Title: Falling For Danger
Author: Chanel Cleeton
Series: Capital Confessions
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Book Rating: 3.5 Stars
Kate Reynolds has just graduated from college and is determined to make it on her own. Her job as a junior political analyst at the CIA is a dream come true and the perfect opportunity to find answers about the night that’s plagued her for four years—the night she lost her fiancé, Matt, on a Special Forces mission in Afghanistan. Kate’s consumed with uncovering the truth and avenging the man she loved and lost, even if it means risking her own life to prove that his death wasn’t an accident.
When she gets too close to discovering what happened that fateful night and danger arrives on her doorstep, Kate’s stunned by the man who comes to her rescue. Together, they begin to dig for the truth, fighting to stay alive as they’re dragged down into a world of secrets and lies. But when the threat hits close to home, Kate must choose between vengeance and a future with the man who’s ignited a fire inside her that she thought died long ago.
To say I’m conflicted about this book is an understatement. On the one hand, this whole series, Capital Confessions, has been one of my favorite series this year. It’s fun, light, low-drama with a healthy dose of steam that I like in my books, and it has great characters that I can’t help but root for. Which brings me to my conundrum. While I liked this one overall, it feels very disconnected to the other books in the series as a whole.
For the most part, Falling For Danger is romantic suspense. The first two books, while there were forbidden aspects of the relationships between its heroes and heroines, it’s more on the lighter side. Yes, there was a bit of intrigue but that was it. There were no sinister plot or persons involved whatsoever. This book has quite a lot of it. Unfortunately, the execution along with the ending left me unimpressed for the most part and disappointed overall. I was kind of scratching my head as I was reading it. There were a lot of plot holes that weren’t explained.
I still liked the characters. Kate is a very flawed heroine. I kinda hated her at the end of Falling for Trouble because of what she did to Blair and Gray but I understood her better here. If you’ve read the series, you’d know that Kate was once engaged to her high school sweetheart and best friend, Matt. They decided to get engaged despite objections from both of their families. Matt also enlisted in the military and was stationed in Afghanistan. Their trouble started when Matt’s unit was ambushed with Matt believed to be dead. This sent Kate into spiraling downward with grief. But there’s a lot of mystery surrounding Matt’s death and Kate vowed not to stop until she gets to the bottom of it.
This one event explained so much about why Kate was the way she was. Her single minded drive to finish school and join the CIA was part of her wanting to find answers to questions about Matt and what truly happened to his unit. But the problem is, the people involved are the people closest to them — their family. Namely, Kate’s father and Matt’s own father.
And this is where the story kind of lost me because in the previous books, while I hated Jackie, Blair and Kate’s father, I never saw him as an evil villain straight out of a James Bond movie. He was an ambitious, manipulative jerk who only cares about his image and how he looks in the press, but I never took him to be this sinister villain with thoughts of world domination in mind. Well, not really the world, but you get my drift. Anyway, Kate’s dad became this truly evil and sinister person and I just didn’t buy it. Not because he was incapable of it but because it reeks of caricature characterization to me. I would’ve loved to see bit more layers to his character. It was disappointing. There are so many things I want to say about Matt’s father…their mothers…it just didn’t make sense to me.
Another thing that disappointed me was the ending. After all the chapters trying to convince me how evil and invincible Kate’s father is, how they can’t touch him because he has connections and he can get you killed apparently, they were able to oust him through the blog Capital Confessions, which was really anti-climactic. I mean, come on, he has all these connections and he’s evil. He killed so many people to ensure his secrets won’t get out but he totally tucked his tail and resigned after he got exposed on a political blog. And worst of all, Kate and Matt didn’t even get to have their freedom that would allow them to live without fear of retaliation. It’s just…I don’t understand it at all. It felt totally rushed and unbelievable. And like I said, there were too many plot holes that weren’t answered satisfactorily.
So yeah, this book is a real let down for me. But I would still recommend this series overall. Book number two is still my favorite, of course. I wish I’d loved this as much as the others but it just didn’t work for me.