Snapdragon (Jia’s review)

Title: Snapdragon
Author: Michelle Woody
Publisher: JMS Books LLC
Release Date: June 17th 2017
Genre(s): Romance/Suspense
Page Count: 270 pages
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 1 flame out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5


Private detective Chris Mason thought he only had to worry about his brother Dylan discovering he was dating Homicide detective James Harris. Dylan and their best friend, Ron Abrams, don’t like James, and Chris has to handle their animosity towards his lover. But then Chris is targeted by a serial killer who leaves snapdragons with his victims.

James leads the Snapdragon investigation as head detective. As each murder links Dylan and Ron to the killings, James questions Ron’s motives and his connections to Chris. Ron’s pet name for Chris has always been Snapdragon. Could there be more behind Ron’s playful teases than Chris knows?

When Ron’s attraction to Chris is exposed, their friendship totters. Is a darker side to Ron revealed? Could he be involved with the Snapdragon murders? And will Chris be able to solve the case before he becomes the killer’s next victim?

Snapdragon is a romance and suspense story I found hard to put down. The romance is there, but I’d say the mystery takes up a bigger part of the plot.

I took satisfaction in reading the interactions between Chris, Dylan and Ron, the closeness and trust they show warms my heart and I like the protectiveness they show towards Chris and Chris’ loyalty towards them. After all, Dylan is his brother, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they have to have a good relationship. James however never really won me over, probably because he always tried to pressure Chris to get to his brother. What I missed between Chris and James, and also maybe why I kept hoping Ron and Chris would get together, is that when there were trouble between Chris and James it didn’t effect me and I felt as if Chris’ emotions weren’t all that strong. I also felt that James was a little unreasonable when he got sulky because Chris, as James said, took his brother’s and Ron’s side all the time.

Another part I wondered about was why Dylan was so against Ron and Chris getting together. Shouldn’t he rather want them as a couple, than James who he dislikes? Dylan even scowled at Ron when he tried to comfort Chris, by sitting next to him and rubbing his back, after an incident that left Chris shaken. Ron has been both of their’s friend for a long time. To me it seems there must be something more behind it, but something never explored in the story.
As former cops I also feel that Dylan and Ron should know not to touch the body especially before the cops arrive at the scene.

Personally I found the reason for why the antagonist did what they did, didn’t really hold up for scrutiny and could’ve been explained more and also with a bit more background clues in the story. As I became biased towards Ron I didn’t care about the sexy scenes staying at make out level.

The reader only get to follow Chris’ perspective which leaves some of the action out, however it is closer to home when having to worry about what happens with the other characters just like Chris does. So it all depends on how you like your story.

It didn’t quite end the way I wanted but Snapdragon was interesting, thrilling and was a good read that I still enjoyed.

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