A Fine Specimen by Lisa Marie Rice

A Fine Specimen by Lisa Marie RiceA Fine Specimen by Lisa Marie Rice
Published by Lisa Marie Rice on September 9th 2016
Pages: 176
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Tough-as-nails police lieutenant Alex Cruz is all business and all brawn. Cops and criminals alike tremble before him, which is just the way he likes it. He has to be harder than the hardest criminals to root the bad guys out of his city.
Then his boss forces him to work with a scholar who is studying dominance in law enforcement. Alex doesn't have time to babysit a pencil-dick geek writing a useless dissertation. He's busy doing real police work. Putting bad guys behind bars.
But when the pencil-dick geek turns out to be the scholarly but gorgeous and alluring Caitlin Summers, Alex realizes that the only thing he wants trembling is Caitlin . . . . naked, and beneath him.
The minute Caitlin lays eyes on the smoldering, charismatic Alex, she knows that focusing on her dissertation is going to be harder than she anticipated--not to mention dangerous. Because with a track record like Alex's, the bad guys are always looking for a soft spot--and she's the perfect soft spot.
When Caitlin comes under attack, Alex realizes that his most important mission is keeping Caitlin safe . . . and making her his own.

Sadly, I found this just…terrible. Jaw-clenching, eye-rolling, incredulous-laughter-inducing dismal.

Written with cliché upon cliché on every level, from the metaphorical alpha animal predator/innocent-ish prey behaviour to the inflated writing where both parties’ bits suddenly take on a life of their own, to spurting body fluids everywhere, every page got more and more difficult to read.

I couldn’t envision a doctoral student behaving like a spoilt juvenile, just as I couldn’t imagine a hard-arse Lieutenant suddenly wanting a woman who isn’t his type simply because he hadn’t had sex in a while. And the constant comparison of how different she for him to other affairs he’s had with numerous other women made it all the more distasteful to read about.

At the same time, I think the definition of the ‘alpha’ male has been taken way out of line here; there is to me at least, a difference between the protective and strong type and the downright obsessed, rude and masochist (and apparently commitment-phobic too) which few authors seem to get when writing about this particular characteristic.

I can, however, on an abstract level, understand why this would be right up the alley for some readers. But needless to say, it isn’t for me.