by Tracey Garvis-Graves
Released: September 16, 2014
Narrator: Chris Patton, Kristin Condon, R.C. Bray
Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
“For me, in the end this book just fell flat.”
~ Under the Covers
I’ve only read two books by this author before, but I loved one of them so much back when I read it that I’ve had a lot of Tracey Garvis-Graves books on my TBR. And yes, a lot of those are older releases but I still wanted to catch up and read them. This one was available on the Audible Romance Package and I put it down on the Roundabout Challenge to make myself finally dive into her backlist. I’ll be honest, it’s left me a little hesitant because I don’t know if her style matches with me.
EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU starts off with a bang. There’s a murder and a cute little boy that was present during that horrible scene where he lost his grandmother. He still has his mother, who is a single parent and she has a trouble past with her ex and after the murder of her mother it is also believed that she could be in danger. And then add into the mix a journalist that is trying to figure out what’s going on for his story.
While this is a romance book, the romance was actually not so great for me. Brooks and Daisy just didn’t make sparks fly for me in any way. They were both pretty bland and then them together didn’t really stir much. They had no sexual chemistry and there was no sexual tension, which I think it key if you plan on writing a slow burn romance.
Then there’s the fact that the pacing of this book is slow. S-L-O-W. As in you just may need to keep taking breaks for coffee because nothing is happening. Either that or start skimming which is really hard to do while listening to an audiobook.
But aside from the fact I didn’t connect with the romance and the pacing dragged, there’s also the writing. This book is full of detail. Mundane details about everything. Probably why the pacing was so off, as well. I have no interest in reading about day to day life, just give me the important parts that drive the story forward.
I see some people refer to this as a romantic suspense and I can’t even consider classifying this as such. While yes, there’s the figuring out the murderer and if it will happen again, this is not exploited to add any kind of suspense to the story. For me, in the end this book just fell flat.
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