Defending the Eyewitness (Harlequin Romantic Suspense Series #1795)

Defending the Eyewitness (Harlequin Romantic Suspense Series #1795)

by Rachel Lee
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Defending the Eyewitness 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Gemini Defending the Eyewitness is a failed attempt at a Romantic Suspense. It follows the budding relationship between Austin and Corey. Austin is a DEA agent fresh off of a six year undercover operation in Mexico. Corey is a twenty-five-year-old woman that owns a crafts shop. Austin needs a place to decompress back in the U.S. so he rents a room from Corey. Corey is the sole witness to her mother’s murder 18 years ago and she has no memory of it. All she knows is that she is afraid of most men because of it. Under most circumstances, I am not usually that critical of the categorization of a book. In this instance, I can’t understand how this is supposed to be a Romantic Suspense. There is plenty of romance but the suspense falls short. Someone begins to send cryptic messages to Corey right around the time Austin arrives but the evolution of the story doesn’t really create much suspense. It’s true that you don’t actually know who the person is, but there is so much that goes on regarding the romance involving Austin and Corey that I never felt on the edge of my seating waiting to find out who the villain was. It didn’t take long to understand his motives but I wasn’t dying to be introduced to him and when we were finally introduced, I still knew nothing about him. On the other hand, the romance between Austin and Corey seemed genuine. Corey spends a lot of time trying to evaluate herself and break out of her shell. Austin is a good guy and he was clearly everything that Corey needed. They each had their own issues but were able to complement each other fairly well. Plus, there was plenty of heat in the bedroom. Had this just been a romance, it would have been better received. Defending the Eyewitness was at least an easy story to follow. Source: Publisher via NetGalley
ToryMichaels More than 1 year ago
Still playing catch-up so another brief review.  Corey - man, gotta feel for a woman who actually witnessed the murder of her mother while still just a child. I can't blame her for being extremely nervous around men in general after that since the killer was never found. She's understandably uncomfortable when she rents the room to Austin, though she does it because one of the few men she does trust asks her to. Austin - wow, trying to reintegrate into normal society after years undercover in Mexico trying to infiltrate a gun cartel where literally the wrong word could get him killed. He needed the time he spent with Corey in the small town. These two souls needed a lot of healing and I was glad to see they got it over the course of the book.  I only gave this 3.5 stars.  SPOILER ALERT Here's why: the killer. As far as I could tell, there was no actual hints built in, no red herrings, no nothing, which could have helped anyone figure out who he was (maybe I overlooked them, but I don't remember the character ever being introduced in the book, and they were so careful there was no DNA on any of the notes sent. I dunno - I guess I was hoping for some sort of way that they could have hunted him down, if only they'd known, or that the reader could have figured out who the killer was ahead of the reveal at the end. Maybe I missed something though. It's entirely possible. END SPOILER The issue of the killer aside, I really liked the time I spent with Corey and Austin. This was an easy read and a comfortable one too. Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
3 STARS I liked parts of the story but never got lost in it. The relationship felt rushed to me and went straight to physical when Corey spent all of her life avoiding men. She had reasons for her fears. She saw her mom murdered right in front of her. Then she lost her memories at 7. Corey rents the upstairs of her house to usually to college students. Now the Sheriff brings over a man and asks her to rent it to him that he is the friend of a friend. Corey agrees to rent the upstairs to Austin and he gets kitchen uses. To me Corey is afraid to leave her town, really only deals with women in her business. She does not seem real to me. If she is that scared then why agree to let him into her house just because the Sheriff asks. Then after a few dinners and a fight she asks him to make love with her. Austin character seems real. He has been undercover for six years and needs to have a change to figure out what to do next. He shows how hard to join again. Also he figures like a cop that there is something wrong with the notes Corey is getting. The Killer does not make sense but then killers don't to me. I wanted to know more about him and his motive. There was a lot of sex scenes that I skipped over. The threat of danger was real, a little action. I really enjoyed the dinners that Austin and Corey made. How Corey was trying to be around Austin in the kitchen. Those scenes really worked for me. I wish there were more of them. There have been so many stories by Rachel in Conrad County but this story really only 5 different characters really only three. I would have liked more. I was given this ebook to read and asked in exchange to give honest review by Netgalley and Harlequin. 04/01/2014 Pub. Harlequin Romantic Suspense 288 pages ISBN: 9780373278657