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Sleight of Hand by Julie Rowe
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I’ve been an avid follower of Julie Rowe’s Outbreak Task Force series from the beginning, but then again, I do get the thrills from biological warfare-type romances even if some parts always stretch my ability to keep the suspension of disbelief going.

‘Sleight of Hand’ juggles interagency politics, disease and a head-on plunge into outbreak and Rowe quite capably writes a suspenseful and tense story that had me enthralled from the start: an e-coli from beer that has all the frat houses on their knees is something I devoured with glee along with a mystery to solve.

I did mostly like Gunner Anderson and Joy Oshiro as they proved to be a no-nonsense working pair that fitted oddly but well, though their attraction seemed almost like instant love, sidelined as it was because of the outbreak.

I was however, rather bewildered by the rushed climax that didn’t quite feel like one after a fantastic build-up and an even quicker resolution that made the story feel unfinished when the last few events went from showing to telling. The case didn’t feel like it was resolved at all, in fact, apart from the protagonists recovering and getting their act together by the time I turned the last page.

The bad guys remained nebulous while the fall guy conveniently cracked and killed himself as the secondary characters who flitted in and out of the picture themselves became loose ends who disappeared into the background. For a romance, I understood that the focus stayed mainly on Gunner/Joy who battled their own demons, their pull towards each other and the rapidly developing outbreak that couldn’t seem to be contained, yet I was left tapping my e-reader impatiently to check if I’d actually missed a chapter or two in the end.

*ARC by the publisher via Netgalley
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Reading Progress

November 30, 2018 – Shelved
November 30, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
December 7, 2018 – Started Reading
December 7, 2018 – Shelved as: arc
December 7, 2018 – Shelved as: contemporary-romance
December 7, 2018 – Shelved as: military
December 7, 2018 – Shelved as: netgalley
December 7, 2018 – Shelved as: romantic-suspense
December 7, 2018 – Shelved as: smutty
December 7, 2018 – Shelved as: speculative-fiction
December 16, 2018 – Shelved as: law-enforcement
December 16, 2018 – Shelved as: suspense-thriller
December 16, 2018 – Finished Reading

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Book Lover I totally agree it felt unfinished.


Dísir I thought it would have been a great read otherwise.


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