Prisoner of Love
by Cathy Skendrovich
Coming October 19, 2015
Risking his own life is one thing. Risking hers is another...
It was supposed to be a girls-only weekend in the California mountains. But when Lucy Parker is carjacked by an escaped prisoner, her fun weekend takes a nighmarish turn. Now she's caught up in a dangerous world of stolen money, vicious drug dealers, and murder, and the only thing keeping her alive is her oh-so-hot captor.
Imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit, undercover cop Jake Dalton wants answers-now. Worse, he's dragged Lucy into the mix, and she's now guilty by association. With their lives on the line, the race is on to get to Las Vegas before they're killed...and they're running out of time.
Prisoner of Love started off really great. I wasn't real sure about Jake at first... I couldn't tell if he was going to be an antihero that I was gonna love to hate or if his dickheadedness was just part of his convict act. Luckily, as soon as we got inside his head I figured out pretty quickly that he was a hero I could come to love.
Lucy, on the other hand, was touch and go throughout most of the book. I enjoyed her snarkiness and the fact that she didn't cower when Jake was being an ass but the crying? Ugh! So could have done without that!
The forbidden romance aspect was great. I mean, having the hots for the chick you carjacked? Or having the hots for your carjacker, in Lucy's case... That was definitely a nice change from the norm. Of course once Jake opened up to Lucy things left the forbidden zone and everything heated up pretty quickly.
Along with the romance there's some decent suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat. Of course we already know who the bad guys are, but there's always the question of when they're going to strike that kept things interesting.
Overall, I really enjoyed Prisoner of Love and it could have easily been a 4 star read for me if not for that ending. Lucy pining away for Jake for 6 months while he flat out ignores her? Yeah, that definitely ruined it for me... And there wasn't even a good grovel scene to make up for it!
Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Prisoner of Love through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.