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Monday, March 10, 2014

Safe House, by Dez Burke

I really like the cover of this book. I can't figure it out, but I saw it about a month ago and just had to read it. Didn't know what it was about, but just wanted it. When I got my review
copy I was super excited and started reading it right away. So I'm relaxed and reading and can't wait for the conflict, for the actual story to begin... and just as it starts to get to the meat, it ends. Literally "The End." A friggin' cliffhanger!! I hate cliffhangers like you can't imagine, so I'm putting it out there so you know what to expect when you get all comfy on your bed, sofa, or whateva. You're gonna have to wait for the story to actually get started and you aren't going to be happy about it. But let's step back shall we. Did I like the book? 

What it's about: Flint Mason is an attorney working as a public defender. He gets a call that has him returning home and back to the life of his old motorcycle club called the Steel Infidels. Our heroine is Kendra Shaw, a veterinarian who owns an animal clinic and wildlife sanctuary. Kendra is feisty and isn't afraid to speak her mind. She ends up having to spend a couple of days with Flint in which they get to know one another and fall in into some serious at first sight I like/lust you a lot and need you bad baby feelings towards one another

This is pretty much all that you get. It's an introduction to Flint and Kendra and the MC club. You'll learn a bit of background on the characters and get a feeling of who they are or wish they were. There are some pretty dang smokin' sex scenes in there that'll set your e-reader ablaze, but once the juicy meaty stuff begins its over. Dez Burke ability to write doesn't disappoint, in fact I think she's improved from some of her earlier stuff that I've recently checked out. This book kept my attention and I like where it's going, but I would like for things to slow down a bit and for the story to fill out all of the questions and gaps that are left unanswered. The characters are committed to one another so quickly even though he's a member of a MC club and she's a vet. Wouldn't she be more hesitant? Concerned? Scared? So much opportunity for a story just glossed over in favor of a short read is disappointing. I also would have liked for the MC club to have been a little more hardcore, but what we get is motorcycle club light.

Sorry Ms. Burke, I like the concept of this book, but in all good consciousness I can't give this a five or even a four star review. It's too short for this intense like/lust/be mine thing to happen, especially between two people who are seemingly from two polar opposite worlds. They would need to get to know each other more than just one night. There are things that she needs to know about him. And the cliffhanger following a story that really was just prep for the real story was just not right. Authors please stop this trend. If your fans mean anything to you give them a full story arc in a book. Am I recommending it? Not necessarily. If you don't mind a short book that's only purpose is to prepare you for the actual story then I'd recommend. If you want a full storyline with conflict and resolution then this isn't it I'm afraid. I hope the next book is longer and more complete (and when it does I hope this one goes on sale for those who haven't read it by then). I give this between a 2 and 2.5 stars

Rating: 2 to 2.5
Pages: 97

Published: March 5, 2014

*I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

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