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Overall Rating: 4.35 // Action: 3.5 / Emotion: 3.5 / Romance: 2
Overall Rating: 4.35 // Action: 3.5 / Emotion: 3.5 / Romance: 2.0 / Sensuous: 0.0 / Suspense: 4.0 // Laughter: 7½ / Tears: 0
A Man To Die For: 4.35:
A fascinating, interesting and spine-tingling account of the repercussions faced by an ER trauma nurse as she tries to prove that the new golden boy doctor at her hospital is a serial killer. The story lagged occasionally, but for the most part, this well-written story was filled to the brim with suspense and a couple of moments of romance were added to the mix to increase the reader's enjoyment.
Homicide Detective Jack Scanlon: Jack was not your typical romance book hero. Rather than a handsome hunk of alpha male, Jack is presented as a sleep-deprived, ulcer-suffering hero. Jack's dedication to his job and his walled up heart, however, demanded sympathetic feelings for this wounded man. Because background details about Jack's history were sparse, it was difficult to understand what drove him.
ER Trauma Nurse Catherine "Casey" McDonough: Casey was determined to live life on her terms, and had the determination, drive and perseverance to do so. It was difficult to warm up to Casey because of her strong personality and demanding 'my way or the highway' and 'full speed ahead' nature. In spite of that, Casey's sense of humor was a wonderful addition to the story.
The story moved at a rapid pace most of the time as readers were regaled with emergency room activities on a regular basis along with Casey's efforts to find a way to prove Dr. Hunsacker was a serial killer.
It was easy to become attached to Jack and Casey and their plight, but not at a depth that inspired tears. It was easier to understand what Jack and Casey were feeling, rather than actually "feeling" their fears, frustrations, etc.
The romantic aspect of this story was definitely lacking. Jack and Casey have both walled up their feelings and they had difficulty letting each other past their barriers.
There were only three kisses in the book. No sensuality whatsoever.
Dr. Dale Hunsaker, the villain in this story kept the degree of suspense at a high level. Not only did Jack and Casey struggle to find proof of his misdeeds, but Casey had to work with him as he taunted her with his kills.
Secondary Characters: 3.0:
Although the secondary characters in the book were plentiful and some of them were richly described and developed, the fact that most of them were single-dimensional made it difficult to feel a sense of connection with them.
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