The Changeup (A Resort Romance Novel #6)
Released: October 23, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Reviewed by Keyrsten
The Feds changed her name, occupation, and location, but Cupid and crime still found her. Both Witness Protection and her position as a hotel conference services manager require Rebel Roberts to maintain a low profile. But when she finds herself at the center of high crime and high romance at the high-rise Point Resort in Long Beach, even the best-laid plans are subject to change.
Former college baseball pitcher Ryan McHenry plans on becoming a deputy sheriff like his late uncle. But when Rebel literally stumbles on a dead body by her hotel, helping her change the narrative may throw a curve in his career plans.
Can Rebel and Ryan find true love and happiness with so many lies between them?
Let’s be real. What exactly drew me towards this book? Hot deputy. Woman in Witness Protection. That’s it. I was sold. For those of you who don’t know, I have a wicked obsession with all things true crime (books, tv shows, movies, podcasts, etc). Therefore, the idea of a deputy falling for a woman he’s protecting … insta-swoon in my book. All that being said, the book felt more mystery with a sprinkle of romance.
Rebel can be crass and some might say kooky with her penchant for danger, but besides that she is intelligent and brave. Deciding to be a whistle-blower isn’t an easy decision, especially when doing so puts your life in danger. Even though the risk of talking put her in danger, she was comfortable with her choice knowing that it was the right thing to do. In the midst of all the chaos and danger around her, she couldn’t help but fall for the deputy in training.
Ryan is a down-to-earth and has a kind heart that will cause many people to swoon over him. He has been working his booty off being a deputy in training, trying so hard to prove himself. He may not always be a man of many words, but his actions are worth so much and really give you a glimpse into his character. His luck was in the right place when he met Rebel, but soon stumbling upon a dead body throws a wrench into their romance. There are so many lies between them from the get go, but as things unfold they find love within the chaos.
From the get go Rebel and Ryan have an undeniable chemistry. Once they find a dead body, the romance kind of simmers out a little bit. That being said my romantic feelings would simmer out a little bit with a dead body present. As they investigate their connection deepens and they have this sweet romantic feeling to them. The two of them made sense together, and they fit perfectly.
The pacing of the mystery felt rushed to me. I wanted to see it intricately unfold slowly and then slap me in the face with the reality of what had been going on. The evidence they found were breezed through so quickly that I didn’t get a grasp of exactly how they tied into the mystery. With as many pages as there were in the book, I would have liked it more if the plot had slowed down a bit so that more of the details of the story could pull through.
Ryan and Rebel together were a breath of fresh air surrounded in darkness. They took their untimely meeting and ran with it. There was every reason available to deter them from one another, but instead it pushed them closer together. Despite the heaviness that surrounded them, their love was a light and easy escape.
Rating: 3 stars
Give me an alpha male with a woman who aces all forms of sarcasm and I'm putty in you hands -- bonus points if a Reverse Harem is involved. Supernatural esque romance and power plays tend to make my heart go pitter patter. I haven't met a book I wasn't willing to try, so if you've got recommendations email them my way. I'm a foul mouthed makeup addicted with slight wino tendencies.