Review: Beautiful Bounty by M J Nightingale

Blurb:

Ronnie Sears has a college degree, a promising future, a boyfriend, and a plan. But, her perfect life comes crashing down around her in the blink of an eye. Arrested, framed for drug smuggling, and facing years behind bars, Ronnie sees no choice but to run. Only she can prove her innocence.

Nikko Marino is a sexy, devastatingly charming bounty hunter. His job, as told to him by his older brothers, is to keep an eye on the curvaceous blonde. Make sure she doesn’t run. But what his brothers don’t know is that he and Ronnie have a past. He and the Ice Princess are more than mere passing acquaintances. She makes his blood burn, and he knows how to warm up this woman.

Nikko wants to prove himself, but this beauty might just take him down. With his reputation on the line, will Nikko, the hot-blooded youngest Marino, fall for this temptress? Will he be able to protect this beautiful bounty from herself, from the man who framed her, but most importantly can he protect his heart?

Beautiful Bounty is the first book in The Bounty Hunters – The Marino Bros.
Suspenseful, erotic, and romantic, these books are packed with passion, sex and characters you will love. What more could you want?

This book is intended for a mature audience. 18+

Review:

Okay, this one, for me, only ranks in at a 7.5. I loved the concept- a woman set up to take the fall for a crime she didn’t commit falling for the playboy bondsman/bounty hunter who is keeping tabs on her after his family did her a favor posting the bond to get her out of jail. Things become complicated when the intense attraction they feel tries to become true feelings. Ronnie has considerable trust issues and that the circumstances she faces continue to give her reasons to hold on to her mistrust of Nikko. She knows that she can’t even begin to contemplate what she may be feeling for him until she clears her name while he struggles to do his job, keep her safe, and show her that he is more than she believes him to be. The story was intriguing and the only problem I had with the story line was a perceived as a plot hole which was explained at the end of the book. I liked the characters. For the most part they were well developed, each one having a distinct personality and a crucial role within the story.

The trouble I had with the book was a matter of style… Even with books written in third person, you get the sense of it being told from a particular character’s point of view. With Beautiful Bounty, there are too many changes in point of view. Not that I would normally find that problematic, it is just that many of them are unexpected. I think that they could have been worked in a little better so that it wouldn’t interrupt the flow of the story. I also found some of the sex scenes problematic. Again it is mostly a style thing that I don’t particularly care for. I don’t like to penalize an author for using certain words just because I think there are better ones so I refrain from judging based on language but there was more to it. The scene in the beginning was great and the scenes toward the end were also good. It was just the ones in the middle. It was almost like they were thrown in just to spice up the story or up the word count and they didn’t quite work as well as they could have. They had a forced quality to them that detracted from the story.

Overall, I did enjoy the book. The reason it didn’t rank as high as some of the others is that some of the stylistic issues made it hard for me to follow at times. But despite its flaws, it kept me reading and therein lies its redemption. I feel that this is going to be a good series and it will be worth following. I look forward to reading the other brothers’ stories and seeing how the series plays out.

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