Loved it! This was my favorite of the series! It felt less NA than the previous two books, particularly since the hero,...more5 stars – Contemporary Romance
Loved it! This was my favorite of the series! It felt less NA than the previous two books, particularly since the hero, Rome, is a mature 28 and a battle hardened ex-soldier. He’s a big, gruff, sexy, wounded, badass teddy bear, and I loved him! I really liked Cora, too, but I got frustrated with her continual fear and reluctance because of her douchebag ex. Still, Rome and Cora were perfectly imperfect together!
A couple of minor quibbles and possible spoilers:
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I really enjoyed this and loved that the H/h were in their mid-40’s. I just wish it had been longer with an ep...more3 ½ stars – Contemporary Romance Novella
I really enjoyed this and loved that the H/h were in their mid-40’s. I just wish it had been longer with an epilogue to round things out, but still an entertaining, sexy read. Oh, and it’s free right now, so even better!(less)
Bold Tricks ended up being the best of the series, IMO, other than On Every Street, which is still my favorite. I didn’t hate Ellie nearly as much this time around as in the previous books, which was quite refreshing. And even more shocking...I actually liked her in certain moments, albeit grudgingly.
Ellie Watt --> More like Ellie Twat! Seriously...I wanna smack a bitch! Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a da...more3 stars – Contemporary/Romantic Suspense
Ellie Watt --> More like Ellie Twat! Seriously...I wanna smack a bitch! Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn about your scars anymore. Your constant self-pitying and whiny bitching nearly ruined the book for me. You know you’re an annoying, awful heroine when I think a psycho drug lord and an angry, angsty, revenge driven hero are both wasting their time and energy pining after you. I liked you so much better as Eden White in On Every Street.
Camden McQueen --> I don’t know, but I probably could’ve liked you more had I not been introduced to Javier first in On Every Street. And all the mean things you said about Ellie were spot on yet you still forgave and fell for her anyway.
Javier Bernal --> Oh you villainous devil who saved the book! I was exasperated with Ellie and Camden and sort of bored until around the 78% mark when you finally made your grand entrance.
His mouth was a little too wide and snaked from corner to corner. His nose had been broken a few times, and when you looked at him straight on like I was doing as I stared at him across the circle bar, you could really tell. But his eyes were beautiful, cunning and otherworldly. His hair was a controlled mess; wispy dark strands that swooped across his forehead with long sideburns. He had high cheekbones, a strong jawline. When you combined all the parts, they equaled so much more than the sum. He was exotically, dangerously beautiful.
He’d been mine once. He’d broken my heart once.
And he was here to kill me. He only needed to do that once, too.”
This was my least favorite of the series. The heroine annoyed me for much of the book, and I wish there had been mor...more4-4 ½ stars – Contemporary Romance
This was my least favorite of the series. The heroine annoyed me for much of the book, and I wish there had been more time spent on Vaughn and Sidney’s romantic progression and relationship. The ending was a little abrupt, and I would have loved an epilogue. But Julie James writes some of the best, wittiest, smartest, snarkiest banter in romance and always delivers an entertaining and high quality read. So still a great, enjoyable 4-4 ½ stars!(less)
Killing Sarai was one of my favorite romantic suspense reads of 2013, and I’ve been anxiously awaiting this second instal...more3 ½ stars – Romantic Suspense
Killing Sarai was one of my favorite romantic suspense reads of 2013, and I’ve been anxiously awaiting this second installment. Unfortunately, this was a bit of a disappointment for me, mostly because of Sarai/Izabel.
Instead of admiring her transformation from a strong, determined, and brave yet broken and vulnerable victim and survivor to an avenging assassin angel, she just came across as a petulant, childish, demanding, whiny, peevish, bratty, TSTL shrew. Her immature ultimatums for Victor to train her to be a killer or else reminded me of Veruca Salt demanding her golden goose. But I wanna kill bad guys, Victor. No...NOW!!!!
The surprising twist of Victor (view spoiler)[agreeing to have Sarai/Izabel interrogated and tortured as a means of testing her trust and loyalty (hide spoiler)] turned and pissed me the hell off. The justification for it made sense in the context of the story and considering the shadowy, dangerous world they live in...“In the Company of Killers”, but it was still hard to take. Sarai/Izabel might have accepted and forgiven Victor easily, but it really lessened my feelings for the dark, brooding, ruthless, calculating, cold, and brutal killer/assassin antihero.
And Fredrik, (view spoiler)[an interrogator and torture specialist (hide spoiler)], being the hero in the next book? Hmmm...I’m not sure if I can stomach that.
Despite being somewhat letdown, this is still an exciting read that kept me intrigued, so I’m giving it 3 ½ stars. It’s just a bummer because I’d hoped it would be so much better.