I (double underline) hate (end double underline) stories where the heroine keeps a child from the hero. Because that little tidbit taints the whole st...moreI (double underline) hate (end double underline) stories where the heroine keeps a child from the hero. Because that little tidbit taints the whole story. And this one didn’t even have a really good reason to keep the truth from the guy. She knew he’d be furious when he learnt she lied to him, yet she kept on doing just that.
So, it leeched all the enjoyment out of the story for me, though it was nothing to write home about in the first place.(less)
The first in the lengthy Cavanaugh Justice series. For someone (like me) who started this series somewhere toward the end, this beginning might seem a...moreThe first in the lengthy Cavanaugh Justice series. For someone (like me) who started this series somewhere toward the end, this beginning might seem a bit odd, since there's an important character (that does appear in the later books) missing. So I'm looking forward to see how that pans out.
But let's focus on this first book for now. A gripping, intense tale of a judge and a detective (who just happen to have a connection—they danced once and sort of clicked, though he was married at the time and nothing happened) racing against time to save the judges kidnapped daughter.
The plot and tension were tight, the characterization great, and the development of the romantic sub-plot rather realistic, if a bit rushed toward the end. I would not have minded for a little more time to have passed before the final 'showdown'.
Everything worked, though the story did drag a bit here and there, and I can't wait to read more about the Cavanaughs that were all nicely paired-off when I actually started reading this series.(less)
Well, I can safely say MF is consistent. And it's always a pleasure reading her stories. They're not Pulitzer material, I'll give you that, they're no...moreWell, I can safely say MF is consistent. And it's always a pleasure reading her stories. They're not Pulitzer material, I'll give you that, they're not the height of fiction, but they're entertaining, well written, well-plotted, and nicely-paced. Which is tough saying about most of the HQ/S stories out there.
This one took things a bit further than her previous books I've read. We had a serial killer in it. Nothing beats a serial killer, especially a rather cuckoo one.
Sure, the ending was a bit swift (the dealing with the cuckoo serial killer part), and the hero was an ass at the beginning (what else is new, right), but it was still an entertaining, well-written story.
Forgettable? Most certainly. Enjoyable? Yes.(less)
An über-annoying heroine with a huge chip on her shoulder, a bland hero, no chemistry, and flimsy suspense.
(view spoiler)[And what was with the firefi...moreAn über-annoying heroine with a huge chip on her shoulder, a bland hero, no chemistry, and flimsy suspense.
(view spoiler)[And what was with the firefighters' resentment toward Kansas at the end. You'd think they'd be happy the firebug had been caught. Even if it was one of their own. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This story simply didn't pull me in. It was crammed with two interlocking plotlines (one of which isn't finished - series, anyone?), the characters we...moreThis story simply didn't pull me in. It was crammed with two interlocking plotlines (one of which isn't finished - series, anyone?), the characters were rather bland, the chemistry nonexistent, and the stalker plot a bit over the top, especially when the truth of the stalker came out. A very anticlimactic ending to a rather bland story.(less)
Two years ago she failed to save his wife, now she saves his life when a drug dealer shoots at him in the middle of his own courtroom. And just like t...moreTwo years ago she failed to save his wife, now she saves his life when a drug dealer shoots at him in the middle of his own courtroom. And just like that narcotics detective Greer O'Brien is tasked with protection detail for judge Blake Kincannon, despite her own misgivings about their "history" and his adamant refusal of needing a bodyguard. Maybe the man really does have a death wish...
This was another good installment in Ms. Ferrarella's Cavanaugh Justice series, but not as good as the previous few books I read. And this time it had absolutely nothing to do with the heroine. I loved Greer to death with all her little idiosyncrasies, but mostly her wit and wicked sense of humor. I had a few problems with the hero this time. Blake was a tad too remote and locked-up for my taste, so the story should've been a little longer to accommodate his very, very slow change of mind. Instead it all seemed a bit rushed and a tad too unrealistic.
The suspense was pushed into the background a little to showcase the romance, but since we're talking about the same romance that came across as a little rushed and forced, I certainly don't agree with that decision.
Riley McIntyre struggles to cope with her partner’s death (in The Cavanaugh Code), which doesn’t go unnoticed, resulting in her stepfather, the Chief...moreRiley McIntyre struggles to cope with her partner’s death (in The Cavanaugh Code), which doesn’t go unnoticed, resulting in her stepfather, the Chief of Detectives, "temporarily" transferring her to Robbery and partnering her with her former Academy rival, heavy-champ ladies man, Sam Wyatt.
The first hurdle is already overcome, no need for "get to know your partner" sessions, they already know each other. The second hurdle is a lot bigger though, especially for their first case together, when Sam calls in sick with a bout of "kid". And that’s not an acronym for something. He actually has a daughter.
Now, Riley and Sam find themselves juggling a six-year-old, a big robbery case, and an awakening attraction.
Another great installment in the Cavanaugh Justice series, with, unlike most of SRS stories, more emphasis on character development, than romance. Sam Wyatt is a true bachelor at the beginning of the story and the reader knows he doesn’t make a pass at the heroine only because they know each other from the Academy and they were friendly rivals back then without any romantic zing. But once he discovers he has a daughter he never knew about (the mother was the only woman Sam actually considered having a relationship with, but she split, because she knew he wasn’t yet mature enough to be a father), he slowly starts to change, see things differently, see his "temporary" partner differently. He gets to know Riley from a different point of view, see her in a different light as she interacts with Lisa, and she develops a new appeal for him. Outside of the work place, outside of police business she’s different, more relaxed, more of a woman than just a "very curvy guy" he works with. And thanks to Lisa, Riley gets to know Sam better as well, discovering that yes, he used to be a player, but he’s ready and willing to change, he’s willing to learn to be a good father, despite his initial panic and trepidation. And Riley doesn’t mind helping him in his endeavor. So it’s only natural that as they spend more and more time together on the job and outside of it, something more starts to develop. What they do about it is a different matter entirely.
The suspense subplot so takes the backseat to the growing up vibes, the road to rediscovery, and the budding romance between Riley and Sam, but what we get to see packs quite a punch. The Aurora PD Robbery department is in a bind thanks to mysterious robberies in the upper-class part of town. There are no signs of forced entry, the robbers always surprise the homeowners at night, tie them up, ransack the place, and then chloroform the owners so they don’t get free and call for help. The case is intricate and the investigation doesn’t lead anywhere, until the lucky break toward the end…But of course this wouldn’t be Romancelandia if something wouldn’t go wrong in the finale, something that prompts a detailed soul searching and expressing of emotions.
Nicely written and very well though-out with good characterization and great character development.
4 ½ stars
P.S. And yes, on closer inspection, the cover model does look like Gedeon Burkhard.(less)
Temporarily partnerless, Detective Taylor McIntyre visits a murder scene all by her lonesome, only to discover an intruder in the victim's apartment....moreTemporarily partnerless, Detective Taylor McIntyre visits a murder scene all by her lonesome, only to discover an intruder in the victim's apartment. An intruder that's pretty adept at getting out of the handcuffs she's slapped on him...An intruder that appears at the police station the next day. An intruder that's friends both with her brother as well as her stepfather. An intruder a.k.a. private investigator J.C. Laredo that is slowly driving her completely insane. And for all the wrong reasons.
As the killer throws two more bodies at her, Taylor grudgingly accepts Laredo's help in the killer's pursuit. But will she be able to keep the determined investigator from pursing her? And does she even want to?
This was another installment in Marie Ferrarella's series about the Cavanaugh (extended) family, and though I haven't read all the books in this series, what I have read convinced me to pursue this series into the future.
This was yet another quick-read blend of romance, suspense, wonderful police procedural descriptions, with two great characters thrown into the mix. I fell head over heels in love with Laredo on first sight, rooted for him in his dogged pursuit of Taylor, and absolutely adored everything he did until the very end when he pulled the oldest alpha trick in the bag, but lucky for both of them stubborn Taylor, who was a force all on her own, would not be deterred. Two thumbs up for characterization, development and chemistry.
The suspense part of this book was also wonderfully written, nicely-paced, and well-thought-out. Though I spotted the killer (actually the killer's motive) from the get-go it was still a great experience reading the entire build-up.
The pains in the butt keep accumulating for Kyle O'Brien. He's recently found out his whole life's been a lie, he and his two siblings are not childre...moreThe pains in the butt keep accumulating for Kyle O'Brien. He's recently found out his whole life's been a lie, he and his two siblings are not children of a heroic marine, but by-blows of and ex-police officer, Mike Cavanaugh that never bothered to marry their mother (because he already had a wife) or acknowledge the their three children.
So Kyle now has a huge clan of pains in his butt, and now after his old partner retirement, he's burdened with a newbie to Aurora PD. An Oakland homicide detective, Jaren Rosetti. A female whose chattering and good moon never stops. For a loner and silent type like Kyle, her optimism should be outlawed.
To top it all off, Aurora is plagued by strange murders. Three victims so far, found staked through their heart. The only possible connection is preposterous - someone thinks they're vampires.
As Kyle and Jaren search for clues, Kyle realizes the unthinkable. Jaren has somehow gotten under his skin.
Not this is what I call romantic suspense. You could cut the suspense with a knife, the police procedures were wonderfully written and a pleasure the read, the frustration of the Aurora PD with their inability to come up with any valuable clues palpable, and the romance between the H/h realistic, progressing nicely from forced partnership, to reluctant friendship, and startling realization of deeper feelings.
The only thing marring this almost perfect picture was the fact the villain was a bit too easy to spot - or maybe I've read too many RS novels and know what to look for.
Nicely written, well-paced, with great characters and plot. What more could a reader want?(less)
A Las Vegas homicide detective is determined to find out who killed her twin sister. Even if it means pairing up with the man who abandoned her eight...moreA Las Vegas homicide detective is determined to find out who killed her twin sister. Even if it means pairing up with the man who abandoned her eight years ago.
Throw in a supposedly cursed ring that disappeared from the victim's finger, the beating the victim received before she died, a vindictive stranger who wants the Rothchild family to pay for the sins commited against his father, and an old family feud between the upstanding Rotchild family and the Shaffers, reputed to deal with the underworld, and you got yourself a pretty awesome romantic suspense story set in the glitzy Sin City.
The chemistry between Matt and Natalie was obvious from the moment they set eyes on each other after eight years. It was hot, it was sizzling, vibrating with energy. A ticking-bomb just waiting to explode. I'm a fan of reunited-lovers theme and this one was right up my alley.
Combined with a heavy dose of suspense, a mysterious killer gunning for the Rothchilds, Matt's disappearing act, and Natalie's all-around dysfunctional family, and I'm a happy camper indeed.
This story was great prep-work for the other five books in this Las Vegas-based miniseries. Ms. Ferrarella laid the ground work for the crazy as heck Rothchild family, its patriarch whipped by his golddigging wife and too preoccupied with losing the famous ring that losing his daughter, an ex-wife still pining after him, a quiet daughter, a pop-star daughter, and the "normal" daughter who solves murders for a living. I'm looking forward to reading more about this family, but most of all I'm hoping to see more of Luke Montgomery, Matt's boss and Rothchild's rival in the hotel business.(less)
Prudence Hill, the daughter of the British Prime Minister, has been kidnapped and Joshua Lazlo, the operative of the super secret Lazlo Group organiza...morePrudence Hill, the daughter of the British Prime Minister, has been kidnapped and Joshua Lazlo, the operative of the super secret Lazlo Group organization run by his uncle, is the man chosen to rescue her.
He gets her out, races through the countryside in a hellish storm, but is the chit thankful? Oh, no, that's not Pru the Shrew. She challenges him at every occasion, she can't follow simple orders without asking questions, and she's simply a pain in Joshua firm behind.
But as they run from her kidnappers, dodging bullets and jumping on freight trains, Joshua realizes, he likes those traits of her personality and maybe they'll stay alive long enough for him to try an mellow her out. At least a little bit.
Mixed feelings with this one. Good suspense, nicely written stormy atmosphere that contributed to it, but since this is just the first in the six-book miniseries, there were no definite answers as to who kidnapped Pru and what grudge they held against the Lazlo Group. That was a bit frustrating, but I was already set on reading the entire series, anyway.
The thing that bothered me the most was the poor characterization. Joshua appeared to have no personality at all, besides his Secret Agent Man tight-lipped, order-issuing persona. He seemed to be there just because the author wrote the story that way. Prudence was annoying as hell. She was an opinionated shrew without any solid reason or explanation for her behavior. Usually there's a backstory illustrating how the character got to be that way, but she just was that way and end of story.
And I found the twist that actually stretched the rescue mission into the 234 pages long story a bit too cheap. They ran off the road, because he couldn't stand the pain of her bandaging his wounded leg. For someone obviously (and repeatedly confirmed by the author herself) trained to live on almost no sleep, no food, and to sustain severe pain, he just simply drove down the incline, smashed the car, and the two were now forced to spend a day together, running for their lives...Because the convenient electric storm shot the telephone network to hell.