Title: Burned by Her Devotion (Rogue Vows #2)
Author: Melinda Leigh
Published: 1 November 2016
Publisher: Montlake Romance
In the second Rogue Vows novella, the town of Solitude, Oregon, will learn that good TV makes for terrible reality.
When Chase Ryan, a popular crime TV star, turns up dead, the entire town of Solitude is shaken—but the show isn’t over yet. The confessed murderer is violently abducted on the way to the county jail, and now Detective Seth Harding must find both the killer and the kidnapper.
Seth’s investigation unearths unsavory secrets from the celebrity’s life that incriminate a cast of suspects: Chase’s family, his sleazy agent, and a fanatical stalker with a troubled thirteen-year-old daughter. When that same teen disappears from her temporary foster home, Seth’s wife, social worker Carly Taylor, is drawn into the search.
Dodging paparazzi and peril, Seth and Carly track the girl. But as they get closer to uncovering the truth, the abductor sets the stage for a chilling finale…
This book is the second in the Rogues Vows series and the two books reads as one whole book albeit with different characters and POV’s halfway. No, I really felt like this books plot was all over the place and some parts of the plot seemed really ludicrous. This again goes back to the whole length issue, had the book been slightly longer then more explanation can be given which would not make some aspects of the plot ludicrous. A bit of backstory for some of the characters would help if you get what I mean. Again, I couldn’t connect with the characters because I felt like the plot was all over the place and also because the pace seemed really fast and the reader can’t digest it all at once. Didn’t enjoy this book as much as I did the first. Maybe novellas are just not my type.
*I received a copy from the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review
Title: Death and Her Devotion (Rogues Vows #1)
Author: Kendra Elliott
Published: 25 October 2016
Publisher: Montlake Romance
In the first Rogue Vows novella, Zane and Stevie are about to get an unexpected wedding present…and it’s a deadly one.
It should be the happiest weekend of Officer Stevie Taylor’s life. She’s finally going to marry Police Chief Zane Duncan and live happily ever after in Solitude, Oregon. But all wedding plans grind to a halt when a dead body is found at a nearby campground. A vacationing A-list TV actor has been murdered…and all hell is about to break loose.
When it comes to a celebrity murder, everyone has a motive—and everyone wants a piece of the action. As news media and paparazzi swarm their sleepy town, Stevie and Zane must dig deep to untangle a web of lies, dirty little secrets, and betrayals—and uncover the killer. But the closer they get to the truth, the deadlier their investigation becomes. And if they don’t act quickly, ’Til death do us part may come sooner than they thought.
The book was okay for me and I say it was okay because to be honest it was so short that I couldn’t really say anything else except it was okay. The book was too short for me (which I don’t blame because it is a novella) to be emotionally attached to the characters nor get to know them on a deeper level. The characters themselves were likable enough where they were neither too perfect nor too flawed. Realistic is what they are but again due to the book being so short I couldn’t connect to any of the characters before the killer was caught.
The plot on the other hand lacked the oomph that I was hoping and looking for but that did not mean it wasn’t enjoyable. The oomph I was looking for I suppose was where the killer had a more sinister motive.
Overall, I would say this book is great if you want to read a murder mystery that is light, easy to read and doesn’t take up much time.
*I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review.