Sunday, 10 August 2014

ARC Review ~ Convicted by Dee Tenorio

ConvictedeARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: August 18th 2014

Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Ignite)

The only thing more dangerous than passion is the truth.

Former Marine and new Sheriff’s Deputy Cade Evigan is hanging onto his damaged soul—and his personal code—by a thread. His current mission? Weed out a violent motorcycle crew from a small mountain town. The problem? Katrina Killian, a woman standing firmly on the other side of the law, smack in the middle of the gang he’s there to destroy. She may get under his skin, but the sultry biker has criminal written all over her. So why can't he see her like any other convict?

For two years, Katrina has been a DEA agent hiding in plain sight amidst a pack of killers, working to put an end to the gang that has terrorized her hometown. The last thing she needs is to fall in love with a man who could blow her cover—and her heart—to pieces, but Cade’s become an addiction she can’t break. Unable to risk either of their lives with the truth, she plays both ends against the middle to keep him safe. But lies can only last so long, and Katrina’s time has just run out…

My Opinion

Okay, so this book sounded exactly like my kind of read: retired marine turns cop, drug dealers, and motorbike gangs. However, for the majority of the book it just didn't live up to how well the blurb sold it. It's sad I say that really because I thought this was going to be a great read, and whilst it had some good points, for me, there weren't enough to make me think this was more than an okay read.

For starters, I just can't get my head around the writing. The plot was pretty basic but I felt the writing was choppy and didn't flow well at all. The book jumped around in time a lot and I felt that there was big chunks of the story missing that could have been filled in to create more of a connection an depth. Because of this, I never really connected with the characters or came to care for them. I did like Trina's attitude and she was strong but as for the relationship, I didn't find it believable.

Similarly, I felt Cade was too weak. Even with his PTSD, he came across as weak around Trina. She seemed more of the alpha, which isn't what I want in a book like this. I wanted him to be more in control and protective but Trina ended up wanting to protect him more, which felt weird. Saying that, things did get better at the end. Cade came into his own a bit more and started taking control. I wish he had been like that the whole way through. The action also picked up at this point and things did get interesting; once again I wished the book had been written like it throughout. 

Overall, this was an okay read but I've read other books in this genre (and from this publisher) I would recommend first. If you're looking for strong, alpha men though, this probably isn't the right book  for you but it's still a quick easy read that may be of some interest.


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