Author: Kat Martin, Alexandra Ivy, Rebecca Zanetti
Publication Date: March 31, 2020
Genre: Anthology, Romantic Suspense
Format: eBook, Print
Length: 368 Pages
Rating: 3 Stars
As girls, they bonded over broken homes and growing up in foster care.
As women, they’re fighting for their lives, and loves, once more . . .
When Meriwether Jones takes her young daughter and runs from trouble in L.A., that trouble follows. By the time Meri reaches Spokane, she’s out of gas, money, and ideas. Luckily, ex-cop Ian Brodie hires her to help him with his father’s farmhouse, and they seem like the answer to each other’s prayers. But Meri is keeping a dangerous secret—and Ian is in danger of losing his heart . . .
That secret explodes when Melanie Cassidy spots two men trying to kidnap a young boy she tutors and responds by ramming them with her car. The last thing she expects is for the man she once loved, Detective Gray Hawkins, to appear and rescue them both. Now she has no choice but to trust him as they investigate the truth about a conspiracy of dirty, drug trafficking cops—and the truth about their relationship . . .
After a rough youth, Michelle Peach was finally content in Portland—until two men broke into her home, threatened her, and sent her mentally unstable mom on a blackmail spree that Michelle has to stop. The last person Michelle wants to see is her ex, Evan Boldon, a former marine turned sheriff. But Evan misses the woman who walked away instead of letting him help years ago. This time he’s not asking permission; he’s going to put a stop to the trouble stalking Michelle and her friends—and win her heart for good.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
A selection of three novellas, PIVOT presents the works from Kat Martin, Rebecca Zanetti, and Alexandra Ivy. Of the three, Martin’s AGAINST THE HEART was re-release from her “The Brodies of Alaska” series prequel in 2014. It brought together Meriwether Jones with ex cop turned PI and security specialist Ian Brodie when Meri and her daughter ran from her vicious addict ex. Ian was cousins to the heroes on Martin’s “BOSS, Inc” series. SHAKEN is starring estranged childhood sweetheart Evan and Michelle; both connected to hero from Zanetti’s “Deep Ops” series. And last but not least ECHOES OF THE PAST which related to Ivy’s “The Agency” series; wherein Melanie Cassidy reunited with Detective Gray Hawkins after a kidnapping attempt of one of Mel’s pupils.
While can be read as standalone, each novellas connected to one another in one way or another. There were the bad guys, damsel in distress, and the depiction of man in uniform – sort of – as the hero. The plots were pretty formulaic, the villains were the portrait of dumb and overconfident, the hero(es) using all the connection they had to solve the women’s problem.
As expected of these novellas, the pacing were rather rapid – Martin’s AGAINST THE HEART the measured one of the three – which didn’t left much room to dig more into (each) stories. Even with two of them taking on second-chance romance trope, I didn’t really feel the sparks of chemistry between the people involved. Overall they struck me as insta-love and rushed second-chance. The way the trouble handled to completion left a lot to be desired. With that much resources on hand, I expected BETTER from our heroes here.
That said, PIVOT is quite entertaining. My favorite of the three was SHAKEN, simply due to the cameo of Wolfe, Roscoe, and Kat (yes, not the leading cast, sorry). Their antics more than made up for the dissatisfaction I felt of the book overall. 😉
Copy of this book is kindly given by the authors/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.