Type: Romantic Suspense
My Copy: Sent
For U.S. marshal Rourke Kincaid, there’s the law…and then there’s his law. When the two don’t agree, he always trusts his instincts. A killing spree has gripped the Northwest, showing a strange connection that only he sees, and now the old rules of justice no longer apply. Forced to turn rogue, he goes deep undercover to track his mysterious female suspect to a quiet, unassuming café in the wild, isolated mountains of Beartooth, Montana.
But encountering Callie Westfield complicates his mission in ways he never expected. As suspicious as she seems, her fragile beauty and sexy charm get to Rourke. Then the gory crimes begin anew. With his heart suddenly at war with his instincts, he has only two options. Either turn Callie over to the law, or put everything—including his badge and his life—on the line to protect her.
It has been a long time since I’ve read a romantic suspense book, and even longer since I’ve read one with more mystery than romance. Now I know why. It took me FOREVER to read this book. It wasn’t that it was bad – I would have tossed it in the DNF pile if that was the case. I just had a hard time making myself care. I don’t know if it was the storyline or the characters that didn’t reach out and grab me, or maybe just the author’s writing style, since I’ve never read anything by B.J. Daniels before.
Callie Westfield is a woman on the run. After having lost her mother at a very young age and spending time in and out of foster care, she rarely settles down in one place for very long. The fact that she can be tied to the murders of a serial killer keeps her on her toes and prevents her from planting roots or forming any real relationships. That all changes when she moves to Beartooth, Montana. Her life remains peaceful for over a year, she has a waitressing job she enjoys and she has even found a good friend in her boss Kate. When a sexy, mysterious cowboy walks into the café, Callie is instantly drawn to him. Despite her misgivings about letting anyone get close to her, she finds herself unable to resist his charm.
Roarke Kincaid, a former police officer and now a U.S. marshal, has been obsessed with Callie since he first saw her face in a crime scene photo. While investigating a series of murders that he believes are tied together, he notices Callie in the background. All of his instincts tell him she is the missing link in solving the crimes, but he refuses to believe she is the killer. Determined to prove himself right, he takes two weeks off and travels to Montana to track Callie down. En route he convinces his former partner to help him with the case. Laura is now a criminal profiler and Roarke wants her help in finding the killer. Laura is convinced that Callie is guilty, but Roarke refuses to believe her, insisting that someone else is behind the murders.
If this had been a straight up mystery I might have liked it better. Neither Roarke nor Callie stood out to me as lead character material. I liked them both, but my ambivalence toward them kept me from becoming too invested in their happy ending. It’s difficult to write a review when you just feel so-so about a book. Whatever it was, I picked up this book and put it down dozens of times over the last few weeks. Maybe I’m just not a mystery reader. I think I wanted a little less creepiness and a little more romance. I had figured out early on who the “bad guy” was, so it seemed to me that the author dragged the suspense out way too long while nothing much really happened. This book had likeable main characters, but I didn’t fall in love with them the way I often do with a romance.
I give Mercy by B.J. Daniels 3 stars