Taken by Tuesday by Catherine Bybee Release Date: August 12, 2014 Publisher: Montlake Romance Book #5 in the Weekday Brides series Number of Pages: 309 Kindle Edition Source: Kindle Lending Library (January selection) Contemporary Romance M/F Rating: NC-17 Read 2/8/18 to 2/9/18
Rick and Judy had awesome chemistry and great rapport from the moment they met in Single by Saturday. I hoped that would carry over to this story and, I’m happy to report, it did! Even when Judy tried to tell herself, and those around her, that she didn’t want to get involved. She was always drawn to Rick and always felt at home with him…safe.
When we initially met Rick in Fiancé by Friday I almost couldn’t imagine the tender side he has. His nickname in the military was Smiley, so he’s not too terribly rough around the edges. But he is a huge former Marine who has seen his share of f’d up crap. When it comes to Judy he’s just a big teddy bear though.
There’s a definite message in this story. It’s about social media and privacy and the things that go along with that. For the most part this book is an entertaining reminder of how lax many of us get when dealing with our internet “friends”. There are a few times it is a bit pushy, but only for a paragraph or two so nothing too overwhelming. And this message…it’s an important one.
Terrible things happen to people every day. The police, no matter how much they want to do the right thing, are woefully understaffed and underfunded. There are some issues with the police in this story that really tick me off, mostly because I can see these things happening in real life. I’m sure they do all the time. But it was refreshing for me to read Judy acknowledging that she has a leg up because she is friends with wealthy, famous, and powerful people. She understands that not all crime victims have the resources she does and she doesn’t take them for granted. So many times, in stories, when characters are in a situation that Judy finds herself in, they fight against their help because they want to be independent and strong. Judy is still independent and strong…she’s also smart enough to know she needs help.
There are only a couple of books left in this series and I would really love to see Michael get his HEA. It doesn’t look like he’s the main character of any of the remaining books so I can only hope it will be a sub-story in one of those books.
One last thing…I have to give kudos to Ms. Bybee for making me squirm while reading this book. There’s a scene in which Judy notes that things like rats never bothered her in a “squeal and jump away” kind of way. Give me snakes, give me spiders, give me all manner of things. Do NOT give me rodents. I am absolutely a squeal and jump away type of person. Full on old timey cartoon of the lady standing on her kitchen table screaming. So the rat scene? Yeah, brilliantly written because I had a hard time getting through that couple of pages.