Title: Deadly Proof
Author: Rachel Dylan
Genre: Romantic Suspense
First impressions: I felt excited to read something right up my alley. I found the beginning got off to an interesting start. Not knowing what would happen next kept me engaged.
Summary: Kate, a lawyer, and Landon, a private investigator, take on a case against a pharmaceutical company. The two slowly begin to fall for each other. Meanwhile, the company doesn’t want to go to trial, so certain individuals take extreme measures to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Characters: There weren’t too many people to keep up with but just enough to have a nice group with various motivations. I’m all for character development, which the author does well. Even though some of the central characters perpetuate certain tropes, Dylan creates individuals you can root for and against.
“…people did their best work when they were motivated and valued.”
Conflict: Many of the events, even the betrayals, didn’t take me entirely by surprise. I enjoyed the plot involving drugs made by a pharmaceutical company. That’s a new and different narrative for me, so I looked forward in seeing where it would go.
Writing: There are some clichés in the dialogue as well as the description. I also feel the language is more telling than showing.
The romantic scenes between Kate and Landon didn’t appeal to me. I noted a ton of physical contact and touch. The two are good characters on their own, but together their relationship seemed somewhat forced or at the very least, too coincidental. I liked the other friendships though.
I enjoyed learning about laws and reading the legal jargon. This might not appeal to everyone however. Nevertheless, the writing is easy enough to get through.
Dylan also references faith and God throughout the text. That might not be your thing, but maybe it is.
Final thoughts: The mystery pulled me in all the way through to the end, which wraps things up.
If romantic suspense sounds like your type of book, Deadly Proof is definitely worth looking into.
I hope you enjoy it if you get the chance to read the novel one day.
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