Monday, 9 May 2016

Review: Shaken - Joss Stirling

Shaken by Joss Stirling, published by Oxford University Press on 7th April 2016

Goodreads synopsis:
In a tall, narrow brownstone, in Brooklyn, New York, there is a girl with a secret. That girl is Rose Knight. She needs to raise millions of dollars to save her father's life. The arrogant and suave Damien Castle is good at uncovering secrets. He's even better at catching criminals. When he meets Rose he knows something is amiss but he can't help but get distracted. It isn't her terrible dress sense that confuses him, or even her obsession with Egyptology. It's the fact that he has never felt this way about a girl before. But when duty and love are both on the line, which one will Damien choose?

'Shaken' is the third book in Joss Stirling's fantastic series about the Young Detective Agency.  This time, the story takes place on the other side of the Atlantic in Manhattan, New York.

Rose Knight, the girl next door, is hiding a big secret.  She is trying to raise millions of dollars to pay for her father's ransom using her brains, genius and stellar computer skills.  She wants help from no one but Damien Castle, on a visit from abroad, is determined to ensure that Rose doesn't get herself any deeper into trouble.

I liked both Rose and Damien, who don't necessarily get off on the best foot, but end up becoming friends and then a pretty cool couple.  They are very different but their personalities compliment each other well and although I didn't initially see sparks between them, they work well together.  It was also great to see Damien and his friend Joe again, after they both featured in earlier books in the series.  

The story was a bit slow at the start and I kept waiting impatiently for something to happen but the plot built nicely and in the second half there were plenty of exciting moments and some great action packed chapters.  It was great to see Rose not just sitting around and waiting for someone to help her like a helpless female. She tries to get out of trouble on her own, using intellect and wit. 

I loved the ending so much!  Thank you Joss Stirling.  It was absolutely perfect!

I hope there's another book in the series.  It would be brilliant to see Joe find his perfect match too. 

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