Author: Michelle Woody
Publisher: JMS Books
Characters: Chris and James
Private detective Chris Mason thought he only had to worry about his brother Dylan discovering he was dating Homicide detective James Harris. Dylan and their best friend, Ron Abrams, don’t like James, and Chris has to handle their animosity towards his lover. But then Chris is targeted by a serial killer who leaves snapdragons with his victims.
James leads the Snapdragon investigation as head detective. As each murder links Dylan and Ron to the killings, James questions Ron’s motives and his connections to Chris. Ron’s pet name for Chris has always been Snapdragon. Could there be more behind Ron’s playful teases than Chris knows?
When Ron’s attraction to Chris is exposed, their friendship totters. Is a darker side to Ron revealed? Could he be involved with the Snapdragon murders? And will Chris be able to solve the case before he becomes the killer’s next victim?
Snapdragon is a story with a lot of potential, but lacked the intensity to be an interesting thriller or a great romance. The real interest for me wasn’t the plot or the romance between the two main characters. I’m not keen on reviews which say if you did ‘x’ it would have been much better, but that’s exactly what I’m going to do.
It had a competent thriller plot which kept me reading to the end to find out whodunit. I though the use of Snapdragon as an ongoing theme in the story was skillfully done. However, the whole plot could have done with more intensity. It was bland at times where it should have been nail-biting, and there wasn’t enough tension in the interactions between the protagonists even though it was discussed.
The author has well-developed characters with a good supporting cast, and that is where it trips up for me. There was no chemistry between the romantic leads, Chris and James. It was almost like the relationship between the two men is an afterthought. By contrast, the tender chemistry between Chris and Ron kept the story going. By the end, I was rooting for Chris and Ron, with James as a poor second. I think all the emotional energy is expended between Chris and Ron, and Chris and his brother. Next time, I suggest the author focuses on one relationship, because it’s inevitable that one must suffer.
Snapdragon wasn’t a bad thriller, it just didn’t leave me invested in either the plot or the romance and that was disappointing.
Reviewed By: Pippa Wood
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