Friday, 18 October 2013

Review: Keeper's Watch by Cynthia Roberts (The Wind #1)

Publisher - Self Published
Publication Date - 11th August 2013
Ebook - 340 pages
Genre - Romantic Suspense

Source - Received from author for review

Rating - 3 out of 5: I liked it.

Reviewed by - Chrissie

Book Info - Detective Beth Tyler must decipher riddles left to her by her deceased father and protect his latest archeological find. She becomes a target for every ruthless privateer, collector and Federal agent, including the roguishly handsome, Jeremy Steele. When they first meet, one is fire and the other, ice.

Beth tries her best to thwart Jeremy’s attempt to join her excursion, but slowly she realizes it is best to keep her adversary close by her side. As the perilous journey unfolds, so too does a passionate attraction between them; and together they unveil a discovery that will change how history was once written.

My Thoughts - After being contacted by the author about a possible review for this book, I was excited to read it. And although I enjoyed Keeper's Watch, it wasn't quite what I was expecting and so that did throw me off balance a little bit as I started to get further into the book. But this was more from a personal point of view in that there are quite a lot of sci-fi elements in this novel and that is a genre that I'm not really a great fan of so it just took me a little while to adjust to the subject matter.

I liked the two main characters, Beth and Jeremy. They are both strong and fiercely independent characters who never like to back down from a challenge. Jeremy is incredibly arrogant, but as with most alpha males in romantic suspense novels, it was a sexy look on him. The problem that I did have with this novel though was that the romance element seemed a little too rushed for my liking. One minute, she is catching him breaking into her house and there is instant dislike laced with a good splash of lust just about hidden beneath the surface, then she is sending him away because she doesn't trust him (which I think was a wise move considering she'd just caught him breaking into her house) and then she is letting him join her on her journey as she tries to solve the clues that her father left behind because she realises that she can't do it without him and that she is in love with him. It just didn't feel right to me and I wish that they could have had some more time to get to know each other before apparently falling in love. But, I have to admit that once they were together they worked very well as a couple. Despite the fact the they are both very strong-willed individuals, they manage to work side by side on the task, they trust each other a great deal and there is a lot of chemistry between the two of them, which certainly heated up the pages more than a little.

The pacing of the plot worked well and there was a good mixture of excitement, quiet times where the reader could catch their breath along with the characters and the romantic elements. The author's style of writing is clear and easy to read, while some of the descriptions of the people they meet and the areas they travel through are simply breath-taking.

Summary - Although I did have a couple of issues with this book, it is a good romantic suspense that will have you glued to the edge of your seat.


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