Thursday, August 6, 2015

Review: Cuba Undercover by Linda Bond

Cuba Undercover 
by Linda Bond
Pub. Date:  July 14, 2015
Publisher:  Entangled Suspect
Pages:  221
Format:  eARC
Source:  NetGalley
   

My Rating:  

Cuban-American TV reporter Rebecca Menendez's success comes from playing by the rules. When she's kidnapped by a fierce and intensely handsome man who needs her help, however, all of those rules seem pointless. Nothing could have prepared her for being taken hostage...or the irresistible reward if she complies: information about her long-thought dead father.

Antonio Vega has spent almost every day of his adult life dreaming of revenging his father's death. With his sister's life and freedom in jeopardy, Antonio isn't taking any chances. But once Rebecca and Antonio are in Cuba, they're immersed in a world of corruption, deceit, and betrayal. It's a deadly game...and there are no rules. 

I gave this one the old college try, but this book is just not for me. I didn't care for the characters. Antonio was an angry a-hole, and Rebecca lacked depth. The romance between the two was not believable for me. There was no warmth or emotion to it.

Given my profession, I am also at odds with the alien smuggling. At around 67%, in regard to bringing Cubans over on a private boat and landing at a marina, Rebecca states that they "did it the right way" and "didn't break any laws." This is absolutely untrue. It is unlawful to bring undocumented immigrants into the US. You can be prosecuted under 18 USC 1324, 1325 and 1326... and any vessel/conveyance used in the transportation is subject to seizure and forfeiture. So I didn't like how they blew that off as a non-issue.

I started skimming at around 40%, then abandon it officially by 76%. There were some positives - I love the cover, and the descriptions of Cuba were interesting and unique. Dawg, the videographer, was funny sometimes (but the humor was forced at others).

I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Unfortunately it just was not for me.

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