Book Review: Courting the Cop by Coleen Kwan

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Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Release date: October 20, 2015

Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Page count: 194

Format: eBook

Rating: 3.25 Stars


 

synopsis

Love can hook you before you know it…

Abigail has bigger problems than adjusting to her role as owner of a yarn store she inherited from her aunt. Petty crime is hurting her business, plus that of all the other shops in the area.

When she spots a man stealing an orange from a neighboring store, she doesn’t hesitate to give chase—only to discover the man she’s just tackled to the ground is a cop.

Detective Brody Donovan is about to slap some cuffs on the woman decked out in a yarn costume, when his better sense prevails. Her apartment is the perfect place to set up a stakeout to catch the criminal who wounded his partner. Specifically, her bedroom.

The heat between them unexpectedly fries his concentration, though he can’t figure out why. She’s into ’50s nostalgia. He’s all about his job. She yearns for a man who will court her. He goes through women like tissues.

But when the criminal finally surfaces, Brody realizes too late that he’s dangerously close to losing the one woman he never thought he wanted.

Warning: Contains a commitment-phobic cop, stolen oranges and flirty aprons, and some heartfelt Shim Sham shimmying.


 

review

This is the first book of Coleen Kwan‘s that I read and it was such a nice surprise for me. I really enjoyed it! Although, sadly, personal issue kicked in that deplete the rating a bit.

Courting The Cop is a romance comedy taking place… somewhere in a small town US. At the Main Street of that town to be exact. Abigail, the heroine, was a Yarn shop owner who’s also local neighborhood watch. She thought she made citizen arrest of an orange-thief; but the thief turned out to be a cop, a Detective Brody Donovan.

Brody was hell-bent of catching the thug that left his senior partner hurt nine years ago. He made a deal to set-up surveillance at Abby’s place to catch the bad guy. And so started a whirlwind attraction between the 50s lover lady and the roguish cop.

I loved the banter between these two characters. Throw in Abby’s neighbors and Knit and Knatter members – Sophia,the Secret Ninja Granny as Brody called him, was a hoot, it made for quite an an entertaining story. Until I stumbled into that issue that bug me: the sex scenes.

Let me be clear that I do not hate sex scene. It’s the spice of the story. And with the kind attraction and flirting about Abby and Brody threw at each other, that’s to be expected. But when the pages turned into one bed gymnastic after another, the book lose certain appeal to me.

Brody was the typical wham-bam-thank-you-mam guy before he met Abby; his family background having something to do with it. And Abby just got over a calculated schemer of ex lover; but jumped into the affair with Brody with open eyes. At least, according to her, the wham-bam part was really memorable. Until of course, feelings involved!

Despite my eye-roll at the eavesdropping, misunderstanding etc I loved the way these two grappled their way to be together, their own doubt and fear notwithstanding. To admit to their fault and apologise. I saluted Brody to man up and Abby for her understanding.

The closing of the case was rather anticlimactic, though considering the whole plot focused more on the romance instead of that, I wouldn’t take much issue in them. Bottomline, the first half of the book amused me much better than the second half. I still liked it as a whole though, and could see myself reading more of the author’s books.

 

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