Reyes has nothing but his work. Pity for Kyra, he’s the best and mercy never sways him once he takes a job. He’s been hired to find out where Kyra hid the cash—and bring her back to face Serrano’s “justice.” Dead will do, if he can’t locate the loot. He’s never failed to complete a contract, but Kyra tempts him with her fierce heat and her outlaw heart. So Reyes has a hell of a choice: forsake his word or kill the woman he might love.
Comment: I wrote down that I got this book in 2010 and it has been waiting in the pile since then. At the time, pretty much anything that sounded romantic with paranormal elements or content would have sounded appealing, that is probably why it was added to the pile.
At some point, the idea of this story would have been catnip for me, and I'd look for to see how these two would fall in love in the midst of so many complications, but while I still liked the idea of this novel, I wasn't too excited with how it was developed, and in the end it was only meh to me.
I would say the biggest issue was the relationship between the protagonists. I just didn't warm up to them nor did I feel their connection was that believable. I can accept the wariness and tension when they start spending time together but what was told about them as individuals and how they were connecting didn't feel very special. I suppose that if their pasts or their personalities had made a bigger emotional impact on me, so I could sympathize more, I'd have cheered for them too. The way things went, I wasn't too focused on whether they would end up together or not. (I knew they would, though)
Kyra is the most interesting character, simply because of her ability. I admit: I can't remember if it was shared why and how she has that ability to steal other's best feature but it was still a nice detail. Of course, I would be interested in seeing how this affected her life but her thievery career just didn't interest me and while I can understand why she felt like avenging her father, the whole con work and such isn't something I really appreciate, unless it's comedy movies like "ocean's 11" or something...
Reyes is a very traditional type of hero, in the sense he isn't perfect but hides a better heart than he lets on, at least he does start thinking he should help Kyra when they talk and learns why she is this way. I don't have much to say about him, he is rather forgettable to me, but he does follow the pattern one comes to expect from heroes who start one way but change course to help/save the heroine.
The plot develops very easily, like a certain cat and mouse game, and in between we have some passages from the casino owner's POV, nothing much about him, he is a very simple type of villain, just someone looking for power and getting the upper hand on everyone.
One detail I found weak is the paranormal content. I really don't think this should be considered paranormal romance (there's an author's note explaining this was an attempt to write something different from her usual style) because it's not the big deal it could be in the story, or at least it's not developed as it could. I suppose I wouldn't have minded seeing Kyra using her ability for better reasons or to help others somehow...
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