Title: Scare Crow
Author: Julie Hockley
Series: Crow’s Row
Publisher: self-published
Published: March 25, 2014
Genre: New Adult suspense, romance

Synopsis: Nineteen-year-old Emily Sheppard is losing her sanity. Ever since her mob king boyfriend, Cameron Hillard, abandoned her for her own good, Emmy has been attempting to move on with her charmed college student life as if nothing happened. Now rejected from the underworld and left grieving over Cameron’s alleged death, Emmy realizes she belongs nowhere. Worse yet, she is now keeping a dangerous secret.

After just a short time with Emily, Cameron has lost control over his world. As he miserably attempts to return to what is left of his life and unravel the mess he has made of the underworld, Emily’s hate turns to desperation. She needs to kill the kingpins responsible for Cameron’s death before they come looking for her. As Cameron secretly observes Emily, he has no idea of the danger he has placed her in—or that it may already be too late for him to save her.

Scare Crow is a tale of revenge, terror, and love as Emmy and Cameron embark on separate journeys to face enemies, correct past mistakes, and find their way to their destinies.

3 stars Don’t hate me guys. I wanted to love this. I did. I was flailing over book 1, Crow’s Row, and could not wait to start this installment. You know I loved book 1 because I was willing to pay $8 for this ebook, which is pretty rare for me to do these days. Scare Crow took days to read, which right there tells you something. With Crow’s Row I barely got any sleep that night. This one, I put down all the time and only finished it because I wanted to start the next book on my TBR.

Romance. There’s good news and bad news.
Want my bad news first? Yes, let’s get it over with. There were the makings of a love triangle. I hate them, yeah I know, some people love them. I am not one of those people. I was cringing. He doesn’t really love her, he just wanted to save her. I’d love a whole other book about that guy though…

The good news is that the intense and amazing love between Cameron and Emmy still exists. Even though they weren’t physically together, their love didn’t wane.  In fact, they both reflected on their time together so much that their love actually got stronger even though they were apart.

How the characters felt to me:
I did feel Emily’s despair. The author did a fantastic job with that. I felt like I died a little bit inside too. I’m not sure I felt Cameron’s as much. I wish he spied on her a little bit more. Or something. I felt detached from him in this book.

What I loved so much:
Meatball. I still loved Meatball so much! Gah. That dog is pure awesome.

What I struggled with:
• Parts weren’t realistic like the baby, it was such a back burner issue, and there was such denial about it.
• “Someone” became a drug lord and it didn’t really work for me, even though it’s fiction, I couldn’t buy that storyline.
• The cover. It’s just ok. I love the crow part, but the face…just no. I don’t like it that at all.

The ending
Yeah, I understand that cliffhangers are the way to rope you into the next book, but we didn’t even get to savor any emotions. I waited over 300 pages for something and got 1 minute of time with them. That is what killed me. I think the entire book could have been summed up with all their time apart. And while maybe it was important to the storyline, you also have to keep me engaged, and with no romance I was not engaged in the book.

Would I rec it?
I don’t know. I loved the first book so much. Will I read book 3? Well, if it was out already I would buy it for sure. But if there’s a 2 year wait I will not be buying it. I’ll be over this story. Basically, my rec for you is to wait until the trilogy is complete before buying anything. Book 1 is one of my very favorites ever, though, so now this series is a total mixed bag from me. Good luck!

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