Pivot by Kat Martin, Alexandra Ivy, Rebecca Zanetti
Published by Zebra on March 31, 2020
Narrator: Lisa Wolpe
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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As girls, they bonded over broken homes and growing up in foster care.
As women, they’re fighting for their lives, and loves, once more . . .
MERI (Against the Heart)
When Meriwether Jones takes her young daughter and runs from trouble in L.A., that trouble follows. By the time Meri reaches Spokane, she’s out of gas, money, and ideas. Luckily, ex-cop Ian Brodie hires her to help him with his father’s farmhouse, and they seem like the answer to each other’s prayers. But Meri is keeping a dangerous secret—and Ian is in danger of losing his heart . . .
MELANIE (Echoes of the Past)
That secret explodes when Melanie Cassidy spots two men trying to kidnap a young boy she tutors and responds by ramming them with her car. The last thing she expects is for the man she once loved, Detective Gray Hawkins, to appear and rescue them both. Now she has no choice but to trust him as they investigate the truth about a conspiracy of dirty, drug trafficking cops—and the truth about their relationship . . .
After a rough youth, Michelle Peach was finally content in Portland—until two men broke into her home, threatened her, and sent her mentally unstable mom on a blackmail spree that Michelle has to stop. The last person Michelle wants to see is her ex, Evan Boldon, a former marine turned sheriff. But Evan misses the woman who walked away instead of letting him help years ago. This time he’s not asking permission; he’s going to put a stop to the trouble stalking Michelle and her friends—and win her heart for good.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I’ve learned to be picky about collaborations over the years but I love Rebecca Zanetti books so I thought I’d take a chance. This is three separate short and sweet stories that are connected through the heroines, all who spent time in foster homes. I liked both Against the Heart by Kat Martin and Shaken by Rebecca Zanetti, but I have to admit I struggled with Echoes of the Past by Alexandra Ivy.
Against the Heart by Kat Martin was a cute little damsel in distress story. Most of the focus was on the romance, with not a lot of character development. I liked Meri, the heroine, but I didn’t love her. Mainly my issues had to do with her aversion to police and her determination to go it on her own. The offhand explanation of her being in foster care as the reason of her being wary of cops just didn’t fly with me. I did think Ian was a sweetie and his dad, too. Overall, this was short, sweet, but maybe just a bit too shallow for me. 3.5 Stars
My favorite of the three, Shaken by Rebecca Zanetti, was a fluffy little bubble gum flavored second chance romance that had a surprising amount of action for such a short book. It’s good this was a second chance romance because even knowing that, I blinked at how quick things progressed both in the sheets and out. Oh, and it had a couple of surprising cameos that gave me a little giggle. It was fast-paced to the point you could miss something if you blinked. The length meant there wasn’t a lot of depth, but it was a fun read nonetheless. And the town sounded interesting so now I want the story of how Evan ended up there. Rating: 4 Stars.
Echoes of the Past by Alexandra Ivy was another sweet second chance romance but I didn’t like it nearly as much as the first two. My issue was that the first big clue was completely ignored by the hero which made him look like a keystone cop. I just couldn’t get past that. Rating: 2.5 Stars.
Overall, I’m glad I took the chance on Pivot. Even though the last story didn’t work for me, I enjoyed the first two, especially Shaken. So I’d say if you’re in the mood for short, and sweet along with some action, this would be worth getting.
Rating: 3.5 Stars Overall.
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