SECURITY by Mandy Baggot
[box title=”SECURITY” color=”#03b9dc”]Author: Mandy Baggot
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
Release Date: April 4, 2013[/box]
THE GIST: In a quest for same name solidarity (go Team Mandy!) I went into this book with high hopes. I wanted to read the last page, rush to my computer and snap out the highest praise, but honesty is the name of the game here at Gliterary Girl, so I had to temper my enthusiasm slightly. Yes, if you’re a fan of contemporary romance, which I am, then this is worth the read. No, it will not set your world on fire.
[note color=”#d4dee3″]THE SYNOPSIS: Autumn Raine is an international pop star, with all of the self-indulgent, spoiled, neurotic ego that stardom implies. When Autumn becomes a target for kidnappers, Nathan Reagan, the hot, broody, no-nonsense ex-solider, is hired to protect her. As the danger escalates, Autumn unearths long buried secrets and finds out the truth about who she can trust.[/note]
THE LOWDOWN: I had a hard time getting into this one, and the ending dragged on longer than it should have, but the middle of the book had me turning pages quickly. Once Autumn’s world is established and you get beyond her being a prissy little brat, it’s easy to get pulled in to the suspense of looming danger, the intrigue of a cloak and dagger world, and the romance between the princess and the soldier. Autumn’s character starts out by being whiny and vapid, but Baggot does a good job of developing the character into someone with a little more substance (though I did wish she would have toughened her up a bit more). The relationship between Autumn and Nathan does its job of developing Autumn’s character, though I feel like there were some missed opportunities for Nathan.
The only major issue I had with this book, the thing that kept me from giving it a four star rating, was the character of Tawanda. (I know this is a touchy subject,but I’m going there.) The whole character is built on an often used stereotype of the compassionate, but hard-as-nails black woman who is the voice of common sense. This in and of itself is completely fine, but you lose me when the compassionate, hard-as-nail, voice of common sense is given the dialogue of an uneducated country bumpkin. Why?! Why was that necessary? Tawanda’s dialogue is given in a stilted, barely English syntax and she ends almost every sentence with “child”. Why couldn’t she have been the educated, well spoken, bad-ass with maternal instincts? This kinds of perpetuation of unflattering and false stereotypes makes me crazy, especially when it’s not done in service of the plot.
Now, let me step down from my soap box and bottom line this for you. Pacing and stereotyping issues aside, Security delivers the suspense, romance, and steamy love scenes that we demand from contemporary romance. Again, I say, it is worth the read, just be prepared for a few slow spots and a little frustration.
Received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.