August 31, 2012

Book Review: Shades of Temptation by Virna DePaul

Title: Shades of Temptation
Author: Virna DePaul
Release Date: September 18th 2012
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: Harlequin HQN
Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley

Carrie Ward understands dangerous men, and she's got the scars to prove it. These days, the Special Investigations Group detective saves her risk taking for the job. But when she's asked to pursue a high-profile serial killer, she'll have to join forces with the last man she wants to depend on—Jase Tyler, an ace senior detective who's as reckless as she is cautious. And despite her best intentions, the sparks begin to fly.
As Carrie and Jase race to try to save the next victim, the passion that simmers between them ignites. But a cunning killer at the top of his game is challenging Carrie to play to the very end. 
Now all she can count on are her instincts—and Jase, the one man daring enough to keep her safe….

My Thoughts

Virna DePaul has a talent for writing an intriguing mystery surrounded by an intense and deeply sexually charged atmosphere.
But sadly, that's where it tends to end.

The characters never truly develop, the story kind of stagnates, and I'm left feeling disappointed and let down - again.

The first half of this book was great.
Lots of heated exchanges between Carrie and Jase, plenty of tension, sexual and otherwise; a crazed murderer and an equally deranged copycat on the loose makes for a really great read.
But then it all slumps.
The story gets long winded and boring, causing me to skim through a good chunk of the book before it slowly starts to pick up again, but it doesn't - not really.
The remaining last third is a reasonably safe and stale read that leaves a bitter taste in the mouth, because I feel like Carrie and Jase have been cheated out of what could have been a fantastic story. Somehow it just seemed to plateau at the mid way point and never got back its intensity.

Overall a good read, but I was unsatisfied with the books lack of consistency. 3 Stars :]

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