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Thursday, September 9, 2010

To Catch a Killer by Kimberly Van Meter

To Catch a Killer by Kimberly Van Meter
Publisher: Silhouette Books
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (216 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Cholla

Ten years ago Kara Thistle fled her sleepy California town. She left behind bittersweet memories and a night that changed her life. Now deadly business brings the FBI special agent back home and face-to-face with her ex-lover— Lantern Cove police chief Matthew Beauchamp.

Forced to work with the special agent to track down a killer, Matt has to play nice with Kara, the last person he expected to see again. The woman he's never forgotten. Despite everything, he still wants her…even when he discovers her secret. Now their daughter's in danger, and Kara is stealing his heart all over again. This time they have everything to lose….

Who says you can’t go back home? Kara Thistle’s been away for ten long years and is about to discover the many reasons why this is both true… and very very false. Enter Matthew Beauchamp – the main reason she’s dreading this trip back to Lantern Cove. Taking off at a run from the very first page, this action-packed crime mystery will have you on the edge of your seat.

Kara Thistle is a woman who knows what she wants and will not settle for anything less than just that. Her strong will and intense determination are what makes her so successful as an FBI agent, although it does have a tendency to interfere with her personal relationships at times. I really like a strong female lead character, but Kara had a bad habit of pushing everyone and everything out of her line of sight and forging on, and to heck with the consequences. However, despite this one flaw, I did like Kara’s character more and more as I got to know her. You begin to understand just why she is the way she is.

On the other hand, Matthew Beauchamp is the kind of guy you can rely on. He’s steady, he’s sure, and he’s steadfast. He has a stubborn streak in him as well, but he’s much better at working around it than Kara is, making him a good pairing for her. I liked Matthew a lot – he reminds me a lot of the kind of guy I’d go for – being both cautious and not afraid to take a risk at the same time. He’s intelligent and creative and just what Kara needs to even out her life.

Aside from Kara’s one major character flaw, the characters are interesting and the story is engrossing, bringing you in and holding you captive until the very end. You really are on the hunt with them, desperate to find the person responsible for such horrible murders. With twists and turns along the way, To Catch a Killer is a fast-paced story full of suspense and intense romance that you’ll be glad you picked up.