Publisher: Ballantine Publish Date: Out Now! How I got this book: NetGalley
This was my first Christy Reece book, and it will NOT be my last. I enjoyed this one immensely, and will need to go back and catch up on this intriguing series.
Seth and Honor have a complicated past, but searching for Seth’s missing niece is their number one priority. However, they both seem to have difficulties leaving their past behind them. Honor is still hurt over the way that Seth left her, even after he explains the truth behind his actions. Seth is still head over heels for her, but worries that he will never be good enough, never have anything to offer her.
When Honor goes undercover to save the missing girls, she is put smack in the center of danger, and Seth finds out that he will do anything and everything to keep her safe. But when he is the one to get hurt, will Honor be able to forgive him and move on?
Reece has put a GREAT twist on the romantic suspense genre, having her series focus on the recovery of lost children. It was emotional and inspiring and all around fabulous! Nothing like anything I’ve read before in the romantic suspense genre. I loved the premise of the series all around, and this book’s plot was wonderful as well. The story line was believable while also being just a little bit crazy.
Let me start with Seth and Honor. When second chance love stories are done right, they are some of my favorite ones out there. This one was done right. There was a perfect amount of pain and anger, desire and lust, and the right amount of groveling before forgiveness was given. I loved that the beginning of the book followed them through their lives from when the first started dating and broke up, to the large milestones to present day. Then, watching them come together, with all that pain and angst, and trying to work together was wonderful drama.
Like I said, I was happy to see a certain amount of groveling and angst before forgiveness was given. While I understood Seth’s reasons for leaving Honor the first time around, I also could see how upsetting it was to each of them. I was glad that although Honor was quick to find herself back in his bed, she wasn’t quick to give away her heart once again. She was weary of him, and had a hard time with letting go of the past. But after a heart-to-heart with her mother, a certain amount of groveling from Seth and a near-death experience it was refreshing to see them both put the past away and move forward.
The plot with the insane villain and the creepy cult was so eerie and well done. I think that this bad guy was one of the most chilling I’ve read in awhile. Not only was the guy absolutely insane, he was also sadistic, twisted and totally F-ed in the head. It was difficult to read some scenes, especially when he and his daughter were together (talk about two seriously screwed up people!!), but every difficult word just added credence to how insane the guy was.
I loved the secondary characters as well, and can’t wait to go back and read the previous books I missed, as well as continue with the series going forward. Both Jared and Aiden wormed their way into my heart with just a few pages of face-time, but I’m anxious to read more about them.
All in all I was so happy to have picked up this Reece book. I loved the premise of the book and series as a whole, loved the twisted and creepy aspects of the cult and it’s brainwashing. The characters were real and believable, and the romance between Seth and Honor was so fun to read, during the good times and the bad. For anyone who has NOT read Reece, I definitely recommend you pick up one of her books!
I’ve long been a fan of Adair and I know when I pick up one of her books, I’m in for a good read. While I still haven’t gotten the chance to read the first book in this series, Hush, it’s waiting for me on my nook, and I can’t wait to see how this series started off.
Dakota lost everything she had going for her in a short amount of time, her fiance left her, she lost her job and was caught in an explosion that put her int he hospital for months. Now that she is being called in on a case to look into the appearance of a very deadly drug she worked to develop, she will be thrust back into the world that she lost all those years ago.
Rand’s security firm is beyond successful, until a drug is released at a high-profile wedding that causes Hollywood’s elite to turn into sex fiends. When he calls in for help, the last person he expects to see is his ex Dakota. The two of them soon find themselves on a wild goose chase across Europe, hunting the men who released the drug and are now trying to kill them. But when the truth begins to unfold, will these two be able to get past their history together and face the uncertain future?
First let me begin by saying that usually I am not a huge fan of paranormal aspects in my contemporary settings. However, I’ve found that whenever Adair adds a flair of paranormal, it ends up working for me. I liked that she didn’t go to any kind of extreme with it, and didn’t describe it in detail. Instead, it was sort of like an unexplained phenomena that came across to me as believable and real within the world.
The story begins with Rand and starts with the wedding (which let me just tell you, had me cracking smiles left and right with all the “stories” from those under the influence of the drug Rapture). Just as I was getting a feel for Rand and really enjoying his character, Dakota is introduced and Rand does not paint her in the best light. It was painfully obvious they split on horrific terms, and Rand describes her as this horrible person. But once the POV switches to Dakota and more of the story unfolds, I found myself quickly siding with Dakota, and hoping she would knock Rand down a few notches. Their history, as it unfolds, is almost on the level of soap-opera dramaish, and creates for a lot of tension between them.
Despite all that tension though, the two are quick to fall into bed together. I didn’t always understand their readiness to get naked together, and honestly, a few times I wanted to smack Dakota for giving it up while Rand was still acting like a jerk. These two lacked any kind of real communication between them, and once it did all come out, it was painfully obvious that a simple conversation would have done leaps and bounds for their relationship.
I really did enjoy the aspect of these two coming back together and re-kindling their romance. One thing that occasionally irritates me in romantic suspense books is that the hero and heroine only get a few short days to meet, allude the bad guys and fall in love. In most books, it doesn’t always feel as if that is enough to sustain a long-standing relationship. But with Rand and Dakota, it was obvious the two still had intense feelings for one another from the start. While they were constantly on the run, I felt as if they really did have the time to get over their past and move forward with the life they both wanted. I just wish that Dakota would have made Rand apologize a bit more for their past. So much happened between them, and I wanted her to get a little more of a “big gesture” from him before forgiving and forgetting.
One thing that I think Adair does so incredibly well is weave in such intricate plot lines and subplot lines. I was never really sure who the bad guy was, or how all the players wove together. When the big reveal happened at the end, I had my suspicion on who the bad guy was, but was absolutely floored by how it all came together. It was crazy and insane and something that came from so far in left field that my head literally spun around a few times. It was such a great ending to a fast paced and high-octane read.
All in all I was floored by Afterglow. Everything I’ve come to love in my romantic suspense books was done beautifully. The suspense was off the charts, the plot twisted and turned all over the place and the romance was sweet and sexy and fulfilling. The second chance at love was done so well, and I absolutely LOVED Dakota’s character. I could have used a little more groveling from Rand, but was pleased with how this story wrapped up. I give Afterglow a B+...more
Publisher: Harlequin Publish Date: Out Now! How I got this book: NetGalley
I’m a big fan of romantic suspense, and Sorenson has become one of my auto-buy authors, so when I saw her newest up on NetGalley, I didn’t even bother reading the blurb before squeeing like a fangirl and requesting it.
Isabel is on the run in Mexico, dodging the cartel at every turn. She is hesitant around other people, so when the sexy Brandon comes sniffing around, she is reluctant to trust him. But he quickly gets under her skin and in her good graces and Isabel finds herself turning to him when things start to hit the fan.
Brandon has a secret, one he is desperate to keep from Isabel, especially since he needs to gain her trust. When he finds her in a pickle, he will do just about anything to keep her safe. As they travel through Mexico together, the two become more and more attracted to one another. These feelings are new to Brandon, and for the first time ever he might be willing to risk everything for a woman. But when Isabel learns his secrets, will she even want to accept what he has to offer?
What’s more dramatic than a woman on the run, and the undercover US Marshal set to bring her in? I loved the story, and the setting especially. I love the Mexican culture and the way that Sorenson was able to bring so much life to the setting. I’ve always loved when a book’s location can play such an integral part in the overall story, and I felt like Sorenson did an excellent job with that.
I really enjoyed the characters as well. I thought that Isabel was such a strong and incredible heroine. Although she had her moments of kicking ass, it was also obvious that she didn’t want to do it, that she hated the violence that her life became, and I appreciated that. So many times in romantic suspense books, the heroine comes across as this incredible fighter and able to accomplish more than is realistic. That was not the case here, and I enjoyed that. Although there were times I wanted her to stop running and face everything she went through in life. When Isabel did finally get to that point, I was cheering for her, but wishing she had done so sooner.
From the moment Brandon stepped onto the page I was a fan. He was sexy and fun and one hundred percent dedicated to not only his job, but also the truth. I loved that he didn’t take everything he heard and knew about Isabel as fact, and instead was constantly trying to get her side of the story, her version of what happened. I also loved just how conflicted he was about her and his job. It was obvious he was attracted to her, and I was glad to see a hero put that aside for a change. He thought about his job first, instead of thinking with his little head. His inner struggle with what to do about the whole situation was one of the things I loved most.
The romance between these two was smokin’ hot, and the sexual tension was thick throughout. Both Brandon and Isabel struggled with trusting each other, with jumping into a physical relationship and I’ve always loved that. Although the adrenaline was pumping, I felt like their romance was real and true. I loved their ending as well, it was perfect without being cliche.
All in all, I loved this one. The story moved quickly with tons of action, and I was engaged from start to finish. The characters were fun to read and the romance was great. This is yet another Sorenson book to put on the keeper shelves. I give Tempted by his Target an A-...more
I am so glad that I found and started this series, it’s one of those where the books just keep getting better and better as the series develops. The 3rd book in the Black Knights Inc book focuses on Michelle and Jake, fairly new characters to the series, and ones I hope we see more and more of!
Jake “the Snake” is in Chicago and has one mission in mind – to win Michelle’s heart. he has long been head over heels in love with her, but battling his own demons made him feel like he wasn’t worthy of her love. So, he pushed her away until he was ready to settle down and commit one hundred percent to the only woman to ever hold his heart. The last thing he expected to have to do when he got to town was protect her.
Michelle has always loved Jake, but he broke her heart once, and now she is wary to give it to him once again. But the stress of her brother’s work and Jake needing to be her bodyguard are wearing her down and making her even more susceptible to his charms. As the threat against her heats up, Michelle realizes that she may lose not only Jake, but everything she holds precious.
I was so intrigued by the idea of Michelle and Jake after the way the last book ended. I couldn’t wait to see how they would work everything out, especially given the rocky nature of their history. Plus, I’m a total sucker for second chance love stories, and if anyone deserves a second chance at love, it’s Michelle and Jake. These two have been through so much as a couple, and as individuals, that there is nothing I wanted more for them except a happily ever after.
I’m going to start with Jake, because I lurved him so hard. He was Alpha to the extreme, and his time in the military had such a huge impact on his life. He was a SEAL and a hardened soldier, but what he saw and did lived with him day in and day out. Although we didn’t get to see much of his PTSD in action, the feelings of despair that he went through were evident in his memories, and I was glad that they weren’t glossed over any more than they were. It’s such an important aspect of our military men and women, and I love seeing it play out in books with military heroes. Plus, Jake is so absolutely in love with Michelle, and fights tooth and nail to prove it to her, I just loved that about him!
I adored Michelle as well. Being a single mother with a dead war-hero husband wasn’t easy, yet she has given her son the best life she can. She is sweet and kind hearted and although she isn’t perfect, she is the kind of adorable heroine that I would want to be friends with. As more and more of her story unraveled, I was taken aback by how much she really went through, and what exactly she has had to deal with in her life. She was strong and resilient and I absolutely adored her.
Their romance was great as well. Jake went in with guns blazing, hoping with every bone in his body he would be able to win back the girl of his dreams. Michelle was hesitant and scared and pushed him away despite the attraction that pulled at both of them. I loved their journey to happily ever after, especially when HUGE secrets about their past are revealed, and Jake has to reevaluate his whole opinion and ideal of Michelle. It was a great twist in the story that I should have seen coming, and yet blindsided me at the same time. Awesome! Anytime a story can do that… totally awesome.
All in all I am so happy with the 3rd installment of the Black Knights Inc series. Walker told a wonderful second chance love story with Michelle and Jake, and still was able to pull me into the secondary characters so much so that I can’t wait for the next installment. I was glad to see the sub-plot with Johnny wrapped up, and can’t wait to see where the series goes next! I give Rev It Up a B+...more
When I first picked up Adair a few years ago, I didn’t know what to expect. I have to say though, I’m so glad I picked that first book up and continued to read her others, because I know that I’ll always get a pulse-pounding fabulous romance.
Logan has been searching off the coast of Peru for sometime now, and when he fishes a woman out of the water, he is instantly hesitant about her. Given her extensive knowledge of the treasure he is hunting, he is ever more concerned that she is just a plant by his enemies to thwart his mission. Little does he know, Dani is on the run.
Dani misses the life she ran from in DC, but being alive and safe for the first time in a long time is more precious to her than she ever imagined. While she knows that Logan doesn’t trust her, there is something about him that makes her feel like she can relax and not look over her shoulder. But when things on his boat start going wrong, Dani worries that either her past is catching up to her, or Logan’s enemies will do her in before the man who is hunting her.
I can’t even begin to tell you how much I adore these books. They are filled with fun and sexy locations, lots of action and tons of nail biting suspense. I love the tropical ocean feel that these books have, especially when we got the chance to spend most of the book on a yacht that had me dreaming of cruising along the coast of South America.
I can’t say enough good things about Adair’s ability to write incredible, nail-biting suspense. Between Logan’s adversaries in the business world, modern day pirates, and Dani’s past, we were constantly left wondering who was behind every mishap, every detail that went wrong as the book progressed. The story was woven together so well I couldn’t put the book down once the action started and things started getting good.
Although I loved both Logan and Dani, I did feel as if they somewhat rushed into a relationship. They both weren’t sure if they could trust one another, and yet they were ready to declare their everlasting love after not really knowing each other all that well. That being said, I did love these two together. They both brought out the best parts of each other. Dani was able to feel safe and loved and adored, she was able to build up her self-esteem and all the faith she lost in other people and herself during her time with Logan. On the other hand, Logan seemed to really mellow out, want to settle down once he and Dani got close. And although he wasn’t looking for it, he wanted someone to love and have love him back.
Without giving away too many spoilers, I do have to say that the man from Dani’s past is UBER EVIL! There were some moments while reading that made me a little uncomfortable. The details and descriptions of what exactly Dani went through, what she was forced to do and see were not easy to read, and those who get squeamish should prepare themselves before settling down to open this book.
All in all I really enjoyed the third installment of the Cutter Cay series. The suspense and action were jam packed into this story and had me at the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. The romance was slow to build up, with a lot of sexual tension. However, once those two fell into each others’ arms, things moved (almost too) quickly. Logan and Dani really are two exceptional characters and ones that pulled me into the story and had me invested in their lives from the first page. I give Vortex a B+...more
Publisher: HQN Publish Date: Out Now! How I got this book: NetGalley
I was so excited for the new Sala book because I’ve been a big fan of hers since the first book I picked up. However, I’m not too sure that this series is one that I am going to be able to be totally on board with. I thought Sala could make me enjoy some hillbilly romance, but alas it’s just not happening.
Beth’s life gets thrown into shambles after she witnesses a murder by a notorious crime boss and gets put into federal protective custody. After the third safe house gets found and hit, Beth thinks she would have a better chance of staying alive on her own with her family. She calls her uncle Will and makes arrangements to had home to Kentucky and the Appalachian mountains. The last thing she expects is her childhood sweetheart acting as her protector.
Ryal has always held a torch for Beth, and when he is asked to protect her, he gets the chance to finally put the past to rest. Unfortunately for Ryal, seeing Beth brings back all those old feelings and the last thing he wants to do is let her go again. As the crime boss comes closer to finding Beth, Ryal will have to pull in the family to keep her safe, but will it be enough to keep them both alive?
I don’t even know where to start with this review, as it was both an exciting and hard book to read. From the standpoint of the suspense and mystery, Sala is one of my all-time favorites. I think she writes wonderfully creative mystery stories and keeps the suspense at a level that is both believable and fast paced. I really did love that aspect of the book. I thought the crime boss and his son were a wonderful addition to the story, and I spent more time really involved in the story whenever they were featured. I liked the way their story was resolved, especially with the son.
I think the most difficult part of this book for me is that Ryal and Beth kept referring to each other as kin. It is explained in the beginning of the story that they are related to each other through Beth’s mother’s side of the family, as 4th cousins. But each time they kept referring to each other as kin, family, or cousins, I got a little weirded out. I was down with the redneck romance, until their relationship was referred to ALL the time. It was weird and downright creepy.
All in all this was a weird book to get through. On one hand I really liked the suspense story, and on the other I was a lot weirded out by the romance. While I still think Sala is a wonderful romantic suspense author, I don’t think this series is one that I will continue to read, unless the story moves from off the mountain. I give Next of Kin a C-...more
I was really looking forward to this book, a little bit of suspense, some racing and movie stunts? It sounded like it would be a fast moving and engaging book that would keep me on my toes. Unfortunately for me, it just didn’t live up to my own hype.
Ellie has been a stuntwoman in Hollywood since a teenager, but with her recent job behind the wheel of a race car, she is looking to get into a new career path. When she meets Quinn on the set of the movie, she tells herself that he is the last man she needs to get involved with, for reasons both in her past and her future. But Quinn can’t take no for answer, and pursues her until she gives into him.
Quinn sees something in Ellie that he hasn’t seen in any other woman, and he wants the chance to be with her every second he has, even though he’ll only be in town on business for a few weeks. But when things start to go wrong near Quinn and Ellie, they both begin to wonder if an unknown enemy is after one or the both of them.
It took me awhile to get into this story, it didn’t pull me in right away and keep me engaged throughout. I found the stunt work to be interesting, but the suspense didn’t have me on edge like I was hoping it would.
I also had a bit of a love/hate relationship with the main characters. I liked that Ellie is this strong woman, very confident in her work, and yet she has a secret in her past that cripples her in many ways. She wasn’t perfect by any means, but she obviously worked very hard to get to where she was in life. While I realize that her big secret is a real problem, I also don’t know how she became so successful. I had a hard time believing in it, especially with how driven Ellie was in all other areas in her life.
I also was a little wishy-washy on Quinn. At first, he came across as a rich playboy who didn’t really seem to care much about anyone other than himself. Ellie did start to pull him out of his shell and had him thinking more with his big head instead of his little head, but he still acted somewhat childish towards his brother. I’m not a big fan of people who have seemingly everything, and still find reasons to complain. If Quinn really wanted to sell his company and move on, I would have liked to see him whine less and take more action.
The suspense wasn’t one that kept me engaged either, and I was able to determine the villain somewhat quickly. I do have to say though, Adams did a wonderful job of creating some wonderful suspense situations that were written extremely well. I just wish they would have hooked me a bit more and kept me more on the edge of my seat.
All in all this book was very average for me. It was well written and I did enjoy the slow building romance between Ellie and Quinn. They had some really sweet and tender moments together, and those were the parts I enjoyed the most. However, I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as I had hoped. I give Danger Zone a C-...more
Publisher: Carina Press Publish Date: Out Now! How I got this book: NetGalley
Publisher: Carina Press Publish Date: Out Now! How I got this book: NetGalley
This was the third and final September suspense release from Carina Press I got, and the debut novel for author Horvath. Although I didn’t think it was as good as the other two I read, it also wasn’t bad. I did enjoy the story overall.
Katie has broken up with her fiance, changed jobs and is avoiding her mother. She is going through major changes and when a stranger jumps into her car, she freaks out, but drives recklessly around town to save his life. When she bests a mafia boss’ son, threats against her life are made immediately.
Luc knows he needs to protect Katie, but he also has ulterior motives. She has been the one woman he had fantasized about for years. When he and Katie get closer, things heat up between them, but finding out about their connection throws their relationship into an awkward territory. Then, things get out of control and Katie and Luc set out on a task that might get them both killed. But when all is said and done, will they be able to set aside their pasts and move forward to a future?
There were a lot of things I really liked about this book, and some I really didn’t. At times I felt as if Horvath struggled with keeping the story moving at a pace the reader could keep up with, stay engaged in, and keep interest in. There were some parts that moved very, very slow and others that had just the right amount of action and drama to keep the story going.
I really enjoyed Luc’s character in the beginning. He was reserved, yet protective of Katie. He was funny and yet always serious. It was obvious he would do anything to protect her, and yet he was constantly pushing Katie away. It got to the point where I wanted to smack him towards the end. He went on and on about how much he loved her, how he had always loved her. But when the goings got tough, he didn’t want to put in the effort. He was ready to throw in the towel for reasons that I didn’t think were strong enough. I ended up wanting so much more from him.
Katie was the opposite for me. She started off as a weak heroine, someone who needed to be coddled and led along. But as the story progressed she seemed to really come out of her shell more. She took more initiative in keeping herself safe, she wanted to fight by Luc’s side and protect him while he protected her. She grew a backbone and I loved that. Granted, she had a few moments that I thought were a little ridiculous, and her willingness to not fight for Luc at the end was a little out of the character she had become, but I enjoyed her at the end.
One of the things that impressed me about Horvath’s writing was how well done her secondary characters were. Between Katie’s brothers and sisters, the fellow FBI agents, and even Katie’s parents, I will definitely be picking up more of Horvath’s books in this series. I hope that we get either David or Justin next, and that Katie’s sister Melanie gets a chance at an HEA. I also hope we can see more of Katie’s parents and potentially get their story, I loved their moments together.
The suspense part of the plot wasn’t the best, but like I said it wasn’t horrible either. The slow then fast moving plot had a lot to due with my lack of interest in the suspense, but I did like the mafia aspect of it all. It made for some fun comparisons in my mind while reading. =)
All in all I think this was a good debut novel. There is definite room for improvement, but I think Horvath has the potential to be a great suspense author. I spent parts of the book frustrated, and other parts so engaged I had tears streaming down my face. If she continues on with this series (which I hope she will), I will be picking up the other books to check out the strong characters and fun relationships.
Publisher: Penguin Publish Date: June 7th How I got this book: NetGalley
This was my first read from Rose, and I have to say… WOWSA!
Lucy works for the medical examiners office, dealing with death day in and day out. But when a stream of grizzly murders all center around her, she finds herself edging closer and closer to death than ever before. Thankfully she has sexy homicide detective JD on the case.
JD and Lucy work around the clock trying to find out who is behind the murders, what the victims have in common, and why everything keeps leading back to Lucy. They are barely able to put together all the clues before the killer comes for her, and she manages to escape his clutches, by the skin of her teeth.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect picking this book up. Mystery’s are not my usual genre, but with my recent love of all things romantic suspense, I went out on a limb to try this one out, and I’m really glad I did. Although the murderer was easy to pinpoint about a quarter of the way through the story, I sort of enjoy knowing things that the characters don’t. Plus, when an author dangles tidbits of information like that, I always find myself surprised by additional aspects of the story.
I thought the characters were really well done and developed thoroughly. Although Lucy kept her secrets close to heart, I loved watching her story unravel, getting newer and newer tidbits as the story went along. I admired her, felt sorry for her, and really enjoyed reading how strong and yet vulnerable she was. JD was very similar in that he had a lot of insecurities, but when push came to shove he was always on, always giving one hundred percent to the case and the people he loved. The strength of the two leading characters was one of my favorite aspects of the book.
While I am normally one of those people who can always figure out what is going on, I was a little confused for the first few chapters as to why there were two totally separate story lines. It took me awhile to catch onto the fact that one followed the investigation into the killer from a PIs perspective, and the other followed Lucy and JD’s mission. Once my brain finally got on board with what was happening though, I really enjoyed watching the two plots lines weave and merge together at times, only to break off and head in separate directions at other times.
Some of the torture scenes were a little brutal to read, but at the same time I didn’t feel as if it was over done. The story had a good blend of suspense, mystery, horror and romance that it left me feeling satisfied on all fronts. I have to admit though, I was slightly annoyed that the meat of the story takes place in a 48 hour time frame. I mean, my brain hurt after getting through the first 24 hours. I have no idea how the characters were able to survive through that. But despite that, I really felt like it all flowed together quite nicely.
I have no idea if Rose has plans to write any books about any of the secondary characters in the book, especially Lucy’s two best friends Gwyn and Thorne and JD’s partner Stevie, but I would really enjoy reading more about these folks. Especially after what each of them had to endure.
All in all I was very happy with my first Rose read. I enjoyed her blend of mystery and suspense and was even taken by surprise with the twist of the killers identity at the very end. While it didn’t have as much romance as some of my other favorite’s, it was still a very enjoyable read.
MinnChica: I am a huge sucker for romantic suspense, especially ones done with sexy military heroes. Unfortunately, while I liked the overall premise of the book and thought that Beckett had a very strong plot, Callie drove me nuts. To the point that I couldn’t enjoy the story. Add in the few pregnancy issues that had me rolling my eyes every few pages, and I had a really hard time enjoying what could have been a really strong romantic suspense.
E: I was really looking forward to reading this. The back cover blurb hinted at several things I thought I would enjoy. Pregnant heroine on the run from the bad guys. Hero was the elite military type. They were both in a foreign country needed to make their way to safety. I thought they would be boiled down to their pure essence and along the way fall in love with each other. Instead what I got was something that I had to fight extremely hard to finish and not chuck the ereader. I had such a negative reaction to the heroine that I actually wanted the hero to turn her over to the bad guys and find himself another girl. I was more invested in the interactions between the hero’s buddy and a poor model who had to deal with mistaken identity then in the primary characters.
MinnChica: There were times that I was totally with you on wanting Cole to just hand Callie over and wipe his hands of her. Between the bleeding heart for the bad guy and her constant “he can’t be THAT bad” mentality, she had quite a few TSTL moments. But for me, the parts that constantly frayed my nerves were all the pregnancy references. I never had any problem reading about pregnant heroines before, as long as it was believable. But maybe since I’m currently pregnant, little things tend to stick out to me. Like the fact that Callie’s sister named the boy before she died, when Callie was only 4-5 weeks pregnant. Ummmm… Not possible. Or how Callie was always able to feel the baby move at 16 weeks whenever she placed her hand on her tummy. Ummmm… highly unlikely to not only feel movement through your hand, but also that the child would move – AT YOUR WILL. Every time the pregnancy and baby was brought up, I just wanted to roll my eyes and wished over and over again that the heroine wasn’t knocked up. I think the story would have been strong without it.
E: MinnChica it wasn’t just you being pregnant. I have never been pregnant but listening to my sister and watching my mom through three pregnancies I found myself highly skeptical. It was like the pregnancy was there to make me, the reader, feel that the bad guy(s) was the most awful thing around. Instead I was extremely annoyed by the “convenience” of it coming into play. I was willing to give Callie the benefit of the doubt with her first TSTL moment but once Cole told her that the bad guys were asking for her BY NAME she should have realized that now is the time to survive not change clothes, steal hand sanitizer, find a bathroom, take a bath, go into the woods when told not to, sneak away to CALL her brother-in-law using her credit card number. In other words each time I thought she couldn’t get stupider she did and it was wilful stupidity not just ignorance. She made the decision each time to do something the hero had told her NOT to do. I will say that I think the plot twists Beckett included were unexpected but the characterization ruined this read for me.
MinnChica: I agree, Callie really did ruin the book for me, especially since I thought that Beckett really had a strong overall plot. I liked the suspense in the book, I thought all the twists and turns and the overall story line (minus the pregnancy) was an incredible idea and had the foundation to be a really strong romantic suspense. The bad guys were truly awful and evil to the core, the man behind the curtain came as a bit of a surprise toward the end, especially since Beckett did such a good job of leading the reader on a wild goose chase of who-did-it. If it came down to just the plot, I would give Beckett high marks. But like E said, Callie and the pregnancy just pulled what could have been a really strong book down into a hard-to-read struggle.
E: I am not a huge character driven reader because I really need a good plot but I like my characters to keep me interested in what they are going through while I read. In this case I was not able to do that even though Beckett was able to keep me guessing about the identity of the ultimate string puller. That was a benefit but it was extremely difficult to appreciate that benefit when I had to fight through thee characters to get to the plot. I agree the bad guys were pretty darn bad. I was impressed by their justification for their actions. It wasn’t that they didn’t have a conscious but that they decided that the ends justified their means, regardless of those means. If you happened to get in the way then that was your own fault and you would pay for getting in the way. Unfortunately based on my strong dislike of the heroine I am not inclined to pick up anymore of Beckett’s writing.
I give In His Sights a D-
MinnChica: All in all I really struggled with how to rate this book. On one hand, the plot was really strong and the suspense aspect was so well done and executed so well. On the other hand, Callie was so difficult to read and enjoy as a character. The pregnancy drive me bonkers every single time it was brought up, and while I liked Cole, he wasn’t anything remarkable in the romantic suspense hero category. I really wanted to like this book and thought that it had some incredible potential, but it just wasn’t for me. I give In His Sights a D+...more
Publisher: Carina Press Publish Date: Out Now! How I got this book: NetGalley
I was pretty excited about this book, as I am a total sucker for a good romantic suspense, especially ones with creepy serial killers.
Mick has been working on the serial killer case since it came across his desk. The evidence has been lacking and he is stuck tracking down every lead, regardless of how small or insignificant it may be. When he meets Meg, his single-minded focus branches out to include her.
Meg wants to finish school and get a good job when she graduates. Falling in love is not on her to-do list. But there is something about Mick that keeps her coming back for more. When she starts getting creepy emails, Meg and Mick realize that she is the next target on the killers radar.
I’m going to divide this review up into two parts, because in some aspects I really enjoyed this book and in others I thought it fell short. First up: the romance aspect of the story.
I thought the romance aspect of the story fell horribly short. The connection between Mick and Meg is practically non-existent and at times completely unbelievable. Within the first few days of meeting, they seem to know everything there is to know about each other, and it came across to me as a bit of a cop-out. They didn’t have to work to get to know one another, and while it wasn’t insta-love, it did feel as if it was almost a pre-destined mate type pairing between these two.
As the romance progressed between these two, it moved slower than molasses and didn’t really make a whole lot of sense to me. It never felt as if the two spent a whole lot of time together, and yet they were completely devoted to one another. The romance just didn’t sit right with me and didn’t feel as if it was a real relationship between the two.
That being said, I liked both Mick and Meg as individual characters. Mick was so invested in his work and was willing to do anything and everything to make sure that he brought down the serial killer. At the same time, we got a glimpse into his family and saw how much he loved and appreciated them. Meg was a little sheltered, beaten down from her past. Yet when push came to shove, she was strong and ready to fight for her life. She didn’t let her past break her, instead she picked up the broken pieces and made something of herself.
The second aspect of the story that I adored was the suspense and mystery. The killer was creepy and during the times when the story followed him, it was wonderful and thrilling. The case twisted and turned and I liked watching to police track down every lead, follow every clue until they got their guy.
All in all I thought this story was great in some aspects, and not-so-great in others. The suspense of finding the killer, watching him stalk his victims and eluding the police was wonderfully done. It was thrilling and exciting and kept the story moving. However, for me, the romance aspect just didn’t live up to my hopes. It felt flat and forced and moved slower than a glacier. For fans of RS that like a lot of the focus to be on the couple, this book is not for you. I give The Professor a C-...more
Ever since I read one of the most suspenseful and heart pounding moments in Kaylea Cross’ No Turning Back, I’ve been gobbling up everything she’s written! She is one of my all time favorite Romantic Suspense authors, and her military heroes are all drool worthy.
Candace, “Ace”, is a pilot currently serving in Afghanistan, and suffering from a little bit of PTSD. She is a strict follower of the rules, and when Ryan begins pursuing her, Candace is worried that they will get in trouble for fraternization. Candace has had enough of a problem proving herself, that the last thing she needs to worry about is falling for the wrong guy.
Ryan has it bad for Candace, and as much as he respects her, he can’t seem to stay away from her. But their relationship takes an interesting swing when Candace’s plane is grounded in the middle of a gunfight. Ryan and his team will have to pull out all the stops to keep Candace and flight crew safe, from the enemy, themselves, and the unexpected mountain conditions.
One of the things I love to hate about this series is that these men and women are currently in the military, and therefore are subject to all the military laws and regulations. With Cross’ last series, they were all contacted guys, and could go a little off the reservation. While all the restrictions adds new and different obstacles for our heroes and heroines, I’m not a huge fan of the fraternization problem that continues to rear it’s ugly head in this series.
I have to say though, I absolutely loved and adored Ryan and Candace. Poor Candace has a pretty big chip on her shoulder, understandable once we find out more about her. She wants nothing more than to prove herself worthy of her position, and fears getting in trouble with any of the military rules. I loved that she was a little uptight and that Ryan had to work hard to get her to warm up to him. And Ryan with his relentless pursuit of Candace, it was both annoying and endearing wrapped up in one sexy package.
Cross also does an incredible job of creating amazing villains. I’m always amazed that she is able to write such creepy and zealous foes for her heroes and heroines, and that while they are all a little warped and twisted, they are also human. I have a very easy time hating the, but at the same time I can see their side of the argument at times, and that gives those characters another level of depth I don’t usually see in romantic suspense books.
I was glad to see that for how much Candace and Ryan struggled with their relationship, once they committed to each other, they were all in. Candace no longer worried about the consequences of their relationship and instead jumped in with both feet. Ryan was already all in, but he took the time to make sure that Candace was really doing what she wanted, that she was 100% comfortable with her decision. I adored that about them.
While this book was not as suspenseful as some of the other books I’ve read by Cross, I enjoyed the action. With quite a bit of the book devoted to their time in the mountain, we got to see Ryan in action and Candace push herself to limits she never knew possible. I wanted to cry and scream with them as the unexpected kept coming up and ruining their best laid plans.
All in all this was another fabulous book from Cross. The romance was spot on, the suspense was hard hitting and the overall story was wonderful. I’m excited to see where Cross takes this series next, and I’m anxious to read more about the other characters as well. I give Tactical Strike a B+...more
Publisher: Carina Press Publish Date: Out Now How I got this book: NetGalley
Cameran has lived her whole life with diabetes, and wanting to prove that she has the ability to make it as a scientist in the field, she takes an assignment in the Canadian bush, despite the protests from her parents and others. Before she can even get started, Cameran stumbles on to the dead body of a local girl and realises she might have gotten a little over her head.
Daniel is looking to escape his past, one helicopter ride at a time. But there is something about Cameran that pulls at him, makes him want to live and feel once again. The two get closer together, despite their many obstacles. But when Daniel gets framed for the murder and Cameran finds herself in the killer’s path, will he be able to save her in time before she becomes the next victim?
I’m a big fan of romantic suspense, but for some reason I had a difficult time getting into this book. For me, the pace was very slow in the beginning. There were parts that moved quickly and were able to hold my attention well – for example Cameran finding the dead body – but then the plot would go back into a lull and I would fall back into the rut of things moving at a slower pace than I like in my romantic suspense books.
I have to applaud Anderson on her ability to write such a wonderful heroine. Despite Cameran’s struggles with diabetes, she is an engaging and fun heroine to read. All of Cameran’s hardships with the disease were put across the page in a beautiful way, showcasing just how devastating it can be to live with diabetes, and yet how full your life can be with proper care and management. In that aspect, I thought the story was done so incredibly well. I really enjoyed Cameran and her strength.
Daniel on the other hand, was not the kind of romance hero I normally like to read about. Sure he was a sexy alpha man who was wounded and obviously needed a woman to swoop down and save him. But at the same time he was a total ass to Cameran and everyone else he came into contact with. He went so far as to sleep with Cameran’s best friend in the beginning of the book while having lusty thoughts of Cameran in the back of his mind. While normally I don’t mind the alpha-hole heroes, Daniel just came across to me as a first class jerk.
The suspense portion of the book wasn’t as scary suspenseful as others I’ve read. Despite the murder at the beginning of the book, it is fairly obvious that the killer is really only after an animal, although the reasons why are shrouded in mystery to the end. It is really only by chance that Cameran gets messed up in the killer’s web. For me, the whole suspense plot was a little less than stellar, and while it took me awhile to figure out who the bad guy was, it also wasn’t a huge surprise.
All in all I felt this book was great in some areas, and really lack-luster in others. I enjoyed the heroine but never really liked the hero. The suspense and plot and action were at times enjoyable, but overall fell somewhat short for me. I give Edge of Survival a C-...more
Publisher: Carina Press Publish Date: April 13th How I got this book: NetGalley
This review is difficult for me to write. I wanted to like this book, I really did. Romantic Suspense has quickly become one of my favorite genres within the past six months, and some of my favorite reads from 2010 and 2011 are suspense books. When I saw this one up for review from Carina Press, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it, but was disappointed with the results.
Megan is on the run and hiding from her former boss and the man she watched pull the trigger on another man. She rented a house in a small town, far off the beaten path in an attempt to stay hidden. When Jake comes knocking looking for answers about his birth mother and family, Megan finds herself in a precarious situation; not knowing if she should trust him, but being seriously attracted to the handsome stranger.
After some tense and awkward situations, the two reach an understand and even start to form the bonds of friendship. When a large storm hits the area and the two are trapped in Megan’s house together, the excitement of danger and their building passion ignite into a bigger storm than either expected.
I really enjoyed the premise of the book, and think the story could have been amazing, but there were some things I just couldn’t get past. The characters really didn’t work for me. I felt that although Megan was so strong to live through what she did, she didn’t really come alive for me throughout the story. Jake was even harder to relate to. I got his need to find out about his family, but he never once struck me as the heroic type that he was portrayed as in the story.
The biggest turn off for me was the actual writing of the book. Everything was so incredibly descriptive that it somewhat bogged down the story. When I have to really concentrate on the prose, try to figure out what the metaphors really mean, it takes away the enjoyment of the story for me.
I almost put this book down plenty of times, but the suspense plot was something that I just didn’t want to miss, couldn’t give up on without finding out WHY Megan was a witness to a murder. So, I found myself skimming through the last half of the book, just to get the full picture. In the end, the suspense subplot didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me, mainly because the crime that lead to the murders wasn’t something that I’d ever heard of before, or can imagine actually happening.
All in all, I just found that this did not work for me. I give Endless Night a D- ...more
Publisher: Carina Press Publish Date: Out Now! How I got this book: Net Galley
This was my first suspense read by Reus, and I was both impressed and a little let down by the overall story.
Lily is an undercover field agent for the NSA, and after the death of her aunt has returned to her hometown. She is still recovering from being abducted and being held hostage by terrorists in Africa, Lily is dealing with PTSD as well as the loss of her aunt, and the return to her hometown, filled with both wonderful and difficult memories.
Braden is the local sheriff and dealing with a string of murders that keep getting more violent and sadistic. When Lily struts back into town, Braden falls back under her spell, and quickly realizes that she might be the link between the killings. With a killer on their tail, Braden and Lily must solve the mystery quickly before more women are brutalized.
First off, the mystery and suspense and villain in this book are TREMENDOUS! I was constantly kept guessing even after clues and hints were dropped. It was a mind twister of the highest degree, and I love when an author can do that to me! The serial killer was also creepy to the highest power. He rivaled against Cynthia Eden’s serial killer from Deadly Fear for the creepiest villain I’ve ever read. He was brutal and sadistic and awful, and while I was creeped out, I also wasn’t disgusted by the author’s descriptions. It was very well done!!
However, for me the book fell flat when it came to the hero and the heroine, and their relationship. Lily went through a recent traumatic event, and I was a little disappointed that previous experience didn’t have a larger affect on her. Yes, she was suffering from PTSD, but at the same time it didn’t seem to bother her as much as I would have expected. Also, Lily is supposedly a trained NSA field agent, yet she does things and says things that contradict the training and background that I imagine a field agent would have to go through. She leaves a LOADED gun leaning against a tree outside the cabin of the serial killer she is hunting!! O_o I’m not a trained anything and even I was totally dumbfounded by that.
Braden was better in that he acted like a sheriff. However his dealings with Lily seemed unrealistic to me. The woman left him, gave him no reason, and disappeared for ten years. Yet the moment she walks back into town he is tripping over himself to get to her, to be with her. Despite the anger he admits to having, he never seems to deal with it. It was odd and unrealistic to me.
Their relationship was also weird. Lily and Braden were high school sweethearts, they dated during school, and then Lily left promptly afterward. However, some of their conversations seemed to imply there was more history between them as adults. The tone and banter between them implied a deeper level between them than what I can imagine a high school couple would actually have.
All in all this story was all over the map for me. The great aspects of it were phenomenal, knocking it out of the park with mystery and suspense and a crazed killer that kept the story moving and interesting. But the parts that didn’t work for me failed miserably, making the book at times unbelievable.
Publisher: Harlequin Publish Date: Out Now! How I got this book: Review request from Jill
This has been the year of romantic suspense, and Jill Sorenson has become one of my go-to suspense authors this past year. When she offered me a copy of her Christmas novella, I couldn’t imagine turning it down. Suspense AND Christmas? It’s a double wammy!
In Holiday Secrets Leah is hiding away in witness protection from the man who killed her husband. She and her girls are living a quiet life, until the day their neighbor came over in a Santa suit bearing presents for the girls. Leah doesn’t know what to think about Brian and how great he is. When she thinks she spots the man she is running from, her Christmas season turns from a wonderful few days to the most terrifying.
I felt for poor Leah, she lived her life in constant fear, and at the beginning of the book seemed very deflated. She came across to me as timid and fearful of just about everything. But as Brian started cracking her shell, she became more and more open to trying the things that scared her most. I liked that she learned how to swim, that she was willing to take a chance at love again, and that she did everything in her power to save the day herself.
I really liked Brian though. He wasn’t what I would call an alpha, and instead of being the typical bad-ass hero in most suspense books, he was just the guy next door. I liked that he really seemed to care about Leah’s girls, and that they were his whole reason for going to Leah in the first place. I liked that he wasn’t the typical suspense hero, and he was one of the main reasons I enjoyed this story so much.
All in all it was a good short story. Brian and Leah did seem to come to their “I love you’s” a little quicker than normal, and while I didn’t fully believe it, they were a good couple together. I give Holiday Secrets a B-
In Kidnapped at Christmas, Chloe is down on her luck, her life is in shambles and she gets fired right before Christmas. Just when she thinks there is nothing left for her, she runs into Mason – an undercover FBI agent. Mason has Chloe pretend to be his girlfriend, and when Mason’s last operation goes bad, he brings Chloe home to his family for Christmas for her safety.
I didn’t like this story as much for some reason. Chloe came across as very insecure and down trodden and depressed. And throughout the story I never really felt as if she grew at all as a character. She stayed insecure with Mason’s family and never seemed to take life by the horns. I wanted more from her than we got.
I thought that Mason was just an okay hero, somewhat stereotypical for most romantic suspense novels. Sexy FBI agent, superstar undercover agent, tight knit family that had some kind of police or military training… There wasn’t anything that really had Mason standing out to me, and I lost interest pretty quickly in the story.
Overall I thought the second story was the weakest. The suspense was not as good as the Sorenson story, and the characters didn’t engage me. I give Kidnapped at Christmas a C-...more
I adore this series from Kennedy, so every time she releases a new book, I’m anxious to get my hands on it and see what else she has in store for us.
Isabel hasn’t seen Trevor since she left him waiting in her apartment five months ago. Running away was easy, and now that she’s off her assignment, she knows that she’ll need to explain things to the one many who got under her skin. But Isabel isn’t sure that she is ready to take all that Trevor is offering.
Trevor finally has his life in order, and the only thing missing is Isabel. He wants her more than anything, and is willing to fight hard to win her over. But as they deal with a bombing on their safe house, their missing commander, and a plot that neither saw coming, Trevor and Isabel are going to have to fight to stay alive, before they can fight to stay together.
I have been waiting, not so patiently, for this book. When Isabel and Trevor first met in book one, I couldn’t wait to see where Kennedy would take these two. Especially given how screwed up Trevor was, and how closed off Isabel was. During the second book their relationship escalated, and I was hooked onto these two like you couldn’t believe. Now that they’ve had a book of their own, I’m amazed at how well Kennedy has drawn me into their world and lives.
I love the relationship between these two. It has changed so much from the first time they met. They had a long time to become friends and although Isabel is still very scared about being more than friends, the attraction between them keeps pulling them together in ways neither expected. I loved that they couldn’t seem to stay away, despite how hard it was at times. That attraction and pull was tangible throughout the whole story.
However, because their relationship has built so much over the course of the series, I felt like the overall romance took a little bit of a supportive role. Maybe it’s because they’ve known each other and worked with each other the last two books, but for some reason I felt as if the book focused much more on the suspense plot and secondary characters than it did on the developing relationship. It could also be in part because we go into this book knowing that these two have a history, and are pretty much in love already…
I loved the plot on this one too, especially since Kennedy was able to throw me for a loop. It seems like she constantly has a little something up her sleeve, and when I least expect it, she whips out the twists and curves and keeps me at the very edge of my seat. I loved that things played out unexpectedly with Jim, and the weird pseudo-relationship he has with Noelle. I thought the end was so perfect, despite the somewhat ugly scene.
One of the things I think I loved best about this book was just how perfect Trevor and Isabel ended up being for one another. Despite Isabel’s ability to take care of herself, she was (at times) willing to let Trevor care for her and protect her. And although she hid behind her disguises, I loved that Trevor was always able to see through them. Always able to see the real Isabel underneath the makeup and hair dye. While it’s true that most romance couples are made for one another, I felt like the journey that brought Isabel and Trevor to that point made their HEA all the more perfect and special.
There were so many questions left unanswered at the end of this book, especially with the secondary characters. I’m desperate to know what is going on with Jim and Noelle, Ethan and Juliet, D, Holden and all the others. One of the things that Kennedy does best is bring out incredible characters, all while dropping little hints and teases to keep them interesting and mysterious. I wish I could get Kennedy to open up her big box of secrets for me, but she is pretty tight lipped! :)
All in all I adored this installment of the Killer Instincts series. The books and characters keep getting better and better with each book. The romance and relationships are flushed out to perfection, and the plots continue to be intense and engaging. I am so excited to see what Kennedy has in store for us next, and hope that she continues to write in this series for a long, long time. I give Midnight Games a B+...more
I love my romantic suspense, and the blurb for this book sounded so great. A bodyguard, a stalker and a prim and proper heroine… it just sounded like a recipe for success, and I enjoyed it very much!
Jessica has a book launch, a business and multiple social events to manage, all while trying to live without the fear that today will be the day her stalker tries something new. She is stressed and under insane amounts of pressure, and somehow, just barely, manages to keep her cool. That is until Noah walks in the door and saves her from a bomb within five minutes of shaking hands.
Noah is desperate to get back to work after a shooting, and taking a babysitting job is something he can to do prove he’s ready to go back to work. But after the bomb on day one, Noah soon realizes that this is not the average stalker. He sticks close to Jessica at every turn, and despite their attraction, is willing to do anything for the woman who keeps getting more and more under his skin.
I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed the suspense in this book. I’ve found that very few authors can do a really good job of doing a romantic suspense in less than 200 pages, but Curtis did an amazing job with keeping the suspense alive and moving the story forward, and even slowing things down too. I will definitely be looking forward to reading more from this author in the future.
I really liked Noah, from the second he came on the page, kicking butt as he went. He was surly and opinionated and although he wasn’t super happy about taking a bodyguard position, was one hundred percent dedicated to his job. Watching him struggle with falling for Jessica, someone who was the complete opposite of what his “ideal” woman was like, was great fun. I’ve always been a fan of books that can do this trope well, because it creates so much tension and angst and fulfillment once the characters finally come together.
Jessica was a wonderful heroine as well. Her character is peeled back layer by layer and as more was revealed to the reader, the more I liked her. She comes across as this very calculated woman, one who weighs every action and processes every move she makes. But as her backstory is revealed, I was left thinking nothing but positive thoughts about her: how she was so positive and caring and sweet and sincerely dedicated to the life she carved out for herself.
While the relationship between Jessica and Noah is smoking hot with sexual tension, it wasn’t without its faults. There were times it seemed like they were on the same page emotionally, only to take a giant step back from one another, shut one another out, and do silly things to push one another away. That annoyed me a bit, especially when Jessica forced Noah to leave, putting her own body in harm’s way of the stalker. It felt a little like a TSTL move, and I wanted to yell at her for making that decision, especially when it cost her so much more than she expected.
Again, I can’t say enough good things about the suspense in this one. Especially when it came to the mystery of who exactly the stalker was, I was so surprised by the end. Curtis did a wonderful job of keeping the mystery going, keeping me on the edge of my seat, and leaving me guessing up until the very last minute. Bravo!
All in all I really enjoyed my first ever Curtis read. The suspense was so incredibly well done, the characters were developed in a way that engaged me more than I could have ever hoped for. While the romance wasn’t my favorite, it was filled with sexual tension that kept me rooting for them. I would definitely recommend romantic suspense fans pick up this book and give Curtis a try! I give Guarding Jess a B+...more
Publisher: Grand Central Publish Date: Out Now How I got this book: NetGalley
This was my first Davis read, and although it was a short story, it totally pulled me in and had me wishing for so much more. I am definitely going to go out and pick up more of her work!
Lara was looking to escape for awhile, and ended up in Africa working at a small clinic as one of only a few doctors. She is running from her past and the love she lost. One night after one too many shots, the sexy Rafe starts looking more and more like a man she could start a life with. After one smoking hot night together tough, all Lara’s memories re-surface and she worries she may have moved too fast.
Rafe wants nothing more than to make Lara’s his, for good. But when rebel forces kidnap and take Lara, he fears the worst. Together they must trek through the jungle, avoid detection and try to find a way out of danger – all while fighting the intense attraction that keeps pulling them together.
This was a short but very fast paced novella. We are immediately thrown into the crazy life that Lara and Rafe live in Africa, including the never ending problems with sub-par health care. I always love mercenary and military romance books set in third world countries that bring about awareness to problems that arise around the world. I think it’s just another wonderful platform for people to become more knowledgeable of the world at large.
The suspense was really well done in this novella. I loved the sneaking through the jungle and trying to avoid the rebel forces aspect of it. I really do wish this could have been longer, because I think Davis could have really gone into so much more (like survival tactics, jungle wildlife, etc.). But with the short amount of page space, I thought the story had a perfect balance of suspense and romance.
At times the romance did feel a little rushed, again one of the downfalls of only having a certain number of pages. Lara and Rafe went from being co-workers to lovers to being in love in just about 48 very short hours. While I agree that adrenaline fueled situations can cause strong emotions between two people, I thought that their declarations of love at the end were a little too much too soon. Especially for Lara, who struggled with letting go of her previous love. But, the two were really well suited together and I loved them together.
All in all I really enjoyed this novella. It was a great introduction into Davis’ writing style and I have to say, I am definitely going to go and check out the other books in her A-Tac Series. The romance was hot and passionate, the suspense was intense and believable, and the overall story was beautiful.
When I first picked up Dee Davis, I really enjoyed the different set-up she created for her characters. I’ve never read a book with undercover operatives working as professors, and I have to say I liked it. I liked it a lot. But for some reason, in this book, it didn’t work for me as much as before.
Hannah has been a little down and out since the death of her best friend and fellow A-Tac agent. But with her latest case she has been working closely with Harrison, the newest member of their team and man who keeps drawing Hannah’s attention. Not only is this case eerily similar to the one that killed Harrison’s sister, but the killer seems to be targeting women close to Hannah.
As clues as revealed and more women are killed, Hannah and Harrison get closer to not only finding the truth, but to falling in love with one another. When the killer eventually gets Hannah in his clutches, Harrison will have to face one of his worst nightmares in order to get her back.
Like I said before, while I originally really enjoyed the undercover aspect in previous books, in didn’t work for me in this one. I’m not sure if it’s because the A-Tac team were working a case on their own undercover college campus, or what, but I found myself getting frustrated a few times while reading. Time and time again Hannah and Harrison were told they needed to remain undercover, that they couldn’t act like CIA agents, instead had to maintain their professor personas. However, throughout the entire book they ran the investigation, questions witnesses (their own students), gave out confidential information and generally ran around and acted like CIA agents. At no point in the book did any of the characters act like they were undercover, and yet for some reason, NO ONE seemed to question their involvement within the case. To me, that just seemed not only really unlikely, but also outside of the realm of believable for me.
That aside, there were things I really enjoyed about this book. Like the other A-Tac books, the Consortium is working hard to undermine them in any and every way possible. I liked the twist at the end of the book between the Consortium and the serial killer and how it all ended up working out. It was something I didn’t catch onto until about halfway through, and was a great way to tie the whole book together.
The relationship between Hannah and Harrison ran somewhat hot and cold for me. There were moments when the two of them seemed so connected and wonderful together, and then other moments when I couldn’t really feel their passion for each other. I did like that they complemented each other well, they were both big fans of technology and were perfect for bouncing ideas off each other. They both were able to really heal each other, help one another deal with the dark histories they each brought into the relationship.
All in all I thought this was both a strong and weak book in the A-Tac series. I really liked the case they worked on, the twists and turns that Davis took us on throughout the story, and overall I enjoyed both Hannah and Harrison as our main characters. However, the undercover aspect really didn’t work for me and pulled me out of the story time and time again. Despite that, Davis continues to be a romantic suspense author who writes an incredible story and one I enjoy reading. I give Deadly Dance a C-...more
I’ve never read Giordano before, but after reading her short story in the Carina Press anthology, I think I’m going to have to look up more of her work. Although this story flew by and seemed to be the fastest read of the anthology, I adored the story.
Gavin and Janet haven’t worked together long, but the sexual chemistry between these two is off the charts. Gavin doesn’t want to risk his executive position with starting a relationship with a junior team member, but there is something about Janet that calls to him. Janet doesn’t want to be fodder for the office gossip girls, but she thinks Gavin might be worth it.
When they are called to work together to rescue their boss’ wife from kidnappers, they get not only their first chance to work together directly, but also spend long hours together in close quarters. While getting their target home safe and alive is their main priority, the feelings between them boil to a point that they can no longer deny.
This novella read very fast, and I wasn’t sure if it was because it was so jam-packed with start to finish action, or if Giordano just has a way of seamlessly telling a story and making the words fly across the page. Either way, this novella went quick, between the non-stop suspense of trying to reason with the kidnappers, and the ongoing sexual tension between Gavin and Janet.
I liked the mini suspense plot of trying to negotiate with the kidnappers. With Gavin’s past, it was obvious he was willing to do anything and everything to negotiate and get their hostage back safely without worrying about lethal force. Although he butt heads with his tactical co-worker, I liked that Gavin was able to keep his cool and figure out the best way to negotiate. Likewise, Janet was a level headed character as well. She knew her technology and knew how to work it to best suit their needs. She seemed to balance out Gavin well, at the office and emotionally.
The sexual tension was Off.The.Charts. These two danced around each other for most of the novella, even taking some time in the middle of their opp for a little nookie. I look forward to hopefully seeing more of these two in future books, because I felt as if we only got to see a small portion of how explosive these two could be together in a relationship. I thought they fit, and that their romance didn’t seem out of place, even though they were on an important job.
All in all this short story was super sexy and the suspense plot was very well done. I always like to find romantic suspense books that are not about military heroes, and Gavin was a wonderful addition to my keeper shelf. I will definitely be picking up both future and backlist books by this author! I give Negotiating Point a B....more
MinnChica – I had some mixed feelings about Shane at first. Given Josie’s memories of the way he treated her and their marriage, and his inability to explain his actions, I was a little concerned he would be too much of an Alpha-Hole for me to enjoy. But I was wrong, he was so protective of Josie, and although he hurt he, he had the best intentions behind his actions, and he ended up being a wonderful hero. I also loved the way Zanetti was able to describe the enhanced abilities of Shane and his brother by showing the reader as Shane’s powers returned to him. We were able to learn all about the world as Shane recovered his memories and his abilities bit by bit. So fabulous!
E – Shane was very fascinating. I enjoyed his combination of special skills and insistence on finding out what had happened and why. I will admit to a soft spot for a hero with amnesia because I think with the alpha hero it provides a glimpse into their inner self and how they really feel. All of the filters and walls that usually conceal those thoughts and feelings have been removed by the amnesia. I did have a few moments of worry about Shane when certain pictures of Josie surfaced but I liked how that was eventually resolved. Shane with all of his alpha-ness proved that he really did love Josie and would do what it took to make her happy even if it meant going against his inclination to view her as soft and fragile.
Has – I also liked Shane, and I loved the fact that despite his leaving Josie for two years, he was always determined to win her back even though being with her would have been impossible and dangerous. I also had the same fears that he would overrule her because he was pretty alpha and determined but I liked that Josie stood her ground with him. I also like that Josie had the upperhand with Shane due to his amnesia and some of the issues they had when they first marriage such as the secrecy and over-protectiveness was tackled head-on which helped to cement their relationship. I also agree with MinnChica about the unveiling of Shane’s abilities and how the little clues were spread out throughout the book until the truth was laid out to Josie. I do like this premise and this was a great take on the whole super-soldier are genetically engineered.
2. Thoughts on the Heroine
MinnChica – I thought Josie was awesome as well. Poor thing was so desperate to have a family that she stayed married to a man that up and left her and stayed gone for over two years. That’s some dedication, and I loved her for it. I also liked that she didn’t allow Shane and his brothers to put her in the dark. That she demanded they let her into their world, and demanded a place in their family. She knew her limitations, didn’t do anything that would classify her as a TSTL heroine, and I liked that she found a balance between needing protection, and showing Shane that she could take care of herself.
E – Josie was also an intriguing character. She never really had a family of her own but was teased with the opportunity more than once growing up in foster homes. Unfortunately not all of the homes she was placed in were good homes so she learned not to depends on people because they either left or mistreated her. The one time she took a chance was with Shane and after they started building a life together he abruptly vanished. Despite her hurt and anger when he reappeared she could not abandon him. I really liked how she never quit fighting. If she wasn’t fighting for her independence from Shane she was fighting for full inclusion to his family or fighting for her life. Her actions shared that she could be warm and caring without being soft and fragile which was what Shane needed. She also shattered some preconceived notions held by Shane’s brothers.
Has – I also found Josie interesting and engaging, and I liked how people around her kept underestimated her for being weak or fragile and that helped her to get out of predicaments and scrapes. Although I found some scenes when it was too convenient or lucky because while she did have some training due to Shane, it was brief and she also gave up on it after she left. But I enjoyed her stubbornness and resourcefulness and I liked her interactions with Shane’s brothers who she won over. The theme of family and loyalty was very strong in the book and this really helped to highlight both the brothers yearning to keep their family safe and Josie’s desire for one of her own helped to add a layer of warmth which made me relate to them.
3. Favorite Scene
MinnChica – Oh man…. This is a tough one. There were so many things I really liked about this book. I think for me, the one scene that stood out in my mind was when Josie was eavesdropping on Shane and his brothers conversation about their history and what they had been up to. Although Josie knew about Shane’s super hearing, she still tried to be all stealthy-like, and at the same time both Shane and his brothers knew she was there. Shane demanded that his brothers answer truthfully and fully as a way to prove to all of them that he was in it for the long haul, in both his marriage and his family. To me, it was a pivotal scene for both the romance between Shane and Josie, as well as the overall story arc. Plus, Zanetti added a little bit of humor to lighten the somber mood.
E – MinnChica picked a great scene there but I think I am going to pick the scene when Shane first realized that Josie could and would fight. Some pictures of Josie spanning about three or so years were discovered under circumstances that made Shane look really bad. Josie knew that something wasn’t right and given the secrets Shane kept during their brief marriage she could only guess the problem was Shane. She did what she needed to temporarily disable Shane and ran to the police. I liked this scene because it showed that Josie wasn’t stupid and that she was strong enough to figure out how to hold her own. Those two traits really came in handy throughout the remainder of the story.
Has – The scene which MinnChica picked is also my favourite because it was the turning point for their relationship and opened up the trust between Shane and Josie. I think my other favourite scene has to be the first love scene between Josie and Shane, that was smoking hot and steamy and it also helped to set up the tension because there was still issues but it was very well done.
4. Dislike about book
MinnChica – Hmmm, I’m trying to think of things I disliked in this book. Other than Shane in the beginning, there wasn’t much I didn’t like. The world was unique and different, and reminded me a little of the Ava Gray Skin series. I was absolutely thrown for a loop with a lot of the twists and turns that Zanetti threw into the story, especially towards the end with people that Josie thought she could trust.
E – I don’t have any complaints about this story. The twists and turns kept me intrigued and I loved the ongoing tension between Shane and Josie.
Has – While I liked the main suspense plot, which was unexpected in the twists and turns and I liked how that turned out. I was a tad disappointed in the villians linked with Shane and his brothers. I especially found one character a bit too cartoony and I dont think it made sense this person would be in a position of power especially funded by powerful high-placed people would allow them to have full sway over the super-soldier programme. That was a bit of a let down for me.
5. Any other misc. thoughts along with grade
MinnChica – All in all I really liked the first in the Sins Brothers series. I loved the set up with Shane and his brothers, working to get revenge on the people who raised them. Their past is unraveling to be so different and horrific, and I can’t wait to get more snippets from their childhood. I loved the romance between Josie and Shane, especially because of the second chance aspects, and the fact that although Josie was still head-over-heels for Shane, she made him work at earning her trust once again. I’m so excited for the brothers to get their stories, and to find out more about the world.
I give Forgotten Sins a B+/A-
E – Zanetti has been an auto-buy author for me since I read her first book when it was released back in 2011. Her world and characters captivated me and she has maintained her grasp across three different romance subgenres. Forgotten Sins was no exception. I fell in love with Josie and Shane from the very beginning. Josie’s strength and yet vulnerability. Shane’s amnesia, special skills, and determination to keep and protect Josie. I also had a blast with Shane’s brothers and how they struggled to deal with the reality of Josie instead of their mental image of women. I am really looking forward to Zanetti’s future stories with the Sins Brothers.
I give Forgotten Sins an A-
Has – This was my first Zanetti book, and I wished I picked a book of hers much sooner, because she has a great voice and I loved the dynamics between the brothers and the romance with Shane and Josie. While I wasn’t keen on one character, the premise and on-going story threads has definitely left me wanting for the next book. Forgotten Sins was pacey, fun and very sexy romantic suspense with an unexpected plot that went into different directions – I am hooked!
Publisher: Valley Publishing Publish Date: Out Now! How I got this book: review copy from author
I’m a huge fan of my paranormal romances as well as romantic suspense, so when I got a request to read Tuesday’s Child, I was pretty excited to see how Mayer pulled it all together. While I would have been happy with a little more to the paranormal aspect, I was very happy with the way this story turned out.
Sam has had visions her entire life that are horrific and traumatizing. When they continue to get worse and worse, she decides it might be time to try and turn to the police to see if she can help find the killer. So despite the horrible history she has with law enforcement, Sam sucks it up and tries everything in her power to stop the killer.
Brandt has used a psychic in the past to solve crimes, but is a little hesitant about Sam. When all her details check out, Brandt knows that Sam has a direct link to their murderer. But when someone in the police department tries to get the public involvement, Sam gets put into the direct path of the killer, and Brandt will do anything to save the woman who has come to mean so much more to him than he ever imagined.
I really enjoyed the suspense part of this book, I felt as if the villain was definitely creepy. Mayer did a wonderful job of keeping me on the edge of my seat, wondering what victim would be next and how creative and creepy the next murder would be. It was especially freaky being in Sam’s vision while she witnessed each and every murder, felt each stab, endured every moment of torture. That portion of the story was so well done and left goosebumps on my arms after a few different scenes.
Individually I really liked Sam and Brandt. Sam was so strong for dealing with the visions, and at the same time she wasn’t perfect. She was beaten down, disheartened and frustrated with her powers. Brandt also had a few flaws that endeared me to him, he was hesitant to believe in Sam, but also fiercely protective of her once he witnessed her vision first hand. He stood by her, had her back at every turn. Despite the fact that I really enjoyed the characters, I didn’t feel their love connection as strongly as I would have hoped. While they went through the motions of being together, I didn’t FEEL it. I hoped for a lot more depth to their relationship, and it didn’t get to that point for me.
All in all I was pleasantly surprised with this story. I liked the paranormal aspect, and while it felt a little subdued to me, I think non-paranormal fans could really enjoy this story as well. The psychic aspect was prevalent, but very realistic at the same time. The mystery around the serial killer was well done too. I would have liked to see a little more mystery and investigation on Brandt’s part, but I enjoyed the way it all wrapped up and came together. I think Mayer has wonderful potential with this series, and I will be looking into the next book for sure. I just hope that the next will have a little more focus on the romance aspect.
Publisher: Pocket Publish Date: January 31st How I got this book: ARC from publisher
I put off reading those book as long as I could, because then I could fool myself into thinking the BOI series wouldn’t have to end. But all good things must come to an end, so as soon as I opened the first page in Joe’s book, I was sucked in and didn’t put it down until I was finished.
Joe has been haunted by the deal of former teammate Bryan for years, and now that he finally had a lead on who betrayed them, he is willing to do anything and everything to make sure the truth comes out. But in order for him to do that, he knows he has to leave the love of his life and Bryan’s little sister, Stephanie.
Stephanie has been in love with Joe for years, and she is crushed when he leaves. When she discovers that he is in prison, she will do what it takes to get him out and help him uncover the mystery behind Bryan’s murder, a traitor in Washington, and the truth behind the one mission that changed so many lives long ago.
I don’t even know where to start with this review. I was pulled into the story immediately and like I said, once I started reading couldn’t put the book down. It feels like I’ve been rooting for Joe and Stephanie to FINALLY get their HEA forever, and after the way this story stared, I could feel my heart breaking for them both. The emotional angst and drama surrounding their initial break-up and Joe’s decision to tell Stephanie he wasn’t in love with her had me tearing up within the first two chapters.
Once Stephanie goes off half-cocked at the idea of saving Joe I was glad to see her really step up and grab life by the horns. Instead of being a passive observer as life passed her by she stood up and took her life into her own hands. She was willing to risk everything to save him – her job, her life. Everything. Although I worried she would start pulling TSTL moves one after another, Stephanie also showed restraint in know what her capabilities were. I liked that. She knew when to take a step back and let someone else run the show.
At the same time she had this amazing revelation about her past relationship with Joe, where she wanted the future to go, and what she would have to do to have a future with him. It was eye opening for Stephanie and also great fun for me to see such a huge transformation! And poor Joe… He was so taken by surprise by her complete 180 that he didn’t seem to know what to do with himself or her. It was awesome to see such a hard core warrior brought down to his knees by Stephanie growing a pair.
I was a little mad at Joe at first, not just because he ran off into the unknown without any backup, and knowing full well he would need it, but for not trusting that his team would not only want to be in this fight, but that they would believe him and trust his instincts. There were moments when he was acting like a spoiled child and I wanted to pop him on the head for not reaching out to the other BOI guys.
Like all Gerard books, the suspense and action keep the book moving and kept me at the edge of my seat. Although there felt to be more down time than usual, I love that even the slower Gerard books are more intense than other books I’ve read in the romantic suspense genre. I was happy to see the original mission of the first book revisited and resolved and everyone was finally able to make their peace with Bryan’s death. The traitor was discovered and the series was wrapped up with a nice big bow.
The epilogue was a great way to end the series as well (although I will admit to thinking it was just a LITTLE bit corny). we got a chance to see all the BOI guys together once again with their leading ladies and families. It was fun to see them all together, growing up and moving onto the next chapter of their lives. I can only hope that Gerard plans to write a book about Mike, the on-again-off-again BOI pilot who helps the boys every now and then. We get to see a lot more of him… *grin*
All in all I’m so sad to see this series end, but so happy with the way it did. Everything was wrapped up, we got a chance to see all the guys back together again and see just how great of an impact their wives had in their lives. It was emotional and wonderful and optimistic and left me feeling like everything will have a fairytale ending for not only Joe and Stephanie, but the BOI guys as a whole. WELL DONE CINDY GERARD! I give Last Man Standing an A...more
Holy Karen Rose! I read my first Rose book last year when the first in the new Baltimore series – You Belong to Me – and the only thing I remember is being blown away. Well, let me say that Rose blew me away once again!
Paige has run away from the nightmares and overbearing friends in MN to work as a Baltimore PI. When she takes a case pro-bono, she never expected it would turn into a murdered client and shady figureheads across the city. As she works to uncover the secrets left to her by her client who dies in her arms, Paige is thrown in way over her head.
Grayson is a dedicated attorney who has never doubted his skill in the courtroom. When he finds out that he may have been an unwilling pawn in a setup, he will partner with Paige to get the truth, whatever the costs. As he and Paige fight to stay alive day in and day out, they uncover dirty cops, district attorneys, politicians and a scandal decades in the making. But the closer they get to the truth, the hotter the water they are in. Will they be able to unravel the mystery, while keeping each other alive?
I have to admit, reading Rose takes a lot of concentration and brain power. There is so much going on, so many subplots, and an endless number of twists and turns. As soon as I was done reading, I had to go and veg out, because my brain hurt from trying to process all the information, read into every word said, and try to figure out the mystery along with Paige and Grayson.
The mystery and suspense aspects of the book were AMAZING. I can’t even say enough good things about how incredible Rose is as a storyteller. The whodunit aspect kept weaving this way and that and just when I thought I knew exactly who the murder was, Rose would throw in another tidbit and I would be sent back to square one, scratching my head. I loved following Paige and Grayson as they uncovered clues, but also being able to get a look at the other players was a fun bit as well.
So many times when an author excels at the mystery or suspense portion of the book, it seems as if the other aspects don’t stand out as well. But with Rose, the romance was just as vital to the book, and just as well done as everything else. I loved and adored both Paige and Grayson. They had their own flaws and idiosyncrasies, yet they were both fiercely devoted to their work, and finding the truth in everything they did. I believed in them both and when they came together – rather explosively, I might add – I believed in them together. I cheered them on, prayed for them to be together, and hoped they would open enough to each other to let them heal one another.
I am so anxious to see where Rose goes next with the series. There were so many exceptional supporting characters that I can’t wait to find out more about. Especially Daphne, Grayson’s loyal and snarky co-worker as well as the rest of the Carter clan (Grayson’s adoptive family). When I read that the next book would be about Daphne and Grayson’s brother, the stoic FBI agent, I already started counting down the days until November 8th.
All in all I was once again floored by Rose’s writing and storytelling. The characters were flawed, but written flawlessly. The story was gritty and violent at times, but also told an incredible story that took us on a wild ride. I will absolutely be making my way through the Rose backlist (although it’ll be slowly, as she breaks my brain with the awesomeness that is her writing). Romantic suspense and mystery fans alike should all check out this book. I give No One Left to Tell a B+...more
Steele is one of KGI’s team leaders, and the group iceman. He has emotions, but keeps them close to the vest at all times. His attraction to Maren, a doctor the team uses from time to time, can no longer be ignored and he spends a few nights in her bed. When Steele leaves on a mission, he doesn’t know that Maren will be put into a dangerous situation that could keep them apart for ever.
Maren loves her work as a rural, third world country doctor. Never did she expect to be taken hostage by a psycho crime lord who needs a full time doctor. Maren would do anything to get out from under his grasp, especially since she has a secret she desperately needs to tell Steele. But when Steele finally gets her back, he and the KGI team might not be able to protect her when her psycho comes calling once again.
I have a love/hate relationship with the KGI books. I either absolutely love, love, LOVE them, or I get so angry I can’t finish them. I was hoping beyond all hope that Steele’s story would be one that I would love, since I couldn’t wait to find out more about why he was so cold, so stern. I wanted to see what kind of woman could get him to open up, smile more, and start to love life.
Banks did a great job with this story, on both the romance and the action front. Before Maren is taken hostage, we get to really see Steele start to fall head over heels for her. Although he leaves on a mission, he makes it very clear that he is going to come back to her, that they have unfinished business, and that he doesn’t want to leave her. Maren is given the chance to really hold onto that when she is taken, and it’s clear that and her secret are enough to pull her through.
I think that Banks does a great job of balancing out the action and romance in this series. There is always a knuckle-gripping beginning, a sweet middle, and another hectic end. I love the way she keeps the plot moving quickly with plenty of action and suspense, mixed in with the down times every couple needs. The end scene, where Maren and Steele are finally able to face off and fight together for their relationship had me gripping the pages of the book so hard I was worried I was going to accidently rip out pages. It was crazy and intense and had me riveted with every word.
I’m so excited about this series again, given the last two books have really gotten back to the vibe of the first few books. I’m so excited to see that Van is next, and I can not wait to see what kind of heroine is going to win him over, especially since he has been one of my favorite Kelly brothers from the get-go.
I loved getting to see more of the new KGI team, and am so glad that Banks is continuing to expand the cast of characters, so we get the possibility of even more awesome reads in the future. Getting to see Rusty, Sean, and everyone else in the Kelly circle was wonderful, and I’m anxious for Banks to write more and more!
All in all I really liked Steele and Maren, and this book. The suspense and action was so well done, and the romance between these two was incredible. Once Steele decided on Maren, he was 100% devoted to her, and them as a couple. I loved getting to see her melt the ice around his heart. I hope that we get to see more and more of these two in future books.
I was a late-comer to the Nora Roberts fan club. I know this sounds crazy, but up until two years ago, I was a strictly paranormal, UF reader and Nora never even crossed my radar. Once I started branching out to contemporary romance I first picked up the Bride Quartet books. From that moment on, I’ve been a Nora fangirl.
Elizabeth is a child genius, and stuck under her mother’s oppressive thumb. But when one night of bad decisions leaves her witness to a double murder by a notorious crime family, she finds herself on the run. As Abigail, she lives in seclusion, away from people and town and with her huge, fierce guide dog. But when the local police chief, Brooks, enters her life, she finds she doesn’t want to run anymore. Together, Brooks and Abigail will take on not only the mob, but a rather large problem in their own town. With Brooks to watch her back, Abigail finds the strength to stand up and fight.
I absolutely adored this book. Let me start by saying that Elizabeth/Abigail reminds me so much of Brennan from the TV show BONES. She is super smart, very logical, and sure of her own intelligence and skills. She is socially awkward and yet has a heart of gold. I fell in love with her character almost instantly and wanted nothing more than to protect her from what I could tell was going to be a huge train wreck.
The book was broken into major sections, and I liked the way it flowed both together and in its own sections. The first portion of the book is with Elizabeth as a young girl. It follows the oppression by her mother, the thrill of doing something wrong for the first time, and her dealing with the consequences. I was so impressed with the maturity of her character, that at times it didn’t feel as if she was a teenager. Toward the end of the first section I had already broken into tears twice!
Once the book moves forward in years and follows the adult Abigail, the story slows down a bit and starts to focus more on the romance and the ways that Abigail has managed to stay hidden for so long. I like the way that we get to see Abigail come out of her shell a little, learn to trust people again. I especially adored the way Brooks and his mother bombarded her, forcing her to quit being a hermit.
It’s also during this time that we get to really know Brooks. We get to see the kind of man he is, honorable and alpha and sexy as hell. Getting to see Brooks in action in great as well, and we get to see the first stirrings of trouble in the small town when an entitled kid goes on a crime spree. Watching Brooks deal with the pressure of his job while trying to protect and care for Abigail was perfect.
The suspense portion of this book picked up a little toward the end, but never really gained the same intensity as the first few chapters. While I was worried that might bother me, I found that I liked the fact that there wasn’t some crazy involved mess to wrap the story up. I will admit though that I may have rolled my eyes once or twice at the way that Abigail brought down the Russian mob almost single handedly. While I never once doubted her mad computer/intelligence skills, I did think it was a little unreal that she would be able to achieve so much on her own, on the run. Not only that, but I found it a little silly that Brooks didn’t put a halt to her somewhat shady way of going about it. Sure, you might need to fight fire with fire, but for Brooks, the CHIEF OF POLICE to turn a blind eye, I was a little disappointed in him for that.
All in all I adored this book. It was exactly what I was hoping for the other day when I picked it up. It was full of emotion, a great romance and a fabulous read. I can always count on Roberts to deliver a strong story with characters that are easy to love in their own special ways. Despite the small problems I had with it, the book was a fabulous read! I give The Witness an A-...more
Publisher: Dreamspinner Publish Date: Out Now How I got this book: NetGalley
NOTE: This review has spoilers for the previous books in the series.
So I was looking for something a little different to read that I wouldn’t normally pick up, and after hearing Mandi from Smexybooks go on and on and on and on about this series, I realized that I had the first book in the series as a free download and decided to try it out. Oh. My. Gawd. Hooked. I was immediately drawn into Ty and Zane. I actually inhaled all four books in a week, as well as two other books from Urban and Roux’s backlist.
This is the fourth book in the Cut & Run series, and we left Ty and Zane after their insane cruise ship incident. Ty told Zane how he really feels, and we have yet to hear those three little words back from Zane. A case of serial bank robberies and bombings have them front and center in both their case and with the media. With their relationship still on rocky ground and their case blowing up left and right, these two will be pushed to their limits once again.
I love that Urban and Roux don’t pull their punches when they write. If there is even the slightest chance Ty or Zane could be hurt (emotionally or physically) these two get put through the ringer. I’m still waiting for a time when these two aren’t beaten down, landing up in the hospital or scarred emotionally. But for me, it’s part of the charm of these two. They literally go through hell and back for each other and their relationship. The bond between these two men is so strong it’s incredible.
One of the biggest draws to this series for me is the suspense and mystery action. And while the first three books were VERY well done in that aspect, I didn’t feel it was done as strongly in this book. It seemed as if the action and mystery of the case really took a backseat to the relationship aspect of this book, which isn’t a bad thing, but I would have liked a little more suspense along the way.
There were two things about this book that absolutely crushed me (in both good and bad ways). The first was the situation with Ty’s best friend Nick. I was not a big fan of the way that played out, and awhile I was glad to see Ty come out to his friends, what followed was also a little bit of a WTF moment for me. It felt forced and unnecessary and a little out of the blue. I can only hope and pray that nothing else comes of it in the future. Also, the ending absolutely killed me. I sat and stared at my nook for almost a full five minutes, in shock that it had ended there. I wanted more. Needed more! Thankfully there was a little teaser for the next book, so I had a little relief there.
All in all I am so so happy that I decided to branch out and try this series. From the first moment Ty and Zane stepped onto the page I was in love. They are both such strong Alpha heroes, but at the same time there is such a dept to their relationship that it sucks you in and keeps you turning the page as quickly as possible. I can’t wait for more Ty and Zane and to see where else this series will go! I give Divide and Conquer an A-...more
Publisher: Berkley Publish Date: August 2009 How I got this book: Purchased
I’ve been on a romantic suspense kick lately, and even spent the last weekend reading nothing but Rom. Susp. books all weekend long. When I went with my fellow Book Pusher E to the local Borders that is closing (*tear*) I saw the sexy covers of Nina Bruhns Passion for Danger trilogy and immediately placed all three in my basket. Super sexy cover? Check! Hard core black-ops man on a mission? Check! Strong heroine who powers her way through the book? Check! What more could you ask for?!
Rainie is an ER nurse who is trying to get back into the dating scene, but none of the men at the speed dating are ringing her bell, until tall, dark and deadly walks in and heads right to her. But instead of getting back into the dating scene, she finds herself thrown into the middle of a CIA cluster-F filled with an uncooperative agent, a potential mole, and a lot of twists and turns.
Kick doesn’t want to go back to work, has been avoiding detection for as long as possible. When work catches up with him and he is forced to go back, with Rainie underfoot, he is placed with keeping himself and her safe from who knows what. They are taken to the desert where they have to survive one of the most brutal terrorist. But when the bullets start flying, a POW is found, and their plans start backfiring, will Kick and Rainie ever make it out alive?
I am so so glad I took the chance on Bruhns when I saw her at the bookstore. I literally sat down and devoured this book from cover to cover in one sitting. The characters were so real, the plot was intense and crazy, and the sexy times were SMOKIN’! I loved that the characters were so flawed and crazy at times. When we first meet Kick he is addicted to pain pills, and isn’t thinking straight with every decision he makes. He is cold and mean and kind of a jerk. But once he comes out of the drug haze and shows his true colors… LOVED him. He was alpha and strong and protective and so larger than life. While I was hesitant to like him given his actions in the beginning of the story, it was also very real and true to life. I liked that.
Rainie was a little harder to relate to. She was such a contradiction of herself. When in the ER she is take-charge and strong and every bit an alpha female. But when she is not in the ER she is scared and phobic of almost everything and so mousy. I felt that her actions in the beginning of the story were a little off kilter for how a woman might normally act, but once she started finding herself and getting past her neuroses, she came alive for me.
Like many romantic suspense books this one was chalked full crazy plot twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. I really liked the secondary characters and am hoping that we get to see more of them, especially Alex the POW. I think he has a great story to tell, and I can’t wait to hear it! There were a few parts that felt too over-the-top for me, but at the same time it made for very entertaining reading.
All in all I really enjoyed Shoot to Thrill. All romantic suspense fans out there will want to pick this book up, and soon. The author writes a creative and well developed plot, engaging and exciting characters in a bundle of sexyness.
I was a little hesitant to read this book, mainly because it has one of the worst written blurbs in the history of romance. I didn’t think that Tyler would have a love interest between siblings, but I did read a romance once from a very popular author where the hero and heroine were 2nd cousins, so you can never be too sure.
Dare is a bit broken. His life as a SEAL is officially over, and after a hellish last mission, his body is as messed up as his spirit. When an old family friend shows up on his doorstep with word of a half-sister who is in danger, Dare is forced out of hiding and thrown into a messy situation that he fears he won’t be able to live through.
Grace is the daughter of a very powerful and dangerous man who will stop at nothing to get her back under his thumb. When Dare and his crew offer her their protection, all their individual problems will come to head and the fight of their life will be bloody and dangerous, and someone won’t make it out alive.
This is a little bit of a different romantic suspense book. Usually our heroes are active military, or work for some kind of black ops group. Instead, Dare and his ragtag team are former military and spooks and are all a little bit broken and crazy. Their lives are forfeit because of their relation to Section 8, and the only way out is to take down the man behind it all. It had a little bit of a different vibe, with the good guys being hunted, and I liked that.
The supporting cast of characters were great in this story. I loved Avery, Dare’s half-sister, who found herself facing murder charges. She had just the right combination of spunk and uncertainty about their situation. I’m excited to see what happens between Avery and Key, the unsuspecting career military man who saved Dare’s life on his last military mission. I love the crazy ways of Jem, Key’s CIA brother who was a perfect mix of crazy and sane. And Gunner, the tattoo artist with a military background and a secret he’s desperate to keep. They were all so crazy, and yet together as a team, they worked!
There were times that I liked the supporting cast more so than Dare and Grace. Not that they weren’t both interesting characters, but their romance lacked a little for me. I had a hard time believing in their lust and love for one another. At times it felt as if they were only together because of the convenience of it all. There were only one or two moments that I truly felt they were in it 100% for each other.
I’m both excited and apprehensive to see where Tyler takes this series next. Things were both wrapped up nicely and left hanging. While the mystery and intrigue surrounding Section 8 is pretty much done and over, Dare and crew have formed a team on their own. Where they all go from here is a mystery for the next book.
All in all I thought Tyler had an interesting first book in the Section 8 series. I adored the secondary characters and am anxious to see what happens to each of them as their stories unfold. While the romance didn’t work for me in some ways, I did enjoy both Dare and Grace as individuals, and that made up for the romance let down.