Very dark. Very graphic. I really do want to finish the book and find out who's the culprit, but after only almost half way through, our female lead bVery dark. Very graphic. I really do want to finish the book and find out who's the culprit, but after only almost half way through, our female lead breaks down for I don't care to count how many times, I just can't. She's supposed to be the ultimate survivor, who's dedicated her life to solving the puzzle behind what makes one a psychopath. She's supposed to be strong, yet vulnerable because of her own experience. I think the author portrays her more to the latter description and not at all to the first and I can't help but feel super annoyed with this panicky, weepy basket case of a heroine. With this type of book, you have to be able to root behind the leads. When you can't, there's no point. DNF...more
So so storyline. Instead of two mini stories, this book is one story written alternatively by two authors. Surprisingly, this works better than previoSo so storyline. Instead of two mini stories, this book is one story written alternatively by two authors. Surprisingly, this works better than previous full-length books in terms of cohesiveness and consistency. Nothing jarring at all when switching from one heroine's POV to another's. 3 stars...more
Alex and Nathan redux. I'm referring to the h/h of Untraceable, the first installment of the Tracers series. The reference is by no means a complaintAlex and Nathan redux. I'm referring to the h/h of Untraceable, the first installment of the Tracers series. The reference is by no means a complaint because they are on my list of best couples of all time. Laura Griffin is, I have discovered, at her best with older, protective hero and feisty, stubborn heroine. The chemistry is off the chart. This is attraction at first sight done right. Combining it with a murder mystery plot (another strong point of Ms Griffin), this is a home run for me. Some sequences involving our heroine, Laney, are surprisingly super suspenseful. Reminding me of the last scene of Silence of the Lamb, the movie version. If I'm going to be a bit nitpicking here, which I'm not, the attempt to involve the future couple into the storyline is quite clumsy and unnecessarily drags out the ending, making it even more unbelievable. But all is forgiven because this is the best outing of this author since the first couple of books of the series and I'm just glad she's returned to her top form with a vengeance. 5 stars....more
**spoiler alert** The ninth installment of the Tracers series and although I still love love love the earlier books more than the late outings includi**spoiler alert** The ninth installment of the Tracers series and although I still love love love the earlier books more than the late outings including this one, it is undeniable that it's still very entertaining and solid romantic suspense with compelling protags. The story involves a serial killer, the trope I like best from this author. We have an FBI heroine and a security consultant hero. I love strong female characters in general, and Tara Rushing fits the bill quite well despite her constant self doubt and all the repetitive musings. The hero comes from typical Laura Griffin's mold-- sexy, intense and uber-protective. They first come into contact when one has a link with a victim one is investigating. The attraction is immediate. They met two more times and it's on. The intensity of their feelings after conversing a few times is quite mind-boggling. I mean it's not badly done by all means, but I rarely buy into this type of love at first sight in literature wholeheartedly anyway because it's really hard to pull off. I much prefer the trope in which the couple have known each other for sometimes or have some history more. However, with all that said, the secondary pairing is actually more promising. If they hooked up in this book, I would be less surprised. Anyhow, I CANNOT wait for their own book and if it's the next one, I will rush to the store the minute it is out. Unfortunately, we have another couple I don't know already lined up. A shame really as I am so jazzed up for MJ and Jeremy. As for the plot, I like that there are not so obvious clues left for us to pick up along the way, therefore the culprit is revealed not so much as out of the left field, but still believable. 4 stars....more
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