Friday, July 24, 2015

Book Review: "Untouchable" (Cindy Skaggs)

Sofia Capri knows how to play the game necessary to stay alive in the criminal underworld. After all, she's the ex-wife of one of its most notorious characters. She still has all the right connections, waiting for the right moment to put them to use and accomplish her own agenda: freedom for herself and her son, without having to look over their shoulders.

And then her son is kidnapped, and suddenly, the stakes are beyond anything Sofia could have imagined.

Logan Stone, FBI agent, has been keeping an eye on Sofia Capri for months. When she approaches him with an unexpected offer, not realizing that he's law enforcement, he can't quite resist her allure ... especially not when it turns out her son is missing. His checkered past driving him onward, Logan will stop at nothing to get Sofia's son back, even if it means denying the undeniable attraction he has to an untouchable woman.

Entangled Publishing's Ignite imprint presents the sensual romantic suspense novel Untouchable by Cindy Skaggs, newly released.

The novel begins with an intriguing premise: what would appear to be the former wife of an infamous crime boss playing, in essence, both sides of the fence to get what she wants. For the first several chapters, readers may wonder whether Sofia really does know what she wants.

But nothing is as it first appears.

Logan is the most straightforward character, perhaps as befits his law-and-order, black-and-white, good-versus-evil outlook on the world, given his chosen career, at which it's obvious he excels. Nonetheless, even the security of following the rules doesn't outweigh his sense of honor and obligation to Sofia when she trusts him to help her.

Sofia is a scattered character, at turns diffident and needy, closely controlled and out of control, determined and uncertain. What makes her most human, actually, is her undeniable love for her son, combined, in fact, with an ongoing internal monologue in which she second-guesses almost every decision she makes. Who hasn't been there before?

The work would benefit from a close edit, and not necessarily for typos. I found myself stumbling over awkwardly worded sentences, less-than-genuine character emotions and reactions, and descriptive phrases meant to be fresh rather than cliched but which, instead, read as improbable and distracting.

Further, I was often confused as to some of the characters' desires, intentions, and motives. While, admittedly, some portion of that could be attributed to the romantic suspense (emphasis on suspense) genre, it frustrated me, as a reader, not to be allowed inside the main characters' heads for critical information that would have made everything much clearer ... information that wasn't, in some cases, revealed until two-thirds or more the way through the book.

I usually enjoy romantic suspense very much, since it takes a keen eye and an expert hand to incorporate elements of both genres successfully into one novel. Unfortunately, I could have given or taken this story, for the aforementioned reasons. The premise is compelling, yes, but the execution left me more confused and doubtful than entertained.

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Author: Cindy Skaggs
Title: Untouchable
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Ignite)
ISBN: 978-1-63375-362-4
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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