February 19, 2011
Review: Cop Appeal by Ava Meyers
This time we follow Luke, on of the under cover police officers briefly glimpsed in Copping To It. While he is definitely the bad boy presented in that story we now come to see the more protective 'softer side' of his nature as he is reunited with the woman that he loves who walked out of his life many years prior. Despite a quick intro into the respective characters, we are easily brought into the simmering passion that still exists between them. Immediately, the spark is there and I can't help but be impressed by Meyers's talent in this respect. Normally, I can't stand characters that suddenly fall into bed after only a few pages, and yet with this series it's rather organic as she effortlessly combines thoughts, dialogue, and emotions into moments filled with pure unadulterated passion.
The characters, as have come to be expected, are wonderfully developed with human flaws and fears. Sarah is self-deprecating as she is filled with self worth issues surrounding her relationship with Luke. Not raised with a silver spoon in her mouth, she's had to work for everything she's gotten. Considering herself nothing more then trash in comparison to Luke's wealthy upbringing she chose years ago to leave him before he could hurt her feeling that letting Luke go would be best for them both. Luke, on the other hand, honestly loved her and has been pining for her for years. When he sees the opportunity to step back into her life in the form of a promise Sarah made before marrying he eagerly jumps at the chance to win her back. Despite his rogue-ish appearance, he is quite genuinely a loving and caring man eager to bring every happiness and pleasure he can into Sarah's life. His charming sense of humor is a complete contrast to every preconceive notion that I had about him. That paired with the very evident alpha streak within him only serves to make him that much more appealing. The tender way he sweeps away her concerns about her upbringing leaves no question that he is in the relationship for the long run, despite Sarah's misguided conviction that he is merely using her.
While the build up of trust and passion is amazing, I also loved the build up of the threat that Sarah's ex-husband presents. Walters, also a cop, has been harassing Sarah for months. Finally desperate to be rid of him Sarah goes to Internal Affairs looking for help. When Luke steps back into her life she's eager for him not to find out about her stalking ex uneasy about what either he or Walters would do to one another. When Luke steps into his protective role, she's both thrilled and worried. This tension sets a nice undertone within the story promising suspense and action. However, it was here that I found this novella to be a bit lacking as the showdown between the two men is rather rushed. I would have loved to see more go on between these two and get more then just the impression of threat. When he shows up drunk with only the evidence in his car pointing towards his darker intentions I couldn't help but be a little disappointed. In the future, I would love to see this series become a bit more rounded with both passion and action to up the suspense within the novellas. I think it would make things so much more appealing if we could see these strong, protective alphas in action outside of the bedroom as well as in.
Overall, this was an amazing novella that I truly enjoyed reading and wonderful compliment to the series as a whole. It had everything one could want and left me eagerly awaiting the next installment to see who the next sexy man in blue is! Those who love their men hot and their romance hotter, then this series is definitely for you as it will not disappoint.
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Scars