Title: For By Grace
Author: Adrian J. Smith
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Being a Sheriff’s Deputy is not all about saving lives and arresting criminals, and each day Grace wonders if she’ll make it home.
While kids at the schools Deputy Grace Halling visits see her as the knight in blue-cotton armor, people involved in the cases she is dispatched to have a different opinion. She has every confidence in her ability to do her job and arrest criminals. She easily takes down a knife-wielding woman and a drunken combatant teenager without hesitation. Everyone—victim, suspect, or witness—has a story to tell or to lie about, and Grace is never perturbed by their tales.
That all changes when she looks down the barrel of a gun. She loses confidence in her ability as a deputy, she loses trust in herself and fellow officers, and she struggles to stay afloat as shift after shift passes. Grace cannot find her rhythm of being a deputy again. And when the Police Chaplain unexpectedly barges into her life, her personal and professional lives are flipped upside down. Grace struggles to find her even ground, worrying that the next time she stares a murderer in the face will be the last.
I have real mixed feelings about this book. I wanted so very much to love it but I just didn’t. It was an all right read but not great. The police stuff was good, but lacking. I was on the edge knowing at some point something bad was going to happen to Grace. It seemed like an awful lot happened to her but none of it led to her changing her behaviour. I liked the premise and there is real potential for this book to be great but it needs work as it is.
There was very little character development. Grace did have a way with the people she cared about but it did not really carry over to her relationship with Amya. She spent more time and dialogue with a minor character than the woman she was supposedly in a committed relationship with. I was rather disappointed in the romantic aspect of the book. There were a few hot kisses then they would go to bed to sleep, there were no “I Love You”, no real chemistry, no heat, not even at the end when it would have been needed the most.
It reminded me a lot of the romances of 30 years ago. Mostly chaste and just interesting enough to make you want to see how it ends. I hear there is a second book in the works. I have high hopes for it, I really do!!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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