Shelby Brignac has gotten herself into some trouble. From her awful taste in men to her poor choices, she just can’t catch a break. After stupidly helping her boyfriend with his loan sharking business, Shelby has decided she wants out. It’s just too dangerous for a waitress, in her opinion. But just when she thinks she’s free of the headache, she’s offered up one last job– one last job she can’t refuse: retrieve a precious antique gem and she’ll get her best friend back alive.
Hiding out in New Orleans’ French Quarter with the rare purple diamond in tow, Shelby thinks she has no way out of the seemingly hopeless situation– that is until Chase Guilliot, an off-duty cop intervenes, saving her life. Too bad for Chase that the gunman who’s hot on his tail doesn’t care if one of his targets carries a badge– he just wants Shelby’s head and that diamond back. And he’s not above killing a cop to get it.
On the run with a hot rare diamond and a beautiful hot-headed woman, Chase’s oath to serve and protect is pushed to the limits. Unsure if he can trust the one person he wants to more than anything, Chase swears he’ll get both he and Shelby out of this mess alive, but then he’s done with her for good– or is he?
THE SWITCH is a thrilling contemporary romance that likes to live on both sides of the law.
So let me preface this review by saying, I was so excited about this book. I love books that have these high stakes kind of plots, with lots of drama and suspense. It's my not so guilty pleasure if you will.
What I think JC Emery really exceeds at is creating a fantastic heart pumping setting that really captures the heart pounding energy that comes with being chased by bad guys with guns, and being on the run from said bad guys.
I also really liked the way that Shelby meets Chase. Him coming to her aid gives him a realness of character, that reinforces his "good guy" persona. I also like that Chase analyzes Shelby, and while he's attracted to her, he listens to his instincts about her to get her to reveal the reasons as to why she's being hunted.
Now, there's a ton that JC Emery really does right in THE SWITCH. But, there was something that really tripped me up: The romance. So, I usually am not a big fan of insta-love, and while that does happen in THE SWITCH, that didn't even bug me very much, and here's my reasoning. In tense and scary situations, you cling to the person who's nearest to you. That was Chase for Shelby, and ultimately Shelby for Chase. What I didn't like about their romance was how it felt cheapened by the first time they sleep together.
Now, before you throw tomatoes at me, let me explain my thought process on this. I think love scenes are great. They can enhance a book in so many different ways and ultimately make the reader feel stronger about the characters and their relationship. I so wanted that for Chase and Shelby, but the way the scene happened felt random and not special. Here's these two people that are becoming so close in this short amount of time, and are obviously becoming more attracted to each other, but she wants to sleep with Chase because she wants acceptance from him, and he wants to sleep with her because she's hot. I see where the intent of the scene was supposed to go, but the set up for it just fell way flat for me.
With that said, I really did like the rest of the story. Reiterating what I said earlier in this post, I think JC Emory does a great job at creating a high energy and action book that keeps you interested and reading. I also really like the fact that Shelby is really not the snow white, perfect heroine that is so prevalent in many of the books available today.
THE SWITCH is a really fun ride, and I would recommend it to suspense lovers. If you are not a fan of insta-love I would say that this one you might like, as I abhor love at first sight stories, but this one didn't bug me in the slightest. Definitely check out JC Emery's Men With Badges Series if you're someone who loves lots of action, guns, and gangsters!
3/5 Oh Yeah I liked it!
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As a child, JC was fascinated by things that went bump in the night. As they say, some things never change. Now, as an adult, she divides her time between the sexy law men, mythical creatures, and kick-ass heroines that live inside her head and pursuing her bachelor's degree in English. JC is a San Francisco Bay Area native, but has also called both Texas and Louisiana home. These days she rocks her flip flops year round in Northern California and can't imagine a climate more beautiful.
JC writes adult, new adult, and young adult fiction. She dabbles in many different genres including science fiction, horror, chick lit, and murder mysteries, yet she is most enthralled by supernatural stories-- and everything has at least a splash of romance.