When I first discovered Laura Griffin some years back, I was skeptical as more often than not do you find promising new authors that never produce anyWhen I first discovered Laura Griffin some years back, I was skeptical as more often than not do you find promising new authors that never produce anything that lives up to their debuts ever since. Over time this author has more than proven herself she belongs. I love romantic suspense, but I hardly have favorite authors in this genre. Laura Griffin is one and I believe my only one trusted author that I know would always deliver. Beyond limits, the latest installment in her increasingly popular series, is no exception. We got a glimpse of the lead couple from Gage-Kelsey book. Their chemistry is undeniable, and I can't help but highly anticipated for this book. My expectation is somewhat met. I'm not blown away or anything, but it is still a solid book on every front. The main topic, terrorism, is current and relevant. The pacing is a bit slow toward the middle, but picks up nicely near the end. The romance is ok; although I think the author paid too much weight on paving ways for the future couple that their scenes overshadow those of the main characters. Also, politically the tone in this book is more forceful than any of her previous ones. It seems to me the author has strong opinion on the topic involved. I understand it can't be helped considering the spree of horrific events unfold almost daily these days, but I feel preached a bit. Overall, Beyond limits is, compared to other Tracer books, about the middle of the pack. That being said, by general standard, this book is still above and beyond most being offered in this genre. 4 stars....more
I never read this author. I find her style to be straight to the point and masculine. The mystery itself is intriguing but only to the point of iCrash
I never read this author. I find her style to be straight to the point and masculine. The mystery itself is intriguing but only to the point of its resolution and then it goes WTF for me. I don't feel the romance and I don't like the stuffy, incapable hero. He contributes nothing in this book, except kissing the heroine. And those moments are not even hot.
I hold Laura Griffin to be a golden standard now in this genre. She rarely disappoints. Anyone hasn't read her, I highly recommend you pick up her full-length novels. They are even better than this one and this one is not bad at all. The blend between romance and suspense was nicely done. The characters are dynamic and appealing. I am hooked.
The verdict: I'll be buying the next book and give Moreno and her new lover another try since I usually buy anything with Laura Griffin's name on top anyway. 3 and 1/2 stars...more
The ending dimishes my grading of this book from excellent to mearly good. Total opposite of Snapped, Griffin's previous outing, Twisted works well inThe ending dimishes my grading of this book from excellent to mearly good. Total opposite of Snapped, Griffin's previous outing, Twisted works well in romance department, but the suspense plot is a bit old and tired. The heroine, Allison, is a minor character in Snapped, and I liked her until maybe half-way point in this book after she commited mistake after mistake with no sign of learning. Spunky she is. Stubborn she's plenty. Smart she's not. That brings me to my complaint about the ending when she made the ultimate bonehead decision which also dragged down my favorite character, the hero, to do something desperate and out of character just (I guess) for the author to show us readers he loves her.
Well, Twisted should be a three, but I still give it a four because I love love love Griffin's writing style and her quiet, older heroes in particular. The seduction scenes which are pretty darn hot help tip the scale too....more
One of the most, if not THE most, sensible heroine from the pen of Anne Stuart. Although, I find the author a little bit heavy-handed in pointing outOne of the most, if not THE most, sensible heroine from the pen of Anne Stuart. Although, I find the author a little bit heavy-handed in pointing out to us (more like shouting out) how sensible and smart Elizabeth is. So you are going to find her thought goes like "I'm not going to cry because that wouldn't help anything." or "I'm not going be hysteric eventhough I'm gonna get brutally raped and killed in the next minute because well...that wouldn't help anything either" throughout the whole book. I would appreciate this book more if the author let us judge the characters from their actions for ourselves because she sure doesn't have anything to worry at all with leads like Finn and Elizabeth. Apart, they are both great and super likeable. Together, they are off the chart fantastic with sharp and often-time funny dialogues and sizzling chemistry. Despite that being said and some far-fetched plot points, On Thin Ice is a great addtion to the Ice series. ...more
A too-perfect heroine surrounded by two-dimensional cast of characters. The reason is easlily explained. When all other characters are self-centered,A too-perfect heroine surrounded by two-dimensional cast of characters. The reason is easlily explained. When all other characters are self-centered, uncompetent, unreasonable and shrill, the only character who is not all that can't help but look god-like.
The element of intrigue is adequate, but the attempt on romantic front fails miserably. First and foremost, I just don't see what Christina sees in Ross. Second, the way that the author creates a competition for the hero's heart at very late in the story makes his intellect, judgment and loyalty even more questionable - not that they're remotely admirable in the first place....more
It's been a while since I last read the previous book of Laura Griffin's. I guess I should probably have gone back and reread the bits about the h/h iIt's been a while since I last read the previous book of Laura Griffin's. I guess I should probably have gone back and reread the bits about the h/h in this book - how they met and all those stuffs. I didn't and it costs me some pleasure in reading this latest addition to a now 4-book tracer series.
First and foremost, the mystery plot, the sequence of initial shooting scenes is very well written and they carry my interest through to the very end despite the bland h/h's about whom we'll talk later.
The most important question put to us in this book is more of a why than of a who. We are kept in the dark until late about the identity(ies) of the villain(s), but they don't matter much because they go hand in hand with the motive which I think quite far-fetched.
On the romantic front, we have a stubborn heroine with an-again-super protective law enforcement hero. As I already told you I forgot how they met so I just can't fathom where their so-called chemistry comes from. Their dialogues are not as sharp as the author's usual standard. I don't particularly care for Sophie and I don't think Jonah brings anything new to the table so these couples are a bust for me. Considering I'm a fan of this series, having read all the books the day they are out, I am afraid that new readers would have even harder time getting into this book.
There are a couple good news I should bring up - first, we are introduced to more interesting, future lead in the next book and get to see her in action. Second, we might also have a glimpse of potential couples emerging in the horizon and those, too, should be more interesting than the protagonists in Snapped. So for anyone out there who loves romantic suspense, I strongly recommend you reading Laura Griffin. Pick one of her series (maybe a finished one for your maximum pleasure) and read them in sequence. Apart from Tess Gerritsen, she's still my most trusted author in this genre. The keyword here in this review is 'sequence'. 3 and 1/2 stars...more
This book starts out with a bang, but unfortunately ends with a fizzle. The story revolves around the mysterious disappearance of the heroine's motherThis book starts out with a bang, but unfortunately ends with a fizzle. The story revolves around the mysterious disappearance of the heroine's mother fifteen years ago. After some fifty or so pages, we already know what happened on that front, some can even have a good guess who did it. Or at least you have a fifty-fifty chance of guessing the real villain. What kept me around was why. And the answer leaves me disappointed. On the romance aspect, we have a heroine who pines for the hero, and vice versa. The conflict is there, but it, likewise, is resolved too fast. The hero who is supposed to be a bad bad boy is reduced into a puddle after a couple of kisses. When I first read the excerpt of this book, I was really excited. I expected another Killer Heat. There are so many potentials on this book, but the author somehow squanders them all. It is still a good read, just not that great....more
It is quite rare to find a romantic suspense story with a good balance between romance and suspense. Laura Griffin has become the name I trust to deliIt is quite rare to find a romantic suspense story with a good balance between romance and suspense. Laura Griffin has become the name I trust to deliver such a quality. While the plot keeps us moving along at a quick, no-nonsense pace, the relationship between the two leads are also developed in a believable and satisfying manner. Although, it is not as good as the first two books in this series, Unforgivable is still a cut above other books in this genre I have read in the past year. Can't wait for the next book to come out....more
I picked up this book only because of Laura Griffin. So the rating is only for her story, Unstoppable. Typical nerd-meets-hunk romantic suspense. OverI picked up this book only because of Laura Griffin. So the rating is only for her story, Unstoppable. Typical nerd-meets-hunk romantic suspense. Overall, this is a good passing-time read. I'll say Laura Griffin is passable as a short story writer, but superb as a novel author. It just proves short stories are not for everyone, no matter how talented he/she is....more
This book reminds me why I don't usually read a thriller which gives the killer's pov. All those creepy, psychopathic thinkings are tiresome at best,This book reminds me why I don't usually read a thriller which gives the killer's pov. All those creepy, psychopathic thinkings are tiresome at best, cheap at worst. How many times btw do I have to be reminded that the female victims are not 'innocent'?
I kept reading to find out what's the past conflict b/w h/h. At least that's intriguing enough. At the end I couldn't go on any further. Hate the heroine. I guess it's a result of trying to cram every quality imaginable into one character, too tough, too competent, too vulnerable, too emotionally scarred, too etc. The result in this case is unfortunately a judgemental, emotionally unstable bitch.
I read all of this author's books and can't finish them both. I don't think I'm going to wait for three strikes, considering it's 7 bucks for each. So bye bye, Kate Brady....more
Early Tess Gerritsen. The romance feels a little abrupt to my taste. The suspense is not so suspenseful when you see it coming ten or so pages before.Early Tess Gerritsen. The romance feels a little abrupt to my taste. The suspense is not so suspenseful when you see it coming ten or so pages before. Overall Keeper of the bride is another generic rom-suspense. Nothing too glaring to recommend against or for. I'm not sorry I read it, but I maybe forget all about it a week from now....more
Keep soldiering on solely on good reviews. So far there's nothing distinguishing this book from other generic romantic suspenses except the setting. TKeep soldiering on solely on good reviews. So far there's nothing distinguishing this book from other generic romantic suspenses except the setting. The attraction feels forced and fast. The dialogues are a little wooden. Too much self talking, longing. Not so many actions. Hope something change real fast before I lose interest.
**Two pages later** Okay. I give up. This goes to DNF....more