Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Review - Stolen Hearts - Christy Newton - Rebecca

Twenty-two year old, Cammie Adams knows one thing for sure - life isn’t fair. She's still an emotional wreck from the tragic loss of her parents seven years ago. Right after she gets her PI license she is not only robbed, but abducted, only to find her life was all a lie. When she finds her mother’s diary, she discovers she was only a pawn in her mother’s dangerous game. Now she must get back what is rightfully hers from the man that murdered her mother. 

Hot and mysterious, Simon Fisher has really only loved one thing - jewels. This ex-jewel thief, now bodyguard, doesn’t even know what hits him when he rescues Cammie as a favor to her father. Simon must protect her, but soon finds out where there’s trouble Cammie isn’t far behind. She will not only steal his prized jewel, but his heart.

3.5 stars

Stolen Hearts by Christy Newton is overall quite well-written.   Christy has a way of writing that keeps you engaged and wanting to know what happens next.   I liked that the story had an element of suspense and kept up being fast paced, versus just being a lovey dovey love story (shhhh... don't tell, but a hopeless romantic I am NOT!).   There were some of the things in the story that left me wondering about what was going on and if something like this could even happen and how we got from the sentence before to the next one, but there's all sorts of things going on in the world, why not jewel thieves faking deaths and stuff?  I like that there's mystery, intrigue, and some tension going on, and that all together it meshes quite nicely.

The writing itself is pretty good overall, but left me wanting more.  There was a lot of jumping in between major time, space, and events all within the same few sentences.  There were some chapters where it would go from "We were here doing this..." to "The next morning..." and I was wondering "Wait... WHAT?? How did we get there all of a sudden???  Those darn separating rows of stars don't just fill in the blanks well for me."  I looked and saw this is actually part of a series, so I think I'll need to be checking out the rest of the series in order to get all that I want from it, and hope that the rest of the series adds more detail to the story and more character development.   The concept is a good one, it just needs some more to it.  

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