Sam Kelly, Marine sniper, died five years ago in Afghanistan. The same day Sam Kelly died, Jack Stone, NSA operative was born. New face, new identity,...moreSam Kelly, Marine sniper, died five years ago in Afghanistan. The same day Sam Kelly died, Jack Stone, NSA operative was born. New face, new identity, new past...Old memories. Filled with one woman, Sophie Moreno. The same woman who now works for a company the NSA is investigating as being possibly involved with smuggling of biological weapons. Jack is called in. To get close to Sophie, his boss orders, and find out what she knows.
It seems she knows a little too much since someone is taking shots at her...
Sometimes impulse buys pay off, and this book is one of them.
Well-written, well-paced, great characterization (the hero was just so 'wow', and though the heroine turned a bit annoying toward the end, I'm glad she wasn't whiny and swoony in the middle of all the action), wonderful action, good intrigue, nice romance...What more can I ask from a romantic suspense novel? I especially liked the new identity/new face ploy. And the fact she (or her subconscious) recognized him. Awww. Be still my romantic heart.
I'm looking forward to the next books in this series, hoping Jack's friend Levi gets his own story. And yeah I think, Wesley Burkhart, the big bad boss, deserves his own book as well.(less)
After searching in vain for the second killer that her partner has warned her about and the proof pointed to, DCPD Detective Veronica Sloan is back on...moreAfter searching in vain for the second killer that her partner has warned her about and the proof pointed to, DCPD Detective Veronica Sloan is back on regular duty. With a new partner in tow, until her old one recuperates, and sans FBI Agent Jeremy Sykes, who's returned to New York on his own regular duty.
The O.E.P. investigation is no longer a priority with all the leads gone rather cold and the powers that be losing their patience...until Veronica receives a disturbing message with an even more disturbing attachment. This time it's not an O.E.P. implantee that got murdered, but it's evident it was an O.E.P. implantee that committed that murder.
And with Sykes back in town, thanks to a similar message with the identical (almost) attachment, the game is back on. But is this the same killer that had eluded the two investigators for the past couple of months or is this one working his own agenda?
Despite this second installment in the Veronica Sloan series carries over the final mystery and one of the killers from the first novel, it didn't pull me in immediately as its predecessor did. Everything started off a little too slow for comfort and even the staging and presentation of the murder scenes wasn't as gripping as the actions (and murder scenes) from the previous book.
Which, as I discovered in the end, was the entire point (view spoiler)[, since the 'main' killer in this book wasn't the killer left over from the previous one (hide spoiler)]. And the final twist, and the final reveal, made up for everything that I thought was lacking in the suspense/thriller plot of this book. Because I sure didn't see that coming, and I have to thank Ms. Kelly for writing these two books in such a way that I really didn't see that one coming.
Beside the initial disappointment due to the 'lackluster' murder-scenes and suspense, the rest of the story was par with its predecessor. The writing and narration flowed nicely, the plot was tight (and I realized and appreciated the need for two separate books because of the final twist), the characterization once more wonderful (though the female lead annoyed me slightly from time to time), and the resolution to everything (from murder, main suspense arc, to the 'love triangle' spot-on and perfectly timed).
I was sorry to read the epilogue, though. Does that mean we don't get more Ronnie books? Bummer.
P.S. And I'm super glad Sykes actually got the girl in the end. ;)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This is a shortened version...For the long (and rant-like) review, please visit my blog.
In a writing funk (okay, it's a writer's block), Theo Grayson,...moreThis is a shortened version...For the long (and rant-like) review, please visit my blog.
In a writing funk (okay, it's a writer's block), Theo Grayson, known in the publishing world as T.R. Grayson, returns home to Star Harbor, hoping the winter season (his favorite) and the familiarity of the town will help him start writing again.
Instead it's the girl manning the reception at the inn, where he escapes after having spent too many days living on a houseboat with two of his brothers, that once more ignites his spark. The writing one...And the other one, as well.
I loved the first book, Deep Autumn Heat in this 'quartet' about the Grayson boys. And because I was immediately intrigued by the quiet one of the bunch, Seb's (the hero of DAH) twin brother, Theo, I couldn't wait to read his book. You know what they say about the quiet ones, right? Still waters etc.
I was glad to see it was his turn immediately after his twin brother, and I wasn't disappointed in him as the hero, his character, his personality, his passion for writing, his passion for...other things. I was disappointed by his heroine, though.
Otherwise, the story was nicely written, offering a cute little quasi-epilogue to the previous one with Seb and Lexie's wedding, and a great continuation of the 'main' suspense-arc with the drug-dealers and smugglers, which I'm sure will receive even more screen-time with the last two Grayson brothers working in law enforcement. And I'm curious as to how the legend of the Lorelei and the recovered two keys factor in the overall arc.
I'm giving this one 3 stars purely because of Theo and his brothers, the writing, and the suspense-plot that is starting to really to intrigue me. And the book doesn't get five stars thanks to the heroine and her multiple (and unexplained) issues.
Another NR winner for me. Though I haven't read a real book in a while, this one truly felt like 'it's like riding a bicycle' book. I dived into it, i...moreAnother NR winner for me. Though I haven't read a real book in a while, this one truly felt like 'it's like riding a bicycle' book. I dived into it, it grabbed me, and it didn't spit me out (figuratively speaking) until the very last page.
Don't get me wrong, it had its weaknesses and weak moments. Like the heroine whom I couldn't bring myself to love, I simply liked her, because she was there, I just didn't feel for her. She was too tough, too stubborn, too everything for me to realy emphasize with her. Sure, she witnessed a murder, sure, she lived in hiding, sure, they hunted her, but still, lighten up a bit, trust a little, live a little, love a little.
But that's just a very NR thing to do, create a character the reader feels strongly about—whether in a good or a bad sense. It's useless creating a bland character the reader will forget about the next day.
The hero, on the other hand, was the usual NR fare. Protective, sexy, hunky, persistent, an irresistible Alpha/Beta mix one just wants to find on their doorstep one morning. ;)
What was unusual was the suspense part. It was rather bland, in my opinion. It wasn't on-the-edge-of-the-seat suspense, but that's not what I expect from Ms. Roberts. I expected something a bit more than what I got in this book. It seemed like the real threat was always somewhere far on the horizon, never really that close, never really that dangerous. And that was quite disappointing after the last few suspense-y NR books I've read lately.
But this was still in a league of its own compared to the rest.(less)
***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***
A murder is taking place in one of the sub-basements of the White House. The victim, despite the pai...more***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***
A murder is taking place in one of the sub-basements of the White House. The victim, despite the pain she is in, tries to keep her eyes open, knowing the last images she sees before her death might help identify her killer.
Her body is found in pieces with one important one missing—her head.
The detective assigned to the case is Veronica “Ronnie” Logan, the only D.C.P.D. detective qualified to deal with such a sensitive case. Because the victim was one of the 5,000 people enrolled in a special program where a chip is implanted into the brain, merging with the optical nerve, recording every image the individual sees...
And Leanne Carr might have gotten a glimpse of her sadistic executor before she died.
There’s a reason that Leslie Kelly (in all her incarnations) is one of my favorite authors. I especially love her romantic suspense novels, so it’s no surprise I loved this new addition to her writing opus. This one read more like a thriller than romantic suspense, but there was absolutely nothing wrong with that. I. Loved. It.
It had everything I might want from a book—a feisty, strong, somewhat scarred heroine, a great plot, a very good mystery (the fact I didn’t know who the killer was until the author chose to reveal the identity was an additional plus), wonderful story-telling, great world-building (the story takes place in a not-so-distant future, but a much different one, thanks to events between now and then that had shaped the society and the entire nation), some (almost) sci-fi elements (with the I.D. chips and the optical-nerve implants), a love-triangle of sorts, and a wonderful leading man (that appeared somewhere in the middle, but was the leading man for me) that provided some romance to keep things lively. ;)
I adored Veronica. There’s no other was to describe my ‘feelings’ toward her. I absolutely adored her. I guess under some other author’s quill I might find her bitchy and rather annoying whit all her hang-ups and baggage, but in this context, with this ‘creator’, I completely understood her. I understood where she came from, why she behaved the way she did, why she kept everybody at a distance...Who wouldn’t? I most certainly would if something like that happened to me. And I was so utterly glad Ms. Kelly (Smith) created a fitting hero for this amazing heroine. Someone who understood her completely, someone who knew when to push and when to leave her be, someone who knew when to give her space and when to crowd her. Yes, I adored Sykes, too.
And I can’t wait to read more about these two, and maybe get a somewhat happy ending for them. And Ronnie’s partner, because he sure deserves it.
And though the book ends rather satisfyingly—the good guys survive, the killer is dead...It also ends in a cliffhanger. The murders (yes, multiple murders) were apparently part of a bigger picture, and boy am I champing at the bit to read the sequel and see that bigger picture.
A wonderful and complex story that some might find lacking in the romance department, but anything more than what we were served might have overshadowed the other elements and aspects of the story. Great plot, flow of narration, and characterization. Loved it!(less)