ARC Review: Light of Day

Light of Day
Light of Day by Allison van Diepen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Release date: November 24, 2015

When Gabby Perez is almost drugged at a night club, she takes matters into her own hands. Teaming up with a mysterious stranger known as X, she scours the seedy underworld of Miami, determined to take down a ring of pimps who are drugging and kidnapping innocent girls. As their search deepens, Gabby and X can’t ignore their undeniable attraction to each other. Then Gabby discovers the truth about who X really is and the danger that surrounds him. Can their love survive the light of day?

Light of Day exists in the same universe as On the Edge, and continues with X as the new leader of the Destinos. Gabby had a close call with the date rape drug, and her savior X inspires her to spread the word and keep other girls out of trouble. But when one of her old friends gets kidnapped, she seeks out his help and teams up with him to find her. Both being attractive (it’s set in Miami, yo!), it is natural that sparks will fly. She thinks him to be an undercover cop, and he thinks he can’t be the boyfriend she wants. Needless to say, there is a lot of sexual tension and hot kisses, but no progress on the relationship front. He is closed off from love because he doesn’t think he is capable and she is not sure she can take what she gets with him.

The storyline is eerily similar to On the Edge, which makes for a considerably less exciting read. High School drama? Check! Main love interest is the stoic, dangerous-looking bad boy but heart of gold head of Destinos? Check! Main character is in a media (Maddie as a journalist and Gabby as a RJ) position? Check! Thankfully, Maddie and Gabby are distinct from each other. Maddie was street smart, while Gabby is mostly naive, which is not really that bad of a thing, but distracts from the plot. Plus, the high school drama didn’t really fit with the sex trafficking ring, because the drug drama could have merited it’s own storyline, but was brushed aside as a side plot. X’s motivations were also different – while Lobo was in it for revenge, X is in it for saving the day. So, the struggle in the relationship was about how they can survive in such a dangerous life.

But as I said before, the plotlines being similar didn’t make this installment as fun to read as the last. Perhaps if X and Lobo were not so similar as characters? Hopefully, any next book would have a little more different type of male lead? Because, aside from that, this book was pretty good.

Received a free galley from HarperTeen via Edelweiss; this does not influence my opinions or review.

Previous books:

On the Edge

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