Title: What The Carpenter Saw
Author: Vicki Reese
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 3rd August, 2016
Genre(s): Ex-Military, Mystery
Page Count: 143
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5
Wounded warrior Jake Cramer returned from the Middle East missing part of one leg and with a partially paralyzed left arm. He feels useless in his family’s construction business, but carpentry is all he knows. He needs to relearn how to work and how to live. He can’t even consider finding a man to love. Who would want him this way?
Alex Ford is a top-of-the-line architect who’s tired of big cities and wants to settle down, maybe run a small inn. The mansion he inherited from his grandparents might be the ticket to his dream, but it needs a lot of work. When he meets the handsome builder, he knows he’s made the right decision. He just needs to convince Jake that his scars don’t matter. Unfortunately Alex’s greedy family has other ideas, and they’re determined to ruin Alex’s plans and take the inheritance for themselves—even if they have to kill to do it.
“What the carpenter saw” is Vicki Reese’s debut novel.
This story tried to be a romance and a mystery but failed to be both. Jake and Alex are shown moving forward in their relationship pretty fast. With Jake’s injury and military background, I expected a lot of angst and a deep connection between the MCs, but they were more busy catching some “World’s worst Villains” to focus on the relationship.
I did not like the characters that much. There was not much about them to actually know them. The insta-lust/love did not work at all. Jake has baggages and the “knowing him” part needed to be stretched to actually make the “healing/falling in love” believable.
The mystery part of the book was a joke. I have never read of such stupid villains in my entire life. The way they behaved, it was like watching a cartoon where Tom tries to tie a bomb to Jerry’s tale. It took out anything good in the book. With more focus on the romance and entirely getting rid of the mystery would have been so much better.
All in all, I did not enjoy this book. The author put in elements which could have been milked a lot to get awesome results but her focus on the “absolute worst mystery” ruined that. This is the author’s debut novel so I am hoping we will get some good stories from her in time.