Monday, May 28, 2012

The Heart of the Jungle by Jeremy Pack

Title:  The Heart of the Jungle
Author: Jeremy Pack
My Rating: B+

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: -
Main Characters: Jason and Chris
Release Date: May 2012
ISBN: 9781613724620
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
Murder Mystery

Chris James is Fate’s favorite plaything. When She took his parents in a car crash, Chris narrowly escaped the grief with his life, and he has the scars on his wrists to prove it. Seven years later, just as his life is finally turning around, Fate smashes his universe once again, taking his partner and two-year-old daughter and leaving behind a bloodbath.

After nearly a year of investigation, with no bodies, no motive, and no clues, the police are giving up. Enter Jason Kingsley, a wickedly handsome private investigator with a troubled past and a disconnected puzzle piece he could never find a place for. Jason has his work cut out for him: his search leads down a road that was never meant to be traveled, where a ruthless and hidden enemy lurks and dark secrets await. With passion drawing them together and sinister forces threatening to tear them apart, Chris and Jason race against time to unravel the mystery and get to the shocking truth that lies behind it all: The Heart of the Jungle.

My Review:
I write romantic suspense and as I read this book, I was continually amazed at how well Jeremy Pack wove the suspense line with all its twists and turns. It's really well done in this one and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

This book is about Chris. His world revolves around his daughter and his partner, Michael. When the story starts, you can see the obvious fractures in his relationship with his partner, but that doesn't change his complete devastation at what he comes home to...a bloodbath which points to murders, but there aren't any bodies and ten months resolution. Seven years ago, Chris slit his wrists and he's almost at that point again when his doorbell rings.

Enter incredibly gorgeous and charming, Jason...a PI who's just realized the murder investigation of Chris' partner and daughter directly interacts with an investigation he's been working for a couple of years. From this point on, this story ramps up with the suspense, intrigue, and yes...the romance.

This book is really well-done and the characters are well-written. Chris is emotionally in a bad place and really fragile at the beginning of this story. He's afraid of the hope that Jason represents and lashes out a lot because of that. But what is never in doubt is his devotion to his daughter. Through that, he finds this incredible strength of will and body to do whatever he needs to do to save her. Jason is a character without a worry...on the surface, but he's actually much more complex than that. He used to work for the FBI  in the child crimes division and gets way too personally involved with his cases. That's something that can become devastating when things go badly. It makes him a good investigator, but it's incredibly hard for him mentally to separate from his cases. Chris' case is so much worse because he quickly discovers that Chris can touch his heart in a way that no one ever has before.

I enjoyed this book. It was quick-paced and the suspense kept me guessing almost throughout the entire book. The romance ramped up before the chemistry was really there for me at the beginning of the book, but by the end, I completely believed in Jason and Chris as a couple. The epilogue was fabulous and perfect for this story. I look forward to reading more from this author again!

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