The Hunting Grounds (Hidden Sins) - Kate...
I actually finished this yesterday but didn't get around to reviewing. And since, ironically, the guy I've been dating gave me the "it's not you it's me" schtick tonight, this won't be a very long review. I shall keep it brief.
I REALLY liked this one. I do think it made a better mystery than romance but the romantic element was still there and fairly well done. The premise and the nature of the killer were fascinating and really quite original. I haven't come across a mystery solved by an FBI agent/Park Ranger duo. And really, I can't stress enough how well executed the mystery was. Compared to File M for Murder, this book was comparable with Agatha Christie. The clues were scattered well, I had to keep guessing who the culprit was, and the pay off was well worth it.
Honestly there are only two cons to this book. The first, and more serious, is the ending was far too abrupt. I liked the general direction it had but it was very much so "And we're done!" I wish she had developed the end just a little bit more.
The other con is just the romance factor was a little lacking, as I mentioned. If you're looking for a steamy romance, this isn't the one. There are steamy scenes and all, just not as prominent as I expected from a romance novel. Then again, I don't read the genre a lot so take what I say with a grain of salt.
Final rating: 4.5 out of 5. Very good book, especially as a mystery. I'd read it again.