Title – Loverboy
Author – Trista Jaszczak
Genre – Romance/Thriller
Re-Release Date – October 31, 2013
Publisher– Planettopia Publishing
Cover Artist – Beetiful Designs
When Charlotte Murphy escapes from the ruthless serial rapist and killer, Loverboy, she finds herself completely lost and scared to death. Lost, frightened, recovering, and in the sights of a brutal killer. In a most odd but clever tactic from the police, they assign Charlie 24/7 live-in protection; a move that is supposed to comfort her and make healing easier. Somehow, despite the odds, Charlie finds a refuge in officer Nick Andrews and in his arms she finds the strength to heal and the courage to move on with life. Nick finds everything that he wasn't looking for in Charlie’s eyes and a fight against a killer that becomes personal.
In Loverboy, We meet two characters by the Name of Charlotte “Charlie”, and Nick. This story is about a young woman who is kidnapped and brutally abused. She manages to escape and is now under police protection. This is where Nick comes in. He is the police officer assigned to shadow Charlie. He moves into her home to better protect her and fool the suspect into thinking Charlie is unprotected. While cooped up together, they begin to get close. Charlie opens up to Nick and vice versa. Their relationship goes from professional to friendship. Once the friendship takes hold love develops. As life seems to get back on track, Charlie tries to heal. However, Loverboy, the serial killer on the loose, has other plans.
Charlie trusts Nick to keep her safe. Nick vows to do just that. So, when things take a turn for the worst. Nick will stop at nothing to keep his promise.
I am going to keep this short and simple. This book started out with lots of potential. I thought the beginning was edgy, different and it pulled me in. However, the story drastically slowed down and didn’t pick up until the last 20%. Once they arrived back to Charlie’s apartment, the story became pure dialog between the two. Which, I don’t mind sweet touching moments between two people but when that seems to be the focus of the story I start to lose interest. It seemed like there were just too many miscellaneous conversations for me.
I do admit that it was enjoyable to get to know them, it was just excessive. A majority of the story was spent getting to know Charlie and Nick. (I think that was the point) With that being said, I still missed a connection with the two characters. I felt there could have been more inner dialog for Charlie and Nick.
The action parts were minimal. The actual crime fighting parts were mere sentences in the chapters until the end. The last 20% worked wonders and drew me back into the story and held me with its intense nature. Truly, I felt this story had depths that could have been the ace in the hole. It just didn’t get there. There for, the story fell short for me.
But at the base of it all, it is about a young woman who survives something horribly traumatic and finds her happily ever after in the darkness. So, I hover about 2.5 to 3 stars with this one. I see the potential in the author and I hope that she continues to hone her skills.