Friday, July 19, 2013

First Do No Evil by Carey Baldwin

Title:  First Do No Evil
Author: Carey Baldwin
My Rating: B

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Blood Secrets #1
Release Date: May 2013
Main Characters: Kelly and Matt
Publisher: Samhain
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
One killer is in her blood. The other is in her house.

Blood Secrets, Book 1

There’s a killer lurking in Dr. Skylar Novak’s family tree: the gene for breast cancer. That's why her brilliant brother invented the Bella vaccine. But even if the miracle drug protects her from the cancer that took her mother's life, it can't save Sky from the flesh and bone evil stalking her in secret.

When the killer strikes, detective Daniel Benson finds himself in the wrong place at the right time. The bold detective manages to save Sky's life…just in time for her to return the favor. Survival leads to seduction, and Danny risks everything—his career, even his life, to keep Sky safe. But will the buried sins they uncover cost him her heart?

Danny’s strong arms may hold her close, but only Sky can stop the terror that's coming next…

Warning: Contents include: One heart-melting hero—good luck getting this delicious detective out of your head. One reluctant heroine—wielding a Glock was never on her to-do list. One crazed villain—an entire flock of baa baa black sheep won't be enough to put you to sleep. And a lifesaving vaccine with one deadly side effect—murder.

My Review:

This was a really intelligent, romantic suspense read based on the medical community. The author's knowledge about medical issues was definitely apparent as I read the book, but it, surprisingly, never got to be too much or too deep. 

The heroine in the book, Sky, is a doctor. She's one of those warm-hearted people that just cannot catch a break. She runs a non-profit clinic where people pay only what they can afford with her fiance, who's also a doctor. Her brother is a doctor too and has just developed a vaccine against breast cancer. A lot of doctors and medical knowledge in this book. The one person who is not a doctor is Danny. He's a detective and as the only non-medical personnel in this book, he seems to get wounded an awful lot....we have to have someplace to practice all that medical knowledge. ;o)

The opening scene is in a diner on Halloween morning where Sky is meeting her fiance and brother, but she sees Danny first. They engage in a mild flirtation and then go on their way to breakfast. During breakfast, there's a robbery and things go very badly, very quickly. The thing about this is that this is not the first incident like this to happen to Sky. It makes Danny very suspicious.

The book was very good, although be warned...have your dictionary handy. The author has a wide vocabulary and uses it liberally. But there is also a ton of medical information, detailed stuff happening here, and I have to applaud the author for keeping it very approachable. It gets in depth, but I never felt lost or overwhelmed with all those little details. You do find out fairly early on who the bad guy is and I personally thought that reveal would have been more fun/shocking if it had been postponed for a little later in the book. But it stayed a suspenseful book, regardless.

I enjoyed Danny's story line, although I did have one tiny little irritation. There was quite a bit in the story about him going back on duty because of an issue that he continued to have. That issue was completely ignored during the climax of the story, which made me wonder why it was ever there in the first place. It would have been a good way to amp things up even more. But, overall, the story was a good one. There were great back-stories for all the characters and I really liked the way that they were all written. I'll definitely check out more by this author again!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great review Christi. I'm not sure how I feel about needing a dictionary since the author has a very wide vocabulary and uses it a lot throughout the book. I like to just read a book and understand what is being said at the time it's said. LOL. I'm glad you enjoyed this book and I'll look forward to reading what you think about her other work. :-D