Review: Centerfold by Kris Norris

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I’ve not had great success with this publisher in the past so I’ve not read any of their stories in years, but I thought what the heck, the season is right, and I was feeling particularly generous. I have to give you a back story before I start with the review because the purchase transaction unfortunately set the tone of my reality. I bought the book electronically and it took me 3 days (purchased on a Friday, downloaded on a Monday) to be able to access the file from the site. Argh!

The premise of suspense with a bit of romance, erotica at that, drew me in. The blurb starts out really strong with what sounds like intrigue and ends with – Publisher’s Note: This book was previously released by Totally Bound under the same title. It has been considerably expanded, revised and re-edited for re-release. Yeah! That’s so exciting because I’m getting more book, better plot and overall awesome editing. All the things that make me a happy reader. So why as I’m reading am I seeing missing words or misplaced words? We should never underestimate the need for appropriate articles in any story, they matter for the overall enjoyment.

Scarlet Reid’s been a police officer for 12 years and for the last 2 years she’s been partnered with Roman Kinkaid. During an undercover assignment where she posed as a model for an adult themed/risqué magazine and Roman was her agent/lover, these two got it on. The presentation of the first sex scene was actually kind of weird because it not only happened so early on, it was also in front of some photographer/drug dealer guy who was perving on Scarlet. Somehow, I, the reader was supposed to be convinced that the only way that this douchebag would believe that they’re really lovers was to see them have sex. Haha! Yeah, I’m not that dumb.

After the sexing, there’s some minimal dialogue and a sprinkling of action. Scarlet and Roman are in a shootout where Scarlet gets two bullets in her shoulder. Oh, it’s a good buildup for a turn-around from that underwhelming opening. From here it going to get good. Our heroine, Scarlet, gets taken to the hospital and that’s when we learn that Roman has a lover in FBI agent Aiden Cross. What? How? You just sexed up Scarlet without a condom and didn’t tell her you’re sleeping with other people? Then there’s some jibber jabber about Roman being despondent about Scarlet getting shot because he loves her and she shouldn’t have risked her life for his. What?!?! Dear reader, I’ve never given myself whiplash from reading until now.

The case is solved, the team dismantled and it’s now three months later when the story picks up with a reunion of Scarlet, Roman and Aiden. There’s some ritual type killings going on and the victims are the women who were in the previous photo shoots with Scarlet. It time to go undercover again.

The thing is Scarlet is rightfully mad at Roman for leaving her and he’s brooding because she was shot. But guess who never picked up the phone to check on Scarlet to see how she’s fared since the shooting. What killed me is that they were partners for two years. After two years and she didn’t warrant a phone call. You, Roman, are an as*hole. And Aiden’s no better because he never picked up the phone either.

Aiden. I don’t even know how this guy fits in the scenario. There’s some mention that Scarlet knows him from her time spent with Roman, outside of work, and there was some ‘forbidden’ kiss between them. Really? Can I get more detail around that? No I can’t? Okay, thank you I guess…

The three officers of the law go undercover, as a ménage, to yet another risqué magazine where kink is king. Yes, you got it more sex in public and yes it happens but again, it doesn’t even make sense. How does this further the case? Shouldn’t you three focus on saving the lives that you’ve been sent to save? Folks are dying and ya’ll are fu*king.

The worse part of this story was the sex (all of it and never with a condom in sight) and Roman. I don’t even know Aiden enough to make a decent case for him. And Scarlet had promise – I wanted her to be Agent 99 but she was pretty, perfect and pornish.

Happy reading folks!

Rating: D

Click to purchase: Amazon

by Kris Norris
Release Date: January 30, 2015
Publisher: Totally Bound

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