Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Book Review: 'Quite the Catch' by Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy


The absolutely best part of Quite the Catch is the pace of the story. It begins with Joshua–gorgeous Joshua–running for his life, pursued and desperate. Murphy’s novella seizes the reader and holds you completely enthralled, start to finish. You’ll find your own heart racing…
Tina, in the midst of a sad memorial, is jolted unexpectedly into Joshua’s desperation. She can’t immediately understand the depth of the problem. She’s involved too quickly,  and she involves her cousin as well. There’s something compelling about Tina; she’s a nurse, she’s committed to help from the first, but she’s also willing to mislead to get others to help, too. Her commitment to provide aid–right from the beginning, in dubious circumstances–makes her an incredibly admirable character. She takes a risk for someone she doesn’t know. Is it her innate kindness we see at work, or does she feel a connection to Joshua from the start?
The author doesn’t give us a moment to contemplate; events keep coming at us quickly. The impact is largely in the unpredictable nature, so,  to avoid spoiler, let’s say neither thriller readers nor fans of hot romances will be disappointed.
I would have liked some reference that made it clear from the start that this was in a contemporary setting. There is something so ‘yesteryear’ in the opening, I was almost disappointed to find, later in the story, that it was set in present-day.
Quite the Catch is quite the exciting, quick read!

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