Book Review | Trusting Skylar

A change of genre once again, I was looking forward to diving into some romance books this week.

Former military operative Carson “Bull” Rhodes hasn’t dated seriously since he and his teammates left the army. Since then he’s opened Silverstone Towing—which is a front for his other job: hired killer. When kindergarten teacher Skylar Reid calls for help while stranded on the side of the interstate, the attraction is instant. The problem is Bull’s career has jaded him. Skylar’s innocent, and he wants to keep her that way.

Cautious by nature, Skylar never expected to fall in love with her tow truck driver. Even so, once Bull reveals what he really does for a living, she’s not sure she can handle it. When Skylar faces threats that have nothing to do with Bull’s job but are just as deadly, the stakes are higher than ever.

With the help of the Silverstone team, Bull will use everything he’s learned over the years to bring the woman he loves home—because the alternative is unthinkable.

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Trusting Skylar will be published on 1st December 2020.

I was definitely looking for a bit of escapism this week, so I thought a bit of romance would do the trick. I was looking for a lot of chemistry, a few hiccups along the way and something that I just didn’t want to put down.

After a pretty interesting start where Carson and Skylar meet I have to say I was a little disappointed that nothing very interesting happened until around the halfway point of the book. Sure the characters were getting to know each other but I didn’t feel like we got past a surface level with the characters, so I found it a little slow, not as captivating as I had hoped and found it hard to really feel the chemistry at the level that I would have liked because of this.

I also noticed that there was a lot of repetition of telling the reader certain things about the characters; like that Skylar is naive, innocent and too trusting but accepting of all races and backgrounds, and Bull is caring and generous but struggles with how his work will affect a relationship; when it would have been in my opinion more palatable to try and show us it instead. Having these points repeated in such a way without them coming from a relevant situation just made me feel like it was forced and put me off a little because I didn’t get to know the characters in a more natural way.

As I said things started to pick up a little around the halfway mark but then for me kind of fell away again, I think because I wasn’t as invested in the characters by this point I wasn’t really very interested by the more pedestrian goings-on in the story. Luckily it was redeemed around the three-quarter point as things start to kick up a notch and there is a bit more tension in the story.

Despite it being a little slower through the first half of the book and there being a few annoyances, I still enjoyed it and whilst I didn’t quite get that can’t put it down feeling I was looking for I was still interested in what was going to happen. I did like both Skylar and Carson, I felt like I was seeing more of their characters towards the end, Skylar definitely showed her courage and selflessness through her actions and I liked seeing Bull’s determination especially when it came to Skylar.

I have to say that I was especially intrigued by the snippet of the next book in the series, it already sounds very interesting.

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