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Monday, July 26, 2010

Capturing Karma by K. M. Daughters

Capturing Karma by K. M. Daughters
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (198 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Poppy

Veterinarian Matty Connors’ visions lead her to homicide detective Brian Sullivan once again despite her resolve to remain anonymous the past four years. Her official work with the police in California resulted in the brutal murder of her fiancĂ©, and since, a recurrent nightmare she barely survives. Brian, the reputed ladies man of the Sullivan family, has yet to give his heart to a woman until Matty lays claim to it. His black-and-white approach to solving crimes doesn’t jibe with Matty’s spooky pronouncements or her reputation for alleged infallibility. A wild goose chase searching for a murder weapon casts doubt on Matty’s “truths” and threatens their smoldering romance. Is Brian her nightmare slayer and ultimate truth? When the puzzle pieces fall in place for Brian, will it be too late to save Matty?

I couldn’t wait to read this latest installment of the Sullivan Brothers series. I love the family, and the rapport K. M. Daughter’s has created between this incredible cast of characters. Even better, I get to spend time with Matty, the psychic we saw so briefly in the second book.

This time around it’s Brian’s turn to solve a crime: a disappearance and possible murder of a local boy named Jake. When he’s given information about the crime by Matty, a letter she claims Jake dictated to her in her head, he’s skeptical to say the least. Interestingly, his brother has no problem believing in Matty, but Brian – despite the attraction he feels for her – just can’t trust her “truths”.

Matty is a strong heroine. She has to be. The last time she shared her “truths” with the police, her fiancĂ©, Eric was brutally murdered because of it. She’s sworn to never get involved again, to never risk anyone’s life, but Jake’s need calls to her. And she knows the Sullivans from her slight involvement in the case from “Beyond the Code of Conduct”, so trusts them. She had no idea she’d feel the attraction she did for Brian, who’s quite a ladies’ man. She hasn’t been interested in anyone since Eric died, and fights against this one because Brian doesn’t really believe in her “truths” and they’re a big part of who she is.

Brian is a sexy, fun, easy-going guy who has women falling over themselves to get his attention. He doesn’t mind the occasional flirtation, but hasn’t been serious about anyone for quite some time. Until Matty. If only he could get past his skepticism about her talent, because except for that, she’s the total package: smart, independent, fun, gorgeous ...

The storyline was very well done, and this time the suspense portion of the book was equally as strong as the romance. I couldn’t wait to find out if Jake was alive or dead, and who had caused his disappearance. I gathered clues as the pages turned, and believed in Matty from the start. She’s so incredibly earnest and clearly honest. I have to admit, it drove me a little crazy that everyone else believed her ... except Brian. How could he fall in love, really in love, with her when he refused to accept something to important to who she is?

But, Brian’s a good man, a strong, loving, honest man. And Matty trusted him implicitly. I never questioned her feelings for him, and completely understood her reactions to his disbelief. She was a well-constructed character who was completely believable.

With the exception of a “truth” that Matty receives at the end of the story that leaves us hanging, I really enjoyed this book. It was wonderful to revisit the other Sullivans, and the mystery portion of the story was strong and clever. The romance was sweet, the sexual tension palpable and the ending adorable, if a little abrupt.

I’m a big fan of serial books with large casts of characters and the Sullivan Boys series is one of the most entertaining I’ve read in some time. Capturing Karma is the strongest of the three so far, and I’m glad I read it. If you like a good mystery with a strong dose of romance and lots of family and friends hanging around, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it, too. Grab a copy of your own and give it a whirl!