Suspend logic and you'll like the book

ImageColton Showdown
Marie Ferrarella 
Romantic Suspense, 2012



Publisher’s Synopsis:  It's supposed to be the final confrontation. Philly detective Tate Colton will go under cover to bust the sex trafficking ring targeting young Amish women. He doesn't count on his sting operation falling apart—or being forced to escape with the breathtaking key witness he's sworn to protect.

Hiding in New York City with a handsome detective? Amish seamstress Hannah Troyer's more than a little out of her element. The big city—and men like Tate—are part of a world that's nothing like what she's used to. As danger inches closer, he's her only route to safety…and a forbidden attraction she dares to indulge in.

My Take:
I have read all of Marie Farrarella’s other Colton books and thoroughly enjoyed them. However this book was not as good as the others.  The premise is that human traffickers are targeting young Amish women. Tat Colton goes undercover to find the ringleader and to rescue young Hanna Troyer. The story is well-written and the end is everything you wish it to be.

However, I had several problems with the characters. Hannah has been raised Amish, she knows nothing of the outside world and yet the author wishes us to believe that with little or no hesitation she accepts the love of a non-Amish man, easily dresses in western clothing and adopts the mannerism of the “outside” world.

Having been raised in a conservative religious environment myself, I can say that her actions were not in character with her life up until that moment. Had she exhibited longing to live outside the Amish community or not wished to be returned to it, then her about-face would have been more believable.

However, if you’re going to read romance, sometimes you have to suspend logic and if you do you will enjoy the story.

My Rating: 4 out of 5. I believe she could have spent more time making a believable storyline for Hannah's romance.