4 star review: Love You to Pieces by @patriciarasey #mystery #romance

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Love You to Pieces

Written by Patricia A. Rasey

Genre: Mystery, Romance

Book Synopsis

It's been a few months since Jaycen McCain's troubled wife fell victim to a sadistic killer. Losing Kelly Jo has haunted him deeply, and his failure to keep her safe has driven Jay to the brink of a bleak, self-destructive despair. But the small-town police detective has bigger problems to deal with when a string of serial murders crop up on his home turf--murders with eerie similarities to the violence perpetrated on his wife.

Compelled to stop the killer and find much-needed answers about Kelly Jo's final hours, Jay is forced to enlist the help of a woman too tempting for his own peace of mind: Kelly Jo's pretty cousin, Sara St. James. Together, Jay and Sara embark on a pursuit for justice that will take them into an underground world of dark places and dangerous, irresistible desires. As an unwanted passion kindles and combusts between them, the killer closes in, pulling Jay and Sara into the web of an evil that will rock them to their core.

Jenny Buijs's Rating & Review

I definitely enjoyed this book. What I liked so much, was that even though the romance in this book was important, the focus was more on solving the murders. Normally romance books that also have a mystery side to them, are more focusses on the romance and the mystery is solved easily, and everyone lives happy ever after. This book is a bit more complicated, and that was pleasantly refreshing for me. I liked being pulled into the book, and even though as a reader, you know from the start who the murderer is, it’s still a thrilling story.

Jaycen is a real jerk, but still I couldn’t help but like him. Everyone in his situation would lash out, but it just sucked that Sara was the one who got hurt the most by him. She still stuck around though, and I can understand why. It’s not always easy to walk away from someone, no matter how big of an idiot he is. Jaycen and Sara’s story was definitely a bumpy ride, but that’s what’s so great about it. It might sound a bit cruel, but I liked to read about Jaycen’s struggle to come to terms with his wife’s secret’s and the fact that Sara is kind of like family to him.

When I started reading this book, I was under the impression that it was a standalone book. But then I came to the ending of the book. Wow, that was unexpected! I was ready for a nice epilogue and a HEA but no, Rasey decided to put in a cliffhanger like th├ít. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with cliffhangers, but I can’t find anything on the internet about a second book. Even though it would make me feel better to actually know for sure that there will be a second book, I’m sure Rasey won’t be cruel enough to let the book end like this and not tell us how the story will continue.

Overall this was a very good book. It pulls you in from the start and won’t let you go until the very end, and maybe not even then. I absolutely want to read more books by Patricia A. Rasey. Normally I don’t read a lot of thrillers, but now I want more. Rasey knows how to capture her audience with her chilling story. Especially the Wizard of Oz references gave me the creeps. Very well done! I would definitely recommend this book to all of you.

Review Disclaimer: Book was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

Content Disclaimer: Marked mature due to violence and sex.