Dearly Stalked by Allison Cassatta ~ Book Review by Karen

Title: Dearly Stalked

Author: Allison Cassatta

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Allison Cassatta

Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 01/23/2017

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary

Blurb:

Writing crime novels catapulted Memphis native Silas Cooper to fame and fortune, but when his words backfire and he becomes trapped in what could be one of his books, he needs a hero of his own.

Silas’s publicist insists he hire a personal assistant, and Silas chooses Scott Kramer. But before Scott starts, he already has a round of steamy phone sex to hold over Silas’s head, and his interest in his boss isn’t decreasing.

Benjamin Logan joined the Army to see the world, and while deployed he read every one of Silas’s books. With his military career over, Ben is back in Memphis working for the police department—and attempting a deeply closeted relationship with fellow cop Morgan Brown.

Over coffee, Silas and Ben become friends who support each other as relationships fall apart, and the attraction between them slowly emerges. When a dangerous stalker threatens Silas, it’s up to Ben to stop him.

If Ben fails, Silas might not live to tell this story… and Ben might not be able to live with himself.

My View:

Silas writes crime novels, he’s a home body who lives in his familial home, one day, while waiting for a potential PA he meets Ben, a policeman. After a frisson of flirtation they do there separate ways, and start new relationships. Silas becomes involved with his new PA Scott..I’m your biggest fan ! And Ben with another policeman – Morgan. Yet Silas and Ben still meet, and become friends.

It’s clear from the off that Silas and Scott’s relationship is a mistake, Scott is way too jealous and possessive, but they break up, and get back together before Silas finally ends it.  At the same time Ben and Morgan’s relationship is slowly dying – on paper everything is right, but the reality is they don’t really trust each other and it seems more convenience and attraction than love, so they too split up.

Getting to know the characters in these relationships takes up over 50% of the book , and while Silas and Ben interact, initially it’s primarily as  friends, albeit they both are still attracted to each other. It’s when Silas gets stalked that their mutual attraction becomes something more.

There is a really good flow to this book in parts, you feel that you’re getting to know Silas and Ben, and that you can see why they would make such a great couple, Ben’s relationship with Morgan, and why it goes wrong highlights as well what needs to happen with Silas.

However, while the characterisation and romance are strong, there is no suspense, admittedly you know who the stalker is, but I found no sense of menace or threat at all.

Overall this was a strong book which came from a different perspective, and almost worked.

Links

Dearly Stalked on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
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