Dana reviews Jumping In by Cardeno C. (Published by The Romance Authors, February 5, 2017, 66 pages) A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Blurb: When love’s on the line, the brave jump in with both feet…
Small town cop Clint Rivera can’t catch a break. His ex of two weeks is suddenly getting married, his dogs tore up his furniture, he’s getting evicted, and he’s out of beer. When he decides to solve his alcohol shortage by going to his ex’s engagement party, Clint winds up too drunk to drive himself home.
Enter gorgeous deputy mayor Hawk Black, the man who constantly shows up unexpectedly and sends Clint’s body and mind into a tailspin with nothing but his whiskey voice and blue eyes. After months of patience, Hawk can finally seduce the man he’s been craving.
Clint’s day might not have started out well, but Hawk’s going to make sure it ends with a bang, preferably in bed. He’ll show Clint some rewards are worth the risk. With love on the line, Clint will need to decide if he can open his heart, tear down his shields, and jump in with both feet.
Word count: 18,500
This is a 2nd edition without substantive changes from the 1st edition.
This review will probably be a little shorter than usual, because it felt like the story just flew by as I read it. Jumping In really is a perfect title because there isn’t a lot of back story on these two characters so the story jumps right in to the romance. Also because the characters jump quickly into not just lust, or interest, but love.
Hawk Black had his eye on Clint Rivera before he moved to town, after seeing him once at a distance. He made it his mission to discover all he could about the man. Clint was in a relationship of sorts, and besides thinking Hawk was hot, he barely knew him. With his affair ended and his life in upheaval in several ways, it was perfect timing for the two of them to discover what they could have with each other.
I found Hawk’s belief that he loved Clint sweet, though slightly hard to believe, given that Clint acted like they had barely even talked. I love Cardeno’s writing, and I am open to love at first sight stories, but I really wish there had been more story before this story. I wanted to see that Clint was a caring and kind man to people and animals for myself, and not just because Hawk said he was. I wanted to see Hawk’s growing interest before he pronounced that he was done waiting for Clint.
Overall, it was an enjoyable glimpse at a romance, but I wasn’t as invested in the characters as I would have liked. I can recommend it, if you are looking for something sweet and short.
7/10 Pots of Gold (70% Recommended) – Compares to 3.5/5 Stars
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