Monday Book Review: Deadly Offerings


 

Book Description

Publication Date: December 25, 2011
Deadly Offerings is an ebook with a blend of pulsing passion and razor-sharp suspense. It is the first adventure in this sizzling romantic suspense trilogy.

Anne Mason thinks she’ll be safe living in the Midwest building a wind farm. She may be dead wrong. Someone is dumping bodies in her corn field and telling Anne they are gifts—for her!

As the body count rises, Anne realizes a cold-blooded serial killer is patiently waiting and watching her every move. And he won’t stop until he ends her life. It is clear there are no limits to this killer’s thirst for revenge or how far he will go to get it.

After a nasty divorce, Anne Mason does not want to get romantically involved, especially with ex-husband’s attorney, Michael Brandt.

The ruggedly handsome new County Prosecutor is the last person Anne can trust, but may offer her only chance at survival from a psychopathic killer. But will she survive the passion that rages between them?

My Take

Somewhat mystery, somewhat romance, great way to kill a few hours.

Alexa Grace creates a hackneyed, stereotypical drivel-based yarn about a divorcee falling for her her husband’s rueful, hunky (of course) divorce attorney who ultimately falls for the damsel in distress.  Don’t get me wrong, Alexa writes a thorough tale, the characters are fully 3-dimensional, the story is continuous, with continuity along all the plotlines.  It’s very well-written.

I was just expecting more mystery storytelling than vomit-inducing unrequited love story, should they-shouldn’t they rip their clothes off in the middle of the divorce proceedings, a-lawyer-with-a-conscience ‘falling for the ex-wife’. It was just too stereotypical, then to have them become neighbors in far-off city/township, where he just happens to be the local law enforcement’s attorney.

If you can get past that plot’s loophole, the story becomes a nice murder mystery, the heroine finds bodies on her farm (bought with proceeds from the divorce no less) with notes to her.  Kudos to Alexa for creating a subset of characters that we can root for, the loving housekeeper, the hardworking farm hand and so forth.

Love stories/romance/unrequited love novels are not my genre but this was marketed as a mystery, so based on the mystery alone, I would give Deadly Offerings a 3.5.

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