Relic [Book Review]

Every once in a while, I’ll be scrolling through Amazon, buy an ebook, and forget it exists for a few months. When I open the app to look for something to read, I’m usually shocked to see how many titles I have lined up there; I always vow to get to all of them within a certain period of time, which I inevitably let pass without getting through even half.

This was one of the books I managed to read in one of those frenzied reading periods back in 2015.

cover of LGBT crime novel Relic by Anne Hagan

Book Description

Cases collide for two star crossed ladies of law enforcement…

Customs Special Agent Dana Rossi was forced to start her life anew after a bad breakup with her former girlfriend and the loss of job that she loved. These days, she spends life on the road, moving from one case to another until one day when runs run right into the path of Sheriff Mel Crane. The feisty, sexy butch cop is as determined to uncover a counterfeiting ring in her county as Agent Rossi becomes to stop a stalker obsessed with Mel and hot for her company. Dana is under the added pressure of conducting an undercover investigation of her own with a tight deadline: finding and then stopping a ring of smugglers bringing high end designer knock-offs into the states.

Could their cases be related? When repeated vicious attacks on Mel and on her home accelerate the danger for her and also their attraction to each other, they become desperate to find the truth and solve the two mysteries. Can they find a way to work together to resolve both cases while coming to terms with their growing feelings for one another? Can Dana move beyond her jilted lover past and find true happiness with a small town Sheriff?

My Rating

not bad

From the beginning, the characters caught my attention. It’s written in first person, so you delve immediately into the minds of main characters, Customs Special Agent Dana Rossi and Sheriff Mel Crane.

It’s apparent in reading this book that the author has done her homework on police procedure. The cases they are working are a tangled web leading to an ultimately rewarding ending that was not easy to weed out in the beginning.

That being said, I had some problems with the way the book was written. The POV switches sometimes caught me off guard, and the punctuation left some to be desired. I think a good editor could really help this book shine.

I give this book almost three out of five stars.

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