Title: Spring Break (Accidental Roots #3)
Author: Elle Keaton
Publisher: Dirty Dog Press
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Page Count: 258
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
Sometimes a guy needs a break. Carroll Weir got one–but it wasn’t what he expected.
All he dreams of is escaping dreary, damp Skagit, WA, for a warmer climate. Instead, Federal Investigator Carroll Weir is assigned to a cross-agency case involving geoduck smugglers and a very dead Fish and Wildlife Detective.
Sterling Bailey, the regular bartender at the Loft, likes to think of his customers and employees as family since he doesn’t have one of his own. Exhausted and tense, Carroll Weir wanders in one night and one thing leads to another. All in a night’s work, right?
Who murdered Fish and Wildlife Detective Peter Krystad? Does the killer have Weir in his sights? Things begin to heat up between them but Sterling and Weir will have to move past their personal history in order to change the course of their future.
The spark burning between them is hot enough to scald unless they’re careful somebody’s going to get burned.
HEA No cliffhanger
I was hoping for a case-focused story with a dash of unexpected chance of love when I picked this one. IT’s not what I got, which is the reason for low rating. It simply wasn’t interesting to me.
While initially I was curious about Sterling and Carroll: they already knew each other, just weren’t on each other’s radar romantically before. It’s intriguing promise, because I could easily imagine interest flaring up once they got chance to spend time together and get to know each other. The snarky tone of the story helped things along as it promised to be fun!
But. The family drama took over and pushed everything else in the background. It completely dominated the plot to the excess of everything else. The whole thing wasn’t without interest, and the name of series is Accidental Roots, so it is story about people finding new connections and family worthy of them. The writing was very good, but the story itself is not what I was looking for.
The romantic plot between Sterling and Carroll ended up washed out and I almost gave up on reading the book.
To summarize: I don’t think this is a bad book. Actually for readers with interest in subject matter is probably very good, but for me it was total miss.