Not as good as the first one, but still enjoyable. I loved everything Bill, however the other characters and the plot didn't grab me as much. Even thoNot as good as the first one, but still enjoyable. I loved everything Bill, however the other characters and the plot didn't grab me as much. Even though the movie talk got boring at times, Riley still managed to make the mystery fun....more
No time for a proper review because I want to start the third book :) I enjoyed this one even more than the first. I'm not sure if I said this in my rNo time for a proper review because I want to start the third book :) I enjoyed this one even more than the first. I'm not sure if I said this in my review of book 1, but what I love about this series is that the characters are so down to earth and real. Even though there is more angst in this book, it didn't feel out of place or thrown in for effect. (view spoiler)[ The accident was a little too convenient considering what the POST review decided, but I'm letting that slide (hide spoiler)]. Joe can be one stubborn SOB, but I love how his character is developing. This book shows even more layers to him and I can't wait to start book 3....more
This was a bit of a letdown. The mystery was predictable and not as fun as the first one. There was some progression in Holmes coming to terms with hiThis was a bit of a letdown. The mystery was predictable and not as fun as the first one. There was some progression in Holmes coming to terms with his break-up with David and his own personal hang-ups, but not enough for my liking. He still comes off as too insecure and petulant. Plus, I'm not completely convinced with J.X.'s feelings for Holmes. (view spoiler)[ I can't see how he can love Holmes after everything he's done to him. I'm glad to see Holmes finally opening up to J.X. more, but it's hard for me to believe he's in love with Holmes, when all Holmes has been doing is keeping J.X. at arm's length the entire time. I was also happy to see J.X. finally set Holmes straight with his age complex. It was getting to be annoying. (hide spoiler)]
I'm not ready to say good-bye to Holmes and J.X. yet. I'm still holding out hope that Holmes will focus a little more on his relationship with J.X, but for now I need a break from these two. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
There are many aspects that I love about Speed's writing. She has a way of developing strong and well developed characters and her descriptio3.5 Stars
There are many aspects that I love about Speed's writing. She has a way of developing strong and well developed characters and her descriptions pull you right into the story, but unfortunately, it’s not all good. She has a tendency to tell rather than show and merely summarizes large portions of the plot. This has always been an issue for me. I also think she has too many mysteries going on at once and tends to lose focus on any one given issue.
As far as character advancement and development, I enjoyed book 1 (Freefall) better than book 2 (Bloodletting). The mysteries not so much. There were a lot of holes and were rushed at the end. The mysteries in book 2 were fairly solid.
In book 1, we see Roan’s destructive behavior in the forefront. He uses his anger as a shield. It’s basically his go to emotion. It created a tense and volatile atmosphere. Roan is depressed and hates what is happening with the lion, along with almost everything else in his life. It’s heart-breaking to see him struggle with everything. I didn't get the same feel in book 2. I’m not a fan of splitting the books into two novellas or books. For me, even though not a lot of time passes, it breaks the flow and the feel of the story telling.
Book 2 brings an entire new set of issues for Roan and because I was in the same frame of mind from book 1, this was a letdown. I was expecting to see more of Roan’s self destructive behavior but the story shifts to Roan’s problem with headaches. I can see where the author is taking this but because of the change in story-lines, her writing seems clunky and doesn't always work for me.
I really enjoyed hearing more from Dylan and Holden. I love how Holden is becoming a prominent character. That’s really what saved book 2. Although I like Dylan and I think he is good for Roan, I hope he’s strong enough to handle the relationship.
One of my favorite parts was when (view spoiler)[ Dylan sketched the tattoo of Paris on Roan’s arm. At first I thought it was selfish of Roan to include Dylan in this but once Dylan was sketching I saw how much it brought them closer together. Dylan is so understanding and loving and it allowed Dylan to share a part of Paris with Roan. (hide spoiler)] It was a perfect moment.
This is a suspenseful story, full of intrigue and deceit. The man behind this deceit is Joseph Van Aardt. He’s a master manipulator. He’s ric 4.5 Stars
This is a suspenseful story, full of intrigue and deceit. The man behind this deceit is Joseph Van Aardt. He’s a master manipulator. He’s rich, powerful, arrogant, and gorgeous. Everyone in the office fears him and he uses anyone and anything to get what he wants. And what he wants is to hire Ryan at his law firm. Ryan is an ambitious upcoming lawyer that wants nothing more to become as powerful as Joseph. Poor naïve, eager to please Ryan. He gets sucked into Joseph’s world and never sees what hits him.
The sexual tension is high between them and Ryan tries to resist and stay faithful to his fiancé, but there’s just something about Joseph that he can’t stay away from. Even though Ryan is naïve, he is not by any means innocent. He made his choices. They begin a sexual relationship and Joseph puts Ryan on the biggest case of both their careers. People begin to die and lies come to the surface. More and more, you begin to question Joseph’s motives and his intentions towards Ryan. On the surface it looks like he wants Ryan, but of course it’s not that simple. He’s a bit of a contradiction. He’s fighting for the little guys and you begin to see signs that he may actually care for Ryan, but then in the same breath he seems to be using Ryan’s attraction to him to get him to do what he wants.
The last 20-30% kicks into high gear. Secrets come out and in the end I was left with more questions and not many answers. Surprisingly this didn't bother me. I usually need some answers, at least to the glaring questions, but in this story I liked coming up with my own conclusions. So be warned - there are many unanswered questions.
Also, this is not a romance. Yes, it has some romantic undertones, but it has more of an erotic feel to it, even though there isn't a lot of explicit sex.
This was a 4 star read up until the epilogue. A half a star is added for the pure shock value. I love a book that can keep me guessing and allows me to come up with different scenarios in my head. This book fit the bill at every turn. ...more