A Willful Woman…

Thoughts about books from a romance addict.

TBR Challenge: Under Surveillance by Gayle Wilson

on March 18, 2015

The theme: Series catch up

Why this one: We all know why, don’t we… I got pressed for time and had to pick something short and easy.  However, in that magical way my TBR often has, this is third in a series and I have read the first two, so I’m actually right on target! (The fact that I didn’t particularly like either one is neither here nor there. I do like this author and I own the damn book.

Under Surveillance took me a little by surprise at first. It looked like it was going to be a Linda Howard-ish story in which the hero is using the heroine for investigative purposes, while falling in love with her. I love the excruciating betrayal in those stories, so that was fine with me. But instead, Kelly Lockett finds out that John Edmonds is investigating her fairly early on — but after she’s already slept with him — so the story is more about whether she can and should trust him.

There’s a lot being written about women’s desires in the media lately, as if there were only one kind. (I doubt there’s even one woman who has only one kind.) I don’t get a whole lot out of billionaire stories, myself, but I am very susceptible to the fantasy this story is built around — the very competent, protective man who’s always there when you need him. Kelly is smart and tough, but she’s in over her head and John is just the guy to help her, if she’ll let him. (Or even if she won’t. He doesn’t order her around or do things against her will, but he does stake out her house without her knowledge, because he knows she’s in danger.)

The rest of the book is fairly standard romantic suspense — one plot point practically wore a “wait for it!” sign, it was so obvious — and the romance is a bit low key, but I enjoyed the characters and their chemistry.


6 responses to “TBR Challenge: Under Surveillance by Gayle Wilson

  1. azteclady says:

    Let’s hear it for “I own the damn book!”

    I don’t believe I have read anything by Ms Wilson myself. Is there one specific title you would recommend to start?

    • willaful says:

      Because what’s the point of the TBR challenge if it doesn’t add even more books to your TBR, am I right? In the Intrigue line, I really enjoyed Only a Whisper. The Redemption of Deke Summers was also good. In Historicals, His Secret Duchess and Lady Sarah’s Son are favorites. The latter is a historical Secret Baby story. 🙂

  2. I’m not really into romantic suspense, but your review is intriguing me. 🙂 I’m glad you had a decent time reading it. Thanks for sharing!

  3. AAR Lynn says:

    Sounds good. Sometimes “standard rom susp” or “standard historical” just fits the bill for me if it’s done well.

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