It felt like we got a more concentrated focus on Eve's feelings and attachments to certain people than we usually do. I liked the change up of Eve alrIt felt like we got a more concentrated focus on Eve's feelings and attachments to certain people than we usually do. I liked the change up of Eve already knowing who the bad guy was. I read this book mostly because I wanted to see the Christmas gift exchanges that we missed in Holiday in Death. I would have liked to see it in the moment, but hearing about it after the fact was better than nothing. I loved the bits with McNab and Peabody and liked that we got to see a lot of Mira. I'm not a huge novella fan, but this was a nice little short. It whet my appetite for the next book. ...more
Despite its label of Romantic Suspense, this book has barely any romance. In the beginning of the book, when I was enjoying it, I thought I might likeDespite its label of Romantic Suspense, this book has barely any romance. In the beginning of the book, when I was enjoying it, I thought I might like the overall story despite my irritation with not delivering on the promised “R” in “RS.” Unfortunately, that optimism only holds true when I’m actually enjoying said book.
I really liked the beginning of the book. It opens with the hero and heroine already sleeping together, which I haven’t seen very often in Romance. But don’t get the impression that they’re in a relationship. They’re not, they’re just knocking boots. Daniel, the hero, wants more, but Charlotte, the heroine, is not interested in ties. She just wants sex. Although it was weird to feel like I was a few steps behind in their relationship, I liked seeing the stereotypical gender roles reversed and was interested in seeing them slowly grow toward an intimate connection.
Charlotte is an attorney and Daniel is a cop, so their professional lives occasionally intersect. When Daniel starts investigating a string of murders related to the carnival that Charlotte used to work for, she finds herself involved in the case. It was a good thing that Charlotte was drawn into the case, because otherwise they would have had no interaction together. Their separate lives had way more page time than any time that they spent together. At first I liked getting to see all the mundane aspects in their day to day lives, but it eventually became old. I wanted to see them together. I liked that the author maintained some realism and made their professions feel necessary to their lives and to the plot, but I needed a better balance on the romance end. Charlotte was so cold that relationship building was really necessary to make their eventual connection believable.
Charlotte was an interesting character, although I didn’t like her much. I was put off by her cold behavior in the beginning but looked forward to her shell eventually cracking to show us the real woman. Well…that shell only seemed to reveal more ice. It wasn’t until approximately 40 pages from the end that the heroine would even consent to use the hero’s first name. She preferred to call him Detective to avoid any false impression of intimacy. She was…odd. I didn’t understand her, but I found her interesting in a distant, character study sort of way. I couldn’t really figure out why anyone liked her, though. At one point her coworkers stop to have a quick celebration (with her) at work and all she can think about is how many wasted man hours are in the room with her. Seriously. That was not a rare comment, either. That’s just the type of person she was.
She was neurotically ashamed about her past “carnie” connections and ruthlessly groomed herself to appear like she was educated in a private school. I didn’t really understand her hang up. Especially since nothing earth shattering happened once she was forced to reveal it to the world. It made her seem a little snobby and small minded. I know that some of the carnival workers lived down to her expectations, but I felt it was a little too two dimensional to feel realistic. Also, I found it hilarious that she was more ashamed of growing up around the carnival than she was about the fact that she stripped her way through college.
I liked the hero, although I never understood why he liked the heroine. His grandmother was great and I loved the little bits we saw of them together. His interactions with his family and his partner really emphasized what a downright decent guy he was. I think that’s why the differences in between him and Charlotte were so glaring. Although I liked Daniel more than Charlotte, I still never felt a strong connection to him. The whole book felt a bit clinical. I stayed distant from everything throughout the read.
Other than that, there were a few things that seemed out of place or just plain wrong. There was a supernatural/seer angle that seemed odd and out of place. I really don’t know what that added to the story. I won’t bother to list all the things that rubbed against me wrong, but I can’t finish this review without mentioning something that drove me nuts. (view spoiler)[The heroine reveals that she, not her sister, is the mother of a girl from the carnival. She is upset with Grady (her stepfather growing up) because he did not fulfill his promise of giving the girl up for adoption to offer her a better life.
I just had to stop and stare. She expected him to offer the baby up for adoption??? Uh…isn’t she the mom? If her kid’s welfare was so important to her, why didn’t she put her up for adoption? It was her kid. You can’t just leave her and hope that someone else (who ISN’T her guardian or her parent) will take care of it for you. (hide spoiler)]
I found the serial killer creepy and liked the parts of the book revolving around him, but for such a long build up the story sure wrapped up in a hurry. All of a sudden it was over in a snap.
"I'm living vicariously through you, Danny-boy. My love life is a wasteland. Plus, I like to watch you get revved up when I mention her name. Charlotte. Charlotte. Charlotte."
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This book had a weight to it that I wasn’t expecting. I guess I’ve come to associate shifter books in Paranormal Romance with mating games,*4.5 Stars*
This book had a weight to it that I wasn’t expecting. I guess I’ve come to associate shifter books in Paranormal Romance with mating games, dominance plays, and a group of badass guys running around sweeping women off their feet. There’s nothing wrong with that but I love when a book comes along and shakes things up for me. The shifters in this book don’t change into animals. They’re actually a group of aliens that have the ability to change their shape into any human whose DNA they have come in contact with. They have no rights on Earth and there’s conflict between the humans over how they should be treated. This setup is not unfamiliar in real life and it really helped to develop an authentic conflict between the protagonists.
Cam and Griffin stand on opposite ends with their regard for shifters. Cam is a shifter, so obviously she’s for shifter rights and wants them to be left in peace. She has no illusions about the human’s regard for her species. This is not the first time the survivors of her species have traveled to a new planet to try again. The last one they tried didn’t appreciate them either. Cam has a wry, accepting manner that made it easy to sympathize with. She isn’t bitter about their lot in life, although she is sad. She’s a survivor who rolls with the punches. I really loved how strong she was, especially when it came to her relationship with Griffin.
As I said, Griffin stands opposite of Cam in his opinion of shifters. He flat out hates them. His whole life was ruined by one and he is still picking up the pieces. He has no trust for a people that can change their appearance at will. They could be anyone, do anything, and that’s what they do. They’re not all malicious, but to fit in on Earth they spend their day to day lives in human form. That means that they’re running around with someone else’s face. What’s to stop them from taking over their life too?
I understood where both sides were coming from, but it took me longer to understand Griffin’s point of view than it did to understand Cam’s. I was shocked to find that Cam didn’t join the XCEL team voluntarily like I thought she did, based on some assumptions I had going into the book. Griffin was the agent who led the way in capturing her and blackmailing her into doing what they asked. I had a hard time liking him in the beginning and prayed that the author would pull off a believable slide into love. She did, thank goodness.
Cam and Griffin are attracted to each other, but they aren’t very happy about it. Cam fought it less than Griffin, but she had her moments of bitterness and resentment toward him and his views. Griffin slowly came to see the species in a different light based on his slow fall into love with Cam. Getting to know her and working alongside her opened his eyes to the fact that they are not all the same. There are good people who have had a rough life. They didn’t come to Earth to irritate the humans. They were just trying to save themselves.
I really enjoyed the characters we met. Cam and Griffin were great, but I also loved their nerdy little champion in XCEL and Griffin’s grandfather. I know that we didn’t see much of the grandfather beyond the phone messages he left, but Griffin’s regard of him made him standout in my mind. I originally wasn’t sure what I thought of the Native American mysticism running through the book, but I ended up enjoying it a lot. The grandfather’s messages nicely highlighted Griffin’s slow change of opinion toward Cam and they also provided a nice starting point for us to learn more about his past.
This was a fast paced PNR that had a strong Romantic Suspense feel to it. The characters and their development were great and I really enjoyed watching the storyline unfold. There were strong characters, great action scenes, and a wonderful love story. The only complaint I had was that the end wrapped up a little too quickly. The book ends with a definite HEA between them, but I would have liked just a tad more time spent on wrapping it up.
"And if you get any closer, you're going to get what you want."
She felt her eyes widen. "And what is it I want?"
Mercer's palm wrapped around the back of her neck and brought her lips to his--a fraction of an inch away. She felt the fire ignite in her belly with anticipation.
"Trouble," he whispered. "And not the kind you're looking for."
That intrigued her. "You want it too."
He peered into her eyes. "No, I don't. I'm already in as deep as I want to get."
"Really?" she said and bushed her lips against his.
"You can't just take whatever you want," he said, but his pulse was getting faster by the second. Maybe he was right and she shouldn't be pushing him. Still, curiosity gnawed at her.
She ran her lips over his and breathed, "Chicken."
This is my very first book by Sandra Brown so I didn't know quite what to expect. Romantic Suspense books don't always work for me, but I like to dipThis is my very first book by Sandra Brown so I didn't know quite what to expect. Romantic Suspense books don't always work for me, but I like to dip my toe into the genre now and again in search of the ones that do. I like suspense paired with romance, but a lot of the time I end up reading the ones that don't have a good balance of the two elements. I ran into that problem with this book too, but I enjoyed the book enough that the lightness of the romance didn't bother me too much.
I really liked how the author portrayed Honor and Coburn. There was a believable layer of fear and uncertainty to it that made the setup seem more realistic. Coburn was a very scary man in the beginning. His personality stayed consistent throughout the book, but in the latter half of the book you were more familiar with him so you had a good idea of how he would react in a situation and exactly how far he would go. In the beginning you had none of that. At one point Honor reflected to herself on the kind of man Coburn is and she nailed it dead on.
His harsh childhood had made him cynical, and the things he'd seen and done while in service to his country had hardened his heart even more. He was often cruel, possibly because he'd witnessed how effective cruelty could be toward getting results. Whatever he said or did was unfiltered and straightforward because he knew that hesitation could be fatal. He didn't worry about future regret because he didn't expect to live to a ripe old age when one typically reexamined the pivotal decisions and actions of his life.
Everything he did, he did as though his life depended on it.
The book opens with a very memorable scene in which Coburn takes Honor and her daughter, Emily, hostage. His behavior is cold, hard, and quite intimidating. He plays his role as kidnapper perfectly and inspires a very real terror in Honor as he puts them on lockdown and systematically searches her house.
In the beginning I was clueless as to how the author was going to make this relationship believable. Coburn scares the crap out of Honor, threatens her daughter, and is the catalyst for her world crumbling into bits. How do you get past that? I was sure that the author would end up taking the easy way out and sugarcoat Coburn after the initial scare. Wrong. He stays just as ruthless as ever. His softening toward Honor and Emily was slow and all the more believable for it. It loved that even though he fell for her, he never became soft and lost that edge.
Although I loved how authentically the characters behaved in the beginning, it didn't go quite as smoothly when the author started to add in the romance. I think I needed a bit more time than I was given to believe that Honor could reasonably be attracted to Coburn. Hell, it was amazing that she ended up trusting him enough to believe in his claims about her husband and help him. This girl took a big leap. I have a hard time believing that her fears about whether or not she made a smart decision when she sided with him would have made much room for an attraction to build. I could see definite signs of it blossoming, but the author jumped further ahead in the attraction than I felt was warranted.
I find it amusing that I could think that a kiss on page 263 could be rushing the relationship, but there you have it. The romance in this book consistently took a backseat to the suspense plot, so there wasn't as much time for the reader to delve into their emotions. Not only that, but the author rotated through other characters' POV's. A lot. Every chapter the POV would switch, if not even before that. I like getting a peek at multiple POV's in Romantic Suspense, since it gives me a broader view of the plot, but this was just too much. I really think the story would have benefited from having those shifts scaled back. I needed a bit more POV constancy than I was given.
The suspense plot was really well done. I spent most of the book uncertain as to who was a good guy and who was a bad guy. I was constantly on the look out for people shown as allies to flip flop and turn out to be the enemy. I found myself paranoid about any interaction the protagonists had with people other than themselves and spent a lot of time trying on (and discarding) theories, hoping I'd find one that fit. I didn't. I am pleased to say that I was right about who the main villain was, but it's only a half victory since I had no clue about the motive.
I enjoyed this book, but I have to be honest and say the ending irritated me. Where was the HEA?? The epilogue hinted that one was in the offing, but WE NEVER GOT TO SEE IT! Why? I just needed a few more lines!!! Just something to reassure me that everything really did turn out okay. We were right there, ready for it to happen and then it...ended. Ugh. I was not happy.
Despite the issues I mentioned, I enjoyed my first taste of Sandra Brown. I'll be sure to try her out again. This time I'll just keep in mind that her version of RS is heavy on the Suspense and lighter on the Romance.
"I don't care who or what Coburn is, I just hope you're finally getting laid."
I had a lot of issues with the book, but I did eventually get sucked in. I'm still not sure what I thought of the book overall, so the grade will comeI had a lot of issues with the book, but I did eventually get sucked in. I'm still not sure what I thought of the book overall, so the grade will come once I figure it out.
After reading the first book in this trilogy, If You Hear Her, I was very excited to dive into this book. The serial killer plot spans the*3.5 Stars*
After reading the first book in this trilogy, If You Hear Her, I was very excited to dive into this book. The serial killer plot spans the whole trilogy, the romances are the only things resolved in the individual books, so I couldn’t wait to see what came next. The first book was great! And the way it ended whetted my appetite to see what would become of Hope and how she and Remy would eventually hook up.
If you’ve read the first book, you are probably familiar with Hope’s past. She was abused by her husband for years. Not just physical abuse, either. She was cut off from everyone and lived in a small town that worshipped her husband. Her attempts to tell the truth about him were ignored, and he was eventually able to convince everyone that she was mentally unbalanced. After trying to commit suicide to escape him, he manipulated the system and had her committed. She’s been free of him for two years, but she has still not recovered. Her best friend, Law, finally got her to quit running and come stay with him. But things got complicated in the last book and now no one is sure what Hope will do.
****NOW’S THE TIME TO STOP READING IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE FIRST BOOK****
This book picks up right after the first one left off. Hope is suspected of being behind the attack on Law and everyone thinks she tried to kill herself again. Remy is put in the uncomfortable situation of having to dig into her past to find out how disturbed she really is. He doesn’t think she’s guilty, but he’s afraid that his attraction to her might be clouding his judgment since the facts don’t support his belief. While working to find out the truth, he discovers more about her past and has to come to terms with how impossible a relationship between them might be. But the attraction between them won’t go away, regardless of any hesitation on their parts.
Jumping into this book, I thought that we would spend a lot more time on the serial killer plotline than we did. It was still there in the background, but we didn’t get to see any further investigation on it or find out anything new. I found that really disappointing. This book was all about Hope, her past, and her mental state—both in the past and in the present. I found her interesting, and liked the slow building romance between her and Remy, but I found myself impatient at the same time. The lack of suspense made the book feel like it was dragging by the end.
We had the development of a stalker pop up, which the serial killer got involved with, but it didn’t satisfy my craving for more development on the original storyline. I actually found it pretty unbelievable that the serial killer was tied into the stalker plot at all. I never understood why the woman he wanted to protect was different from all the rest, and I ended up feeling like she was different only because the serial killer had to be tied into the story somehow. I still found the story enjoyable to read, since I enjoy the way Walker writes, but I don’t think I’m wrong in saying that this will be my least favorite of the trilogy. It felt like a bridge book and that was just not what I wanted or expected.
Despite my issues with the book, I still enjoyed a lot of things about it. Hope, for one. The events of the last book were finally enough for her and instead of crumbling, she developed some steel. She finally gained strength and sass and started to recover from the abuse she had suffered. Remy was so nervous about spooking her that it was cute to watch him slowly try to woo her. I really enjoyed them together. I also liked seeing more development with Remy’s nephew, Brody. I felt bad for the kid and I hope that one day his dad will stop being a douche. I won’t hold my breath, though.
For all you Ezra and Lena fans, there are some parts with them in this book too! There was a development at the end involving them that made me grin. Unfortunately, Law lost some of my admiration in this book. I’ve always loved his rock solid friendship with Hope and his devotion toward her, so it was like a bucket of cold water in my face to see that shaken. And for such a lame reason! Hope may have taken steps toward forgiving Law, but I’m still ticked. Hopefully he’ll convince me he’s not such a thoughtless little turd when I start reading his book.
Once again, the author impressed me with her realistic characters and engaging writing. I may have been disappointed with the lack of development about the murders, but I guess that just means the author is saving it all up for the third book.
"You know, you didn't have any problem cussing last night around me."
He snorted and rolled out of bed. "There's a difference between cussing and talking dirty. And my mother would have my hide for cussing around a lady."
This is my first book by Shiloh Walker. I’d heard good things about her, but I never seemed to find the time to seek her out and give her a try. Let mThis is my first book by Shiloh Walker. I’d heard good things about her, but I never seemed to find the time to seek her out and give her a try. Let me just say, this was a great introduction to her work and I’m glad I finally took the plunge. Romantic Suspense doesn’t always work for me. I find that a lot of authors tend to focus more on one of the elements; Romance or Suspense. But some authors have the skill to balance both features well. Walker is one of those authors. I never felt cheated on the relationship or the suspense. They both blended well together to create a gripping story.
Before I discuss the story and the characters, I have to mention something first. This is a trilogy and the books are very connected. In fact, some of you who do not realize this *cough*me*cough* might finish If You Hear Her, stare at it in shock, and wonder, Where is the rest of the book? Apparently the story that begins in If You Hear Her will carry over into the following books, If You See Her and If You Know Her. Nothing but the relationship is wrapped up in this one. I DO think that this trilogy is worth the time investment, but I would have liked to have known that fact up front. So…here’s your heads up, guys. ;)
I really liked the characters in this book. There are the protagonists, Lena and Ezra, of course, but we also get to spend time with three other side characters that will most likely feature heavily in the next two books. We are given the opportunity to spend sections in their POV’s and it really helped cement my interest in them. They never felt like sequel bait. We spend time with them because their storylines are woven together with the main plot and it would have shortchanged the reader if we didn’t get to see things from their POV. I really loved getting a rounded picture of the players in the story. We spend the most time on those characters, but we are also treated to a couple of other POV’s that help build the suspense plot. They all twined together to create a fascinating tale.
You want to know what one of my favorite things about Walker’s characterization of the heroine, Lena, was? She was blind, but the plot didn’t revolve around that fact. She was a woman, same as any other RS heroine, who became entangled in a criminal investigation. Her blindness had nothing to do with it. The author kept from creating an ”issue” book and made her blindness feel natural. I loved that!
Beyond that, Lena was a very normal woman. She had friends, she had a career. The hero didn’t swoop into her life and give her purpose, she already had that. In fact, he didn’t swoop in at all. They met, became attracted, and went out on a date. Sure, things got a little complicated after that, but my point remains the same. The author made their relationship completely feasible and avoided adding any unneeded drama and tension. The circumstances of the case added enough of that. I’m thrilled about this, because that is what keeps me coming back to certain contemporary authors. I get an eye twitch when I read about contemporary characters that don’t fit in with the modern world.
The suspense plot was very well done. It was the sort that slowly crept up on you. The book covers a nice little chunk of time, and the reader gets to see the tension slowly start to wear on the people. Everyone is scared and not sure what to think. I loved getting to see the people, and the town in general, slowly start to unravel. Tensions are high and people are starting to turn on each other.
I’ve tried to be vague about the plot since I think a big part of the fun in RS is watching the plot unfold. More than the obvious murder plot is going on during the book and I’m curious to see if my initial guesses will turn out to be correct. The book ended right after a couple of really big events took place. I’m very eager to see where the next book will take us. If you are in the mood for a good Romantic Suspense, I recommend giving this one a shot. Just be ready to rush out and buy the second one when it releases, too. :)
I knew going into this book that the romance would not be a central feature, because that was the case with Deadly Dreams. But I didn’t exp*2.5 Stars*
I knew going into this book that the romance would not be a central feature, because that was the case with Deadly Dreams. But I didn’t expect it to be even more lacking than it was the last time. I was really looking forward to getting to know the Mindhunters boss, Adam Raiker, and watching him fall in love. But I ended the book feeling like I still didn’t know him very well and that he never had much of a romance.
The suspense aspect of the book was really well done. It wasn’t as fast paced and action filled as I personally prefer, but I imagine it reflects actual police work and crime solving more accurately. It was filled with procedure and small details that aren’t exactly exciting, but are very necessary. Reports are filed nightly and the investigators’ actions are always checked by what they are and are not given permission to do by the Assistant Director. Adam is able to get around this more often than Jaid and the other partner are, but even he has to be very careful about what he does, so as not to give the Assistant Director an excuse to kick him off the case.
I thought I knew who the killer was quite a few times, but something else would always crop up to change my mind and make me guess someone else. I did guess who the killer was, but I had moved past that person and on to a new one, so I suppose it doesn’t count. I liked the grisly nature of the case and trying to solve it alongside the characters, but at times I felt a little bored. But that was because of the focus on the procedural process instead of the action. I think if you’re more of a fan of that than I am then you won’t have the same problem.
I was disappointed in the lack of romance in the last book, but I liked that the author showed us the characters’ world outside of the case. I felt that those details were lacking in this book. We saw Jaid call her kid a few times and try to juggle babysitting, but those details felt hollow and lacking any real depth. I never felt I got to know Jaid or Adam very well, which is a shame because I would think that a man who could survive so many assassination attempts, and still get up every morning without fear, is a very fascinating man indeed. And this is a second-chance-romance where one side was very unwilling to break up. Where is the emotion? Where is tension? There was none, and I was a tad bitter over the lack.
I was more forgiving of the lack of romance in the last book, Deadly Dreams, but since this one had even less than that, I feel I have the right to gripe. Why is this billed as a Romantic Suspense if no time is spent developing the characters or the romance? I’ve heard Romance referred to as an emotional voyeur’s paradise, and I can’t say I’d argue that description. I want to know this hero and heroine inside and out and feel invested in their relationship. I want to understand why they are behaving in certain ways without it having to be spelled out to me. I want development and tension and intensity. I just want a Romance, people! And I want all that while still having a banging suspense plot. It’s why I picked up a book in the genre, after all.
The lack of character depth made me feel a bit like I was watching a movie instead of reading a book. I go into a movie knowing that I am not going to get any personal insight into a character—unless they’re narrating it, of course. I know that the only depth I’ll get is the kind that I am shown through their actions and other characters’ comments about them. But that’s okay, because I knew that going in. It’s all about expectations. I expect more than that when I read a book. Especially when I don’t have any vocal inflections or facial expressions to analyze, like I would in a movie. I just have these words that are supposed to suck me in and make me a part of the world. You can’t just say
He hadn't made a move since that was less than circumspect. But there was a renewed awareness between them. A current that snapped and sparked to life at the oddest moments. She'd intercepted a couple odd looks from Shepherd lately, as if he, too, had picked up on it.
and leave it at that. Why didn’t you show me these glances? How come another character has picked up on it when I have seen nothing to indicate this? I need to be shown, not just told.
I think that the author does a good job with the suspense aspect of the book and that the Suspense genre is really where the book belongs, not the Romantic Suspense one. I can’t see myself picking up any more books by this author, though, because I look for more of a focus on the romance than Brant seems to prefer to write.
"You didn't lose me, Adam. You pushed me away. There's a difference between the tragedies that befall us and the ones we bring on ourselves."
Wow, this book gave me exactly what I needed, even though I didn’t realize I was missing anything. It was a refreshing palette cleanser that4.5 Stars
Wow, this book gave me exactly what I needed, even though I didn’t realize I was missing anything. It was a refreshing palette cleanser that I was in dire need of. Romantic Suspense is one of the least frequent genres I read, but every once in a while I need a book like that to shake things up. You may be wondering why I mentioned the Romantic Suspense genre when the cover blurb reads like a Paranormal Romance. I guess it’s because this read like a Romantic Suspense book that had people with paranormal abilities in it, as opposed to a Paranormal Romance with a suspense storyline in it.
I love, love, love Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard, and this reminded me of it. Not in storyline or humor, but in the way multiple POV’s were featured in order to make a well rounded picture of the plot. We saw POV’s from the main characters, the villain, some coworkers of the hero and heroine, and even one of the victims. Sometimes too many POV’s can make me feel a lack of depth in the characters, but Parrish managed it beautifully. Instead of feeling a lack, I actually felt like the author built a whole cast of well rounded characters that I couldn’t help but become invested in.
This book does not shy away from the grim details of bad events happening to good people. If you do not enjoy your books with disturbing events that you could see in real life then I would recommend steering clear. Not only was Liv a victim herself, her experience gave her the ability to experience death again and again. The scenes showing her past and the ones we see that highlight her ability are not pretty. They are dark and upsetting, and the author nailed the emotion of the characters so well that it’s hard not to get sucked into the moment. I absolutely love that we’re actually shown those scenes instead of just being told about them.
The heroine, Olivia, is absolutely wonderful. She has her issues (totally understandable), but she doesn’t let it control her life. She still has friends and doesn’t isolate herself from her family, dysfunctional though they may be. She doesn’t spend her life moping about the past. She picked herself up and tried to rebuild her life. I have to admire her for that. I also like that the abilities that she and her coworkers have are not convenient and easy to manage. Sometimes it’s hard for them to tell whether their abilities are a gift or a curse.
I liked that the author managed to illustrate that tragedy breaks down any division between the rich and the poor. She wasn’t in your face about it, but having the rich girl heroine and the poor boy hero both experience tragedy in the childhood put them on equal footing. Liv and Gabe even had a couple discussions about it. Gabe kept thinking that their backgrounds were a hindrance to their relationship, but Liv wouldn’t let him see a stereotypical rich girl instead of the real her. She was so much more than that label.
Although this book took place in short amount of time, I never felt that the romance was too rushed. Gabe was authentically suspicious of Liv’s legitimacy in the beginning, and his trust was earned slowly. The attraction between them was immediate, but the relationship took a while to blossom. I liked that things were developed slowly between them and that they never let their attraction get in the way of the case.
The only thing that kept this from being a perfect grade was Gabe’s attitude toward Liv’s job near the end. I understand and appreciate that he was concerned about the toll her ability was taking on her, but the things he said to her and her boss really put my back up. I did not like that he put that crap on her about it being impossible for her to have a family or a relationship if she continued to use her ability. His dismissal of the occasional necessity of her ability really put a bad taste in my mouth. Especially when a good portion of the plot relied on her using that ability! I really wish she would have turned his accusations right back around on him. It’s not like being a cop treats you to nothing but the good in people.
Beyond that minor irritation, I really liked the book. I could tell by page 30 that I loved the author’s writing style, and I was never proven wrong. Although some parts of the book are dark, the author manages a nice balance with humor from the characters. I can’t wait to see what the next book will be about.
"Gabe," she eventually whispered, her voice lazy, sated and thick with sex.
"Thanks for pushing me out of the path of that car."
"Pushing doesn't sound heroic enough. I didn't push you; I swooped in and carried you."
This is the fifth book in the Mindhunters series, but it stands alone well. I haven’t read any of the previous books but I never felt lost*3.5 Stars*
This is the fifth book in the Mindhunters series, but it stands alone well. I haven’t read any of the previous books but I never felt lost while reading this. We meet some of the previous characters—and it’s possible that the heroine’s problems with her last case may have been shown in a previous book—but there was nothing tying them to the events in this book that would necessitate reading the previous books before this one.
Although this is listed as Romantic Suspense on the author’s website, I would be really hesitant to label it as such. The romance aspect was light--very light. I, personally, think it would fall more in line with regular Suspense. Even though it did show the main characters getting together, it was subtle and more of a background feature.
I really liked how well the author showcased the main characters’ lives outside of their case. The location wasn’t focused on enough to be memorable—I honestly couldn’t remember what city they were in until I checked the book—but that didn’t bother me at all because the characters and the case were made memorable.
Nate’s outside life was particularly heartbreaking. He was stuck with a troubled sister who he couldn’t trust to be responsible for her own son. They all lived together for stability, but it was a tense situation with no real right answer. I really felt for Nate and although I wouldn’t have made the same decision he did, I still understood his reasons. Besides, I’m way meaner and less forgiving than he is. ;)
That wasn’t the only time the author threw in personal complications to add depth and complexity. Nate’s partner kept making the wrong decision in her personal life and it started to bleed over into her work. There was no easy out for her and I felt really bad for her, but I couldn’t really blame the police force either. Even Rissa had problems with her mom. She loved her mom, but the two women didn’t always understand each other. I just really appreciated these details because it helped present a well rounded cast. This was definitely not a book where the hero and heroine lived in a vacuum while they fell in love.
The author did a great job pulling me into the case. The attitude toward the investigation and the procedural aspects of the story seemed very well done. The book started a little slow, but I was soon pulled in. I liked that the author showed Rissa’s dreams as fragmented and full of symbolism and throw away details, just like a real dream would be. It was up to Rissa to find the important details and interpret them.
One of the more fascinating characters was Adam Raiker, Rissa’s boss. What he has been through, and the strength that he has shown in not only surviving but living, captured my attention right away. He is a man who has been through hell and back and it shows, literally. I was already interested in checking out other books in the series, but if I hadn’t, the details about him would have clinched it. I can’t wait to learn more about him.
Although I did enjoy the book once I got into it, it doesn’t change the fact that I picked it up expecting a Romance. The fact that it was pretty nonexistent and that their I-Love-You’s at the end seemed to come out of nowhere really dimmed my enjoyment. Added to that, the author’s writing style always kept me distant. I can’t seem to find the words to express what I mean, but the author’s style read more like a horror or suspense, not a Romance or UF. I was never quite able to forget that I was reading a book.
"'Nate the Great?'" Risa read off the note. Her mouth quirked as she turned slightly to prevent his grab for the paper. "One of your conquests, detective?"
"She's sixty if she's a day, and has a strange fixation on me. I don't encourage it."
Risa flicked a nail at the message. "So inviting you over for borscht and kotlety isn't an ethnic euphemism for sex?"
I really liked the way this book started out, with Eve and Roarke out for a normal night out. As the series progresses we are seeing more and more ofI really liked the way this book started out, with Eve and Roarke out for a normal night out. As the series progresses we are seeing more and more of them in a normal couple environment, and I love it. It can’t always be about work. ;) Of course, they have the bad luck to witness a murder in the middle of their date, but the intent was still there. Eve is slowly becoming more than just the job.
Once again Robb keeps things fresh and offers up a completely different murder case for Eve. This time it involves the theater, and as Eve discovers, it’s irritating to try to get a handle on a bunch of actors. They lie. A lot. The plot twists around and surprised me quite a few times, but the overall pacing of the story was a lot slower than I was used to. Certain things in the case hit a little too close to home for Eve, and she has to balance the case with her struggle to control her past demons.
I really liked that we got to see more of Trueheart. It’s nice that the side characters aren’t ever forgotten. We might not see them constantly, but they’ll pop back up eventually. Nadine finally gets an opportunity to step forward in the series, which is nice because we rarely see her since her job pits her against Eve when she’s on a case. McNab and Peabody continue their relationship and poor Eve is left to grumble about how uncomfortable she is with it. Charles comes back into play and, although I like him, I find myself really uncomfortable with the situation he has going with Peabody.
I loved that Eve started to take steps to treat Roarke to some romance instead of letting it continue to be so one sided. Of course, I also loved how suspicious said romance left him. Although Eve had quite a few abrasive moments that had me irritated with her, she’s continuing to soften toward Roarke and lean on him more and more. They had quite a few lovely moments in the book that had me sighing.
Though I liked the book, I still thought it was slow. I was interested in the plot, but it felt like it took forever for it all to unfold. Hopefully I’ll agree more with the pacing in the next book. ...more
First off, I have to thank the author for finally bringing all that sexual tension in between Peabody and McNab to a boil. And in such a dramatic way!First off, I have to thank the author for finally bringing all that sexual tension in between Peabody and McNab to a boil. And in such a dramatic way! The fact that Feeney witnessed it (and was disturbed by it) was simply icing on the cake for me. Such a hilarious scene. I simply loved them in this book. :D
We get introduced to a new character here. Zeke, Peabody's brother comes to town. I loved that we got a deeper look at Peabody and her family, but he was a little too childlike for me. I didn't mind it at first, but it eventually got on my nerves. Still, I'm all for more depth for the side characters. I've come to love the whole cast.
I really love that each plot in this series (so far) is so distinctly different. Here we have a terrorist organization that wants to make a difference and overthrow the current government system. They consider Eve a worthy opponent and gift her with all their transmissions. They're blowing up symbols of the rich elite, so naturally Roarke is a target. :)
I liked watching Eve deal with a different division of the police while trying to solve the mystery. It took us away from our usual stomping grounds and forced Eve to rely on some new people. I also liked how things wound around and connected Eve's cases together.
Eve and Roarke had a few marital disagreements in this book, which I liked. They're usually pretty perfect together, so it's nice when we see them struggle to work things out. Also, the drama of the end, combined with the way they connected in that moment, was wonderful.
Wow. Just wow. This is one of my favorite books in the series to date. It was, quite simply, fabulous.
Whether you've read one book in the series or eWow. Just wow. This is one of my favorite books in the series to date. It was, quite simply, fabulous.
Whether you've read one book in the series or eight, you know one simple fact. Eve is a cop. It's everything to her. Her role as a police officer is tangled up with her identity as a person. Her self worth, her purpose in life, is all tied into her job. In this book that is taken away and it breaks her. She is not the tough as nails cop that we have seen before. She gains a fragility and vulnerability that cracks her open for Roarke and the reader. We get a raw look at how she views herself and what being a cop means to her. It was as wonderful as it was devastating.
Roarke takes a backseat through much of the beginning sections of the book, but as soon as Eve's world starts to crumble we got a heavy focus on them together. We've seen their love for each other before, but in this book it shines especially bright. With her world shaken, her feelings for Roarke are painfully open. She leans on him and he never falters. He's also not afraid to kick her in the ass when she needs it. The ups and downs in life will either make you or break you and this experience seems to have made their connection even stronger. I've always loved them together, but I think this experience has really solidified their relationship.
The case was pretty interesting. I liked seeing something focused on that is so common in today's world. It was interesting to see how organ transplants have changed in Eve's time and how society regards them. It was nice seeing all of Eve's core circle subtly tied into the plot, and it seems as though we might have a few more future characters. Maybe we'll see Louise Dimatto and Officer Troy Trueheart again?
I have always loved Eve's relationship with Feeney, but he impressed me anew here. The speech he gave her and his threats to kick her ass made me grin from ear to ear. It's wonderful to see the loyalty and love that Eve is surrounded by. I was also pleased to hear Feeney mention Jamie. I've been hoping we'd hear about him again.
Although I was happy with everything in the book, I was secretly hoping that Eve wouldn't accept her badge back right away. Procedure or no procedure, I was still pissed. She should have let them sweat and grovel. ...more
I have to say, the serial killer in this book was disturbing. He liked to dress as Santa and rape and kill his victims. There was a jolliness to the mI have to say, the serial killer in this book was disturbing. He liked to dress as Santa and rape and kill his victims. There was a jolliness to the murders, the way he staged them and the 12 Days of Christmas theme he was following, that absolutely creeped me out. I agreed with Peabody, the way he used a symbol of happiness and cheer to commit his crimes was perverted.
I really enjoy the way Robb easily weaves Eve's personal life in with her professional life in this series. That aspect was strong in this installment because it was Eve and Roarke's first Christmas together. Eve grumbles over Christmas as it is, but having so many new and important people in her life has her struggling to pick out the perfect gift for each of them. It's not just her, Mavis, and Feeney anymore. And finding the perfect gift for Roarke is even more difficult because what do you give that man that has everything? I liked all the bits we saw about this because it added an often needed softness to Eve's otherwise tough personality. Also, I thought it was adorable how Roarke got so into the holidays. He was determined to make up for the lack in both of their childhoods and make new holiday traditions and memories together.
I was really glad to see more of McNab in this book. I really enjoy his character and enjoy the tension between him and Peabody. Or "Shebody," as he calls her. They both gained a larger focus here because of their undercover operation. I hope we continue to see so much focus on them in the coming books. Watching Peabody veer dangerously close to whining when she found out he'd be working with them made me giggle. The way they bicker and hiss at each other provides a much appreciated lightness to such a grim investigation. I also thought it was funny that Roarke had to point out McNab's attraction to Peabody to Eve. Her stunned reaction was hilarious.
I enjoyed so much about this book--although I would have liked to have seen everyone's reactions to their Christmas gifts, and to see what Roarke got Eve--but I had some problems with Eve. I know some people find her hard and abrasive, but I don't usually have a problem with it. I like her, despite her occasional jerk moments. But she crossed the line in her behavior toward Peabody and acted like a complete b*tch. She lashed out in a completely inappropriate way and hurt and embarrassed Peabody's date. Peabody neatly put Eve in her place over the issue, yet somehow everything twisted and in the end Peabody apologized. What?!?! She wasn't wrong! Eve was completely out of line.
That part of the book really frustrated me and dimmed my enjoyment of the book. Everyone's aware of Eve's rough edges, but her willingness to eat crow and reluctantly apologize for wrong behavior makes up for that, so I was especially irritated that she was cast as "right" and Peabody as "wrong" even though it was clearly the other way around. Hopefully this will not become a trend in future books.
I listened to the book in audio format and loved the narrator's style just as much as usual. She really makes the book come alive--in all aspects. Of course, that talent can make the uncomfortable scenes even harder to read/listen. Eve's flashbacks were particularly upsetting, and listening to an excellent audiobook narrator do the voice of a rape victim describing the attack and her reaction is quite disturbing. I've ran into this before in the series, of course, since I've listened to most of it in audio, but I must have forgotten exactly how creepy it is to hear sexual abuse scenes. I'll have to try to keep that in mind for the rest of the books so I'm more braced for it. ...more
This is one of my favorite books in the series. I loved getting to delve into Roarke's past and I won't deny that I loved seeing Summerset on the hotThis is one of my favorite books in the series. I loved getting to delve into Roarke's past and I won't deny that I loved seeing Summerset on the hot seat. That man is not a favorite of mine.
This entry had an emotional intensity to it that I enjoyed. The cases tie closely in with the lives of Eve, Roarke, and Summerset, although Eve doesn't know it at first. I liked that the author brought up a past storyline and deepened it for the reader. There was a gore and grit to the storyline that isn't always present in the other books. It was quite an eye opener for Eve and the reader to learn Roarke's connection to the crimes and to imagine his past actions in detail. He is not a man you want to cross.
I loved the struggle Eve had between her loyalty to Roarke and her loyalty to the law. I imagine that was quite difficult for a woman so convinced of what's "right" and "wrong" that she tried to turn herself in for murder. It was nice to see that she actually values something more than her badge.
I really liked the new character McNab. He reminds me a lot of Mavis and he provides a fun freshness and abrasiveness that shakes up the current cast of characters a bit. If nothing else, sparks will fly between him and Peabody. :)
The only thing that frustrated me about this book was the way Roarke got away with keeping Eve in the dark for so long. I know he walks on water for a lot of people, but the lack of remorse frustrates me. Eve wouldn't be so suspicious of him if he didn't keep things from her. ...more
I've jumped back into this series after taking a little break. I didn't want to accidentally exhaust the series for myself. It was great getting backI've jumped back into this series after taking a little break. I didn't want to accidentally exhaust the series for myself. It was great getting back into Eve's world! I'm listening to this series in audiobook, because I've found that this narrator makes this world come alive for me. If you are interested in giving audiobooks a try or you're looking for a new audiobook, I recommend this series. The narrator rocks! Especially when she does Roarke's voice. Am I supposed to find a female imitating a man so alluring? How confusing! Lol.
I enjoyed the Wiccan/Satanist storyline. It reminded me a tad of Nora Roberts's book, Divine Evil, which I also enjoyed. I especially liked what we found out about the murder plot at the very end. I liked how the author twisted it a bit and managed to surprise me. I have to say, I didn't see the true reason coming. That's one of the things I love about this series. I may know who the villain is, but the fun is in watching Eve discover the reasons why. I enjoy watching her slowly compiling evidence and seeing the picture piece itself together.
I enjoyed the way Robb set up the case so that Eve would have to stand apart from Feeney on the case. I absolutely loved the emotional impact this case had on their friendship. It made me wince a bit at times, but a lot of stuff was brought out into the open that drew them together. And Roarke had an excellent opportunity to shine. I really loved Roarke and Feeney in this one.
But I can't forget about Peabody. I love her character. She is an excellent foil to Eve. She brings a softness and a more open well of compassion that Eve occasionally needs to balance out her out on the job. Such is the case here. Eve identifies too much with a suspect and ends up being harder on him/her when evidence leads her to believe that he/she is guilty. Eve was really harsh. She even slapped down Peabody after she disagreed with her. Now, I think Eve was in the right to chastise her, but I also think she was harsh. She could have put her in her place a nicer way. I was glad when they had that talk and they both admitted to being wrong.
I enjoyed this book and thought the plot was interesting. I especially loved the inclusion of Jamie. He was such fun. He was arrogant and cocky and walked around like he had a pair of brass ones. He made me think of Roarke as a child. :) The only reason I didn't give this book a higher grade was because Eve felt a little too cold in this one. I still enjoyed reading about her, but I didn't feel as much heart from her as I usually do.
"So how do you feel about using your...skills to access Frank's personal unit and logs?"
His mood lifted as he started the car, guiding it down to street level. "That depends, Lieutenant. Do I get a badge?"
Her lips twitched into a smirk. "No. But you get to have sex with a cop."
"Do I get to pick the cop?" He only smiled when she punched his arm. "I'd pick you. Probably."
I first read Naked in Death last December and really enjoyed it. I ordered a ton of books in the series and vowed to glut myself, but someh*4.5 Stars*
I first read Naked in Death last December and really enjoyed it. I ordered a ton of books in the series and vowed to glut myself, but somehow found myself buried in other books and other commitments by the time they arrived. I put them to the side, promising to make time, but somehow never did. Recently, I had a road trip coming up and was trolling for an audiobook to pass the time. I heard Sophia raving about the Naked in Death audiobook and decided to give it a shot. Boy, am I glad I did.
I enjoyed NID a lot, but I didn’t click with Roarke the way that most readers did. I was a little disappointed since everyone else raves about him. Imagine my surprise to find that listening to his voice through the narrator jump started that connection and I found the spark that I was missing. I was totally on the Roarke and Eve bandwagon by the time I finished and dove into this one as soon as I was able.
I liked that this book didn’t start off where the last one ended. Time jumped forward a couple months and that gave the author the opportunity to show Eve and Roarke more settled in their relationship. They hadn’t solved any of their issues, but they were past that nervous, newbie couple faze. That gave Robb the opportunity to really delve into their issues. Roarke had enough time to become dissatisfied with crumbs and start pushing for more, and Eve had enough time to come to start admitting to herself what Roarke meant to her. I really loved this deepening of their relationship. You can see them circling each other and really starting to open up and share the inner them. Sometimes it takes a push to get them there (*cough*Eve*cough*) but they both care enough to keep working at it.
I love getting to see the ins and outs of Eve’s job. Watching her rise to the occasion is always interesting. She is like a bulldog once she sinks her teeth into a case. This one was particularly eventful. Her commander put her in charge because he knew she would remain impartial, even when he couldn’t, yet he let personal feelings get in the way and behaved like a civilian. The shifting politics and tension in friendships is one of the things that makes the relationships and interactions between characters feel so real in this series.
I spotted the killer very early on—yay me!—but that wasn’t a negative for me. I like watching it all unfold and watching Eve piece together the events and motive. I even liked watching her interrogate people. I never thought I was much for the boring procedural aspects, but when Eve does it, I enjoy it. The way she just keeps coming and coming and circling until she cracks the case is awesome. No wonder Roarke respects her so much. It was great getting more of Feeney (love him) and I enjoyed watching Eve’s unofficial family tighten its bonds.
The bit at the very end? Well, I had no choice but to dive straight into the next book. It’s not a cliffhanger, but it made it impossible for me to think of anything else. ;) ...more
I've known about this series for quite a while, and I'm a big Nora Roberts fan, but I hadn't really wanted to pic*Originally read 12/10/10 - 12/11/10*
I've known about this series for quite a while, and I'm a big Nora Roberts fan, but I hadn't really wanted to pick this series up. There's about a billion books out in the series. What if I ended up loving it? Then I have to commit myself to buying those billion books just to catch up! But after hearing such glowing things about this series from most of my Goodreads friends--especially about Roarke--I had to finally bight the bullet and get the first book.
Now that I've finished it I don't know whether to cheer or comfort my wallet. I think I'm going to have to run to the bookstore and swoop up a bunch of the next books in the series so I can get my glom on.
I didn't connect with Roarke the way that most readers seem to, but I expect it comes with time. The relationship and attraction in this book develops pretty quickly--faster than I expected or wanted--but I can't say I expected any different seeing as this isn't actually a Romance series. Most of the focus was on the case with the romance as the side story. Luckily, I know there's plenty of time in this series for the author to develop their relationship.
It's no hardship for me to watch their relationship develop over the course of the books since I know that they are together and the author didn't throw any retarded love triangles in there. So I'm willing to be patient and won't complain about the lack of a lot of depth to the relationship and characters yet.
It was odd for me to read a book so similar, yet different, from Nora Roberts's usual style. The characterization, interactions, feel to the developing relationship, and writing felt the same, but the focus wasn't on the romance. I liked it. It's nice to find a new series by this author that I can glut myself on. I was a little nervous that her style would be completely different under the pseudonym, but it wasn't where it counted.
The details about all the little futuristic gizmos weren't really explained in depth. Everything was mentioned matter-of-factly like talking to someone already familiar with the technology and world. I think some will dislike that, but I honestly preferred it. I don't mind if authors want to explain, but a detailed explanation about how the spray that seals in oils and fingerprints works is not something I personally need to know. The way it was all presented worked for me.
The case (and Eve's background) really tugged at my heartstrings. I thought it was handled well by the author, but I still feel helplessly enraged to know stuff like that happens constantly.
I really enjoyed seeing our timeframe discussed and researched for the case. It was fun to see the differences between that time and this one and it provided a nice opportunity for me to see where their culture differed without huge infodumps.
I won this book from Goodread's First Reads program.
I was pretty excited about getting this book. I love movies that involve government organizationsI won this book from Goodread's First Reads program.
I was pretty excited about getting this book. I love movies that involve government organizations or spies. If I could bundle my love of Jason Bourne style intrigue and action with an in depth relationship I would be one happy camper. Who could pass that up? Too bad that spies are a lot more boring in book version...
This is going to be a really hard review for me to write. It will probably end up being a lot shorter than my other ones too. It's really hard to think of what to say about a book that you didn't love and you didn't hate. It was just...there. I was very apathetic about the whole thing.
Even things that normally irritated me didn't get a rise out of me in this one. The relationship was flat and underdeveloped, but I just didn't care enough to actually want more depth. The secret agents seemed really dense and blatant, but I just didn't care enough to be bothered. There was even a part that I thought would piss me off for sure. It was where Owen and Tyler tried to use some computer skills to get into an encrypted thumb drive. It would have been much better if the author had just glossed over the details. Then it wouldn't have seemed like a third grader could do it... But even then it was only a minor irritation that passed quickly.
There was nothing wrong with the book, but it just seemed to plod along for me. The action scenes were brief and uneventful, and so were the sex scenes. It just felt monotonous. My attention wandered frequently while I read this, and I kept picking it up and putting it down. I even picked up two more books in between the time I started this book and finished it.
When the bad guy was revealed I actually couldn't remember who he was. I had to skim in the beginning to refresh myself. There were a lot of names thrown around in this book, and with my attention wandering it was hard to remember them all. I really felt that the bad guy seemed to come out of nowhere. Also, that was the lamest reason for being a bad guy that I've ever heard...
I think if you like reading about spies and government organizations you might enjoy this book. As for me, I'll stick to the movies from now on. At least then I have lots of cool fight scenes to distract me from thin characterization.
2 1/2 stars - I didn't hate it, but I sure didn't like it.