UNDERCOVER EMPATH by RaShelle Workman
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: June 1, 2015
Cover Artist: Eugene Teplitsky
Nineteen-year-old detective Rose Hansen has a secret. She can read a person’s intentions by touching their hands. It’s a curse! A power she never uses if she can help it.
Only one person knows. Her partner Jack.
At least that’s what she believes until a handsome, shirtless stranger appears on her doorstep in small town Blush Valley, California.
He leaves her an envelope, but not before articulating his disappointment in her for ignoring her powers.
The contents send Rose on a path toward the supernatural, solving her parents’ murders, and possibly even saving the world.
Aside from that, Rose and her partner have two important cases they’re working. The first involves a missing child. The other is the death of a stripper. Ruled a murder, a very hot FBI agent from L.A. shows up and is given lead. To make matters worse, he asks her to go undercover.
Her life is a disaster. Rose can’t strip. She doesn’t even own a dress.
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
I was surprised at how quickly I was able to read this book. I liked Rose as a character and I felt that her reluctance to touch people came across really well and I found it really easy to empathise with her as a character.
It was interesting to see the relationships that Rose had with the other detectives on the police force. I did feel that telling her to go undercover just like that wasn’t a good idea, though. It wasn’t very clear how big the town was, but I felt that having no undercover training would probably be more detrimental to Rose acting undercover.
I thought the mystery aspects of this book came across really well. I felt a lot of sympathy for Rose with her desire to find out what had really happened to her parents and why they’d been killed.
I liked meeting the other characters in this book, although there were a couple of them who I didn’t really like… especially one in particular on Rose’s team. I did like Tammi as a character, though… and it was good to see Rose have the opportunity to make a friend outside of the police force.
I wasn’t really sold on the romance aspects of this book. By the time it reached the end, I felt that the interactions between Rose and Mackey came across as a bit forced. Since it’s part of a series, I thought that it would have been better for the last scene between them to happen in the second book. The two characters didn’t interact enough for me to ship them together romantically.
I would have liked to know a bit more about Rose’s past. I’m not completely clear about how she joined the force so long. It’s implied that she went through school fast, but the main instance of her intelligence (the serial killer aspect) is… well, obvious. And it seemed like the other characters were dumbed down during that scene.
There were some good action and tense moments in this book and I found it really easy to read. I wasn’t impressed with the cliffhanger ending, though… even if I do want to read the next book in the series and find out what’s going to happen to Rose.
About The Author
RaShelle Workman is the author of the popular Blood and Snow series. She loves to reinvent fairy tales readers can sink their teeth into. Her stories include vampires, werewolves, witches, aliens, and creatures of her own creation. Her books: Sleeping Roses, Exiled, Beguiled, and Dovetailed have foreign rights contracts with a Turkish publisher. RaShelle is also one of the co-founders of IndiePUBCon. Currently, she lives in Utah with her husband, three children, and their three dogs.
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About Curiosity Quills Press
Curiosity Quills Press (CQ) is a small hybrid publishing company specializing in genre fiction of the highest quality. With 150+ titles in our catalog already and approximately 6 new books coming out each month, there’s never a dull moment at CQ. We work with major retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Audible to ensure that you, the reader, can find whatever you are looking for at your convenience.
Founded in 2011 by Eugene Teplitsky and Lisa Gus, CQ was initially a resource portal for writing and publishing, created in an effort to help writers, like themselves, survive the publishing industry. After rapid success, CQ morphed into publishing press that over time has solidified its share in the market. Now we spend our days searching for the next great escape!