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One Wrong Step (The Borderline #2)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  705 ratings  ·  37 reviews

But that's just what happens when Celie Wells has an encounter with her former husband, and he turns up dead an hour later. Now, after working hard to distance herself from his crooked ways and shady connections, she finds she's smack dab in the middle of his murder investigation. And...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published April 29th 2008 by Pocket Books
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Awesome. I have another author to add to my 'buy' list. One more home run with me and she'll be on the 'auto-buy' list! And I'm absolutely gobsmacked that this is only her SECOND full-length novel! Just incredible how good these are for such a 'new' name.

"One Wrong Step" by Laura Griffin was a smart, action-packed romantic suspense novel that hit my sweet spot. The characters are just filled with foibles which makes for great twists and turns in the story. And the action? It's intelligent with n...more
Maria Snyder
I was away for the weekend and grabbed this book to read. A fast-paced, entertaining romantic suspense and one of Laura's better books. Her books are my go-to vacation/relaxing reads and I only have one more left of her's to read!

Does anyone have any recommendations for other romantic suspense that aren't too romancy? Ones that are similar to Laura Griffins?
Jane Stewart
Ok for mystery suspense, but I wasn’t emotionally drawn in or entertained enough.

This is book 2 in the Borderline Series. It can be read as a stand alone book. You don’t need to read book 1, although I preferred book 1 over book 2. In book 1 “One Last Breath,” Robert and Cecelia are secondary characters and are married to each other. Robert stole money from Saledo, a drug lord, emptied his and Cecelia’s bank accounts and fled the country. Book 2 begins with Robert returning several m...more
Laura Griffin is a promising upcoming writer and one of her earlier works, One Wrong Step demonstrates that. Her characters are all strong and intelligent with a plot to compliment these traits. I really enjoyed it and put found it hard to put down. A notable downside was that the ending left much to be desired. I see the appeal in leaving some relationships and connections open, perhaps to engage the reader's imagination, or more likely to continue it in future novels, but in this case it felt...more
Cecelia Wells knew better than to answer the door the night her Ex Robert showed up after all he was her Ex for a reason. Rumors of his death had been greatly exaggerated and he was definitely not the Chinese food delivery she’d been expecting. Fast forward a couple hours and now the Ex has been found permanently X-d out and in the SUV he stole right out from under Celie’s nose. There will be no miraculous resurrection for Robert this time. Next thing Celia knows the Feds come a-calling and the...more
4,5 stars

John McAllister is a reporter who is the embodiment of the charming playboy who can talk any woman into his bed. He is confident and enjoys the company of women. That is until he crosses paths again with Celie Wells, his former colleague's (Feenie from ONE LAST BREATH) best friend. She evokes feelings in him he has never experienced before and trying to stay professional while he writes a story on her ex-husband's murder proves to be difficult.

Celie is resilient and brave. She is compas...more
Celie Wells has built herself a life after divorcing her crooked accountant husband. But one night, he jumps by. An hour later he's dead in a car accident.
John McAllister is a playboy reporter who covered a trial where Celie testified against her rapist as a college co-ed. He was intern then and he never forget.
When he meets her to question her about her hubby's death her recognizes her, and what a story he may have.
Then the FBI enters the scene because Celie's ex had disappeared with a ton of c...more
Fugitive ex-husband of returning college-student heroine is found dead in her car & the FBI's presence makes it evident that his death was not accidental. Playboy journalist Hero, who shared an unforgettable kiss with heroine few years ago, offers his help & protection especially with the recent threats on heroine's life. Although heroine doesn't want to become just another notch on Hero's belt, she gives in to their strong mutual attraction to each other & doesn't tell Hero all her...more
Gosh, I had really high hopes for this book. Based on the previous book in the series, I thought it would be just as good or better. Alas, it was not (at least for me.).

First off, I absolutely loved the ending of the last book where you get a small peek of a budding romance between Celie and John. It seemed promising based on that, but then when we get to their story, it just doesn't seem to work as I thought. I found Celie to be quite idiotic, naive, and clueless which surprised me. She was a s...more
I think Laura Griffin just can't write a bad book as I'm steadily working through her backlist right now and enjoying even these early books. For a second novel, this is particularly impressive. I like how human her characters are. Celie screws up and makes realistically bad choices (not in a TSTL way at all), and she is all the more likable as a result. MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD: I give her HUGE bonus points for not giving Celie a "magic baby" epilogue--she treated her infertility very fairly. I get...more
Celie, the best friend in the first book, is a much more likeable character in this book even though she makes some extremely questionable decisions. She's confused about her sexuality, her role in life, and her worth to others, and all of this leads to a bunch of choices that some readers would label TSTL. However, I think Griffin drew Celie with a deft hand, and I understood why she did the things she did and why John forgave her.

I really enjoyed that the mystery wasn't so much what the bad g...more
Laura Griffin does it again! This story is about Celie Wells, who was a secondary character in One Last Breath. I highly suggest you read OLB first before this one so you have all of the relevant background info. Celie and John's romance is another hit in this book, as well as the story of Celie being targeted by a well known drug lord. I definitely see another book in this series (Griffin has named it her Borderline series). FBI Agent Mike Rowe and reporter Kate Kepler need a book of their own...more
Helen Peter
Cecilia Wells has a hard life but found her prince in John McAllister, although initially he acted like a toad. They danced around one another never acknowleding their love for each other. Celie is one tough lady and managed to save herself again and again leaving the hero to eat her dust. The part where she was trying for a baby by going through the IVF is not described thoroughly but did convey her desire for a child. The last chapter on their visit to a Russian orphanage however is heart brea...more
Laura Griffin is one of my favorite romantic suspense authors and while this was not my absolute favorite of all her books, that honor going to the Tracers Series, I did enjoy reading Celie and John's story. Strangely enough I have One Last Breath, the first Borderline book in my eBook collection, but for some reason it does not ring a bell - I'm just going to have to go back and re-read it! I won't go into plot details, but the characters were likable and the suspense build-up really kept my at...more
This was a straight-up romantic suspense novel with interesting characters and hint of a sub-plot for some secondary characters. Celie's ex-husband mysterious reappears, demanding the money he stole from a drug lord and secreted away. Hours later, he's run off the road and killed, putting Celie in the sights of two separate cartels. Enter an old acquaintance and reporter, John, who is more concerned with her safety than the story. Throw in an eager new reporter, some jaded FBI agents, and a kidn...more
Ryann Murphy
Celie Wells is a survivor. First she survives a vicious attack when she was young, and then she survives the trauma of discovering her husband is a criminal. When her ex-husband shows up dead an hour after visiting her, she lands smack dab in the middle of a dangerous investigation. Thankfully along comes journalist John McAllister (who has loved her for years!). She has secrets that she is unwilling to reveal even to John and he has loyalties that make her suspect. Danger, romance, heartbreak -...more
This is the first book I've read by Laura Griffin and it won't be the last. I'm not a big fan of romantic suspense, but this book was easy to read with engaging characters. Unfortunately I wasn't convinced WHY the hero, John McAllister, would all of a sudden give up being a womanizer and stick to just one woman. I also was disappointed that the secondary romance didn't really go anywhere.
Okay, now I've read all of Laura Griffin's back catalog. Now I have to wait for her new one to come out. This one was good. She has a good mix of romance and suspense and she does a good job of bringing forward characters from previous books into the new ones, giving some sense of continuity. Can't wait for her next one.
Another "nail biter" from Laura Griffin. Her characters get into such interesting, dangerous situations! I really like Celie and John. I like the way John finally realized how serious Celie's "problem" was to her. (Not mention the problem ..have to read the book to find out.) :)
Thank you, Laura, for another great story!
Really liked the book. This book is the second book in the series and the reason I gave it a three was because I felt like I was just rereading the previous book with the different character names. I obviously still loved it since I read it in two days but it was repetative. Again, rated N for naughty.
Celie Wells' husband took money from a drug cartell. He is killed and then the cartel comes after Celie. Reporter John McAllister has been in love with Celie since she testified in her rape trial 10 years before. He tries to protect her and convince her that he is the man for her.
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3/5; 3 stars; B

While not as strong as the first book in the series this was still a good romantic suspense tale. Not Griffin's strongest. I think the Glass sister duology is still the best.
Aug 03, 2012 Purple rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: mystery, romance
What about Kate and Mike??!
I felt like I was mocked...

Overall: the entire book has several ideas - no ends/empty conclusions.
Maybe there was some pressure to just finish the book (?)
Emma Hillman
As always, a great romantic suspense from Laura. I really enjoyed Ceelie. I thought she was a great heroine, imperfect at times but that made her all the more real.
As much of a stretch as it was to have Celie's husband go from mild mannered accountant to deviant criminal, it was such a pleasure to read her HEA with McCallister.
This was my first Laura Griffin book and I got hooked. Loved it. The suspense, thriller is absolutely amazing and so is the romance between it all.
The sequel to One Last Breath, this read is just as entertaining as the first. Good read. Lots of suspense, romance, and danger. 3/5 stars.
Angela Wade
Note: I wrote the author and was told that Agent Rowe and Kate will have their own book "a bit down the road" So happy :D
Iris Robinson
I didn't read One Last Breath, but this was an enjoyable book. Nice thriller, and the romance side was pretty good too.
Nancy Hakari-gorski
enjoyed the setting and characters/story overall. could have done without the foul language use by one character.
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Laura Griffin started her career in journalism before venturing into the world of writing romantic suspense. Her books have won numerous awards, including a RITA Award (Whisper of Warning) and a Daphne du Maurier Award (Untraceable). Laura currently lives in Austin where she is working on her next book.

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