Sunday, April 5, 2015

Book Review: Lucky Man (Heated Beat #2) by Garrett Leigh

Lucky Man (Heated Beat, #2)Blurb:
 As a diehard music fan, a dirty, smoky gig is Vice Squad Detective Danny Jones’s idea of heaven. While watching one of the most popular bands in Northern England, the sight of gorgeous rock star Finn McGovern changes his life forever.

Beneath the tattoos and leather jacket, Finn is kind and sweet, but when he confesses a dark secret to Danny, it tests their fledgling bond. Danny digs deep to accept Finn, but before long, a terrifying trail of death threatens to tear them apart before they’ve even got started.

A monster is killing prostitutes on Danny’s patch, and when a dead girl turns up too close to home, Danny discovers a heartbreaking link between the girl and his bright new life with Finn, a life he’ll do anything to protect.

Todd's rating:

First, let me begin by saying that I'm a big fan of Garrett Leigh's. I loved book one of this series, "My Mate Jack", and more recently her MMM book, "Misfits".

But while I did *like* this book, it wasn't love, as the book had a lot going on and never really came into focus for me, where the romance was concerned.

Here, 30 y.o. Chinese-Welsh police detective Danny was so busy that he had practically zero time for his new love interest, 27 y.o. rock musician Finn.

Instead, we see a lot of pages devoted to missing prostitutes and police investigations, which to be honest, have never been my thing, so a lot of it's probably just me not caring much for that trope.

Whodunit? Honestly, I really don't care. Murder mysteries, for me, are about as entertaining as watching pro golf on ESPN. Not my thing. At all.

But beyond that... Yes, people are busy, I do get that. But if you're living in the SAME town, you have to sleep, so make it a priority to at least sleep in the same bed when you can, versus not seeing one another for an entire week.
"I'm wiped, but I'd love to sleep in your bed, because I really miss seeing you. I know it's late, but can I come over?" Yep, *that*.
In the stories that I really fall in love with, both MC's have a common, focused goal of being together and getting to know one another. I didn't really get that from this book.

For example, Danny would finally get a rare, precious day off and he wouldn't even tell Finn that he was off work. Huh??? For me that doesn't say that you're aching for someone and burn to be with them.

Another thing that made me crazy was the situation with the MC's from book 1, Will and Jack.

Even after years of being together, Will was still unconvinced that Jack didn't just choose him because he was the "easy choice" vs. another man, so they still don't live together, leaving me to feel like they were only still dating, not madly in love. *sigh*

Happily ever after means "together", not living apart and being together when it's convenient, so that unresolved situation with Will and Jack drove me out of my damn tree.

Again, I did like this story, but it didn't have the same focus for me that I've seen in all of Leigh's previous reads.

3 *distracted-by-dead-hookers-and-slightly-schizophrenic* stars.

My copy of this book was provided by the publisher for a fair, unbiased review.

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