Skip to main content

Review of "Line of Fire" by HelenKay Dimon

Line of FireI've heard a lot of really great things about HelenKay Dimon's books, so when I saw this book on Netgalley, I jumped at the chance to review it.  I really wish that I looked before I leaped.

Molly Cain has been attracted to Jason McAdams since she was a kid, but the timing has never been right.  Jason has done everything he could to stay away from Molly because she's his best friend's sister and he believes that she deserves better than him.  Presented with the idea that Molly might have given up on him, he decides to grow up and be the man she needs him to be.

First, I want to say that I don't understand what the title has to do with anything.  It looks like romantic suspense, but at 50% I haven't encountered anything associated with that sub-genre.  To say, I'm confused and disappointed would be an understatement.  Publishers, please do not give books titles that connote one thing when being something completely different.

The first red flag I got about Line of Fire came from the prologue, which felt as if I was being dropped into a story in progress.  I was aware that this was part of a series in progress, but most of the time that just means that the protagonists in this book know the ones in previous books not that they were a sub-plot in the earlier one.  That's exactly what I think was going on here and I think that this is how most of Ms. Dimon's series play out based on how another couple seem to be taking up a good portion of this one.  If I knew about this from the beginning, I would have found the first book before jumping into this one.

My biggest issue with this book is Jason.  He seems to think that he should get a pat on that back for giving up his man-whore ways for 3 weeks.  Until that point, he had a revolving door of women leading to his bedroom.  The only reason he decided to change was because he wants to prove to Molly that he's not that guy despite being that guy for his entire life.  I'm sorry, but Jason is not a good bet.  He's barely stopped his destructive ways (promiscuity is not his only issue) and he's still not sure what he wants out of a relationship with Molly.  He knows that she can't be another one in his string of women, mostly because her brother is his best friend.  If it wasn't for Sawyer, I don't know if Jason would be so "gallant" when it comes to Molly.  I don't for a minute believe that he would have given up casual sex with random women if he thought that Sawyer wouldn't have killed him for treating his sister like that.  Not something I want in a hero.

I also had an issue with Molly.  How a reasonably intelligent woman could think she's in love with that mess of a man is beyond me and makes me wonder just what is going on in her head.  When the book starts, she's decided that she's done with Jason and that's probably a great decision.  However, just one encounter with him later and she's already questioning her ability to stay away from him.  I get it.  He's hot and she's known him forever.  That doesn't mean he's worthy of her time.  He's already broken her heart several times in the last decade or so since he was legally able to play with her heart (he was into her when she was just a teenager).

There was one thing that I really liked about Line of Fire and that was the fact that Molly and Jason had a real conversation about what his past sexual relationships could mean for his physical health.  She even demands that he get tested for various STD's to make sure that he doesn't pass along any diseases to her.  That's wonderful.  I wish more heroines had the nerve to do that.  I just wish that this conversation didn't happen in the middle of a sex scene.  Talk about a mood killer.  This is a conversation that definitely needs to happen, but there must be a better place for it to be done.

In that same vein, I also liked the fact that so much attention was paid to the fact that they were using a condom.  In most books, I think we're supposed to just assume that they're being safe.  I think this is because authors are afraid that stopping to put on a condom will kill the mood faster than thoughts of one's mother.  That's ridiculous.  If stopping for a condom doesn't kill the mood in real life, it isn't going to do that in a book either.

I was totally planning on finishing this book, but each time I went to pick it up this weekend, I would decide to do something else.  I just was not motivated to pick up my Kindle and dive back into the lives of these characters.  DNF

Line of Fire is currently available for Pre-Order and will be released on October 26th.


Popular posts from this blog

Throwback Review: The Dream Trilogy by Nora Roberts

There are some books that stick with you no matter how long it has been since you first read them.  For me, the Dream Trilogy has always been in the back of my head.  I probably read them a good 15 years ago and the last time was a good 10 years back.  As a matter of fact, that trilogy was part of the first round of books I purchased when I got my first kindle for my 24th birthday (I never actually read it after buying the digital version; I guess I just needed to know that I could read them if I wanted.

The first book of the trilogy, Daring to Dream, was released in 1996 when I was just 10 years old and more concerned with passing math (I did, but not without many a night of struggling to remember what the E in PEMDAS meant) than I was with the goings on of fictional characters inside the pages of a book.  In fact, if I read at all during that time period it was to get a free pan pizza through Pizza Hut and the Book It! program.  I've mentioned this a few times before, but I act…

Review of "New York, Actually" by Sarah Morgan

Title: New York, Actually
Author: Sarah Morgan
ISBN: 0373804105
Publisher: HQN Books
Series: From Manhattan with Love #4
Price: $5.98 (Paperback) $5.99 (e-book) $19.96 (Audible)
Rating: 🐶🐶🐶🐶1/2

If you follow me on social media, you'll have seen my posts about this book over the last week.  For the most part, they weren't very positive -- until about 20% into the book, I hated the hero.  If I could have set him on fire, I probably would have.  It was only Ms. Morgan's prose and the fact that I had been looking forward to this book for 6 months that kept me reading.  For once, I am glad I was so wrong about a character.

From the PublisherOne man. One woman. Two dogs.  Meet Molly—New York's most famous advice columnist, she considers herself an expert at relationships…as long as they're other people's. Still bruised from her last breakup, Molly is in no rush to find happily-ever-after—the only love of her life is her dalmatian, Valentine.  Meet Daniel—A cynical divorce …

Blog Tour: Excerpt and Review of "Lord of Chance" by Erica Ridley

Title: Lord of Chance Author: Erica Ridley ISBN: 1943794049 Publisher: Webmotion Series: Rogues to Riches #1 Price: $7.99 (paperback) $3.99 (e-book) $9.97 (Audible Audio)
Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

I was recently given the opportunity to take part in a Blog Tour for the newest Erica Ridley novel, Lord of Chance, and as I've liked her books in the past, I decided to do it.  The publisher quickly provided me with  a whole folder full of goodies, so without further ado:
The Excerpt
'Charlotte harrumphed to hide her amusement. “How are you at pressing wrinkles from gowns?” “Let me assure you,” Mr. Fairfax informed her with utter seriousness, “that I have never worn a wrinkled gown in all my life.” “Very gentlemanly.” She tried not to smile. “Let’s see your skill as maid-of-all-work, then. My gowns are in the wardrobe, as is my traveling iron. See what you can do.” “At your service.” He bowed, then turned and marched to the wardrobe like a soldier off to war. Now that he couldn’t see her, she let her…

Review of "On the Surface" by Kate Willoughby

Title: On the Surface
Author: Kate Willoughby
Publisher: Carina Press
Series: In the Zone #1
Price: $4.99 (e-book) | $12.47 (Audible Audio)
Rating: DNF

From the Publisher
NHL player Tim Hollander lost his temper one time and threw a water bottle at an abusive fan. After “Bottlegate,” he’s traded to the San Diego Barracudas, where he’ll need to keep the bad publicity to a minimum while proving he can still compete with the younger guys on the ice.
Erin Collier is a pediatric nurse who’s never seen a hockey game, but gets in line for Tim’s autograph at a PR event in hopes of impressing the doctor she has a crush on. When an obnoxious fan gets pushy toward Erin, Tim rushes to defend the pretty stranger, throwing a punch in the process.
Grateful for the rescue, Erin agrees to stand by Tim during the resulting press conference and host him at a hospital charity event. Their chemistry is palpable, and soon their lives are intertwined. But Erin doubts a hockey player is capable of an…

Review of "The Thing About Love" by Julie James

Title: The Thing About Love
Author: Julie James
ISBN: 0425273776
Publisher: Berkley
Series: FBI/US Attorney Book #7
Price: $10.99 (paperback) $8.99 (e-book) $15.74 (Audible Audio)
Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2

From The Publisher
Two undercover FBI agents can hide who they are from everyone but each other in the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Suddenly One Summer.
After spending six years in Los Angeles—and the last six months wondering how her marriage fell apart—FBI Special Agent Jessica Harlow is looking for a fresh start. When she finds out that the Chicago field office has an opening for an undercover agent, returning to her hometown seems like the perfect answer. But her new partner, John Shepherd, is someone she never expected to see again. Six years ago, the cocky Army Ranger was her top competition at the FBI Academy, and the one man who got under her skin like no other. 
Just one assignment away from joining the FBI's elite Hostage Rescue Team, John isn't g…