Top critical review
Heavy and dry
Reviewed in the United States on June 1, 2020
This was... fine. The writing is solid and if you're going into this looking for a thriller/suspenseful read, then you might enjoy it. I found the storyline to be a little stale and predictable, with the except of one good twist. However, this was described to me as romantic suspense, and it is definitely not that. While the two main characters are a male FBI Agent and a female TBI agent who bond over the heaviness of the job, the romantic element is VERY minor and ultimately unfulfilling.
The story follows Melina, a TBI Agent who has been trying to track down a suspect by posing as a prostitute (yes, there are TRIGGERS galore in this story, so keep that in mind). Her investigation brings FBI Agent Jerrod onto the case, and the two work together to solve the crime. I won't get into details about that because unraveling the mystery is the primary focus of the book. They've both been at the job for a while and it's changed how they interact with others, so they find themselves bonding over the job and shared experiences.
I have no complaints about the writing itself - it's solid and takes you on some twists and turns. I personally found the story to be kind of dry and too gloomy for my tastes - I was really hoping the romantic element would brighten things up. And while there definitely is a blossoming connection between the two, it didn't leave me with any sort of warm and fuzzy feelings. It felt like they were just two people working a job who found someone else who could tolerate the work. Very serious and not at all sexy (though there are a couple of explicit scenes). Ultimately, the book was fine but not something that I'd be likely to revisit in the future.