So, as I was writing this summary out for my book Unlawful Temptations, I realized how sudden the mystery subplot sort of interjects itself into the story. The story starts off as your dark Rom Com and then around chapter 16 takes a turn when the mystery plot is introduced about a string of kidnappings in the area over the last six months.
That plot takes over the story and is the entirety of what the sequel and final book Seducing Danger is based around. I guess my question is: Is it a problem that the story-line veers so abruptly into this mystery plot? The only mention of the kidnappings before chapter 16 is the main character Kat hearing about them on a TV in the background, but she doesn’t think much of it. The romance of the story is still prevalent throughout the story, and is just now propelled by this new mystery plot.
The readers so far haven’t had any issues with it but seeing it laid out in the summary made it feel super out of left field and I began to worry. Maybe it’s just that the summary isn’t great? I don’t know and I’m hoping you do. lol This is also the first crack at the summary so I’m sure it needs loads of work.
Here’s the summary:
KAT Sanders wouldn’t touch love with a ten-foot pole. Not after her father abandoned her and her family three years ago, leaving behind Kat’s baby sister, CHARLOTTE, and tail-spinning her mother into a drug-induced stupor. Kat stepped up, assuming responsibility of Charlotte with a slow-building resentment for her mother growing over the years.
When Kat is fired from her job, her best friend, LAYLA, sets her up with a job as a Nanny. During the interview process, she meets DOMINIC and HEATHER Reed and their five-year-old daughter Maya. Although the interview doesn’t go great and Heather clearly doesn’t like Kat’s fiery personality and lack of a high school diploma, she gets the job.
Martial problems are obvious between the Dominic and Heather from day one, as is Kat’s attraction to Dominic. His brooding manner and dangerous job as a police officer all entice Kat’s rebellious nature, but she knows better than to get involved with a married man.
Despite Kat’s best efforts, Dominic opens up to Kat about his failing marriage and works his way past Kat’s defenses and into her heart, terrifying Kat as her biggest fear is realized- Becoming like her mother. Her mother allowed love to ruin her life and for Charlotte’s sake, Kat refuses to fall in love.
Kat and Layla go to the beach for Kat’s birthday but shortly into the trip, Dominic shows up with the news that Kat is in danger. Dominic has been working a string of female kidnappings in their area and whoever has been taking these women has pegged Kat as their next target. In the midst of the panic, Kat and Dominic get into a fight then ends with Dominic telling Kat he’s asked Heather for a divorce. Finally, the pair give into their feelings and kiss.
With their romantic troubles solved for now, Kat and Dominic focus on the kidnappings and Dominic reveals the only lead they have is a known drug dealer in the area, TOMMY. As it turns out, Kat’s mother knows Tommy and owes him money. She begs Kat to let her help right her wrong and Kat agrees, setting up a recorded meeting between her mother and Tommy.
Before this can happen, Layla is taken by the kidnappers and Kat receives a call from a stranger who bribes Kat to switch places with Layla, or else they will kill her and target Charlotte next. Kat agrees but doesn’t tell Dominic, as she’s positive the set-up with Tommy is going to work and they’ll get Layla back.
Instead, their plan fails more miserably than they ever imagined and Kat’s mother ends up dead from a suspicious overdose. With no moves left, a desperate Kat resigns to trade places with Layla even though it means the possibility of never seeing Dominic or her sister again.
At the trade, Kat expects to see Tommy. Instead, it’s revealed that Heather is behind it all. This leads into the sequel and final book, Seducing Danger.