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Trace Elements (A Gower & Saxon Book)

by Kate Donovan

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I'm a huge fan of the tongue-in-check humor employed by the TV series, Castle, where a writer tags along & helps a New York city detective solve crimes. What makes it even better is that the writer(s) of Castle have decided to make Richard Castle "real" - with his books being published, series being made into graphic novels and even a website. Imagine the fun I've had with the opportunity to read (in exchange for an HONEST review) the recently published novel, "TRACE ELEMENTS" by Kate Donovan! I think I enjoyed it so much because it has vague similarities to Castle with its expanded media...

"TRACE ELEMENTS" is a 191 page romantic suspense novel penned by Kate Donovan, but tag-lined as if it were an actual television show. Josh Saxon is an FBI agent who recently found & rescued a kidnapped four year old and is still trying to solve the "whodunnit" of the kidnapping. To help the young child feel safer, the parents request that the FBI approach the actress of their favorite FBI TV show, Nikki Gower, who portrays Agent Annika Trace, will come reassure the girl she is not in any more danger. (See where it's going here? An actress in a TV show, portraying an FBI agent, needs to come "be" an FBI agent, etc....)

While at times the premise seems a bit far-fetched, well, that's why it is fiction. It's funny to see the dialogue between the real agent & the "real" agent... and interesting to watch them fall for each other. Again - while it seems a bit far-fetched... IT'S FICTION. The mystery in the story is entertaining and not too transparent that it can't keep a reader involved, and it's funny how Nikki thinks about everything in terms of what her character would do or how the show would go. Most interesting, though, is that at the end Kate Donovan has written the "TV Pilot" for the original "Trace Elements" show. Now, I have to admit - at that point, I was starting to feel a bit dizzy, with the show within the book about the story surrounding the show... whew! Get what I mean? And really - this roundabout poking fun at itself is what makes this such an enjoyable book!

At $2.99 this is a great value - and since it looks as if Kate Donovan has quite a backlist of novels, you may just find another author to add to your TBR (to-be-read) pile! ( )
  SnarkyMom | Aug 13, 2013 |
Given by the publisher for an honest review

I really liked the story of this book..I liked the characters who were different but so similar at the same time...
I would have rated higher,if it weren't about the speed of the book..As I said,I liked the story and the characters but I felt we were moving too fast..For example,I loved the scene when they made love for the first time but we went to that point too fast..In fact,I was sure I missed some pages and I had to reread it just to be sure..

However,despite that, it was a good book and I really enjoyed it... ( )
  cool_mia | Jul 27, 2013 |
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