The Seventh Victim: Texas Rangers, Book 1

The Seventh VictimAuthor: Mary Burton
Book Name: The Seventh Victim
Series: Texas Rangers
Order: #1
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Romance
Rating:  Good

Blurb:  If At First You Don’t Succeed

It’s been seven years since the Seattle Strangler terrorized the city. His victims were all young, pretty, their lifeless bodies found wrapped in a home-sewn white dress. But there was one who miraculously escaped death, just before the Strangler disappeared. . .


Lara Church has only hazy memories of her long-ago attack. What she does have is a home in Austin, a job, and a chance at a normal life at last. Then Texas Ranger James Beck arrives on her doorstep with shattering news: The Strangler is back. And this time, he’s in Austin. . .

And Kill Again. . .

He’s always craved her, even as he killed the others. For so long he’s been waiting to unleash the beast within. And this time, he’ll prove he holds her life in his hands–right before he ends it forever. . .

Review:  I normally like Mary Burton better than this one.  The story was decent, but in many ways, I had this one pegged early on.  It twisted a bit in a way I didn’t expect, which made this better, but I still kind of new, which made this a little less interesting.

The thing that mostly bugs me about this is the romance aspect.  There is so very little of it and what is there, really just doesn’t work for me.  There isn’t any believable chemistry going on.  That and the one intimate scene we get is really not all that good, topped with a bout of unsafe sex, which is kind of ridiculous considering the bad guy used a condom when he raped his victims.  What?  Safe sex is only for preventing DNA evidence at a crime?  I’m not sure what the point was in having any kind of a romantic line to the story as it did nothing to help or support the rest of the story.  If anything, it detracted from the rest of it and brought it down.

If you are going to have a romantic bent to a story, please put some effort into making that line of your story work well.  Otherwise, just leave it out.

Author: TJ Fox

Slightly sane artist, book addict, wife and mom who is forever rethinking her place in this world.

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