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**spoiler alert** I enjoyed A Bid for Love, although I admit I do have a problem when a book set in the normal world has characters doing things that I don't think they'd do in real life. For example, if you find a statue with diamonds in it, most people would automatically take it to the police, rather than run away from everyone (including the authorities) and become convinced that delivering it to the purchaser was the best course of action. The reader knows exactly how that part's going to go down long before the characters do, and while I don't always mind a predictable storyline, I don't think it worked because that course of action never seemed like a logical one to me. I can understand why Jared didn't think it would go down the way it did, but still, contacting the police is the option all of us normal people would go with in these situations, and as these characters are normal, I felt it was illogical for them not to do that. Of course, they had to do that or it wouldn't have been much of a story! :-) I liked both the protagonists and warmed to them, although I felt a bit less time could have been spent on all their doubts about each other. Other than that it was a fun, easy read.
I chose 3 stars because the book was predictable and the characters were slow to figure it all out. Some things just did not make sense. If u love a person , u trust them. Why leave the man u love just because your gun went off accidently and hit an arm. Words are meaningless when the person u love is threatened or hurt. u would not take off and be petty. Predictable. The beginning was good although sometimes parts were told over and over as if filling up space. The author shows potential and promise. This book did not show display the talents she could have shown. Someone should have guided her better, for sure....like the publisher.
I was looking forward to reading more of her books until I hit that point in the book. The last 1/4 was really stupid. People whose jobs are to bid hundreds of thousands of dollars on art do not act so naively. From that point on it was ridiculous. For me... forget reading the rest of her books!
The mystery plot is a surprise after the book begins focused on a potential romance between two bidders working for different art galleries. The character-building is superficial until the mystery action starts, then the main characters come to life. At this point the story became enjoyable for me.
While I enjoyed the novel quite a bit, there were a few areas that I felt needed to have more research, and one area that was a little predictable. However, I still enjoyed the novel and had there been a little more research concerning dropping the revolver, I would've given the book four stars. It's definitely a fun, quick read, and I would recommend it in spite of the areas I found lacking.
When Cassie's friend goes into labor, everyone automatically knows the bleeding is caused by placenta abruption (the placenta pulling away from the uterine lining). The paramedics know this is why she's bleeding, and even Jared knows that's what's causing it. In spite of there being many causes of bleeding during pregnancy, everyone assumed, rightly so, that it was placenta abruption.
Supposedly Cassie's brother is a police officer and has taught her to shoot and a little about guns, but when she borrowed a pistol to save Jared, she put the revolver in her bra and the bullets in her pocket because she didn't want it accidentally going off. As an avid gun sports enthusiast, this made me want to shake her. The LadySmith .38 is a hammerless gun and a double action. It has a bar blocking the firing pin from hitting the primer UNLESS the trigger is pulled all the way to the back so it wouldn't just "go off" in her bra.
When she gets to the art gallery to rescue Jared, she still doesn't put bullets in the gun. Instead, she barges in, unarmed, and she's taken captive. When she's locked in the vault, she manages to get her hands free, loads the gun, then drops it causing it to go off and shoot Jared in the shoulder.
This is a very implausible scenario. Just dropping the LadySmith, unless the gun had been tampered with, wouldn't cause it to go off for a couple of reasons - the revolver is hammerless, so it couldn't have landed on the hammer causing the firing pin to hit the primer, and secondly, the bar that blocks the firing pin from hitting the primer would be in place unless the trigger was pulled fully to the back.
The other part of the novel I found predictable was the identity of the smuggler. Both Cassie and Jared were pretty quick to assume her boss was involved, but neither ever thought it could be Jared's boss, yet I suspected her early on.
Jared and Cassi, worked for competing art dealers, and each had been told to purchase a Buddha that was going to be sold at auction in San Diego. Strange things occurred after the purchase, involving the FBI, two rival crime syndicates, and the Buddha's hidden secret.