Author: Mallory Kane
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Entangled Publishing (Dead Sexy) (June 14, 2012)
Source: Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: Romantic Suspense
My Rating: 4 Solid Stars!
New Orleans detective Dev Gautier is no hero, but he has vowed to
protect the at-risk teens he mentors. When kids start turning up dead, he's determined to track their killer, even if it means trusting the one woman who betrayed him. TV reporter Reghan Conner nearly destroyed Dev Gautier's life, exposing secrets and revealing his troubled past to the world. But now she holds a vital clue in Dev's current investigation, and if he has any hope of preventing another murder, she must work with him before another child dies.
This is the first book that I have read by Mallory Kane and I can say with absolute certainty that it won't be my last.
I really liked how easy the story flowed. The character building was down so nicely. We didn't get a ton of information spilled onto us all at once, instead is flowed when necessary throughout the story and I really enjoyed that. Sometimes authors make a habit of dumping all the characters info on you at once and information can be lost and it can make the story lag a little. That definitely wasn't the case in this book.
And speaking of characters, I really loved that both main characters were strong individuals. Both stubborn and tough (but not too tough) and someone that you couldn't push around, yet, they knew how to be yielding when it mattered most even if that took a little longer than I would have liked at times.
I really loved how this was told from both Reghan and Dev's POV so we got to know both of their thoughts and feelings as the story progressed. I love it when authors do that.
The mystery aspect of this book was nice too, and although it was a little predictable I still loved every minute of the story and really wish it would have been longer.
Dev was a hero in every sense of the word and I loved watching how his character struggled with that and how he grew as he came to understand more about himself and about what love really is and what being a hero really means.
Reghan was a great character as well and I like how at first I wasn't quite sure I even liked her but she grew on me as she grew and realized her mistakes and learned from them. She really redeemed herself.
This was just a great read.
Like I mentioned above, I will definitely be picking up more of Kane's work in the future.