Wednesday, June 3, 2020

✱✱Book Review✱✱ Variable Onset by Layla Reyne

Variable Onset
by Layla Reyne


To catch a killer, a special agent and his former student will need to get close—to their target, and each other. Layla Reyne returns with a stand-alone romantic mystery.

When the serial killer known as Dr. Fear seemingly reemerges after a cooling-off period, Special Agent Lincoln Monroe wants on the case. He knows his research on the calculating criminal, who targets couples and uses their worst fears to kill them, could prove invaluable. But nothing can prepare Lincoln for the agent waiting for him in Apex, Virginia: a brash and cocky former student. Carter Warren is everything Lincoln is not, and somehow everything he wants. And they’ll be going undercover. As newlyweds.

For Carter, seeing Lincoln again—and flustered to boot—pokes his raging bear of a crush something fierce. He thinks posing as lovers will provide the perfect bait for Dr. Fear. But pretending to be married forces them to confront fears of their own…like giving in to the very real chemistry between them.

With evidence pointing to the possibility of a copycat killer, Lincoln and Carter will have to race to separate truth from fiction. But when another couple goes missing, finding the killer will test every ounce of their training, skills and the strength of their bond like never before.
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Momma Says: 3 stars ⭐⭐

Variable Onset is a combination of serial killer suspense with plenty of science and a slow burn romance between undercover agents. The thing is Lincoln and Carter really weren't together for long enough to call it a slow burn, but it had that feel about it. The mystery wasn't all that mysterious but it was still entertaining and the pacing was good, so it wasn't hard to stick with it even after I figured out the whodunit. In the end, there were things I liked and disliked about both aspects of this one, but when it came down to it, this one isn't something I'd read again, but it was worth the once-through.  

❃❃ARC provided by NetGalley and Carina Press

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