Book Review: The Colonel’s Daughter (A Men of the Zodiac Novel) by Amy Andrews

Posted August 7, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in Books, Entertainment / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: The Colonel’s Daughter (A Men of the Zodiac Novel) by Amy AndrewsThe Colonel's Daughter (Entangled Indulgence) by Amy Andrews
Series: Men of the Zodiac
Published by Entangled: Indulgence on August 11th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Military
Pages: 244
Format: eARC
Source: Entangled Publishing
ISBN: 1633753891
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four-stars

Sign: Scorpio
The sting of this Scorpio is unforgettably hot...

Ivy Danforth is out from under her Colonel father's overprotective control, and she's making it count. Big time. She's taken the summer off to travel through Australia with her bestie and experiencing all that life has to offer-when you're not under constant military surveillance. She wants to end her summer with some sexy fun, and she has just the hottie in mind.

Seth Rodrigo is ex-Special Forces working undercover and keeping an eye on Ivy as a special favor to her father. All he has to do is not give the game away and reveal who he really is. And especially not give into the hunger that's burning through his careful control...Then they're forced into protective custody. Alone. Together. For four days. And this time, the Colonel's daughter isn't taking no for an answer...

The Good…:

The Colonel’s Daughter is a part of Entangled Publishing’s Men of the Zodiac series. Each book features a different man from one of the signs of the Zodiac, and written by a different author. This time around author Amy Andrews writes about a Scorpio who finds himself in trouble ‘Down Under.’ Ex-Special Forces officer, Seth Rodrigo, is keeping an eye out for his Colonel’s daughter after the Colonel finds himself the target of a band of terrorists.  Seth goes undercover as a bouncer at a local bar in Sydney where Ivy Danforth works as a waitress, and offers her protection she never knew she needed, nor wants.

Ivy Danforth is a young woman away from home for the first time. She’s happy to have some long-awaited freedom from her controlling father, but the clock is ticking. In a short while Ivy will have to leave Sydney to return home, and work a comfy desk job. Feeling her freedom is at an end, Ivy wants to have the last bit of fun before returning to dear old dad, and her eyes are set on the hunky new bouncer.

This all sounds like the set-up to a great romance. Then you throw in Ivy becoming a witness to a murder, forcing these two to hole up in a hotel room for a few days, and things are on and poppin’! Kind of. This romance is a slow burn. Amy Andrews takes time to develop the characters, and build their romance before they hit the sheets. I actually appreciated this, but wish  there was more steamy action. The plot was well laid out, and I really enjoyed reading as Seth and Ivy got under each other’s skin. This made me feel as if the payoff was worth it.

The Bad…:

Didn’t I say this was more of a romance? The Colonel’s Daughter is a romance, and not erotic fiction. Don’t get me wrong, there is some sexy time, but if you’re looking for a couple to tear up the sheets, Seth and Ivy aren’t them. However, if you’re looking for a real romance, then you’ve come to the right place. As much as I enjoyed the story, there was just one thing that irritated the hell out of me. Ivy. I didn’t like her desperation. I actually found her behavior a turn-off. I guess it’s because I read too many books with strong female protagonists, that one that appears desperate and weak rubs me the wrong way.

The other thing that irritated me was View Spoiler »

Do I Recommend?

Despite a couple of irritations, I actually really enjoyed reading this book. The hunt for the murderer, the Colonel’s difficulty, and Seth’s true identity kept the story flowing. I liked the characters, for the most part, and thought that the story unfolded in an interesting way. I won’t claim the story is unpredictable, because it is, but I still found it to be highly entertaining. I know summer is at an end, but there is still time to add another book to your beach bag. If you’re looking for a sweet, suspenseful romance, then give this one a try.

Rating Report
Plot
four-half-stars
Characters
three-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
five-stars
Overall: 4.1

About Amy Andrews

Amy is an award-winning, USA Today best-selling Aussie author who has written over fifty contemporary romances in both the traditional and digital markets. She has written for Harlequin Mills & Boon, Entangled, Harper Collins, Momentum, Tule and Escape. She’s sold over a million books and been translated into thirteen different languages including manga.

Amy spent six years on the national executive of Romance Writers of Australia including a two year term as president and after many years of unofficial mentoring of emerging writers, Amy and her fellow Harlequin author Anna Cleary have started their own manuscript assessment business, Word Witchery, which specialises in romantic fiction. With unique insight into what makes a story that sells, Amy and Anna aim to help every manuscript shine.

Amy loves good books, fab food, great wine and frequent travel – preferably all four together. She lives on acreage on the outskirts of Brisbane with a gorgeous mountain view but secretly wishes it was the hillsides of Tuscany.

@Angelized_1st

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