Heart of Danger started with a bang and was pretty good for the first half but then the second half tanked for me.
Dr. Catherine Young is a brilliant...moreHeart of Danger started with a bang and was pretty good for the first half but then the second half tanked for me.
Dr. Catherine Young is a brilliant researcher who is married to her work until her secret psychic gift sends her on a search for Tom "Mac" McEnroe to help her save a man in trouble. Mac finds her and brings her to his secret compound of refugees in the middle of a mountain. He tries to figure out if she is sent by his enemies or if she is what she seems. They quickly fall in love, she makes her place in the secret community and they go on a mission to save a life.
Sigh. So I was hoping this would be the return to the LMR I loved but I haven't seen that since Dangerous Passion. It started out pretty good and exciting, the heroine was taken to the hero's secret compound and there was tension as he was trying to figure out if she was out to get them, as the hero and his friends are on the run from the government. The book is set in the future but even with that I had trouble believing they could built a community home that advanced. Then the book started to go down hill for me when there is sudden insta-love between the hero and heroine, it just came out of nowhere and suddenly they were doing it and thinking of forever - the day after they met. There were the typical LMR tropes of the hero having a blue steeler and being so excited for the super beautiful heroine that he could barely spend the time to undress her let alone do foreplay. The relationship just moved too fast and they went from meeting to true luv forever too quick for me to believe or enjoy.
Another issue I had was the recycling of things from other books - the descriptions of the hero sounded so much like Douglas from Midnight Angel - ugly, knife wound, acne scars, broken nose. The glass scene was a less hot rendition of the scene from Dangerous Passion.
I was kind of freaked out by the thought of people being operated on involuntarily and being giving drugs and treated like guinea pigs, it was creepy. Once again we spent too much time in the villain's head but I guess that is just how LMR is writing these days. I was not a huge fan of the futuristic setting but it was interesting sometimes.
So this book was a mixed bag for me, it had a good beginning then just got rushed along too quick. I will give the next book a shot to see where the series is going.(less)
I am so glad to have an epilogue to Dangerous Passion but I wish it was longer! It was great to see Drake and Grace again too. The ending was a bit ab...moreI am so glad to have an epilogue to Dangerous Passion but I wish it was longer! It was great to see Drake and Grace again too. The ending was a bit abrupt, I wanted more! I hope we get to see Drake with a baby sometime :)(less)
On one hand, this was a decent story. On the other, it could have been better, I didn't connect as well to the leads as I have with her earlier books....moreOn one hand, this was a decent story. On the other, it could have been better, I didn't connect as well to the leads as I have with her earlier books. The side story from the villains' point of view, once again, almost overwhelms the story and detracts from the main romance.
The prologue was wayyy too graphic, I would have preferred to have that scene happen off page. If violence against children freaks you out, I would recommend skipping it because the hero thinks about it later in the story so you will still know what happens. I think LMR included this to show why Harry was so dedicated to saving abused women and children but I still don't want to read graphic scenes of a little girl getting her arm broken then thrown against a wall.
The story was interesting, I enjoyed reading it even though some of the "classic" LMR details that are in every single book are getting a little old. I liked both Harry and Ellen, I just wish the story focused more on them.
The ending was really sweet! This is one area where LMR has seriously improved. I really enjoyed it. Then we got a very intriguing hint of the next story, I can't wait to see what happens!
So end verdict: not the best LMR but still enjoyable with the typical tough protective hero who gets the woodie that won't quit when he falls hard for the sweet artistic heroine who is running for her life from bad guys. I enjoyed it and will be adding it to my LMR rereads.(less)
Into the Crossfire was good but not great. It seemed almost like a watered-down, not-quite-as-good-as version of Midnight Man, Midnight Angel and Dang...moreInto the Crossfire was good but not great. It seemed almost like a watered-down, not-quite-as-good-as version of Midnight Man, Midnight Angel and Dangerous Passion. I didn’t connect with the main characters as much as I normally do in her books. I think the main problem was the background suspense story took over too much of the book and put the romance in the background sometimes. I was also uncomfortable with the very sad storyline of the heroine’s father dying slowly from cancer, it was such a heavy issue for a book like this.
There were parts I really did like. It was action packed and some parts of the story were really good. But then I would have to deal with the side stories mixed in between it. I also did not love the overall villain she chose, it was just too easy in this day and age and hit way too close to home considering world events.
Sam was a slighter gentler version of her uber alpha military heroes. He falls completely for Nicole at first sight and has trouble even functioning at first in front of her because he wants her so much. I did like his relationship with his brothers, it was nice to see their comradery and friendship with each other – plus I think we get their stories next and I am looking forward to them. Nicole was the typical gorgeous, gentle selfless LMR heroine but I like the fact that she ran her own business. She thought of Sam as “the lowlife” before they met, which was pretty funny actually, because she had only seen him dirty and unkempt at first due to his job. Her life was taken over by her father’s disease, actually sometimes the story was taken over by it which is why I am not sure it should have been so prominent. But when she meets Sam she finds happiness in her life despite the sadness, which was really nice to see. She appreciates the loyal and protective man that Sam is, while Sam pretty much worships the ground she walks upon (almost to a disturbing level – this dude would so be a stalker if he wasn’t the hero).
The romance, when it was onscreen, was very fast paced but it was nice. Of course Sam gets a “blue steeler” all the time when he even glances at Nicole, so naturally there is some hot loving going on. The timeline in the book is very short, only a few days for them to fall in love and deal with the bad guys. It was a bit too short, it seemed like only two days to me. But if I just go with the flow, their scenes together were nice.
One thing I thought was hilarious and I am pretty sure I never saw in a romance novel before. LMR actually included this in the book, Sam’s brother Harry is talking to him and Sam thinks: “He waved the air in front of him as if someone had just let rip a massive fart.” Yes folks, I just saw the words massive fart in a romance novel after reading them for 16 years. I am not sure this is a good milestone.
So overall, a good LMR book if you are looking for a fix of her writing. I think I will like this book even better the next time I read it, mostly because I will just skip the “villain” parts and read the romance. If you are looking to try her out for the first time, I would recommend Midnight Man or Dangerous Passion instead of starting with this one. Midnight Angel and Port of Paradise are also very high on my list. (less)
I enjoyed this one more than Into the Crossfire but I had a few issues with it. I liked the suspense part and the side stories actually added to my en...moreI enjoyed this one more than Into the Crossfire but I had a few issues with it. I liked the suspense part and the side stories actually added to my enjoyment instead of annoying me (like they have in some of her other books). I liked the leads despite the similarity to her other characters. By now we know LMR loves artistic (well she was a translator this time) gentle females, the hero will be a super military man who falls into love/obsession at first sight of the gorgeous heroine, condoms aren't necessary since she is on birth control to "regulate" based on sickness (ummm I guess they missed health class), the hero will have a blue steeler (seriously, LMR's editor needs to ban this word from her) and the heroine will need saved by the hero using his super military skills. I am okay with that, I even like that (except for the blue steeler and "yeah I get to go bare back"). I do think LMR needs to make an effort to stop repeating the same thing over and over because it starts to seem...lazy. I really enjoyed the story and I liked that the heroine was smart and learned how to overcome great difficulties. It did seem like she went from pretty messed up to having a miraculous recovery but maybe Dan has super healing semen because she got better real quick after their first wild nookie night. One other small quibble was I felt like I was reading an advertisement for the Marines, because Dan loved being a Marine and his Marine buddies were so helpful and his whole life was about being the best Marine he could be since they made his life so great. I was looking for the recruitment number I was supposed to call so I could be just as cool. Just kidding, but it was a bit over the top.
So overall - I liked this one and enjoyed reading it. The suspense part was good but the romance needed more attention in the second half of the book which left me a little unsatisfied. (less)