Sometimes, we read so much of an author that we feel like we’ve gotten used to their writing, and understand the formula. And then, sometimes those writers let us know that they can still shake things up.
I don’t know what I was expecting from Kenya Wright when I started Missing Hearts, but there was honestly a point where I had to keep checking the title because I thought that I might be mistaken. This book was awesome, and it deserves much more hype.
Missing Hearts is the story of two agents who get involved in a string of murders that plagues an already tense town. Fullbrooke, Georgia has an extraordinarily racist history, but that won’t stop Special Agent Alexander King from taking down the serial killer who has been kidnapping little black girls. Haven Barron had to pull a lot of strings to get assigned to this case, but didn’t let anything deter her from proving herself to be a great asset to the team. And once Alexander gets a taste of Haven’s skills, he’s hooked for life.
Kenya Wright is looking to be my favorite Romance and Erotica writer, since Brenda Jackson, because she writes good stories that just happen to have great sex scenes. I thought this book might have been a few years old, but it looks like it was just published in April. I don’t know where Kenya gets her writing motivation from, but homegirl just dropped Quarantine & Chill last month, and that was a great read too.
Because Missing Hearts is only about three months old, I don’t want to give away too many spoilers. However, I will admit that a lot of what I liked about it was the work Wright put in in regards to the town’s histories, the misdirect, and the different serial killers named. You can tell that a lot of care was put into the writing of this novel, and I really appreciate that.
I liked both main characters: Alexander was a bit stuck up, but Haven really lucked up in getting him as a partner, even though their romance was the whole point of this book. Haven made a few rookie mistakes, but it was obviously because she had never been out in the field. I liked that Haven tried her best to hold her own, and Alexander was willing to be good to her when she wasn’t able to.
It’s really hard to talk about this book without spoilers, but I will say that there are some misdirects when it comes to the killer. I enjoyed those misdirects, because a lot of tea was spilt, and it kind of worked better than the author intended.
Still, this book is for people who love a good thriller, with a nice amount of sex and romance, and some really good exposition. It’s for those of us who like to read interracial romance, but know that it is not always going to work for the obvious reasons. It’s definitely for people who like Kenya Wright, and want to be wowed by her non-Mafia Bae works.
It’s really good.
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