I have mixed feelings for this story. Even though I read this almost a month ago, I can still remember how I felt whenReview posted on July 18, 2016.
I have mixed feelings for this story. Even though I read this almost a month ago, I can still remember how I felt when I was reading it, which was conflicted.
Keith has been to rehab and was successful at it. He was like a Phoenix in this story and it's admirable. I hated (and I'm sure we all did) what he did to Nancy when he wasn't OK yet. He left her with deep scars and ruined her for other men. He's now back and wants to be friends but Nancy has carefully guarded her heart.
Though Keith never cared about Nancy's appearance, she still lost weight to feel good about her self. He's still attracted to her but feels that he's incapable of loving her and can't commit to a relationship, but he still keeps coming back. No matter how Nancy resists Keith, and how badly her heart is broken because of unrequited love, she didn't give up on him in the sense that she just took him as he is. It's this kind of love, the depths of her feelings that I couldn't fathom. Keith feels strongly for her but couldn't say the words.
This is a novel with a bit of history, romance, family values, but what it focused on was the mystery that surrounded the death of Josephine Lazarow. I love a good mystery and I highly recommend this book for that. There were a lot of characters and suspects and Ms Novak really put all the twists and turns. I was never able to pin the culprit down, and I doubt if any of the readers did.
There were also a lot of side stories here but I gave this 4 stars for the mystery. I just felt that the ending was a bit rushed. I would have loved to see Keith grovel more to get his answer, but I guess that's how deeply Nancy loves him.
I haven't read a Sylvia Day book I didn't like, and I definitely loved this one. Here I thought it wouldn't end because of the new mystery that she prI haven't read a Sylvia Day book I didn't like, and I definitely loved this one. Here I thought it wouldn't end because of the new mystery that she presented but all good things must come to an end.
Eva and Gideon have come so far in their relationship. There were a lot of developments for them and some secondary characters as well.
I'm not the type of reviewer who spoils things, because anticipation makes the read worth it. I loved both Eva and Gideon's strengths and weaknesses. Both of them are each other's rock and they put pressure on themselves for each other.
There are a lot of really sweet melt-your-heart moments, some really tearjerkers, and a lot of tension and hot sex.
Any book by Ms Day is a page turner and this is no exception....more
I didn't expect to like this but I did. Chris and Marcus were meant for each other, they didn't play any mind games or waiting games while the killerI didn't expect to like this but I did. Chris and Marcus were meant for each other, they didn't play any mind games or waiting games while the killer was on the loose but just surrendered to their passion. I also liked the mystery and twist.
There were a lot of breakthroughs for Marcus and I liked the relationship with Diablo (the former killer dog in the previous book). It's a great read over all, my favorite in the series so far....more
This is the first story I've read from this author and I liked it a lot. This novella was simple and straightforward. The mystery was also good and IThis is the first story I've read from this author and I liked it a lot. This novella was simple and straightforward. The mystery was also good and I liked the pace.
Lizzie and Leon were meant to be from the start. Since this was told from Lizzie's point of view, there is no character dissection when it comes to Leon.
The story was aptly titled and it was really interesting, this world Ms Fairfax created....more
This is the book that's totally different from the rest of the series, except for the epilogue in the Tompkinses' VirThe perfect ender for the series.
This is the book that's totally different from the rest of the series, except for the epilogue in the Tompkinses' Virginia home (that's all I'm spoiling here folks).
I rated this 5 stars because my heart rate kicked up and there were really desperate scenes here, like Cindy Gerard presented hopelessness for Joe because he's gone rogue. Despite that, I really liked his determination and this quest for vengeance, but even better is Stephanie being there for him.
He ditched her, told her lies and she fell for it, all because he thought he was protecting her but of course, she couldn't just let him die in that hell hole in Sierra Leone. She's really strong, the experience was an eye-opener for her. No more meek, no questioning, very lax Stephanie. The new Stephanie doesn't take shit from anyone, even Joe.
There's also the unforeseen help from Suah, the kid Joe helped and his connections with guys with big guns, that really got things moving along. It's just Stephanie and Joe with a bit of help from Rafe and B.J..
The unexpected help from Mike "Primetime" Brown and his brother Ty was a bonus since all the BOIs are otherwise preoccupied and can't really assist but it turned out well. The conditions were harsh but they made it, years of training really paid off and they were able to win against the bad guys, and the ultimate Bad Guy.
Stephanie and Joe are finally together again and all the floodgates were opened. Joe's history was shared so we'll know about his brother and Stephanie was really kickass, another heroine to favorite....more
I really don't have a fave guy in BOI, but after reading this story, Luke became it. I really like a man with a good sense of humor. He didn't give upI really don't have a fave guy in BOI, but after reading this story, Luke became it. I really like a man with a good sense of humor. He didn't give up on Valentina's closely guarded fortress and kept making jokes to make her feel at ease, despite the situation.
This books has everything you can expect from a Cindy Gerard book: most of the team assembling, planning, negotiating with bad guys, ammo and explosives, hero and heroine trying to deny what's going on between them (although it's stronger on Val's part, someone big from the US government connected with bad guys, an Asian bad guy, a kidnapping situation, combat (bloody), hot sex, and an epilogue in the Tompkinses' Virginia home.
I know there's still a lot I missed but that's just a summary....more
As usual, I was riveted with this novel and Ms Gerard keeps exceeding my expectations. There is that similarity about kidnapping and victim retrievalAs usual, I was riveted with this novel and Ms Gerard keeps exceeding my expectations. There is that similarity about kidnapping and victim retrieval in Reed and Crystal's story. Aside from that, I'm still glued to the story because it blindsides me everytime.
Didn't really care much for Wyatt because he's always mentioned in passing. Not much character building there because he's not much of a talker like Joe Green, and unlike Johnny Reed. I'm just glad that after 12 years, both Sophie and Wyatt got together....more
Cindy Gerard takes us to Colombia this time and yes, I felt the heat.
Like her other books in the series, this one's packed with action, strategic planCindy Gerard takes us to Colombia this time and yes, I felt the heat.
Like her other books in the series, this one's packed with action, strategic planning, suspense, and taking a chance on love...although at first one of them is afraid, and it's the heroine this time.
B.J. and Rafe have family-related hurts. Rafe grew up in a life of privilege until one day everything changed. B.J. had an absentee father and an alcoholic mother who's passed and out bitter most of the time so let's just say they had it rough growing up. B.J. was really starved for affection, that of her parents' and after all that waiting and heartbreak, she just shut down.
There's a side story here and I want to call them the supporting cast, a relationship in the works. The main story has a lot of players, really powerful ones and it's like they took the bull by its horns. What B.J. did as Brittany Jameson was really impressive and she was damn good at it.
I liked the sex scenes as usual, not too explicit but steamy all the same....more
Again, I didn't expect much from this story so I now have an appreciation of both Crystal and Johnny.
They're both hiding in their respective facades aAgain, I didn't expect much from this story so I now have an appreciation of both Crystal and Johnny.
They're both hiding in their respective facades and there's more than meets the eye. Crystal is another kickass heroine and I admired her self-defense skills. I agree with the author that human trafficking and sex slavery is still rampant, it is still a social issue here in my country (Philippines) and other parts of the world.
I usually forget to review about Ms Gerard's imagery. She describes everything in detail it's like I traveled there. I like that her novels are based in different locations aside from the US, with the BOIs dealing with bad guys all over the world.
I know my review is not that fluid because that's my train of thought right now. I want to focus on Crystal and her badass-ness (if there's a word) because she knows how to take advantage of unsuspecting fools who underestimate her. She's been through a lot of pain and trauma and she has nightmares but she doesn't let them bring her down. Even on the verge of giving up, she still pulled herself together and improvised some weapons.
In between this novel is hot sex, a whole lot of suspense and things that go boom. BOIs love their toys, and some them are guns, some are explosives. So when they found out that the bad guy wasn't really dead, let's just say Crystal's will to live and anger are what made her survive an attack in her apartment. Kickass all the way.
There's also the usual subject of love that both Johnny and Crystal were afraid of. Sure they're feeling it but that doesn't mean they know how to act on it. It really takes mortality and the thought of losing Crystal to shake Johnny up and never let her go....more