Tuesday, 20 October 2015

ARC Review ~ Double Down (Cassidy Jones #1) by Victoria Pratt

Double Down (Cassidy Jones #1)eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: October 26th 2015

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

She’s catching bad guys–one lap dance at a time…

Small-town-girl turned big-city-cop Cassidy Jones, is a fast-driving, sharp-shooting, man-loving ball buster with a loud laugh and boundary issues. She’s also really great at her job–a fact that is completely irrelevant to the good ol’ boys at the station.

When a local mobster ends up dead, Cassidy is on the case. Unfortunately, if she wants to catch the killer, she’s going to have to do it in a G-string and five-inch heels. Oh, and there’s the little problem that she’s fallen hard for the mobster’s brother, who might also be a murder suspect.

Cassidy has to save her man and her reputation or risk losing it all.

My Opinion

Ugh ... I really should have given up on this book when I first started to lose interest. Sadly, I continued with the hope it would pick up or the reveal would redeem it. Needless to say it didn't.

The cover and blurb were what intrigued me into reading Double Down. It sounded like it would be an action-packed, edge of your seat read with a forbidden romance thrown in. However, I think the blurb greatly oversold it and was slightly misleading as this book didn't live up to any of that.

For one, Cassidy only gets up on stage once. Sure she has a series of slutty outfits, but the implication that she has to strip to solve the case isn't delivered upon. Secondly, where the hell was the romance? It was a feeble, wet relationship that didn't have any spark. There wasn't even much interaction between Cassidy and Lorenzo. It was definitely the biggest disappointment.

As for the actual plot, I was bored. Something with the writing didn't mesh with me. I found the whole plot to be too easy. For an undercover cop, Cassidy sure took a lot of risks that could have blown her cover. I'd have thought someone investigating ex-mafia would have been a little more careful, especially with her questions. She sounded like a cop the whole way through and I found it really unbelievable that no one wondered why she was so interested. The twist/murderer was also predictable. I read on hoping I was wrong, yet I was just left disappointed.

Overall, this read was a big let down for me. I wish I'd stopped reading at 30%. For a romance publisher, I expected more.


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