Previous Hitman novels by Jessica Clare and Jen Frederick have been intense, with action-packed storylines as well as hot sexual chemistry between thePrevious Hitman novels by Jessica Clare and Jen Frederick have been intense, with action-packed storylines as well as hot sexual chemistry between the protagonists. Unfortunately, in Last Hope the only "intensity" had to do with the size of Rafe's erection. I wanted to enjoy this story as much as I had Last Hit and Last Kiss, but the shallow kidnapping plot and Rafe's assassin-against-the-world-attitude just didn't work for me. On a positive note, the authors' efforts to write an erotic romance with modern-minded characters--specifically Ava's comfort with her own sexuality and Rafe's near-total lack of experience--made me appreciate the story more than I thought I would!...more
This is Black Hawk Down, the romance novel. Emily Beale is one of my new favorite heroines, and Mark Henderson is just too awesome. I can't quite explThis is Black Hawk Down, the romance novel. Emily Beale is one of my new favorite heroines, and Mark Henderson is just too awesome. I can't quite explain what I love about this novel, only that I LOVED it. The Hindu Kush landscape, the technical detail of the combat choppers and the way Emily and Mark fly them, the hand-to-hand combat scenes...SO immersive and adrenaline-filled and ballet-like in their fluid choreography...And the way that Emily was totally the alpha female without being cocky, bitchy, or over-sexualized is so refreshing.
I wasn't 100% engaged in the assassination plot line 100% of the time, but the strength of the character development kept me glued to my iPad throughout. This is one that I'll be rereading again, and soon.
If you're even remotely interested in military or romantic suspense, then you MUST read this series. It's that good. ...more
Shane McCallan has lived his life under the burden of misplaced guilt forReview written for and published by the Portland Book Review on May 14, 2014:
Shane McCallan has lived his life under the burden of misplaced guilt for his sister’s disappearance. Blaming himself for her loss, he had given up on redemption until he met Crystal. Caught between the most violent gang in Baltimore, the Churchmen, and her abusive boyfriend, Crystal is familiar with the crushing weight of indebtedness. When Shane offers her the chance to escape her situation, and to punish the men who forced her into it, she risks everything to provide information that might save other women from a similar fate. When her younger sister is stolen to punish Crystal, only Shane can understand what sacrifices she has made, and only Shane can help save the one person she’d do anything to protect.
Still trying to repair the damage inflicted by their commander’s betrayal, the brothers-in-arms at Hard Ink continue to seek justice for themselves and their fallen teammates. Hard As You Can follows fast on the heels of the series opener, Hard As It Gets. Fans of military romance will appreciate the former-soldier heroes of the series, while mystery and romantic suspense readers will be drawn in by the conspiracy behind the cover-up forcing Shane and his teammates out of the service. Well-crafted, emotionally complicated characters encourage emotional investment as high-speed action and unrelieved tension will keep readers on the edge of their seats....more
I scored a used copy of this at Powell's this week, before the book was even released! I immediately went home and read it in a single sitting. This lI scored a used copy of this at Powell's this week, before the book was even released! I immediately went home and read it in a single sitting. This latest installment in the In Death series was a fresh twist on the series and on Robb/Roberts' writing. Justice was ultimately served, but not in the way that Eve Dallas hoped. I won't give the ending away, but it was slightly different from previous novels in a way that I really really liked. It's good for the series and the genre to leave a little ambiguity in a mystery novel. ...more