Thursday, July 14, 2016

Missing by Lisa Harris

Missing, by Lisa Harris

Nikki Boyd isn't usually called in on homicides; her forte is missing persons. But when a case with two murdered and two missing pops up on a quiet suburban street, she's ready to start the investigation and find missing homeowners Mac and Lucy Hudson. When the first clues lead her to the boat of her friend Tyler Grant--and another dead body--Nikki must untangle what ties Tyler to the Hudsons. The clues pull her into a deadly maze of counterfeit drugs and a killer who will stop at nothing to silence anyone who threatens his business--including Nikki.

My Thoughts:

Book #2 in the Nikki Boyd Files continues the story of Special Agent Nikki Boyd of the Missing Persons Special Task Force. This is the first book I've read of the series and while I found I was missing some pieces to Nikki Boyd's background there was enough to propel me into the story without missing a beat on the who, what, when, and where of the story.

Missing will satisfy any fan of romantic fiction with its rhythmic flow of intense conflict and tension followed by the romantic underpinning of the heroine but for me the predictable ebb and flow actually slowed the story down for me. There was an abundance of repeating information-my guess is to keep the reader informed of the "what's-at-stake" tension after the romantic lull (< I'll explain why I considered the romance a lull in just a second) but it became a little insulting to have to be reminded over and over again. Now, to the lulling romance ... it was just that. I have a heroine who has feelings for a "friend" and over-and-over again she has to reign in those feelings all the while said friend is interlacing his fingers with hers in cozy moments. The romance is s-t-r-e----t-c-h-e-d all the way through the book with only a slightly satisfying end. If this series ends at book three than I imagine there will be adequate closure to the relationship in the next book. Lastly, the only other thing I'd comment on is the incredible feats of strength this character faces in a very short amount of time. There's no way I'd go through the gun battles, explosions, near-death experiences Nikki Boyd faces in one week of work on a law enforcement officers paycheck. I mean, seriously. James Bond would be so proud ... Jason Bourne, as well.

If you need a fun, summer read this book will serve you well. There's enough action in its pages to save you the price of a movie ticket and a tub of buttery popcorn Nah, definitely add the tub of popcorn but keep the butter level to a page-turning minimum.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. You can purchase your copy of Missing HERE.

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