Author: Catherine L Byrne
Cover Artist: Latrisha Waters
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/15/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, M/M Romance, Thriller
When down-on-his-luck minder Chase takes on a job for a fading gangster, the job and his charge both turn out to be very different to what he expected. Someone is trying to sabotage the mobster’s business and doesn’t care who they hurt in the process. Soon Chase finds himself on the run with his charge, trying to carry out a friend’s last wishes before their pursuers catch up with them.
The Minder by Catherine L Byrne confused me from the first page. First of all, I didn’t know precisely what the job duties of a “Minder” was. I assume it is like a personal bodyguard/close protection services. So that is the assumption I went into the book with.
It seems I am pretty much correct in my assumption, but we never got a true indication of Chase’s duties. We also never got a good feel for why his boss trusted him and not his other minders… nor why he still employed said minders if he didn’t trust them. Basically, the setup left me with a lot of questions to which I never got the answers.
Yes, the other minders were grade A assholes, but we were never given any indication they were the bad guys… until they were. I can live with that. However, the explanation given for a cross-country chase was weak at best, laughable at worst. Any suspense from the chase or adrenaline from the encounters between our heroes and their nemeses was squashed by the chasm between the actions and the motivation for said actions.
And let’s not even mention the ending. I don’t want to tell you how it ends or specifically why I disliked it as much as I did. Your mileage may vary, and I don’t want to spoil it for you. However, I was highly disappointed in the ending. The story is tied up and the line cut before it was over. It was almost like the author hit her word count goal and just stopped. Sometimes that sort of ending can work (Monty Python and the Holy Grail anyone?). This time, it did not at all.
Despite my reservations, however, I went on to read another story from this same author and absolutely adored it. Like I said, your mileage may vary.
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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