Title: Civil War and Broken Hearts (Rose and Thorne #2)
Author: Julie Lynn Hayes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 24th Aug, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, Undercover, Detective
Page Count: 140
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
Hollywood comes to Roanoke when a major film studio announces they’re shooting part of their Civil War film at a local plantation. Vinnie is dismayed to discover the lead actress is none other than the beautiful Caroline St. Clair. Ethan and Vinnie met her in LA the previous Halloween, and Vinnie still hates her for hitting on his man. Ethan reassures his partner that Roanoke is big enough for all of them to coexist without running into one another.
But Fate has it in for Vinnie and Ethan, and they’re assigned to a new case involving the actress. Vinnie has no choice—he has to play nice. It’s small consolation that his new undercover identity involves Hollywood heartthrob Troy McGarrett, who is very handsome and openly gay. Troy also isn’t shy about letting Vinnie know he finds him attractive.
Jealousy abounds, and time is not on Vinnie and Ethan’s side. If they don’t solve the case before the film shoot is done, there’s a good chance they’ll be separated for the first time since they were partnered. Assuming Vinnie doesn’t kill Caroline St. Clair himself.
Civil wars and broken hearts is the second book in the “Rose and Thorne” series. The story of the MCs is continuing from the first book so this book cannot be read as a standalone.
This time, Vinnie and Ethan are tasked to protect a Hollywood actress, who is determined to put a wedge between the lovers. The plot progresses as the duo goes undercover with new identities, trying to catch the stalker. Things get complicated when Ethan’s new cover gets the lovebirds in trouble. And as can be predicted, the green eyed monster is out to wreak havoc in full force.
I liked the characters of Vinnie and Ethan. Their romance was sweet and cute. Everything was fine until the stupid jealousy twist in the story. I could understand their dilemma but weren’t they supposed to be professionals??? Everyone knew that Ethan and Vinnie are together and so the act of “Ethan as the boy-toy of the actress” riling Vinnie everytime, was unnecessary. The angst did not have any proper cause behind it. The entire jealousy on the part of Vinnie got old pretty fast.
There were few funny times when Vinnie again had to dress as a woman to get the job done. Vinnie always complained that he hated putting on a dress but I thought that he actually liked dress up very much.
It was an ok read. More development in the plotline and a little less immature behavior by a trained federal detective would have made this read better.