First, let me just say this is a FANTASTIC romantic suspense novel! It has a touch of the paranormal and uses the same type of males we love from theFirst, let me just say this is a FANTASTIC romantic suspense novel! It has a touch of the paranormal and uses the same type of males we love from the BDB series that J.R. Ward so famously crafted. These Navy Seals guys are swoon-worthy, rock your face off hot. There's battles, romance, heat; all delivered with a powerful one-two punch of intrigue and danger. Love it!
Beth is a lonely but hardworking woman that keeps her emotional entanglements neat and tidy. She doesn't allow men inside her tender emotional inner circle after a botched up jilt at the alter taught her it was better to be safe than sorry. Then... she receives a portentous dream that forces her to shun her cautious nature and take a chance to save an elite team of Navy Seals she witnesses perish in a brutal airplane massacre. What she wasn't counting on was the cosmic and fatalist connection that would snap into place upon meeting Zane Winters.
What I loved: I love the romantic tension between Beth and Zane. I love that McCallan was able to show he was deep-feeling but SO intimately embraced his male side as well. That's not an easy balance to achieve. A lot of times I read authors that "feminize" their males and the Alphas become Betas. Effectively neutering them as the agressive and possessive males we want to read about. The author doesn't do that here and I love it. The plot is great with a slightly new twist on an age-old favorite in the middle of an intriguing terrorist-like plot that is steeped by enough solid verbiage/research and good old-fashioned storytelling that I never disbelieve anything the author feeds me. And boy, is it a lot! The pace is brutally fast, nightmarishly so; just the way I like it.
What I didn't like: nothing. This is a re-read for me. It may be for you too. I liked it enough that I perused the author's blog and (thank you God), she plans to write this as a series and has been approached by a publisher. Yea for us!
6.0 of 5 stars!
Genre: Romantic Suspense Sub-genre: Thriller, suspense, military undertones Elements: Profanity, violence and sexuality Age: 18+...more
This was a "strong" 3.5 star read. I loved the pacing in this book. I was able to put it down so it wasn't earth-shattering but it kept my interest anThis was a "strong" 3.5 star read. I loved the pacing in this book. I was able to put it down so it wasn't earth-shattering but it kept my interest and I definitely wanted to get back to it when time allowed. Bidinotto is very polished in his writing style and his story, especially the criminal justice aspects, were most interesting to learn about in the context of a fictional story. I loved Hunter, the man he was and what motivated him were spot-on for my taste. I loved the ending. Especially the climatic fight scene, well-done. Bidinotto knows that we're not all martial arts experts and he was absolutely brilliant at describing the fight scene in a way that painted it accurately for us novices while losing not one bit of the momentum. Superb!
What I liked: Hunter. He was just flat-out alpha male with a dash of sensitive. His idealism made him wonderful to read about and "watch." I loved how the vigilante justice was dispatched. Cleverly done and oh-so satisfying. The villains were awful and we wished for their demise as readers. I liked the third person narrative ( I usually do) as it offered a deeper understanding of what all the characters thought processes were.
What I didn't like as well: the mystery. Okay, maybe Bidinotto intended for us to know who the vigilante was from the inception of the work (like we were voyeurs while he executed his tasks), but it left me feeling like there was nothing to "find out" later. So, this is more intrigue than mystery. If he intended for it to be a mystery, it was entirely to obvious from the beginning. The vernaculars and tastes of Hunter. For a guy in his late 30s, he uses idioms/expressions that are completely too old for his age. Some references are those my folks used. He needed to use phrasing that was relevant to his generation. Also, Cole Porter? I had to do a wikipedia check on him! I felt Annie was weak as a woman and should have been more honest in her interaction with Hunter. However, that was the tension point of the novel... so, I let it go.
Those things aside, it is definitely worth reading if you like the following: intrigue, romance, strong male leads, government espionage, thriller undertones. Bidinotto has a solid series here if he chooses to expand on it. He has the writing chops to do so! ...more
I am reading this series back-to-back so no reviews on other books unless they fall from the sky like rain! This author seems to be on my exact frequeI am reading this series back-to-back so no reviews on other books unless they fall from the sky like rain! This author seems to be on my exact frequency! Suttle offers just enough of a variety of different genres to keep me losing sleep over reading her work! The Kindle abuse continues, guys!(It hits my face at 2AM, wakes me up, I go back to reading!). Great recipe right before Christmas. So, why are these so addictive?
You just have to know what happens next.
From one unbelievable scene to the next. I see elements of other authors in her work. If you like the following authors, you may also like Suttle: Evanovich, Laurell K. Hamilton and J.R. Rain. She takes the best of the humor from Evanovich, the great criminal mystery of Hamilton before she digressed into erotica, and the "normalness" of the MC from Rain and combines those riveting elements in one fell swoop of her own. Brilliant and enthralling.
Lissa continues to be a bottle in the ocean for the vampires, mercilessly swept along in a current not of her making. Independent, engagingly intelligent and vital in her own skin she cannot help but resent their inability to trust her instincts. Instead, the vamps plow over the top of her with their "laws" while simultaneously abusing her gifts for their personal exploitation. I was so ticked on a few parts I had to take a moment. I was enraged for the MC! Unreal! Suttle seems to have an interesting "who dunit" thread running through her work that pleases the heck out of me and I am already enjoying that continuity in book three.
I almost cried at the ending. I was in agony for Lissa's treatment in book two and sincerely hope that Suttle takes that full circle and gives those responsible a suitable reckoning. I have a short list for her anyway. I love that when I finished that horrible cliffhanger, I was able to achieve closure with the beginning of book three, which seamlessly picks up where two left off. These books are not for the faint of heart, there are disturbing human elements throughout and described in horrifically honest fashion... unflinching. Non-homogenized fare.
Okay...so O'Rourke nailed me between the eyes with his "Black Hill Farm" novel and a book blogger I follow raved about Shift so I thought I'd take a cOkay...so O'Rourke nailed me between the eyes with his "Black Hill Farm" novel and a book blogger I follow raved about Shift so I thought I'd take a chance on yet another vamp book! Wow. And that doesn't even cover it! O'Rourke is British and his writing style/diction/syntax is really different and so refreshing for an American who is pretty steeped in my own country's works. He doesn't explain any of the vernaculars that are so common place in the UK and as a reader I was definitely along for the literary ride!
Kiera is a young woman fresh out of police school and assigned to an arduous post in the middle of nowhere along a stretch of creepy coastline. O'Rourke sets the stage for us to see the misery of her surroundings perfectly and as a reader I wanted her to get the heck out of Dodge! I love the way Kiera is insightful and sees details others don't. It deepens the mystery of her surroundings and what is happening wonderfully. I loved the plot. Although somewhat slow in the beginning, about 30% through the novel the plot twists arrive and the action takes hold and doesn't stop until the shattering crescendo at the end. There were several little surprises sprinkled throughout that endeared me to O'Rourke, pegging me to the pages until I was finished. He's excellent at telling a mystery and allowing a slow unravel as the story progresses. The ending leaves the reader puzzling over three main points that I will answer by purchasing the next installment, of course! I recommend this for readers who enjoy the following: mystery, intrigue, paranormal, light romance and vamps that definitely do not sparkle! Ha!...more
A new author for me, Deaver sets a pace that starts with a bang and never slows down. If the mood strikes for a [very] solid mystery-thriller, then thA new author for me, Deaver sets a pace that starts with a bang and never slows down. If the mood strikes for a [very] solid mystery-thriller, then this is the novel for you.
Deputy Brynn McKenzie as the protagonist is an angst-driven, hard-on-herself perfectionist that gets the job done without shirking her duty.
After a dropped 911 call, McKenzie's Sheriff directs her to ascertain a [ potential] problem at an isolated lake residence bordering a state park. It's the end of a long day at work, the residence is at the outer edge of their jurisdiction in addition to McKenzie's anxiety of the water. However, she trudges out the door in decent spirits as she fully anticipates a mistaken dial.
Upon arrival, she abruptly discovers that what should have been a benign 911 call is in reality a double, execution-style murder. Taken aback, McKenzie responds quickly to the assassins who lie in wait on the property. Narrowly missing getting killed herself she soon encounters an ungrateful survivor of the murdered couple. If this were not enough she must also navigate the wilderness at night without the use of her weapon and cell phone. Along the way, it becomes apparent that the assassins are not the only challenge the night harbors.
This book rocks and rolls all the way to an unreal climax that is almost impossible to anticipate. Beside the fantastic plot turns, Deaver is a master at creating a main character who is believably flawed but still likable.
This is a complex plot and has been reviewed as such ( some may get “car sick” from the plot turns). I found it a can't-put-down read for sure. These types of complicated, intricate plots are what make a book interesting and this was no disappointment on that score.
[For me] this was a relationship book. It's about a father and daughter who desperately love each other and are involved in a lifelong misunderstandin[For me] this was a relationship book. It's about a father and daughter who desperately love each other and are involved in a lifelong misunderstanding that is so profound they almost cannot transcend it. Pat [protagonist] is tenacious in his relationship(s), finally seeing what life may have to offer during mid-life. Watching his evolution during the process of seeking his daughter was an interesting perspective, expertly stuffed into the middle of a double-mystery. There are different sub-plots that add to the depth of the story, at once offering intrigue and giving a great foundation to the main storyline. Sometimes the narrative comes off a little "stilted," but the words are perfect; all is forgiven!
This is a great book for people that like mystery with a twist of thriller, foreign intrigue and light romance/familial ties.
I was lucky enough to grab this TERRIFIC read when it was available for free on Amazon. Like Konrath with his "Trapped" novel, Comley writes in such aI was lucky enough to grab this TERRIFIC read when it was available for free on Amazon. Like Konrath with his "Trapped" novel, Comley writes in such a way that it is a main entree and not an "appetizer" read. It's a "slow burn" thriller where you truly don't know what you're in store for. Comley spoon feeds info in the beginning to introduce a foundation of knowledge so the reader isn't lost. I very much felt like I had landed in the middle of a tale that had a rich history of relationships and emotions before me. I felt "anchored" in immediately and didn't have to grapple with a feeling of motion sickness...which can happen when an exciting/violent/intense scene is present in the first few pages.
Comley is absolutely brilliant at the terrible spiral of storytelling that she drags the reader through; wow! It didn't matter if I wanted to read it or not...with each chapter the story became more compelling than the last. I wanted so badly to know what would happen I am now stuck buying the next installment! Price? Huh...doesn't matter. What is going to happen with The Unicorn? The wretched excuse of a "man." Comley showcases humanity in the harshest light possible and does it perfectly. Too perfectly. If you squirm over extremely mature and violent themes such as the following: child rape/flesh trade/dismemberment, etc. you may have to pass. For me, the themes were contextually appropriate within the story and not gratuitous; no harm, no foul. But I mention for sensitive readers.
Love the UK angle as the author is English. What a refreshing change of diction and culture. Fun!
What I didn't like was how Lorne (MC) was so driven and obsessed in her role as inspector that her family was neglected. Even when her daughter is in grave danger...the job superseded all. I found that to be slightly unrealistic. As a mother myself, there wouldn't be another job that could turn my head when situations such as those presented in this novel occurred. Nothing would distract me from the role of protective and later, nurturing comforter. Lorne's dealings in relational situations of importance are also left unresolved and "dangling." But just because I didn't like that doesn't mean that it isn't true of that character(the latter).
Like in some past reviews, I really wish there were half star ratings. I'm giving this novel 4.5 stars. ...more
A verbose author in both scene, surrounding and dialogue, which is both rich and tedious rolled into one; Burke clearly knows how to build tension andA verbose author in both scene, surrounding and dialogue, which is both rich and tedious rolled into one; Burke clearly knows how to build tension and bring the reader to that yawning chasm of, who done it?
Protagonist, Dave Robicheaux, is a detective in which his jurisdiction bisects a series of murders against young women. Seemingly done by one individual, Robicheaux becomes obsessed with finding those responsible, ultimately putting his family in danger. His brilliant daughter, Alafair, is centralized in the telling, digging her own “grave” as things become increasingly dangerous.
The story is wonderful, with [a] tight building of the central mystery and plenty of references to the beauty of Louisiana (one feels they know it from the reading). Except for the main character and his friend, Clete, the characterization is a tad soft, with Clete's importance head-and-shoulders above those of his wife's, who plays a discounted role (that must be on purpose, but seems somehow inequitable in the story). One never feels that Robicheaux truly cares about his family;it smacks of obligation rather than true depth-of-relationship. Conversely, I love how close the two men were, their unflinching friendship and loyalty had become legendary. (Male friendships in writing, which are completely asexual has become rare and Burke does a magnificent job of it.) Burke uses an “elevated” vocabulary throughout, which some may find tedious (I didn't). The ending was unfinished and left a lot to be desired, keeping my rating at a four/five. It's still worth reading as Burke is a smart writer. ...more
My all-time favorite [fantasy] author to date, Hamilton has written a series on the Elven ( faeries) that creates a parallel world to ours where all tMy all-time favorite [fantasy] author to date, Hamilton has written a series on the Elven ( faeries) that creates a parallel world to ours where all things mythical are everyday. Meredith Gentry, aka Meredith NicEssus (princess of the Unseelie Court) remains in hiding this past three years from her sadistic aunt, Andais, Queen of the same court. Meredith is mixed-blood (Seelie, Brownie and human) and as such is not “fit” for the court. She has paid a handsome and terrible price during her lifetime for not fitting into the narrow vision of what is “acceptable” to the Unseelie Fae.
When Meredith's Los Angeles detective agency discovers a man is draining Fey women of their energy, Meredith's cover is blown and she finds that her aunt has designs on her for the future of the court that she cannot escape from.
This is sexually explicit (a tad overdone, robbing the review score from a “5” to a “4.5”) and violent right “out-of-the-box;” it is appropriate for adult readers only. Do not be put off by this however, as the characterizations and wonderful world of royalty, mystery and subterfuge is worth the read in this seven-book series. The very best thing about Hamilton's writings is the natural evolution of the protagonist. In this way, there is no stagnation; Meredith continues to grow, mature and change based on the challenges and circumstances of her life, a much more believable premise in a multi-book series that spans years and not usually done as seamlessly as Hamilton manages.
Look for a future review on Hamilton's other, wildly popular paranormal series about Anita Blake, zombie raiser and vampire executioner.
Janet Evanovich is on her fifteenth book in this series, with the first five being the best “ride” of the group. Book number one introduces us to ditsJanet Evanovich is on her fifteenth book in this series, with the first five being the best “ride” of the group. Book number one introduces us to ditsy but insightful bonds woman Stephanie Plum, whom does everything she can to catch her bond jumper, all of it unconventional!
Plum is an ex-lingerie buyer, who finds herself on the brink of financial collapse and in desperation, turns to her barely-ethical cousin to give her a job. Once the job begins, she has found her calling. We are in for a comedic, romantic turn, thinly disguised as a mystery. There is just enough, “who-dunit,” for excitement, coupled with the protagonist's near escape(s) from blunders of her own making.
A fast read that is all in fun, with witty dialog and interesting characterization throughout for spice. A must-read for anyone that wants light fare that can be laugh-out-loud funny with equal parts entertainment....more