Monday, October 6, 2014

Review ~ COLLISION CONTROL by C.A. Szarek

Collision Control (Crossing Forces, #4)
by: C.A. Szarek
Series: Crossing Forces
Genre: Romance Suspense
Release Date: October 3, 2014
Source: Publisher ~ Totally Bound

A one night stand can't possibly mean forever…

Detective Jared Manning met his match at a bar. After a night of passion, she sneaks out of his bed without so much as a note. Problem is, now he can’t find her.

Kindergarten teacher Melody Nash doesn’t do one night stands. Embarrassment gets the best of her and she lies about her name.

When they collide at her school, Mel resists his pull. She won’t risk her heart on the obvious playboy, even though she can’t stop thinking about the night in his arms.

Stress engulfs both Jared’s personal and professional life. His brother is at the centre of the joint case he and his partner are working in cooperation with FBI. He puts his job on the line when he fails to share his blood relation—a complication he doesn’t need, considering the FBI agent on the case is convinced his brother killed her fiancĂ©.

Balance is the name of the game. Can Jared save his brother and convince Mel they’re meant to be together?

Reader advisory: This book contains references to past sexual abuse and rape that happened when the character was a child.

Collision Control is categorized as a romantic suspense.  I would have to disagree.  I never really felt like I was in the dark about anything, nor did I ever feel like I was on the edge of my seat; at least not they way that I am accustomed to.  Collision Control is the fourth book in a series.  It centers around Antioch, Texas Police Detective Jared Manning and Kindergarten Teacher Melody “Mel” Nash.  They have a one night stand the night before Jared gets involved in an FBI led investigation into a car theft ring that just so happens to involve Jared’s older brother Joe.  More importantly, an undercover FBI agent had been killed and Joe was the prime suspect.  Since no one knew that Jared and Joe were brothers, Jared attempts to locate Joe and find out what’s going on while he tries to keep everyone else at bay.

While the “clear your brother’s name” storyline may sound intriguing, it’s the courtship between Jared and Melody that’s much more interesting and extremely hot.  Melody didn’t expect to run into Jared after their one night stand.  She didn’t even tell him her first name or her last.  They end up having one degree of separation that brings them back together.  Then, Jared has to convince her to give him a shot at having a real relationship with her.  Mel comes with a lot of baggage and Jared has never had any real feelings for anyone other than her.  The chemistry between them is explosive and you can’t help but root for them.

In order to maintain some level of suspense, I will just say that it’s nice watching all of the pieces fall together during the investigation and their courtship.  I would like to read another book in this series but I hope that it has a heightened level of suspense.

Rating: 3.5

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