Review: Counterfeits by Kris Bock

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Rating: Yay!

It’s been a while since I jumped into a Romantic Suspense novel, and previously it’s been difficult for me to enjoy the genre. So, when this book hit the inbox I had to give it a chance.

I won’t rehash back cover blurb, but I will say I enjoyed the backdrop of New Mexico, the plethora of secondary characters that are fleshed out, and the villains. Bock does an excellent job of creating characters to root for and ones to despise.  Each person is unique and rich in history and details, as well as goals and motivations.

The hero is not a rich man, but he’s a good man, willing to do whatever he has to in order to protect those he loves. I’m impressed by the author taking risks with a hero who’s not a billionaire or traditional bad boy. Instead he’s the guy with a mysterious past, but who’s changed his life for the better over the years. The risks pay off and I really enjoyed Rob.

My only hesitance is toward the heroine, Jenny. At times I felt her character waffled and appeared less intelligent in some parts of the book, only to appear super intelligent in other portions. These challenges made it hard for me to get behind Jenny or connect with her in the way I wanted to. Yet, she pulls through about halfway into the book and represents the type of person I believed her to be.

As for plot, Bock whips out a doozy. The twists and turns appear a little ruffled at the beginning, but everything comes together nicely and believable. Overall this first in a series is an enjoyable, fair-paced read. I look forward to more in this series. Heat level is closed bedroom door, but with plenty of first base action.

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About Author: Kris Bock writes novels of suspense and romance involving outdoorAuthor Photo adventures and Southwestern landscapes. InCounterfeits, stolen Rembrandt paintings bring danger to a small New Mexico mountain town. What We Found is a mystery with strong romantic elements about a young woman who stumbles on a murder victim in the woods. Whispers in the Dark involves archaeology and intrigue among ancient Southwest ruins, and Rattled follows the hunt for a mythical treasure in the New Mexico desert.