Smolder by Graylin Fox

Smolder by Graylin FoxAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Michelle

Clinical psychologist Ellie Quinn is starting a brand new job at a hospital in Savannah. She doesn’t expect the amorous attentions of quick-tempered ex-cop Owen Mata and handsome Russian surgeon Dmitri Komarnitskaia. But choosing between the two is soon the least of her worries. When she persuades a battered woman to leave her husband, Ellie finds herself the target of a sinister serial killer, and something about the case is making Owen increasingly unstable. Only with Dmitri does she feel safe, but if she can’t bring her psychological skills to bear to catch the killer, she won’t be the only one in danger.

Ellie Quinn is a psychologist starting a new job in a new city. Focused on settling in at the Savannah hospital, the last thing she expects is to run into someone like the sexy Dr. K on her first day of work. She is immediately intrigued by the Russian doctor and hopes she has the chance to get to know him better. Dmitri, a.k.a. “Dr. K”, is a divorced father of two who is very open to the possibility of a relationship with the new doctor. In Ellie he sees a smart, pretty, kind woman – the first to catch his eye in a long time. He is a successful surgeon, a nice man, and smoking hot – definitely the object of fascination for many ladies in the hospital.

I liked the way the author portrayed both Ellie and Dmitri. They were real, and what you see is what you get. There were no hidden agendas or dark skeletons in their closets. The only monkey wrench in their budding romance is Owen Mata. Owen is a hospital security worker who also becomes interested in Ellie. He is a much more complicated character, though, and I never quite believed who he was or his interest in Ellie. I think this book had enough going on without the contrived love triangle that didn’t really exist. For Ellie, from the minute she caught a hint of Dmitri’s interest, there was only him for her.

The suspense angle concerning the serial killer really took over the entire book. I would have believed it more if the book had been written strictly as a thriller with a little romance thrown in, not as a romance. The love story between Ellie and Dmitri was very tame, even for an Ellora’s Cave “Blush” series book. There was very little heat, even in the one love scene in the book, and I had a hard time feeling the emotion between them. I felt that the drama that had overtaken Ellie’s life overshadowed everything else. One other complaint is that the book lacked depth (with the writing). It almost read like an outline or a rough draft, and had there been more detail and less jumping from one scene to another, I would have liked it better.

I give Smolder by Graylin Fox 3 stars

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