SHADOWS AT DAWN by Kat Martin is a quick work place and romantic suspense novella. The book starts off with a bang when our heroine, Mindy, is almost kidnapped. Luckily, she is saved by her office crush, the former SEAL and current private detective, Jax.
This plot was a tall order for a novella that’s just over 100 pages. I really liked that the heroine let the hero, a professional detective, take the lead in the investigation. The plot was interesting, fast-paced, and kept me engaged. I also enjoyed Jax and Mindy’s chemistry (brief as it was).
I really think the plot should have focused more on Mindy and Jax’s connection than the complicated suspense plot. Ms. Martin threw a red herring into the plot but couldn’t throw in one or two serious conversations between her main characters. The fact that the bad guys had two chapters of a fourteen chapter book should be a romantic suspense red flag. Mindy and Jax’s lack of emotional connection made it difficult for me to reconcile their quick HEA.
Overall, I think there were a few missed opportunities for a deeper romantic connection between the hero and heroine. I am still going to give this series one more chance because I am invested in this fun group of PIs.
**I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review**