One Kiss More by Mandy Baxter

Posted in Contemporary Romance/ Mystery/Crime/ Reviews/ Romantic Suspense 15th March 2015
One Kiss More by Mandy BaxterOne Kiss More by Mandy Baxter
Series: U.S. Marshals, #2
Published by Zebra on February 24th 2015
Pages: 352
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three-stars

Emma Ruiz knows her father is innocent. But that doesn’t help her convince the law—not even smoking hot U.S. Marshal Landon McCabe. When McCabe bangs on her door demanding information about how her cancer-stricken father escaped from federal prison, she’ll have to distract him somehow—it may as well be with a stolen kiss.
Landon gets why Emma isn’t saying all she knows. What he doesn’t understand is why he’s putting his reputation, his case, and his badge on the line for a gorgeous person of interest. Much as he’d love to, he can’t let Emma play him. The stakes are higher than either of them can guess. The only way to survive is to trust their instincts. But their instincts want more than one kiss…

And again, I’m rueing the lack of fulfilled potential of this story because it could have been a tighter, heart-pounding thriller with just that sizzling dose of passion and romance. The characters’ ability to function under the sexual tension would have been truly fun to read about but…unfortunately, the constant blowing hot-and-cold simply signalled a lack of emotional maturity that was quite a turn-off by the time I got halfway into the story.

It’s admittedly hard to write a heroine who is plucky and determined without falling past the line into stupidity and petulant stubbornness. Emma Ruiz…sort of fits the profile. Ish.

Especially when it comes to light that a lot of the mess she finds herself in is pretty much her own doing despite her doing so with the best of intentions. I can definitely admire her loyalty to her father and the created facade of the party girl vs. the real Emma but somehow I couldn’t really connect with her, or even Landon and their attraction to each other – which is apparently so overwhelming and debilitating that it’s miraculously interpreted as love by the time the sex rolls around because of their shared history which I’d been led to think was simply attraction and nothing really much more.

three-stars

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