Prisoner of Love
Author: Cathy Skendrovich
Publisher: Entangled Select Suspense
Release Date: October 19, 2015
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Risking his own life is one thing. Risking hers is another…
It was supposed to be a girls-only weekend in the California mountains. But when Lucy Parker is carjacked by an escaped prisoner, her fun weekend takes a nighmarish turn. Now she’s caught up in a dangerous world of stolen money, vicious drug dealers, and murder, and the only thing keeping her alive is her oh-so-hot captor.
Imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit, undercover cop Jake Dalton wants answers-now. Worse, he’s dragged Lucy into the mix, and she’s now guilty by association. With their lives on the line, the race is on to get to Las Vegas before they’re killed…and they’re running out of time.
While I enjoyed the time I spent reading Prisoner of Love, it left me with some mixed feelings. Overall, I liked the story and I would read another book from the author. There were, however, some things that I felt could have been better.
Characters - As the hero and heroine of the story, I loved Jake and Lucy. I liked the dynamics between them. The push and pull between them was great. I loved how they balanced each other out and how they eventually come to each other's rescue. The one aspect of their relationship that left me scratching my head was how quickly Lucy was attracted to Jake. Yes, he's handsome and rugged, but I felt that she really should not be thinking about his smile or his looks at the moment he kidnaps her. I think that should have started a little later, once Jake cleans up and shows Lucy that he's not going to harm her.
Romance - I liked the romance aspect of the book. While the attraction is quick, it does take a bit for the budding romance to blossom between Lucy and Jake. It is sweet at times and sizzling during their sexy moments.
Suspense - This is where I had a little bit of a difficult time with the story. The story jumps right into Jake's escape. I would have loved a flashback or a prologue of the raid where Jake was arrested just so we get a little bit more background into what happened. This leads directly towards my next point. I wished the book was longer simply because I wanted more meat in the suspense element. I wanted it to be fleshed out more with more. I would have loved more scenes with Lucy and Jake in peril. It felt a little too rushed for me.
As I said, I did enjoy my time with Prisoner of Love. I just felt that there were aspects of the book that could have been better. I'm pretty sure it is a debut book for author Cathy Skendrovich. If it is, she is on the right track and I look forward to see how she grows with her next book.
Cathy has always loved writing, but that pesky thing called Real Life cast writing into the backseat for years. Now she has reunited with her first love, and still can't find enough time for all the plots and characters milling about in her imagination. She admits she never has less than four new story plotlines floating in her subconscious.
When she's not writing contemporary romantic suspense or historical romances, Cathy likes to travel read, bake, and take long walks with her husband (the inspiration for her happily-ever-afters). Cathy looks forward to many, many years of writing for readers' enjoyment.