wants. There wasn’t much more to her than that. I think her character had the potential to be so much more, but she wasn’t utilized to her full potential. She could have been a complete badass, but instead she was more of a follower for the men in her life. In all, I’d say that this book had potential, but unfortunately fell flat to me. However, I'd still be open to reading this author's other works. ARC courtesy of author in exchange for an honest review

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