December 15, 2012

Tour Stop Review: A Man To Trust by Cheryl Yeko

Series: Stand-alone
Format: Digital (from BTS Blog Tours)
Release Date: October 13, 2012
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

The battered survivor of an abusive marriage, Angela doesn’t mourn her husband’s death in a drug deal gone bad. But she’s not sure she can survive losing her heart to the handsome detective who believes she’s a criminal, too.

Tasked with Angela’s safety after she’s targeted by an unknown enemy, Jake discovers the beautiful widow is not what she seems. He soon realizes that trusting her goes hand-in-hand with desiring her, and passion and duty collide.

Now it’s up to Jake to keep Angela—and their chance at happiness—alive.

As you've probably noticed, I'm on a romantic suspense kick and at face value, A MAN TO TRUST by Cheryl Yeko fits the bill like a glove.

Not quite. First and foremost the novel is short at only 200+ pages and it's quick and easy to read. However CYeko lost her hook on me at 30% and let me tell you why. From the premise and genre, A MAN TO TRUST is a procedural story/contemporary romance. Though this is fiction, I still expect some key elements to be rooted in our reality and in this case I expected Jake Bauman to be a formidable and competent homicide detective. Unfortunately I give him an approval rating of 1%.

Jake is investigating a drug deal gone wrong that ended in the death (murder) of Angela Beebe's husband, Scott Beebe. At the start of the story, the DA wanted Angela to testify for them but Jake is a little iffy because he's afraid Angela might jeopardize the case in trying to protect her husband's involvement in the drug ring but also Jake suspects Angela might not be guiltless as far as Scott's drug operation is concerned. Afterall, drug syndicate players are as slippery as an eel and they need every evidence to be solid to nail their perps down.

So you have the premise: DO NOT JEOPARDIZE THE CASE

Lo and behold! After a failed attempt on Angela's life Jake brings her to his house instead of putting her on witness protection. When they got to his house Jake started getting frisky with the witness which can and will jeopardize the case they are trying to build! The same case he is anxious to lock down. When the defense finds about this, do you think Angela's testimony will hold water in court? I don't think so. Things got even more hairy when Angela's assassin tracked her down to Jake's house and started raining bullets in his place, good thing Jake's son isn't home otherwise the poor kid might have died because his father is thinking with his other head. But goodie for us Jake isn't the only bumbling cop in this story, his brother J.D., also a cop, is smitten by Angela's friend Stacey. So we have a bunch of detectives in the middle of a case acting like horny pubescent boys weak-kneed over a pair of gorgeous females who for all they know might be involved in the case they're trying to solve! We've seen a fair amount of cop shows and have read police procedures and this felt ridiculous and a little insulting to me. We're smarter and deserve more than this! 
Was Beebe such a bastard that he hadn't cared about her enjoyment when he made love to her? [Jake]
Way to go Jake, the girl just got ambushed in her house and this is what you're thinking about. Sigh! Not only is the police procedure conveniently contorted to serve the sequences of the story but Jack has close to zero police instinct! Angela is the widow of a criminal and he wonders why the girl is addle-brained, secretive, skittish, skeptical and cautious? Surely he's met a lot of women who've been victims or co-conspirators to enable him to get a fair reading on Angela right? Instead he kept on speculating if whether or not Angela had a happy marriage or if she had good sex with Scott. Duh! Angela is the only redeeming quality of this book and the only reason why I'm not giving it a 1 cauldron rating. The girl is authentic and very sincere to her storyline.

Well obviously they all got their HEA with a lot of blood and bullets thrown in the mix. The sexual tension was palpable from the start but because my Mark Wahlberg We Own The Night fantasy has been shattered early on, I felt it thick and distracting. Can't a conversation between Angela and Jack happen without the latter fantasizing about her lips? Can't Angela breathe without Jack oggling her boobs? I get that Angela is gorgeous but I'd like a good balance of romance AND thriller like what the blurb promised!

Gah! Obviously I wasn't satisfied with A MAN TO TRUST, if the characters were probably vampires, a shifter or some kind of otherworldly creature that will give them the license to operate independently I would probably buy the story and might have enjoyed it better.

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