Review: There seem to be a lot of good reviews and ratings of this but I was rather disappointed in the book. It bored me for the most p...moreRating: 2.5 / 5
Review: There seem to be a lot of good reviews and ratings of this but I was rather disappointed in the book. It bored me for the most part. I was expecting a lot more from it.
Series Note: Second book in Adair's “Cutter Cay” series about the Cutter brothers and their marine salvage business. I don't think you have to read the first book in order to read this one.
Summary: Princess Gabriella “Bria” Visconti is livid that her brother invested their country's much needed funds into a salvage dive being run by Nick Cutter. If her brother, the king of her island country, can't make a bank loan payment by the end of the month, the country will revert back to Italy. So she goes to Nick Cutter to beg for a refund of the money.
What Bria doesn't know when she boards Nick's ship, the Scorpion, is that Nick is helping out a counterterrorism group who is trying to stop the sale of blood diamonds. And Bria has landed smack dab in the middle of a dangerous situation.
For Nick, who always keeps his emotions buttoned up, having Bria around tests everything in him. He doesn't know whether to trust the beautiful princess. But that doesn't stop him from wanting her, and wanting to keep her safe. And as the danger escalates, Nick must decide whether to let Bria in or keep her at arm's length away.
Review: This book didn't really give me anything I wanted out of it, except for a fairly decent romance. I was just disappointed all the way around.
I guess a large part of that is because I love romantic suspense books. They are my favorite romance sub-genre out there. And this book was supposed to be a romantic suspense, but it doesn't exactly come across as one for the first two-thirds of the book.
I was bored for a majority of this book. There's so much that is supposed to be going on with the storyline...with the plot to catch the people selling blood diamonds, an attack on Bria her first night on the ship, the issues with Bria's brother and other threats on Bria and Nick's lives. There's just a wealth of plot aspects to add tension and action to the story. And yet for the first two-thirds of the book, all you really get is constant interaction between Bria and Nick. Them sitting on the deck, them looking at stars, them working out, them in the hot tub, them sightseeing, them arguing, them screwing. Maybe in a traditional contemporary romance that would be fine. But when I'm reading a romantic suspense, I want plot development, not an almost sole focus on the H/h. It just made the first two-thirds of the book very boring for me.
My disappointment also lies in the lack of attention to the salvage diving aspect of this series. For me, that's a fascinating story point. I just think salvage diving is very interesting. And in this book, it's not given much attention at all. Bria looks at some finds the divers brought up, and they do one sightseeing dive, but other than that, there's not much else about the topic. I was disappointed in that. I wanted to read more about the dives, finding the treasure and all that.
And honestly, I could do without the tie-in to Adair's “T-Flac” series. For me, it's just a totally unnecessary addition to the series. The connection is just not needed to make the series work. And because of the nature of T-Flac, as a counterterrorism group, it means a terrorism aspect is added to the series. That's another thing I could do without. Terrorism is such a popular romantic suspense topic these days that I get a little tired of it and want to read something different. I thought that's what this series would give me when it's focused on three brothers who run a dive salvage operation. But in both books so far, Adair has added in a terrorism aspect and tie in to T-Flac. It's another thing that's just not working for me in these books.
But I will still read the next book. I'm interested enough in the characters to want to find out what happens to them. (less)
I hadn't planned to read this book - thought it was part of Adair's other series that I'm not sure I'll read yet - so I passed it up. But when I saw t...moreI hadn't planned to read this book - thought it was part of Adair's other series that I'm not sure I'll read yet - so I passed it up. But when I saw the reviews of my GR friends, I decided to give it a go. And it was pretty much worth it, though I expected more.
Series Note: First book in Adair's new "Cutter Cay" series. There is a small tie-in to her "T-Flac" series, but you don't have to read that one first.
Summary: The Cutter brothers own a diving salvage company that is centered on a private island in the Caribbean. When their mechanic becomes ill, the man convinces them to hire his somewhat estranged daughter as his replacement. For Zane Cutter, it's ideal. Teal Williams is an excellent mechanic, and he's not the least bit attracted to her. It'll work out perfectly for his current mission, something he's been working on for a long time.
He doesn't count on the fact that he'll suddenly see Teal in a new light, or that she's just as attracted to him. Throw in some danger, a sexy Caribbean setting, and all the sparks are there for a hot affair. But his feelings go deeper than Zane expected and when their lives are threatened, he realizes how much he cares for Teal.
Review: This book started off so well for me. I love salvage diving stories. There's something about that topic that really fascinates me and I've enjoyed all the books I've read that focus on that topic. So I was excited to start reading this book.
Throw in a super sexy hero, an interesting heroine, a hot locale and you've got the makings of a good story. And it started off that way. I really liked the chemistry between Zane and Teal. It was kind of amusing how Zane thinks Teal's the perfect mechanic for his boat because he's not the least bit attracted to her...then Wham! he starts to really see her and he's fascinated. The two really set some sparks off. Teals a rather quirky girl. She's got virtually no self-esteem, she's got a sexy vibe but is a total tomboy. She's a bunch of contrasts. The two go well together nicely. And yeah, there are definitely some hot scenes between them.
I really enjoyed all the salvage dive stuff. Zane's enthusiasm for what he does is wonderful and Teal's quirkiness - the sea sickness, sleeping in engine room - add some spunk to the story. The dive scenes were interesting and I just all around liked this part of the story. But I would have liked more of it. It could have been maybe a bit more technical on all the aspects of salvage diving, what needs to be done to retrieve items, to protect them out of the water, the nuances and rules of diving, and all that kind of stuff. It would have made the story a bit more focused and whole. But then, I love this story aspect and want more out of it. I've read other salvage diving romances that really go all out detail wise and this one didn't quite get there. It was still an interesting story on that aspect.
Unfortunately, this book really jumped the shark when it got to the last third. The story was going very well until then with a solid romance, an interesting plot with some suspense, great ambiance. Then suddenly there's a storm, a plane crash and a missing government Alpha chip (whatever the heck that is) and guys in black and a whole new cast of bad guys. And as a reader, I was just thinking "where the hell did all this come from?" It's so out of the blue and jarring to a story that is already fully developed. Plus, it doesn't fit the existing story at all. I went from really enjoying the story to WTF? in the blink of an eye. It's a very abrupt, ill-fitting addition to the story, this whole Alpha chip thing. It put me off and turned what was a good/great book to a just average book. It was disappointing.
I'm still looking forward to the next two books in the series about Zane's brothers. I just hope Adair leaves out the government espionage stuff next time. (less)
NOTE: this review is for Lora Leigh's novella only...I haven't yet read the others.
I'm kinda of two thoughts on Leigh's novella...thinking of it as ju...moreNOTE: this review is for Lora Leigh's novella only...I haven't yet read the others.
I'm kinda of two thoughts on Leigh's novella...thinking of it as just a simple short story, I enjoyed it. But if I take into consideration that it was part of a series, I was disappointed. For several books, readers got to know Macey...he got a fair amount of face time in several books. And I was looking forward to reading His story...but to see it shoved into about 110pages...well, it didn't really work for me. I wanted more.
Also, maybe it was just me, but I didn't think the way Macey was portrayed in the novella fit Macey's previous characterization. I went into reading "Atlanta Heat" expecting bad boy Macey, who is a little bit lecherous, a little bit geek, and a whole lot Alpha...and instead he came off kinda, I don't know, sappy in a way. It's like one minute Macey is a total playboy, and then in this book right from the start, he's totally gone over Emerson. It didn't work for me.
But all in all, not too bad of a read. I was just expecting something different out of it.(less)