It Should Be A Crime by Carsen Taite: Book Review

It Should Be A Crime by Carsen TaiteIt Should Be A Crime by Carsen Taite is a fabulous mystery with a heavy dose of romance.

Morgan Bradley is stuck in an alley and doesn’t know how to find her way out. Fleeing the bar where she went to surprise her girlfriend may not have been Morgan’s best idea ever. But after seeing her lover making out with another woman on the dance floor, Morgan couldn’t help hightailing it out the back door. Luckily a gorgeous bartender saves the day by opening the door, and then saves Morgan’s evening by giving her the one night stand of a lifetime.

Parker Casey is used to picking up women at the bar. She’s about to put those days behind her, though, since she’s quitting bartending to go back for her third year of law school. The last thing she expects is to find out that one of her new professors is not only a famous attorney who’s on TV all the time, she’s the woman Parker took home a few weeks prior.

Morgan and Parker know that their professor/student relationship means they need to keep things professional. When they’re brought together as part of a team defending an underdog in a high-profile murder case, neither woman can seem to help her growing feelings.

The Characters

Tara: I adore Parker and Morgan. They’re my favourite of Carsen Taite’s couples and are just so damn good together. Both women are brilliant, strong, and principled. It also doesn’t hurt that they’re super hot and are intensely attracted to each other. I loved every moment I spent with them from their initial meeting (which, whoa, is it ever smoking) to their happily ever after.

Erin: I totally agree with Tara. Parker and Morgan are so good together it literally should be a crime. With some smoking hot scenes, and some quality writing of their building relationship, these two are a well-balanced pair who are a pleasure to read.

The Writing Style

Tara: It Should Be A Crime is a joy to read. Its pacing and plotting are perfect, the romance is entirely compelling, and the twists and turns are done very well.

Erin: So there is more romance and less thriller in this than I personally would like… which is probably why Tara liked it so much. BUT, it is a quality story, with a great plot and a few twists and turns to keep me interested.

The Narration

Erin: Loved the depiction of Parker. Her character is super sexy, and Lori Prince brings that out perfectly. This is my first Lori Prince audiobook, and I found the pacing a little slow for my liking. There were also some phrasing that was super long, and my mind wandered a little at times. But the chemistry between Morgan and Parker kept reeling me back in. Some of the male voices were a little dodgy – not a lot of change in tone, more change of pace. Overall though, a great story to listen to when you have little else on your mind.

The Pros

Tara: Everything. I love this book!

Erin: That chemistry. Wowsers. And the story is a good one too, particularly if you like the concept of a student-professor romance, but are usually put off a bit by the age gap. This book perfectly overcomes that issue!

The Cons

Tara: Just a heads up that rape and family violence come up in the book. None of it is on the page or gratuitous, but it’s definitely there.

Erin: Nothing to add to Tara’s cons.

taras favourite lesbian booksThe Conclusion

Tara: I’ve read a lot of books by Carsen Taite and this one is definitely my favourite (and that says a lot because I’ve enjoyed all of the ones I’ve read so far!). If you haven’t read anything by her before, this would be a perfect place to start because many of the characters in It Should be a Crime come up in later books by Taite. Just try to make sure you have nothing else going on when you get started, because I guarantee you won’t want to put it down until it’s done.

Erin: This audiobook is a definite winner if you are a Carsen Taite fan. The story is fantastic, and the narration does not let it down at all.

Excerpt from It Should Be A Crime by Carsen Taite

The woman walked closer until she was standing mere inches from Morgan. “My name is Parker. What’s yours?”

“Morgan,” she whispered. Parker’s proximity robbed her breath.

“Nice to meet you, Morgan. You look like you’re having a bad night.” Parker gently slid an arm around Morgan’s waist. She purred the next question. “What can I do to make it better?”

Morgan’s thoughts raced. Well, this is rich. Here I am stuck in an alley and a total stranger is flirting with me. Meanwhile, my partner of ten years is doing God knows what with a Barbie wannabe inside. Morgan wiped her eyes and turned toward Parker, who had moved closer during the silence. She appraised her. This woman is no Barbie, thank God. She’s real-life, drop-dead-gorgeous and knows it. Feelings replaced rational thought and Morgan settled on a plan of action designed to make the impact of the evening’s events fade fast.

“I’d like you to take me somewhere. Anywhere.” Morgan stared directly into Parker’s eyes, willing her to understand the wide-ranging implication of the control she surrendered with her request.

Parker didn’t betray an ounce of surprise. Instead she leaned in and kissed Morgan lightly on the cheek. “Wait for me here. I’ll only be a moment.”

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Bits and Bobs

  • ISBN number: 9781602820869
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
  • Audiobook Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
  • Narrator: Lori Prince

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Note: I received a free review copy of It Should Be A Crime by Carsen Taite. No money was exchanged for this review. I will always review books as honestly as possible and on occasion I refuse to review books.

It Should Be a Crime Book Cover It Should Be a Crime
Carsen Taite
Bold Strokes Books Inc

Two women consummate their mutual desire with a night of passion, neither expecting more than a few lusty hours. Weeks later Morgan Bradley and Parker Casey meet again, only this time a series of events has landed the pair in the middle of a murder trial. But the twists of the case are no match for their increasing passions.

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Married mum of two from New Zealand with a love for reading that surpasses her need for sleep.  Love reading books that are exciting, puzzling, twisty and suspenseful.  Always willing to try new authors and take recommendations, and open to discussion about great books with great people.

Tara Scott

Tara Scott lives in Calgary, Canada with her family. If you don't find her with her Kindle in her hand, she's probably busy talking about what she's currently reading.

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