I'm sorry to be a little behind on my reviewing. This week definitely kicked my butt. I was sick last week and this week, have started my grad school class, and have been busy at work. Yuck. But, alas, I have some time on this lovely, snowy Saturday afternoon to curl up with a coffee and book blog and do some reflecting.
Last weekend I finished A Scent of Double Deception by Jeannie Faulkner Barber and Ann Alan. I won a copy of this book through the Goodreads Firstreads program, and it's even autographed by Jeannie Faulkner Barber!
I'll bet you're excited for the summary! Here it is, courtesy of Goodreads:
Two women, two identities, one lie.
An innocent charade catapults Clair Matthews and Kelley Malone into mystery and deception.
Rugged cattleman Joe Paul Farrell falls victim to Kelley's elusive
charms. Russell Gibson, loyal private investigator, enters a dangerous
liaison. Bodyguard Spencer Walker desires the woman he cannot possess.
An ocean away, ruthless Linford Thurlow sets in motion a decades-old plan.
Six peoples' lives interlace through conflict and romance, but whom, if any, will succumb to a murderous plot of betrayal?
This was a fun, light-hearted, quick read. The characters are likeable enough and the storyline had great twists. However, I do have some minor complaints. I didn't feel as though character development was where it should have been. I wanted to really understand and relate to the two main characters, and didn't get enough of that. I also got confused, frequently. The transitions were a little rough at times. The story is also introduced with two women pretending to be two other women, so it was extremely challenging to figure out what was going on within the first chapter.
Overall, it was good, and I may pick up a novel from these two authors in the future. Those of you who like Sandra Brown may enjoy it. As for me? I give it a 3/5.
Here are my stats:
Scent of Double Deception by Jeannie Faulkner Barber & Ann Alan
2012 Reading Goal: 1,606/15,000
Have a happy Saturday, everyone! :)
FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this novel from the author or publisher in exchange for an honest review.