by Kayla Perrin

April 2003
ISBN: 1-58314-353-X
Reviewer Graphic Button Arabesque Books
Mass Market Paperback

It took some time to write the review of In A Heartbeat. There was something about the two main characters that I had a very hard time connecting with. Initially, it seemed that Michael was the cool half of this couple. Yes, he had some issues that needed to be dealt with - the death of his daughter, divorce. But, for a while it seemed like of the two characters he was the most appealing, if harder to read. Diamond on the other hand came across as a woman who thought she was independent and self-reliant, but really wasn’t.

Diamond has a problem. The psychopath who stalked her, who’d finally been arrested, was free again. And she just knew he was coming after her. So, of course, what does any intelligent, independent woman do but run? With no destination or course of action in mind. My first impression of Diamond was not a good one. But, as this story wore on the roles switched. Michael’s hot and cold routine with Diamond definitely began to get on my nerves. Compassion aside, this is a man who’s turning his back on all the good things in his life, not just his love life but family as well. And as the book progresses Diamond is able to show that in some aspects of her life she really is the intelligent, independent woman she thinks of herself as. Although, I definitely feel it would have been a bit more in character for her to stand her ground and prepare to battle her stalker head on. The guy wasn’t exactly a genius the first time around. She could have taken him.

In A Heartbeat didn’t work very well for me. I think both characters would have been better being revamped a bit. For first time Perrin readers, this isn’t the book I’d choose for you to pick up first. The prequel to this release, In An Instant is definitely a better choice.

Reviewed in June 2003 by JaToya.

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