My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
The publisher provided with a copy to review via NetGalley.
For a number of years now, I have been reading and enjoyed B.J. Daniels romantic suspense books. I love cowboys, I love mystery and romance it okay too, so slapping those three things together is a recipes for something great. So when I heard that she had a new series coming out, I knew I had to check it out.
Like most of her novels, I was dragged in right from the first page. The tone of the entire book is set up from that first character introduction. I wanted to know more right away, but knew that I had to wait, to see all the little clues laid out over the course of the book to see exactly what happened and how the current events would unfold.
As far as characters go, I can’t say that I absolutely loved any of them. They all had their quirks which made them both enjoyable and annoying at times. Then there were some characters that I felt didn’t get enough attention, though perhaps they will play bigger roles in the rest of the series, and I wanted to know a bit more about them. I did enjoy the two main characters, Nikki and Cull. One thing I wish I could have seen more of was Nikki working on the book. I get that she was doing research for her book about the kidnapping, but even so, I felt like it would have been nice to see her work on writing a bit, not just interview people and take minimal notes.
The mystery aspect of the book was by far my favorite part. I always try to work things out and figure out who did it before it gets revealed, but as always, Daniels lays so many different clue trails throughout the book that I wasn’t able to guess who. Then when it was revealed I wondered how I missed the evidence that would have told me the who, how and why of it all.
The romance part of this book was nearly non-existent, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes romantic suspense books can focus too much on the romance and forget that there is a mystery side to the story. This was not the case with Dark Horse, and I would say about 1% of the book was romance and even then it was very light.
I did have one small issue, and it had nothing to do with the content of the book, but more than the file I had of it was corrupted, so I was unable to read the last page or two. I doubt I missed anything big, but would be nice to know exactly how it ended, so I’ll have to be on the lookout for a physical copy of it next time I’m at the bookstore so I can get the whole story.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. While I didn’t absolutely love everything about it, I still gobbled it up in nearly one sitting and really liked the mystery part of the story. I will continue on with the series to see how the rest of the story turns out. If you are looking for a books that heavy on the mystery and light on romance, then this book may be for you.