Review and Giveaway: Awakenings, In the Arms of the Law Book 2 by Kacey Hammell

Today I am pleased to present a review of Awakenings from the In the Arms of the Law series by Kacey Hammell.  In this two-day tour, there will be reviews and excerpts shared – so be sure to check out the Tour Stops to see what others have said.  Additionally, enter this Rafflecopter to be eligible to win a $5 Starbucks gift card!


Title
: Awakenings
Series: In the Arms of the Law, Book Two
Author: Kacey Hammell
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense, Erotic
Publisher: Decadent
Format: eBook
Pages: 150
Purchase:   Decadent Publishing | Amazon | All Romance eBooks | B&N (Nook)
Stars:  4 

Book Description:   On the trail of a killer, and with her old flame back in her life, Detective Alicia Knowles is forced to face the past as she tries to make decisions about her future…

Detective Alicia Knowles once believed there was good in everyone. Not anymore. After a harrowing experience, her life had changed and she was a very different woman. Now more dangerous, she moves through the darkness of her once sunny world, unsure what to do with her pent up feelings of fear and anger.

Even her new boss, Cole Douglass, makes her feel out of control. One night, years ago, he made her feel things she’d never felt with any other man. This time it can only be business between them.

With her latest case, however, temperatures flare.

Their passion is rekindled as the search is on for a missing child and a murderer on the run. Can Alicia protect her heart from the most dangerous power of all…love?

My Review:  

A quickly paced, fast moving book, the emotionally charged story-line starts with a beaten woman and climaxes with another incident with the perpetrator, with lots of action in between.   Readers should be warned that although the references that involve abuse and beating are not specific or greatly detailed, the plot essentially rests on one woman’s inability to come to terms with her own loss of faith in humanity after her own traumatic event.

The writing is smooth and tightly interweaves the action with the emotionally charged reactions of the characters, from anger to abject terror, guilt, frustration and feelings of inadequacy.  This is not a ‘typical’ cop story – the characters are both well-defined and completely relatable as human beings with fears, concerns and emotions that are affected by what they see on the job.  As the second in this In The Arms of The Law series, this book stands alone without great difficulty, as the author has provided background throughout the story, and this helps to fill in the gaps.

The main characters, Alicia and Cole, are engaged in a dance that is rife with insecurities, guilt, longing and the effects of Alicia’s past; although they do manage to overcome these difficulties when they let their all too apparent sexual chemistry take the lead.  And there is sex: hot and steamy – this is not a book that is geared to the under 18 crowd.  The scenes are graphically written, with an emotional undertone that balances the very steamy action.  My only real complaint with the storyline is the all-too tired line used by the hero when the discussion of condoms makes an appearance early in the story.  Although, I will give the author a nod for making it a discussion at all: the realistic portrayal of the storyline and characters requires that real world sexual concerns enter the picture; in this day and age that does mean protection for both parties.

Although this was a book that brought forward a series of issues that are all too common in the world we live in, the author has done a wonderful job of displaying an understanding of the emotional impact and damage that happens to all involved: not just victims.  I certainly would not hesitate to read other books by this author.

I received an eBook copy from author for review for Full Moon Bites tours. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
  

About the Author:    Canadian author, Kacey Hammell is a multi-published erotic romance author who writes mainly in the Contemporary Erotic/Romantic Suspense genres.  She is a true romantic at heart.

The Wife and Mom: Born, raised and still living in her hometown in Ontario, Canada, Kacey found true love with her husband.  As a Mom of three, Kacey has made certain that each of her children know the value of the written word and the adventures they could escape on by becoming book-a-holics in their own right.

Contact Kacey at: Website/Blog | Facebook | Facebook Author Page | Twitter | Amazon | Goodreads

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