The first time Daniel Weston, a Marine Gunnery Sergeant, saw Claire Day, he was immediately drawn to her. For months, his hard work was finally paid o...moreThe first time Daniel Weston, a Marine Gunnery Sergeant, saw Claire Day, he was immediately drawn to her. For months, his hard work was finally paid off to be transferred to her post in Laka. Glimpses of her was enough. He never imagined actually being this close to her, let alone comfort her as rebels attack the US Embassy. In one moment, Daniel's world fell apart when Claire was believed to be dead in the explosion. A year later, he runs his own private security firm and Claire always in his thoughts. That is until she comes into his office, a broken woman with no memories.
I absolutely love Elizabeth Jennings's heroes: they are instantly smitten once they set their sights on their woman, almost obsessive but not quite. Even after a year, Daniel has been celibate because of his grief for Claire. Daniel is extremely protective, loving and everything a vulenerable Claire needs. He's always there for her and once she walks back into his life, he isn't letting go. Claire, after the explosion, is only familiar to the name "Daniel Weston" and hopes that this man knows who she is. Their developing relationship immediately heats up but Daniel doesn't mind taking it slow. All it matters is that Claire was safe. I loved that aspect of him, he's just so caring.
I was actually suprised that the romance took a slight back seat to the suspense. There was something suspicious about the invasion a year ago and Claire remembers someone involved before the explosion. Once Claire starts making connections and goes deeper, the same killer orders her put down but Daniel won't let anything harm her. Maybe it's just me, but the point of view changing is sudden and has the worst timing. I appreciate seeing into who the bad guy was, but I just get confused once I'm caught up in the romance and there's this guy planning about others things I don't know off. Oh well.
I pretty much love every book by this author (AKA Lisa Marie Rice) and while I did love Shadows at Midnight, there was a missing factor - I wanted more heat on-screen between Daniel and Claire - that bugged me but it was enjoyable anyways.(less)
Everyone thought he had the golden life: looks and career but they don't understand the weight of emotions he carries in his past. Tommy Skyler has be...moreEveryone thought he had the golden life: looks and career but they don't understand the weight of emotions he carries in his past. Tommy Skyler has been loving nurse Shea Ford so he doesn't easily give up despite her brush offs. So after an injury that lands him in the hospital, Tommy takes the chance to re-new their relationship. Shea is weary but sees the lengths Tommy goes for her and concedes. In the background, someone is planning the removal of a character by sabotoging the rescue attempts. All the while, Tommy and Shea learn from each other.
I'm still trying to put my thoughts together, because I think this is the best book in the series. 'Line of Fire' definitely focuses more on the emotional development between characters. For Tommy, it isn't just about lust/sex for Shea. He has been waiting for her patiently - after hearing advice from Julian - and "there's been no one else." even after weeks of their busy schedule. Tommy just can't get her out of his mind so there was no reason to seek out another woman. Most books in this series features the hero with a glimpse of before/after sex with an ex-lover during the storyline so I'm really picky about these things. *real life, I know* I really felt for him because oh-my-god he is so in love with Shea. He was just sweet and considerate even though it drove him mad with desire. But it isn't just his feelings for Shea. He hides his true worries than anyone thinks and slowly, he lets Shea in.
Shea is hard to like at first, although she is straight-forward in a kind way. So as Shea starts to build their relationship, she starts to shed the doubts she felt. Later on, we get the real reason why she was reluctant and that scene of Tommy and Shea was really heartbreaking. Even after they finally get together, an accident drove them apart after this revelation. But they both fight for each other and won't give up.
Their relationship is really hard to put into words but they have their own problems. Shea always shows/tells Tommy that he's all she wants when another man keeps showering his attention on her (richer, older, more polished, higher social rank.) He trusts her, but it was just cute at how jealous he gets. Even before they get together, the thought of another woman (to make Shea jealous at a wedding) makes him break out in sweats at the thought of losing his chance with Shea. Great scene that.
Then there's Sean and Eve, the only female in the team. We see glimpses on their slight budding relationship.
And to the suspence. At first, the names of the villians didn't mean anything to me as they just wreck chaos based on hatred. It stems deeper than that as we look into the past. I actually didn't mind it, because it's not over yet *next book* so I got into it nearing the climax. As the plot progresses, we see layers revealed and who's invovled. It was actually easy to predict "who" was part of it. I loved it but Tommy dominated the book for me. (less)
BAD agent Hunter Wesley Thornton-Payne III seemed to have a superior complex over the entire group with his connections within tight social groups tha...moreBAD agent Hunter Wesley Thornton-Payne III seemed to have a superior complex over the entire group with his connections within tight social groups that were hard to infiltrate. He pissed a few people off, a bit distant, not obviously arrogant, knows that he has a few advantages than most, a playboy but Hunter knows what he's doing. I only took a slight interest in him so I didn't have high expecations but I was curious about his reputation and how he falls for a woman would play out.
I've only read 'Whispered Lies' in the series, so that was his first appearance for me in the series. In 'Silent Truth,' we get the full blown history of why Hunter acts like he does and his trust issues. This was all crammed in the first chapters of the book which I thought was very straight-forward. Not sure if I like the heavy past flashback because I was already sympathetic and understand Hunter so it erased the mysterious air off quickly. I didn't mind that because it was his journey of trust and facing his past.
Hunter is on an operation that threatens the entire nation (as usual) with a goal of revenge on a killer that killed his only close friend. Enter investigator reporter Abbie Blanton who has her own personal vendetta that invovles her ailing mother and who's responsible. It turns out to a be a bigger network of the bad guys which I thought worked well. Hunter forces Abbie's cooperation after a close shoot-out that nearly took her life twice during/after a gala. Both are immediately suspicious but cannot stop the attraction.
Abbie doesn't trust men after a bad memory and keeps away. Hunter likewise thinks the same but indulges only for pleasure. What I really liked was when Abbie doesn't remember that drunken night with Hunter which was a blow to his ego. There were similarities in their situation with 'Whispered Lies' that it was predictable the downfall of their relationship. I really liked Abbie. She was such a strong character, not stupid at all, and how she was portrayed was a woman who would do anything to help her only family, cares for a man but rightfully pulls away when he doesn't give her anything and just brilliant. Hunter with his growing attraction and the inner battle with his motives was heartbreaking.
The problems I had was the pacing. While Hunter and Abbie's relationship progress, somewhere in the middle they are at a standstill and Hunter is always hesitant to take a step forward. To me, Abbie seemed to work harder for his everything while Hunter just won't face his problem. There are major obstacles and it isn't even resolved until the ending where Hunter finally acts. A little too late, but at least it happened.
The plot isn't in the background at all and plays a larger part with both character's personal problems. I didn't care for it later on because it kept stacking over-exaggerating 'danger danger!' around them it almost felt unrealistic. Adrenaline rush, action, deception and just a little twist got me into it then. There were some things that I didn't see coming so I guess it was a plus point for suspense. 'Linette' from before appears again and I'm liking her direction and role. Can't wait for more with her. A slightly better read in this series.(less)
The plot is too complicated to explain, but I got interested halfway through the book. I did skim parts of the book because it was slow and drawn out...moreThe plot is too complicated to explain, but I got interested halfway through the book. I did skim parts of the book because it was slow and drawn out so I wouldn't have missed anything except more talk. The storyline was revealed in choppy, too long, inconvinient scenes with lots of angst in the middle between Gabrielle and Carlos.
Gabrielle is Mirage - an unknown informer until she is found. She's lived alone her entire life, never staying as long as two years, has little contact with her family but is a master at tech. So when Gabrielle finally gets real male interaction with Carlos, she's starting to feel something. I'll grant her that she is weary of him as her and still plans to escape. Carlos - he was in a standstill with his inner emotions going back in forth with deceit and not wanting to hurt Gabrielle but the attraction between them is hard on both of them. Thought he was an okay hero, harsh but has to keep away but doesn't. The characters themselves aren't as consistent. Gabrielle is a mix of smart/deceitful to get her escape but fails short because of the unknown. I do like her though.
Lots more details and informants revealed, a continuing side plot, deaths, action, etc. It was okay.(less)
When fifteen year old Irene Stenson arrived late back at home, she found the horrifying, lifeless bodies of her parents. Now seventeen years later, Ir...moreWhen fifteen year old Irene Stenson arrived late back at home, she found the horrifying, lifeless bodies of her parents. Now seventeen years later, Irene is back in small town Dunsley when she received a message of her ex-bestfriend, Pamela, that hinted that there was more to the case. Ex-marine Luke Dunner owns Sunrise on Lake Lodge where she stays temporarily. Luke senses there is more to Irene and when both uncover a body, he makes it his business to invade Irene's personal space and whereabouts.
Finding out who did the suspected-suicide killing was slow. It was scene after scene that slowly inched itself to reveal the actual story. There was a fire that burned down Pamela's house when both investigated, then the rumors, then another outing, etc. The pacing was too slow for my liking when the connections were finally made almost 3/4 in the book. Although it was fun guessing who as the suspense built it up. It took long and involved characters were introduced later on so I didn't get the full impact they had on.
Irene is a reporter for a small magazine and breaks the story but knows there's more to it than her parents and friends' deaths. It's personal for her. For some reason, Luke won't leave her alone. While there was tension between them - I liked how protective Luke was - Irene had little drive to encourage it. It was all Luke who went for it, made the first moves while Irene basked in it. She had a sophisticated air but her innerself was much better and made her more real. At times, she was stupid. Like, seriously stupid. TSTL territory. Investigating the unknown, etc, danger yet still goes without Luke nearly gets her killed lots of times. Gads, she wasn't annoying yet doesn't think things through.
Luke wants to her to know that he wants more than what they have, takes it slow so she would go for him too. That's the kind of hero I like reading about. He knows what he wants, helps and cares for Irene while falling in love with her. His past problem wasn't that big so it was a let-down. Didn't seem to be a big deal with all the build up. He's an alpha for sure and takes charge. Liked him better as well as his brother, Jason.
Overall, the suspense was too overdone - never thought I'd say that - but it was okay overall. (less)
Eighteen months ago, Lana was captured and put through hell when SWARM, a terrorist group, had her. Nightmares still plague her dreams, Lana struggles...moreEighteen months ago, Lana was captured and put through hell when SWARM, a terrorist group, had her. Nightmares still plague her dreams, Lana struggles to keep it together even after she recovers. She won't forgive even the man who stood silently and watched her suffer - Cabel Stone. A Delta Force agent, he could thing less he breach the secret operation. She hated him, Cabel never forgot that. Now they brought together again as her protector, Lana tries to cope with the memories, Cabel and the fact that SWARM was after her again.
I really liked the concept of this book. Cabel carries so much guilt that night when Lana was continously tortured while he could not do a thing. While she was against having him as her bodyguard, I thought that this was a chance for them to expose themselves to each other. Lana was definitely a complex heroine with what she went through. She uses indifference as a defense and to block the memories. Since what happened, I had no problem with how she coped. But one of the same problems with Shannon Butcher's other books, this kept popping up so it kept dragging it over and over again. Different scene, same emotional problem for so long. Cabel was a new kind of silent, strong, brooding hero. He connects emotionally with Lana while we see his inner conflicts. I loved him better than Lana. Both characters were great, but Cabel had more emotional aspects that wasn't set in repeat. He also doesn't deny his growing love for her. He knows what he feels which I adored him for.
Their reunion and pace of getting close was one of my favorite aspects. First, they were stiff. Second, Lana lets him 'suffer' but grudingly makes sure he's a bit comfortable. Third, an incident brings them slightly closer. From there, they really get close. It was sweet and angst worthy when they confront their past and protecting their future.
No one knows why Lana was targetted again but Cabel takes no chances. At least, right from the start I was already interested in why SWARM wanted her again. It builds up the suspense later on but worked nicely with Cabel/Lana's scenes together. It was overshadowed in the midst of it and comes back strongly on the third end of the book. Overall, it was a great read. (less)
When Wyatt Savage receives a frantic phone call from Sophia - the woman he's loved for a long time - he immediately agrees to aid her. It was when her...moreWhen Wyatt Savage receives a frantic phone call from Sophia - the woman he's loved for a long time - he immediately agrees to aid her. It was when her daughter's friend was accidently kidnapped instead of her own daughter that Sophia felt obligated to right it. She has suspected that she needs her own protection and to rescue the little girl with the help of the best friend of her long-deceased husband - Wyatt. Both haven't seen each for twelve years yet neither of them forgot each other. Boundaries are tested when Wyatt has his chance and Sophia is coming to realize something about their relationship that she had held back before.
I really love stories like this. When the hero has loved the heroine for so long from afar yet are suddenly pushed together. Wyatt and Sophia's past go way back - when there was another male friend who ultimately married Sophia. As usual, I disliked the heroine a bit more. Seeing the decisions from her past, I guess she matured more now. A bit clumsy in her ways and just a little overbearing. Wyatt - the loyal, protective, honorable man. So dedicated to Sophia and the cause. He was a bit self-tortured, man he was determined and just easy to love.
It was great reading from Wyatt's POV because we get more than emotions/confusions/wondering, we also get the action side. Wyatt also enslists the help of the Black Ops, whom we'll see familiar faces in action. Plots like this are a bit over-the-top but I don't mind though it is cliche for the couple to reunite like this again.(less)
In the previous book - "If Looks Could Kill" - side characters Gina Cappozi and captain Gregg van Halen engaged in a hot relationship until the day he...moreIn the previous book - "If Looks Could Kill" - side characters Gina Cappozi and captain Gregg van Halen engaged in a hot relationship until the day he betrayed her. He left her to be physically and mentally tortured by terrorists for the next eight months and never looked back. Now they are the main characters and Gina is out for revenge. They cross paths again and realize not all is over between them. Besides her planning to kill Gregg, sticking close and Gregg making sure to keep his eyes on Gina, this book is an onslaught of revelations.
I was really surprised at what he did to Gina so I was anticipating it to be good. Being a black ops Captain, Gregg must keep back emotions that could jeopardize the mission even at the cost of the woman he cares for. We get the real reason why he did what he did, but the first parts of the book was frustrating. In fact, there was a lot of things going on, including sideplots and another couple. We keep switching back forth so it didn't work well with me. When Gina and Gregg quickly reunite, there lots of snarling, verbal jabs, mistrust and apparently still sexual tension. Gina is also on a mission and the sideplot in the last book is expanded and continued.
Their relationship just had a little heat to be rekindled. I was interested because of the way they left things, but it fell flat. Gina torn, emotionally and physically made me want to smack her a few times and I guess Gregg was okay. Like I said, others are thrown in the mix that it was too much.
Alex and Rebel somehow managed to get a nice tie for their end as they are the side couple. While I liked them, all their drama just weighed down the book. Nina Bruhns is one of the best romance/suspense writers, but "A Kiss to Kill" was just disappointing.(less)