Fun action/adventure/suspense romance with a great hero and heroine duo. A great suspsense plot with plenty of twists and turns. Fans of the romance s...moreFun action/adventure/suspense romance with a great hero and heroine duo. A great suspsense plot with plenty of twists and turns. Fans of the romance suspense genre will especially enjoy this one. The story takes place in Europe, US and the Carribean. Dr. Lisa Maxwell and Rafe Sullivan both are trying to find three marble statues known as the furies. Only a few believe they exist, but years of research has these two believing they are real. And pricless! And of course bad guys want them too, so as Lisa and Rafe gets closer to finding all three statues, the bad guys get closer on their heals.
Rafe is an absolutely delicious latin-lover hero. His background is a theif, which made for a very interesting hero of a romance book. But his motives are pure good. Lisa is a smart firecracker who works perfectly with Rafe. Their dialog and chemistry is first-rate fun stuff. The sensuality was medium-warm,(nothing too graphic), but the tension between hero/heroine took it up a notch.
My only beef with the story is it took so dang long to really understand what motivated these two to risk so much for these marble statues. With all the risk, danger and money being spent globe trotting around the world I didn't always understand WHY. Yeah, they are pricless statues but these two were not greedy, money hungry people. Their motives were clearly elsewhere. But when all is revealed it made great sense.
Overall, an amazing debut. I look forward to reading more by this author. Fans of romance suspense with a fast moving plot will enjoy this one a lot. (less)
Overall a great reunion book staring many fan favorites. You get a romantic suspense story that includes a blossoming new romance featuring Dan Gilman...moreOverall a great reunion book staring many fan favorites. You get a romantic suspense story that includes a blossoming new romance featuring Dan Gilman, plus a super-sized eeeeeeeeevil villian that hides in plain sight, and the brilliant sleuthing and lots of tender moments between Sam/Alyssa and Jules/Robin.
First off, who is in this book? This book reunites fans with Sam, Alyssa, their 10-month old son Ash, Jules, Robin, Izzy, Danny G, Jose 'Jay' Lopez, and Tony (the new gay SEALs team member.) You will get a brief update on other members such as Nils (leading a new SEALS team 12), Max, Gina and their two kids (Emma now 2, and a new baby boy), and Sophia who is now pregnant. Savannah is the glue that brings everyone together, but she is only a minor character. (Her husband, name escapes me as I type, recovers just fine from the accident he received in the book DON.) We are also introduced to two of Savannah's friends, the ultra-beautiful Maria, a New York assembly woman, and Jenn, Maria's plain-Jane and a bit plump assistant. Plus there is a slew of secondary characters who all become suspects, leaving the readers to struggle while guessing which one of them is the dentist. The UPS guy? The cop? The intern? The brother? The homeless guy? The campaign donor? Since I guessed all of them during one time or another, I was just glad when he was finally revealed! I couldn't guess anymore.
While this will not go down as my favorite in the series, it was a really good read. Sam, Alyssa, Jules and Robin felt like old familiar friends, so it was great to have them back leading the suspense part of this story. The romance part of the story involved Danny G and Jenn. From previous books we know that Danny G is Izzy's brother-in-law and not always a nice guy. Danny does become a likable standup kind of guy in this book, but Brockmann keeps him in full character so he does turn into a jerk in one big scene. However, without giving any spoilers he redeams himself the best we could possibly expect so I was more than happy with his storyline.
I hear the next book will (finally!!) star Izzy, and include more of Danny and Jenn. I can't wait. (less)
A wonderful conclusion to the 'Sam and Alyssa' storyline. Their story really begins in book 2, and heats up fast. I would recommend reading the earlie...moreA wonderful conclusion to the 'Sam and Alyssa' storyline. Their story really begins in book 2, and heats up fast. I would recommend reading the earlier books first, but there is enough backstory provided to make this a stand alone read. The secondary storylines were also very interesting. We have Max and Gina, who later get their own book (in 8 I think). The WWII story didn't dominate as in previous books, which I really appreciated. I don't always care for the WWII storyline, but this one was interesting and directly tied to Sam. Jules (Alyssa's partner) continues to be gem. His attitude is priceless and we get to see plenty of him in this book. Love him! This is a great series with a few misses, but so worth reading. (less)
Great book! Funny, sexy and cleaver writing. It's a romance mystery, but the mystery doesn't overtake the story. The romance between Jason and Sue is...moreGreat book! Funny, sexy and cleaver writing. It's a romance mystery, but the mystery doesn't overtake the story. The romance between Jason and Sue is center stage, along with some great secondary characters providing comic relief. It was soooo much fun to read. (The mystery was quite cleaver too, and I kept changing my mind on who I thought the bad guy was.)
Sue is a mystery writer who started getting death threats. Jason has known Sue for over a year, as her best friend is married to Jason's best friend and fellow cop partner. (The hero/heroine of Divorced, Desperate and Delicious - another fantastic book). He doesn't do commitment so he distances himself from Sue after a close and steamy encounter four months earlier. Now Jason finds himself protecting Sue, and what a great combo these two make! Sue is quirky and funny, and Jason is a sexy flirt with a heart of gold.
I love this author, and recommend her books to anyone who enjoys light-hearted contemporary romances on the steamy side. (less)
A hard one to review as there were several story lines going on, but overall it was a very satisfying romance suspense novel with plenty of intrigue a...moreA hard one to review as there were several story lines going on, but overall it was a very satisfying romance suspense novel with plenty of intrigue and interesting secondary characters. The main story centers around Tom and Kelly, who are reunited in their home town after 16 years.
What makes this book really good is the character development and the suspense storyline, but the romance itself is typical stuff with them getting to know each other again, a few small misunderstandings, and them dealing with some minor past issues. There is a secondary romance between David and Mallory that I thought was much more riveting, and IMHO the secret stars of this book.
There was also a storyline with Tom's uncle and Kelly's father as they retold their story of events in WWII. I could have done without that bit, but it did help make for one tear jerker of an ending.
I have already read books 7-13 in this series, so it was interesting reading book 1 after already knowing much of what will happen later on. This may not be my favorite book in the series, but it was really enjoyable. (less)
4.5 stars. Wow, a great realty-based, action-packed romance suspense story. It kind of reminded me of those movies starring Jodie Foster, you know the...more4.5 stars. Wow, a great realty-based, action-packed romance suspense story. It kind of reminded me of those movies starring Jodie Foster, you know the ones with edge-of-your seat action and suspense, a smart and realistic heroine running for her life, and a tight realistic plot. No Navy SEALs or damsel in distress in this story. The heroine is trying to escape the clutches of her drug lord ex-husband, who wants her dead and their son as an heir to his illicit business. The hero is an FBI agent who has been working undercover for years trying to bring the drug lord down. The romance starts slow as the book focuses on the plot and action, but about half way things begin to heat up to sizzling. I can't believe this was a debut. I enjoyed it!!
Wow, where to begin?!! This was a hot, intense and thrilling addition to the series. Dark of Night is easily one of my favorites in the series, right...moreWow, where to begin?!! This was a hot, intense and thrilling addition to the series. Dark of Night is easily one of my favorites in the series, right along with Over the Edge and Gone Too Far.
I intentionally did not read any of the spoilers prior to reading this book (which was extremely difficult to do!), so I had no idea who the main characters were going to end up with. I wanted to read this book as it was intended to be read, and I am very glad I did. It made for such a thrilling and surprise filled read! Without giving any spoilers, I will say that fans of this series will love it. Fans who dropped out should strongly consider dropping back in. And for those who have yet to read the series, know that this book should be read in order. Specifically, the books Flashpoint and Into the Fire are `must reads' to fully understand and appreciate this one. This book focuses on Nash, Dave and Decker, the continuing saga that followed them when they left `The Agency', and of course the women who (will or already do) love them.
All of the storylines were great, and unlike other books they were all very much connected to one another. For some storylines there is closure, and for others it's just the beginning. What I especially love about this book is that it took things in a direction I didn't see coming, especially for Decker. Brockmann brought her A-game when writing his storyline. (Go girl!! Keep those kinds of storylines coming please!) In short, Decker got a girl who can match his desires and who sees him for who he really is. I would never have seen him with someone like her, but they are perfect together. I can't wait to read more about their story in future books.(less)
I read it this book because many reviews compare this author to Suzanne Brockmann and the story to 'Romancing the Stone'. While I can see the similari...moreI read it this book because many reviews compare this author to Suzanne Brockmann and the story to 'Romancing the Stone'. While I can see the similarities, both Brockmann and Romancing are the real deal while this author and story is just a good, but second rate version. Its a fun, light suspense novel with good guys and bad guys. The fun was trying to figure out who is good and who is bad. The story twists and takes you to interesting place, so I thought it was pretty good. The romance was weak and clunky though, and I never did like the heroine Vanessa. She pulls some small TSTLs in the beginning of the book, which always peaves me as the heroine is suppose to be a super smart woman with great instincts, yet she walks smack into danger several times like a total dunce. (Why do authors do this?!!) She gets better as the story continues, but I could never see how these two fell in love. The few sex scenes were a good attempt at 'hot', but I wouldn't read this author if all I wanted was a spicy read. The suspense story was the best part. Not sure if I'll read more by this author, as my to-be-read pile is already huge. I guess if the reviews are good enough I might. (less)
Maybe its just me, but I wasn't blown away by this one. I did enjoy the main characters and story, and the romance was certainly hot. My biggest issue...moreMaybe its just me, but I wasn't blown away by this one. I did enjoy the main characters and story, and the romance was certainly hot. My biggest issue is that I have trouble with any book that forces a full scale romance into just a few days. In short, the timeline of how and when things happen moved at hyperspeed to the point of unrealistic, which drives me nuts in romance novels. I also found the bad guy's obsession with Charity a bit over the top, but it worked. There really is a lot to love about this book, and there is no doubt that LMR is a great writing who really does her research on terrorism. I think it deserves a 4 star rating as it is a better than average suspense romance story. I'd just like to see a more believable romance. (less)