Publication Date: April 1, 2015
Series: Bureau #1
Genre: Adult Romantic Suspense
Source: Received from author and Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
I am a real fan of Megan Mitcham's Base Branch series, but this book didn't have the same "Yeah!" factor for me. I sort of struggled with what to rate this book and settled on three stars, but I'm kind of shaky on that.
The crime and characters were good. I liked how the story just kind of went ahead and jumped right into the quicksand. There's a gruesome murder near the beginning of the book that basically kicks off the entire plot. We're thrown right into the heat of the crime and get to see the fall out and the road to capturing the culprit. I love my Rom-Sus books to have a great criminal aspect to them and was pretty happy to see that was not going to be a problem with this book.
I liked Nathan and Madelyn as MCs but they weren't necessarily special in my eyes. I could feel the spark between them but it kind of stayed that way throughout the entire book. There was a spark, but never a flame. It was kind of disappointing because the Base Branch books are pretty freaking hot. I expected to feel that fire here but never got it.
As for the ending...not a fan. Though the criminal aspect was spectacular, I felt the climax was rushed and not at all exciting. And what kind of FBI agents are these dudes that they couldn't solve this crime? I mean it wasn't even at all complicated. Gruesome, yes. But as far as the ending goes, easily solved. I will admit though, I thought the killer was a different person than who it was so there is that.
This review is NOT a downer to Megan Mitcham because I'm still a fan and would actually like to read the next Bureau book. I just expected something else and was a little let down. Hopefully the next one will up the spice factor and maybe draw out the suspense a little bit and really WOW us readers with. I hope I haven't deterred anyone from reading Mitcham's work because she really is a good author. I just wasn't as a big a fan of this book as I wanted to be.
Megan was born and raised among the live oaks and shrimp boats of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where her enormous family still calls home. She attended college at the University of Southern Mississippi where she received a bachelor's degree in curriculum, instruction, and special education. For several years Megan worked as a teacher in Mississippi. She married and moved to South Carolina and worked for an international non-profit organization as an instructor and co-director.
In 2009 Megan fell in love with books. Until then, books had been a source for research or the topic of tests. But one day she read Mercy by Julie Garwood. And Oh Mercy, she was hooked!
Megan lives in Southern Arkansas where she pens sizzling suspense novels.