Sunday, April 1, 2018

Book Review - The Tempering Agent by Victoria Pitts Caine

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Three years after her fiancé, Trey Whittington's death, Dr. Priscilla Hackling is still struggling to move on. Things become harder for her when his case is reopened. Priscilla is working with the police to uncover the murderer who they suspect is Zarka El-Din. She travels to Siwa with Agent Donnie Barnes to perform a sting operation to catch the criminals, but she finds herself drawn to Donnie. However, she is unable to overcome her personal past experience. Will Donnie, and Priscilla be able to find a happily ever after?

I found the novel to be an interesting read but I found the story to be a bit rushed. The main characters fell in love so quickly after a few back and forth of not trusting each other. I also found that Priscilla's character to be a bit annoying that she wants Donnie but pushes him away but then expects to follow around like a lost puppy even though she doesn't want a relationship. I thought that the story would be more focused on finding the killer and having actual detective work involved but it was mostly focused on their relationship while the hunt for the killer was more of an afterthought. I would read the second novel if the plot was a bit more developed along with strong character developments.

**Disclosure - I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion**

About the Book

Book Title: The Tempering Agent
Author: Victoria Pitts Caine
Release Date: February 14, 2014
Dr. Priscilla Hackling finds herself thrown back into the murder investigation of her fiancĂ©, Trey Whittington. While she was a suspect three years ago, she’s now working with the police to find the murderer, Egyptian artifact trafficker, Zarka El-Din. During a sting operation in Siwa, she and Agent Donnie Barnes are drawn to each other but Priscilla, overcome by personal ghosts from her past, decides a relationship isn’t possible. Priscilla realizes she’s the bait in the ruse and uncovers others involved with El-Din. Will she and Donnie reconcile and unravel the reason behind Trey’s death before El-Din kills her, too?

About the Author

Victoria Pitts Caine Head Shot
Victoria Pitts Caine is a native Californian and lives in the central portion of the state. Her varied interests include genealogy and exotic gemstone collecting both of which she’s incorporated into her novels.

The author has received recognition in both fiction and nonfiction from: Enduring Romance top 10 picks for 2008, William Saroyan Writing Conference, Byline Magazine, Writer’s Journal Magazine, Holt International Children’s Services Magazine, and The Southern California Genealogical Society. Her first novel was published in 2007 followed by two more as well as novellas and short stories in anthologies.

Victoria is a former staff technician in air pollution control. She is the mother of two daughters. Now retired from the work force, Victoria and her husband enjoy travel, cooking, and are self-appointed “foodies”.


To celebrate her tour, Victoria is giving away
Grand prize: Murano type heart necklace with lampwork bracelet and $25.00 Amazon gift certificate
1st Place: Green and white lampwork pendant and earrings
2nd Place: Set of three lampwork earrings
3rd place: Set of three holiday themed earrings
4th place: One ten $10 Amazon gift card
5th place: One ten $10 Amazon gift card!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!


  1. Thank you for having me on your blog and taking the time to review the book.

    1. Thank you for providing me the opportunity to read your book :)

  2. I like books that have a bit of romance on the side, but not when it's the main focus of the story.

    1. Yes, I agree with you! I think the romance should be adding "spice" to the main story but not take away from it.

  3. Thank you for your review and the information on "The Tempering Agent" by Victoria Pitts Caine as well as being part of the book tour.

    This book is on my TBR list and I'd love the opportunity to read it.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

    1. Thank you and good luck! I hope you enjoy the book :)