The Donovan Family by Margaret Watson
Love Me (Book 1)
Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)
Quick & Dirty summary: Helen Brody is trying not to think about whether the car that drove right through her office walls was accelerating or not. A good distraction walks through the door when Jamie Evans turns out to be the general contractor who is hired to repair her office. She has never forgotten the one night she spent with Jamie and it turns out that Jamie hasn’t forgotten either. Jamie is ready to pick up where they left off, but Helen is concerned that he could never be happy with her in the long run. As a person continues to threaten Helen, Jamie has to convince Helen not only to give their relationship a chance, but to let him protect her until her life is no longer in danger.
This was a very fast-paced book. While there is conflict between Helen and Jamie, it isn’t long and drawn out. The fact that Helen and Jamie’s relationship began off-page prior to the start of the novel adds perceived length to a relatively short book (122 pages). Another component that I like about this suspense is that there isn’t a lot of mystery, but there is a lot of action and suspense. The question isn’t who the perpetrator is, but when and where he will strike.
With the short length of the book, it is difficult to get a real sense of the primary characters. Certainly the secondary characters, or the other Donovan’s, are described with strong characteristics. In some ways this makes them caricatures, but in other ways it makes sense since the rest of the series centers around these people. I am looking forward to reading more from this series to see how the characters evolve or develop.
Is it worth buying? (Kindle Free)
Yes, you saw that correctly! This book is free. And yes, it is worth buying!
Something else you might enjoy:
If you like a series about law enforcement, then try Julie James’ FBI/US Attorney series. While I haven’t reviewed them here, I enjoyed all of the books. The main characters are not related and all of the novels are standalones, though interconnected, but they are all involved in law enforcement.