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Posted July 26, 2010
Originally posted at: www.longandshortreviews.blogspot.com ***** 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 fiancé, 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!
Posted January 20, 2010
What did Matilida give to homicide detective Brian Sullivan, shortly after the car accident? Who was Father Don to the Sullivan family, and where did he recite the vows for Joe and Barbie? Who was jake Ashford, and how long has he been missing? Although Joe and Brian believed in rock solid leads, did they have any doubts about Maddy's letter? Maddy was right about Jimmy, but was she right about Ben, and will there be a false conviction? Who killed Jodi, and why? Did Ben shoot Jake? Why did Maddy decide to never work with the police again, and what were her recurrent nightmares about? Who was Mrs. Whitman, and what was she looking for? Does one mother's sorrow convince Maddy to help solve another murder case? Team writers and sisters, Pat Casiello and Kathie Clare Nee Lynch, created a Masterpiece of drama, action and sizzling romance. The setting is perfect for this chilling story, the plot directs the reader into a thriller that will keep you guessing until the end, the characters come to life, and love blossoms page-after-page. I highly recommend this book to all romance and suspense lovers. K.M. Daughters covered the pages in spine-tingling intense suspense that will leave you on the edge of your seat as mysterious pieces of a bizarre puzzle are slowly put together. Who was Eric, and who murdered him? What was Brian searching for in Ben's trailer, and was a gun found in a boxcar of a train set? How long will the case remain open, and is there still a killer on the loose? Will justice be served, and for who? Will visions, perception, and truths bring new evidence to the case? Will the murder weapon ever be found? Is Matty's life in danger, and will her love for Brian die? "CAPTURING KARMA: The Sullivan Boys, Book three" is as cleverly entertaining as KISS THE GIRLS, and as thrilling as ALONG CAME A SPIDER, with Morgan Freeman.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.