Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Review of With Murderous Intent by Long & Short Reviews

With Murderous Intent by Maggi Andersen

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With Murderous Intent by Maggi Andersen
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Genre: Contemporary, suspense
Length: Full (252 pgs)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Review by Poppy
To escape a deadly stalker, Caitlin Fitzgerald flees her home in Ireland and takes a governess job in the top end of Australia. In her chosen safe haven, she has poisonous snakes, spiders, and crocodiles to contend with. And the very handsome and moody station owner, Jake Monterey, to keep her awake at night. But not only is Caitlin at risk of losing her heart to Jake and his two adorable children, the danger she thought she’d left behind has found her again. Has she unwittingly placed the lives of those she loves in jeopardy?
While, perhaps not romantic suspense in the current sense of the word, With Murderous Intent is a softer, sweeter version of the genre.
Caitlin leaves her home and country in an attempt to stay safe from a crazy ex-boyfriend, but she trades that danger for others. Much of this book reads like an Australian tour guide. We learn about flora, fauna and how to stay safe in the bush. It’s important to the tale, and quite interesting, especially to someone like me who’s never been.
Caitlin isn’t stupid, thankfully. And while she’s attracted to her new boss, Jake, she also recognizes that he’s nearly engaged. I do wish the author had made Jake’s girlfriend a bit more viable as a potential rival. It reminded me of “The Sound of Music”: the sweet nanny who adores the children versus the wealthy, gorgeous woman who can’t wait to put them in boarding school.
Still, the story has teeth and the plot was engaging enough to keep me reading. I think fewer words could have been used to tell the story and make things move along a bit more quickly. The end was heart-stopping, though, and the love story sweet.
If you don’t need non-stop action in your romantic suspense, and enjoy a touching romance, then this book might be for you.

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