Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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In a bizarre and unsettling moment, a frustrated woman shoves a crying baby into the arms of Special Agent April Ramos and then disappears. Right afterwards, a man who says he’s the baby’s father abducts April and the child at gunpoint. After learning that the man, Jason Snyder, is a fugitive accused of murder, April will have to find out the truth of the situation—fast—in Burden of Proof by author DiAnn Mills.
This author has pretty much become my go-to for romantic suspense. While I enjoy suspense with little or no romance just fine, I’ve yet to read a book by this author that I didn’t either like or love.
Now, I’ll admit this one had a bumpy start for me. Through the first quarter or so, I had some trouble making technical and emotional sense of the story. And because I couldn’t get too good of a handle on Jason and his logic for some time, I wasn’t feeling him.
I’ll further admit that I didn’t buy into the romance. First kisses when one or both of the characters are injured, bloody, and dirty doesn’t strike the most romantic note. Also, in most cases, I have a hard time with stories where the hero or heroine is “finding God” for the first time while simultaneously getting romantically involved with someone. Because both of these brand new relationships require such soul-deep connections, adjustments, and commitments, I can’t help thinking that if one relationship hits a big bump too soon, the other one (or both) might not stick, especially when both relationships formed over just a few days.
Besides that, yes, I know it’s fiction, but if desperation drives a man to abduct and proceed to order a woman around by threatening her with a gun (while she’s holding his baby, no less), I just don’t see the abductor becoming a wise or fitting option for a romantic partner, and certainly not in less than a week’s time. Sure, he may not be a bad person at heart, but he’s shown what he’s capable of in a crisis. What happens the next time a huge crisis blindsides him and he again becomes desperate?
If you’ve not heard of Stockholm syndrome, when hostages form an emotional bond with their captors, you may want to look it up.
Anyhow. With all that said, I still enjoyed the suspense storyline in this novel, and I found the heroine relatable in other ways. I’ll be keeping my eyes open for the next book in this series.