Speed Dating the Boss (Kristin’s Review)


Title: No Tears for Darcy
Author: Vikki Reese
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 3, 2018
Genre(s): Mystery/Suspense
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Blurb:

Letting love pass them by would be a crime.

Former forensic accountant Cameron has lost nearly everyone he’s ever loved, and now his vintage clothing shop has been broken into and trashed. When town police chief Will Carson asks an out-of-town cop friend of his for help, Cam takes one look at the dark-haired, blue-eyed detective and knows he’s in real trouble—and it has nothing to do with vandalism or murder.

Pete Minchelli is on leave from his job in Philadelphia due to a gunshot wound, but he figures he can help an academy buddy with some light police work. Plus, he’ll have a chance to experience small-town life. He’s tired of the big city and all its corruption. But he quickly discovers that not all the bad stuff happens in cities. What he doesn’t expect to find is death, treachery—or love.


Premise of the book is everyone has moved back to Small Town Pennsylvania (at least that’s where I think they are…it was a bit vague) for various reasons – Cameron, on a leave of absence, came back to help is ailing mother. Darcy, Cam’s best friend, because she followed the gang from school. Will, now sheriff, because he didn’t like working in DC. Pete’s basically on medical leave and staying with his brother while helping Will out. Now Cameron’s mother’s shop has been vandalized, bodies are surfacing, attempted murder happening, and Pete and Will need to find who’s targeting Cameron before someone else is hurt.

This was pretty good with some caveats –
I struggled with Cameron’s personality/identity – he’s a forensic accountant (cool), with an acknowledged strong eye for field work, yet when someone is targeting him, we have classic helpless victim. Granted, it can be easier to deal with crime as a third party investigator, but throwing away threatening notes? Dismissing strange hang-up calls? Giving everyone in town a key to your apartment? Didn’t quite mesh.

The “red herring” was just a bit too obvious, especially after a massive clue was given away when the antagonist was spying on Cameron.

I thought the identity theft ring added some solid background filler, as the stalker plot progressed, the ID theft plot line became rather garbled as more characters joined the story. Point – suddenly Pete’s sister is there to investigate, but she doesn’t bring in her full team until later and she’s a cop from a different town and not FBI and…yeah. Muddled.

Cameron giving relationship advise to someone he just met. Didn’t fly for me. And declarations of love after only knowing someone a week. Those also don’t fly for me.

Title of the book didn’t quite fit with what’s between the pages.

Lest you think I detested this book, please let me reassure you that it’s quite the opposite. No Tears for Darcy was one of the stronger romance/suspense books I’ve read in a while, the stalker (while not a favorite of mine) kept enough tension in the book to keep the characters and plot moving forward, and the author had just the right amount of dramatic tension to keep a reader engaged.

Ultimately, an enjoyable and interesting read.

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Galley copy of Secretly Dating the Lionman provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review.

Author

I have been a voracious reader from the time I learned how to read. My Motto: “Never leave home without a book (or two or three).” Though once I learned how to knit that became “Never leave home without a book (or two or three) AND a knitting project.”

A long-time fan of science fiction, I’ve since discovered mystery/suspense/thrillers and m/m romance. I love stories that span the universe, paranormal, urban fantasy, mystery, comedy; stories with veterinarian’s (yay! animals!) or a men in uniform, a splash of BDSM or a threesome can be fun, and of course, happy ever afters. IF that’s not a run-on sentence, I don’t know what is…

I’m not a fan of historical, horror, sports, plots with children, and New Adult/Young Adult.

Thanks for reading my reviews!

No two persons ever read the same book Edmund Wilson

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