Romance worked, but suspense sucked

Only a Kiss: A Survivors' Club Novel - Mary Balogh

Another Survivors’ Club novel, this book didn’t impress me as much as the others in the series. I liked it, but its beginning was slow, with lots of page space dedicated to info dump. The love story in it was integrated with a smuggling thriller, and the tension built very high until the resolution, which was anticlimactic and disappointing. The hero found the bad guys and arrested them. There was no confrontation and no danger except in the last conversation between the hero and heroine, where all their differences were resolved to mutual satisfaction, and happy ending applied to the tale in a true romantic style.

Maybe I expected too much from this book. At least, the others in the series didn’t dangle a thriller in front of the reader before petering it into nothing. The other books in the series had it from start to end as love stories, where a man and a woman searched and found each other despite the odds. All the others were purely emotional journeys, while this one made an attempt to be more, a romantic suspense – and failed. The emotional journey part was good, a bit tear-jerking, masterfully written, but the suspense part sucked.

I’m still looking forward to the next (and last) book in the series, to be released next year.