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After Midnight: A Denver Heroes Novel Kindle Edition
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Kathy Clark's AFTER MIDNIGHT starts out with a bang - almost literally. We meet our police officer hero, Sam Morgan, while on his nightly rounds and escorting a man on a ridealong. Within pages he finds himself shot and his old partner dead after stopping to check on what he thinks is a hooker and her pimp. The pimp who had shot Sam's old partner is also killed in the fray by the ridealong guest, who is actually a reporter.
As a quick aside, these words are not really in my daily vocabulary, so if "pimp" and "hooker" are too "Pretty Woman" or "Cagney & Lacey," I apologize! I'm sure there are better words I could use (street walker? roxanne? lady of the night?) but I am at a loss! Sorry, I digress...
Anyway, we find out that the hooker Sam saw is not really a hooker, but rather a struggling actress hired to play the part of a hooker. Kate McKinney, the actress, is as confused about the dead cop and dead pimp as Sam is, but they are determined to try to figure out what happened, and to do it together. Pretty soon two things become apparent: 1) Someone is out to get Kate and 2) Kate and Sam have some pretty serious chemistry.
I had high hopes in the beginning of this book. It started out fast-paced and I liked both of the main characters. Unfortunately, I had pretty much solved the mystery by the middle of the book, and spent the latter half wanting to shake Kate and Sam whilst screaming, "It was so-and-so, you dummies!" The hemming and hawing that was done in solving the crime and in the relationship between Kate and Sam dragged on too long and I lost interest in both somewhere along the way.
One other issue I had was that there seemed to be too many side stories that were suddenly brought up without reason or warning. Kate's dad has presidential aspirations? Sam is has an ex-girlfriend that ditched him? Say what? Since when? It seemed to me that these tidbits could have been better developed or mentioned earlier to help us understand Kate and Sam's motivations.
While this book was not for me, I do think it could be a good read for those looking for an easy "whodunit?" that they can solve, especially if they like a little sexy time thrown into the mix.
RATING: C- (2½ stars)
Note: I received a review copy of this title courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review.
Sam is a Denver police officer that loves patrolling the streets at night. He's out doing his nightly rounds when his ride-along points out a hooker and suggests they stop. What should have been a quick, routine stop turns into a lot more than anyone bargained for, leaving two people dead and Sam in the hospital.
Kate is an actress in Denver that's supposed to be playing the role of a hooker for an easy $100 cash. Except when bullets start flying and her "pimp" and a cop end up dead, she's not sure what she's supposed to do. Wracked with more guilt than she can handle, she visits Sam in the hospital but leaves when he doesn't believe her that she's not a real hooker.
Eventually Sam finds out who Kate really is and after they get past the initial hooker awkwardness they end up in a tentative relationship which quickly escalates when they realize that Kate's in danger. There's a lot that happens to Kate in such a short amount of time but Sam remains her rock throughout it all.
Of course their relationship is questionable because of everything that's been happening and neither is sure where it will lead once the danger dies down but there is one chapter where Sam's ex shows up out of nowhere and I really could have done without that. I mean, she was there which had Kate questioning how Sam really felt, then it wasn't brought up again... I just didn't understand the significance and that really bugged me.
Then, of course, we have the villain who was so obvious to me that it was a little disappointing. I had him pegged from the get-go, yet it took Sam, who's a cop, an entire book to put two and two together. I know, I know, there wouldn't have been a story if he figured it out right away but I really wish it wasn't so obvious. A little suspense would have been nice, ya know?!
While the suspense was lacking, the action in this one definitely wasn't which is the reason I was able to give it three stars. Even though I knew who the villain was, it was interesting to see how it would all play out in the end. Overall, After Midnight was a decent read and I might pick up the next book in the series.
*ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.
“Car nine, out of service. End of watch. We thank you for your sacrifice...” Powerful words, powerfully portrayed in a funeral that stays with the reader, giving depth and sincerity to this tale. Tragic circumstances are offset with the delightful humor and genuine affection of pitch-perfect dialog, as Sam falls in love, his siblings tease, and a beautiful woman finds her life in danger.
Great characters, great romance, sensual sex scenes, intriguing mystery (yeah, I guessed, but that’s me), and a cool location (made all the better since I’d just visited Denver for the first time before reading)... After Midnight is a fast enjoyable read for mature readers.
Disclosure: I found it when it was free and I’m sorry it took so long to get around to reading it.
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