Author: Luna David
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Kellie Dennis
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 02/13/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
At 38, Zavier “Cade” McCade has it all: a military career he can be proud of, a successful business, and a close knit group of family and friends. A former Army Special Forces Captain, Cade leaves the military to create Custos Securities, a burgeoning protection agency that provides unparalleled security for both civilians and corporations across the U.S.
After a string of disastrous relationships—and a narrow escape from an abusive partner—Braden Cross is finally putting his past to rest. Combining both his passion for baking and his knack for business, Braden owns the Sugar n’ Spice Café with his best friend who concocts exotic coffees and teas that pair perfectly with his decadent confections.
When a stalker sets his sights on Braden, the young pastry chef’s world is turned upside down. More frightened than he cares to admit, and not knowing where to turn, Braden is relieved when Cade steps in to offer his protection. Caught up in a maelstrom of threats, break-ins, and vandalism, the two draw closer together. Braden eventually realizes that he can trust Cade with his life, but he finds himself wondering… can he trust him with his heart?
I kind of liked, and didn’t like this.
The premise of the book is good, ex forces strapping types get to protect a baker who is getting death threats, the bakers business partner is the sister of one the security guys – hence the protection.
Cade is a big tattooed hunk, looking for love with other strapping hunks hasn’t worked out for him, because he want’s and needs to protect the people he cares for. Braden, the diabetic baker, has been in some dodgy relationships where his partners have tried to control him. Clearly they are made for each other. And Cade gets this straight away, and while Braden is attracted he shies away initially, but they do fall pretty instantly in love.
Other than the love story, the stalker part is pretty obvious, so why is this book over 400 pages long ? There is just too much telling, the author uses dialogue to explain events, which leads to some very stilted and over long conversations. And this leads to the relationships feeling stilted and awkward as well. Until about 75% when things seem to hit their stride and the book breathes a little.
I feel that this could have done with some editing and pruning especially around the dialogue, but the characters were endearing when they got to just be, and there is definitely potential in the extended story. I think that perhaps as this is a first novel the author is till finding their feet a little.
Its ends with a cliffhanger, and despite my issues with the book, I do actually want to know what happens.
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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