Rating: 2.5 / 5
I was hoping that I'd like this book more than I did the first one...and for a while in the beginning I thought I was going to enjoy, but then it slipped down to just average. It just didn't hit the right spots for me.
Second book in Phillips' "Bachelor Blogs" series. Possibly a standalone, but the setup is introduced in book 1.
Sara Rios and Rafe Mancuso were once partners on the police force who had a lot of unspoken chemistry between them, but Rafe transferred to hostage negotiation. The two reunite to do some off-duty security work at a charity auction. Things go wrong and Rafe is stabbed and Sara injures her knee. The situation puts Rafe in the spotlight and earns him a spot in the Bachelor Blog.
To escape the notoriety - and the reminder of his feelings for Sara - Rafe goes back to his small hometown for some rest and recuperation. But Sara also finds herself in the spotlight, which is not a good thing when she's supposed to be lying low since she's the star witness at an upcoming murder trial. So she chases after Rafe, hoping he'll help keep her safe. The situation forces them to confront their feelings for each other. Rafe hopes their can be a future for them, but Sara is seriously commitment-phobic and she'll have to do some major reevaluating of her life before she can give Rafe what he wants.
I don't know whether it's that these light, beach-read type contemporary romances just don't do it for me anymore, or whether it was this book that didn't work for me. Either way, it was just an average read that mostly bored me, but didn't slip into "this book sucks" realm.
The first little bit seemed promising and I thought I was going to enjoy the book. I liked the chemistry between Sara and Rafe and the situation they found themselves in. It had a lot of potential to develop into a nice romance. But Phillips lost me along the way.
I got tired of Sara's commitment phobia. For someone who seemed so smart, she was dumb about relationships. I just got tired of her "it didn't work for them, it didn't work for them...so obviously it doesn't work for ANYBODY." Plus, it was such a typical, over-used romantic conflict that had nothing to set it apart from everything else out there. I wanted more from these two characters.
But that wasn't where the book lost me. It was the "plot." I liked the part about Sara being the target of hitmen because of the trial she was to testify in and I thought that would be the focus of the book...instead, this weird, sort of slap-stick storyling jumps of that had me rolling my eyes and thinking "good grief." It deals with Rafe's uncle procuring Canadian Viagra for his buddies as a secret side-venture...then somehow, a big-time drug dealer finds out and sends two of his goons to "convince" the uncle to start getting harder drugs and using the uncle's business trucks to ship them. It was so ridiculous. The whole thing had me shaking my head and totally bored. It was a weird aspect to the book.
Then there was a lot of focus on Rafe's brother's marital problems which took time away from what I wanted to read about. And there's the whole Bachelor Blog thing...
Really, this book didn't work for me much on any level. I had planned to give this one 3 stars, but the more I thought about it, the more the book didn't work for me. So it's a weak 2.5 stars. I'm disappointed in how this series went. I've read a lot of Phillips stuff and I think these two books are by far my least favorites of them bunch.