Friday, September 19, 2014

The Profiler (The Munro Family Series Book 1)

The Profiler (The Munro Family Series Book 1) by Chris Taylor

A psychopathic killer is stalking the women of Sydney . . . 
Federal Agent Clayton Munro, a criminal profiler with the Australian Federal Police (AFP), has been called upon to assist in hunting down a vicious murderer who is intent upon carving up his victims while they’re still alive. Guilt-stricken over his wife’s suicide, Clayton’s forced to set aside his personal issues in order to focus on the case. 
Detective Ellie Cooper is also no stranger to heartache. Pregnant and abandoned at the altar by a fiancé intent on pursuing a career with the AFP, her opinion of the elite body of officers is anything but favorable. Angered when her boss orders her to partner with the Fed, she’s determined not to cut him any slack. 
But women are dying on the streets of western Sydney and the pressure is mounting to find the person responsible. 
Will Clayton and Ellie be able to put aside their animosity and work together to catch a killer before it’s too late? And what about the special fascination the killer seems to have with Ellie . . . 

3.0 out of 5 stars Romance with a side of mysterySeptember 16, 2014
This review is from: The Profiler (The Munro Family Series Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
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The Profiler by Chris Taylor is a romantic suspense novel set in modern Australia. In it we follow Detective Ellie and Federal Agent Clayton as they try to find a psychopathic killer as well as fight their growing attraction.
As far as the romance in this book goes, this is a solid novel. The reasons Ellie and Clay have for fighting what they’re feeling are sound and realistic. Of course, all that fighting builds up delicious tension until it breaks in a very hot and very thorough way. The relationship between these two scarred people was the biggest strength of the book, in my opinion.
As far as the suspense goes, I had a few issues with the story. First and foremost, I felt like the criminal was too obvious, and both Ellie and Clay kind of obtuse when it came to solving the crime. At one point Ellie missed the clue about the chest freezers and I nearly screamed at her through my kindle. Clay, also, wasn’t super good at his job – he takes weeks to create a woefully inadequate profile. The author gives the reader way too much information early on to feel the sense of mystery most suspense and crime novels have.
There were a few other issues within the story that bugged me – for example, several things happened that would have nearly astronomical odds alone, and together really strained my ability to suspend my disbelief. I’m not going to post spoilers because I’m sure you’ll see them when you read them. Despite these small things the book had a terrific arc towards the climax and I loved how Clay was able to defeat one of his biggest issues to save the day. The resolution to Clay and Ellie’s burgeoning relationship is another matter, but again, no spoilers.
In the end, I gave this book three stars. It was entertaining, fast paced, steamy, and (mostly) satisfying, but not a mystery or a thriller. If you want a lightweight romantic suspense to read, this book would be a good place to start.
Favorite Quote: He deserved more. Much more. He was good and kind and generous. He had a heart as big as an elephant. He deserved a woman who was whole.
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