Review: Force of Attraction by D.D. Ayres

force of attractionReviewed by Shelly

This is my first from this author and while it was an okay read, I wasn’t too gung-ho about the hero. Scott Lucca is a DEA agent working on a case involving puppies being used as drug mules. Scott is good at the job of being undercover and bringing down the bad guys; this time his boss wants him to partner with Nicole ‘Cole’ Jamison to pose as couple and infiltrate the local dog show circuit. It turns out that Nicole and Scott have a past – there were married for a short time but few, if anyone, on the force is aware of their personal history of being together.

I felt like I was dropped in the middle of their story. I didn’t feel as if I really got to know either Scott or Nicole. I’m not sure if they were a featured in the first story or not, but I didn’t feel that connect for this couple that would allow me to root for them being together.

I don’t like it when I don’t like both of the main characters and that’s what happened here; it’s much easier for me to tell you what I think about bad plot and likable H/h. I couldn’t stand Scott. He’s got a ‘my Daddy didn’t love me’ blame mentality that is the least attractive thing in character descriptions to me. His penchant for blaming his father for what he sees as his life’s failures distracted me from even liking the romance between him and Nicole.

The scenario between Scott and Nicole in their past relationship came off as two young people who had no clue how to be a couple. There’s verbiage about them having a lot of sex which fell in line with them initially meeting in a bar and having sex during their first encounter. I guess I was supposed to believe that true love would stem from that, even in light of Scott being undercover as a member of a motorcycle club who ran drugs. Even the reason for their break-up was a little mind bending considering what’s Scott undercover role was. I’m not expert on these things but I thought the mentality for Scott was whatever’s necessary is what needed to be done. But…

For some reason, I kept picturing ‘Cole’ as a guy. I kept getting thrown off course (call it name association if you’d like) every time the name was mentioned in an intimate moment between her and Scott. But then again, to a lesser degree than Scott, I didn’t really care for her either. There was something about her that I didn’t connect with and I found her personality to be a bit too wishy-washy for such a serious occupation. There were moments where I really thought she would rally and be this awesome heroine who I could applaud for but something would always get in the way. Between you and me, the something was usually some silly sex scene that was so out of place in the context of their undercover work that I would just skip that part.

If you’re either a fan of the author or the serious, you’ll enjoy this. For me it was okay, but I won’t continue with the series.

Happy Reading Folks!

Rating: C

*ARC provide by publisher via NetGalley for review

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Force of Attraction
by D.D. Ayres
Release Date: March 31, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks

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