Review of ‘Arrested hearts’ by Holly Stratimore

This is the first book I’ve read by this author and decided to give it a try as I like cop stories mixed with romance. Unfortunately, it didn’t satisfy my expectations.
One of my issues with this book – that has been mentioned by other reviewers – is that the main characters meet in a context of sexual harassment. Basically, Randi, a police officer, stops Jule’s car not due to a traffic violation but because she saw a decal that caught her attention. To make matters worse, she asks for sex in exchange of forgiveness when she finds Jule had marijuana in her car… Seriously? This might be a turn-on for some people but it didn’t work for me at all.
I appreciate that Randy has her issues due to a hard childhood. The author gradually peels off Randy’s layers of self-preservation to eventually help the reader empathise with the character and understand her behaviour. However, I couldn’t relate to either Randi or Jule personalities, neither I could feel their chemistry. Additionally, the subplot of a criminal on the loose was too much in the background to create a page turner thriller and was resolved in a haste without proper development.
Overall, an ok read but there are definitely better books if you are into criminal stories mixed with romance by, for example, Cari Hunter.
2.5 stars
ARC provided by the publisher and Netgalley.

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