Monday, August 8, 2011

♥♥♥♥♥♥: Lethal Dreams by Anne Patrick

Release Date: January 11th, 2010
Page Count: 214
Source: Complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you!)

Dr. Erin Jacobs is making a name for herself in the sports world. Drawing on her own life experiences, she encourages and inspires athletes to recover from career ending injuries. So why would someone want to hurt the good doctor?

Detective Logan Sinclair is determined to find that answer. He’s been mesmerized by Erin from the moment she found him and his partner shot in an alleyway. Since that night their lives have never been the same. Will Logan be able to solve the puzzle of who wants Erin out of the way before it’s too late? And if so, what impact will those answers have on their lives?
What Stephanie Thinks: Chaste romance lovers will delight in Anne Patrick's Lethal Dreams. An inspirational romantic suspense story that elaborates on the power of God and the light after loss, this book is all of sentimental, sweet, and hopeful.

Ever since the devastating loss of Erin Jacobs's husband, Ben, her heart has been guarded and her mood low. She has no sights to date men again, even years after the accident, and certainly not Logan Sinclair, the handsome and polite police officer who is involved in the case of his attack for which she is the only witness for. Ben was a police officer. She doesn't need another lost love and another broken heart.

I feel some parts are overly detailed and mundane (i.e.: phone conversations are all displayed, including the hello?s and see ya later!s that hold no certain significance). Patrick isn't necessarily a exquisite storyteller, but her thoughts are so organized and planned, that it makes for a good plot. Though I found the actual content boring, I am pleased by how the book ends with a riveting bang. I'm all for Christian romance, but this one is a bit too preachy for me. It seems every other page mentions God or how God is looking out for the characters or characters' relationships with God. The devotional truth as a whole, is that the last thing to do is give up on Him, which is more than clear in the novel.

Still, the book itself is fast paced and a satisfying mystery. The suspense isn't the life-threatening, heart-pounding type, and there are no love scenes whatsoever (booo), but it's still a nice, clean romance for all ages to enjoy.

Stephanie Loves: "'My husband was a hero for what he did, and I'm very proud of him. But I don't want another hero in my life. My heart can't take it.'"

Radical Rating: 6 hearts: Satisfying for a first read, but I'm not going back. ♥♥♥♥♥♥