I really wanted to review this book after I read it but there's just not enough time in the day to get everything done and now it's been too long sinc...moreI really wanted to review this book after I read it but there's just not enough time in the day to get everything done and now it's been too long since I finished. So just a few short comments: I really loved this book. Great characters, great storyline. It really sucked me in from the first page to the last. It came across to me much more like some of NR's great older books than some of her good-but-not-great newer ones. It's definitely one I can see rereading, which hasn't been true of most of the recent hardcovers.
(p.s. I'm a bit surprised by the number of lower reviews for this book. I thought the hardcore NR fans would love it)(less)
I haven't been on Goodreads or written a review in about a million years but I just finished Karen Rose's latest book and had to drop in and write a r...moreI haven't been on Goodreads or written a review in about a million years but I just finished Karen Rose's latest book and had to drop in and write a review.
Series: All of Karen Rose's books are part of the same universe and have various character connections. Some of the books have deeper plot connections. I think you could probably read this one on its own but you may wonder about past characters and what happened to them. And because she is such an awesome author I'd really suggest starting at the beginning.
Summary: State's Attorney Daphne Montgomery is prosecuting a high-profile murder trial that has resulted in multiple threats against her life and the lives of her family. But what Daphne doesn't know is that there is someone behind the scenes pulling all the strings. Someone with a deadly vendetta against her with motives Daphne could never have imagined.
FBI Agent Joseph Carter has yearned for Daphne for months. And he's not about to let anything happen to her. Then Daphne's son goes missing and the bodies begin to pile up and asDaphne, Joseph and the rest of the Baltimore crew dig deeper, things only get more convoluted. Secrets that Daphne has long held close are about to be ripped open. It's a race against time to figure out what's going on and who wants Daphne to pay.
Review: I'm a huge romantic suspense fan and Karen Rose is one of the masters of the genre. And this book. Wow. Just wow. Maybe not quite OMG WOW! that Die For Me (Romantic Suspense, #7) was but still a really fabulous book.
I'm always so amazed at how detailed and cohesive a story Karen Rose can tell. The suspense plot is really wonderfully crafted. It's such a complicated story and Rose manages to twine it all together perfectly with every detail fitting together and making perfect sense. It's really kind of awe-inspiring how she can tell such complex stories.
I enjoyed the suspense plot of this book. It takes you on twisted path that starts you at one point, leads you to another, then dives into the past to tie it all together. I was totally hooked into the story, trying to figure out how everything tied together, why it happened, how it would all turn out. Rose really kept me reading and wanting to uncover all the details. The depth of the plot is really so well done. Every time you blink new details emerge then sends the story winding down another path that you never really predicted.
I also liked the fact that the plot wasn't really a whodunit - you know the who from the very beginning - but rather part of the suspense of the plot is about the connections. How it all tied together to create the situation Daphne and Joseph found themselves in. I had a pretty good idea of how it all tied together, but there was enough doubt, enough possibility to lead me to other conclusions. I love books that keep me guessing. And for a while, this one did.
On the romance front, things are admittedly bit on the low key side. The focus of the book is definitely on the suspense aspect but there's still a nicely developed romance to keep the romance lover in me satisfied. The romance, though, is not really about the building of feelings, the push/pull between two people. Daphne and Joseph both already have feelings for each other and the situation they're in forces them to finally confront them. There's really not a lot of angsty will they/won't they. But more about will their new-found love survive the twisted situation they are in. Still, I enjoyed these two and liked both characters.
Another great aspect to the book is the tie-ins to past books/characters - of which there are quite a few. You get the obvious reconnection with the other Baltimore book characters - Grayson and Sophie, and JD and Lucy. Plus the continuing saga of Clay's unrequited love for Stevie. But Rose also delves back further and brings back Vito Ciccotelli (and referencing his wife and how they met), mentions Dana, Ethan, and some other past characters, plus reintroduces a young man (who was a boy in a previous book). And I just absolutely love these kind of intertwining stories. It creates such a wonderful cohesiveness and it also lets you take a peek at characters that stuck with you in the past. It just really adds a great ambiance to the story.
Did I have any criticisms? Ummm...nope. None that I can think of. I was perfectly satisfied with every aspect of the book. Does that mean everyone else will be to? No, obviously not. This book is more a suspense/thriller with a strong romantic element which may not be enough for some romance fans. It's also rather dark at time which could bother some. And it's also, as mentioned above, very complicated. There are tons of plot twists, a whole lot of characters, and just a lot to keep track of in general. Not everyone likes that kind of story. Me? It's the perfect combination.
I will be eagerly awaiting Rose's next book. I can't wait to find out what happens with Stevie and Clay. I'm hopelessly intrigued by Deacon. And I'd really like to one day revisit Daphne's son Ford. I just wish Rose published more than one book a year. It'll such having to wait till 2014 to get my next Karen Rose fix.(less)
Yet another wonderful addition to a series that is one of my favorite romance series ever.
Series Note: This is the 18th book in the Virg...moreRating: 4.5 / 5
Yet another wonderful addition to a series that is one of my favorite romance series ever.
Series Note: This is the 18th book in the Virgin River series. I won't say you have to read the series in order to read this book, but it is a wonderful series and I think there are definite benefits of reading it in order. However, this book can stand on it's own pretty well, probably.
Summary: Katie Malone is traveling across country to stay in Virgin River, where her brother has settled, after a romance didn't work out and realizing her twin 5 year olds need some stability. She's hoping for some down time in Virgin River before deciding what the next step in her life should be. A flat tire just outside down leads to some unexpected consequences in her life when a mysterious biker happens by and helps her out.
A former child-star, Dylan Childress is on a motorcycle tour of the Virgin River area with some friends before he gets back down to work trying to figure out how to save his aviation business. When he meets intriguing Katie Malone on the road, he's mystified by her. She's everything he's ever wanted but told himself he couldn't have. Neither are looking for a relationship, but one finds them. Working it out isn't easy, though, as both are at a crossroads in their lives and trying to find a way to be together won't be easy.
Review: What is it about this series that is so enchanting and engaging? From the first book I've been hooked and I keep coming back for more. I haven't loved every book in the series, but even the ones that aren't my favorites are a pleasure to read. Maybe it's the continuity of the books...it's the best series I've ever read when it comes to keeping characters, setting, and romances going from book to book. Maybe it's the wonderful setting, or the fantastic characters, or the simplicity and realism of true romance and life issues. Or I guess it's a combination of all that. Whatever it is, Robyn Carr has created such a wonderful set of books with this series.
I really enjoyed this book. I can't say it's one of my top favorites, but it's definitely one of the more enjoyable ones. I loved both the main characters. Katie Malone is a spunky, widowed mother of twin 5 year-olds and Dylan Childress is a former bad boy child star who turned his life around and is now a quite reclusive owner of an aviation business. Both were a pleasure to read about.
The romance is sweetly done. I read a review that felt the romance wasn't developed enough, that the two fell in love too quickly and too simply. I couldn't disagree more. I thought the development of the romance was wonderfully done. Maybe it didn't take very long (a month of so) but I had no issues with the development. I could feel the chemistry between the two. And RC did a great job of portraying their inner conflict over getting involved. Especially with Dylan and his struggle to put his inner demons to rest and to allow himself to fall in love and hope for a future with Katie. I found Dylan to be a rather intriguing guy and I loved his storyline. Would he go back to movies? Would he save his business? Would he move to VR to be with Katie? Would he get eaten by a bear ;) It was great stuff. And I was really rooting for these two and just want to keep reading about them and how it would all work out.
Maybe the storyline isn't wildly original and maybe the tone is similar to a lot of the other VR books, but again, I didn't mind. Robyn Carr is such a wonderful storyteller that every book, no matter how different or similar to other books in the series, is a joy to read. You just get sucked into the story she is telling about Katie and Dylan, the town of Virgin River, and all the other people involved.
Plus, you can't get through a VR book without getting to read about a lot of the past characters. This book didn't involve them quite as much as some past books - the focus in this one was pretty centered around Dylan and Katie - but you get a nice dose of Jack, Connor, Leslie, Luke...some cameos from Preacher, Paige, Paul, Nora, some others, and an introduction the hero of the next book, Tom.
And like I've said in other reviews, every time I read a new Virgin River book it's like coming home because Robyn Carr has created such a heart-warming, vivid, wonderful place in Virgin River, California. I look forward to the next installment.(less)
Much, much better than the last Diana Palmer book I read!
Series Note: Officially, I don't think this book has a series title, but it has many tie-ins...moreMuch, much better than the last Diana Palmer book I read!
Series Note: Officially, I don't think this book has a series title, but it has many tie-ins to other Diana Palmer books. It has a direct connection to “To Love and To Cherish” in that the heroine of this book is the daughter of the couple in that book. There are also many references to characters from her Jacobsville/Long, Tall Texans series...so they kind of exist in the same universe. But I don't think you have to have read any of those to read this one. Though I must admit that this book made me want to read the parents book.
Summary: Morie Brannt is tired of being treated like a fragile flower by her overprotective, but wonderful, father. So she leaves home and strikes out on her own where she can get work on a ranch and learn what being a cowgirl is really like. She finds a job at a Wyoming ranch owned by the Kirk brothers, headed by oldest brother Mallory Kirk. It's backbreaking work, but Morie loves it.
Until she gets on the bad side of the bosses girlfriend, and at the same time finds herself helplessly drawn to said boss. A few kisses give her hope that maybe there could be something between them. But when she's set up to take the fall for something she didn't do, Morie believes all hope is lost. When Mallory learns the truth, though, he'll have to scramble to get Morie to trust him again.
Review: I have to preface this by saying this is a Diana Palmer book. Therefore you have to be prepared to suspend reality for a bit because Ms. Palmer does not function in your standard modern society. If you've ever read one of her books, you know what I mean. Some people don't mind it, some hate it, and some can take it but roll their eyes the entire time. I don't know why I keep coming back. Despite my need to eye-roll at times, there's just something about her books that draws me in. Most of the time.
Her last book I read, Merciless, was not one of those times. I didn't find anything at all appealing about that book. It came off as a shallow representation of what Palmer writes. I went so far as to wonder if a ghost writer had written the book but gone a bit overboard in their attempt to imitate Ms. Palmer's antiquated style of writing. I wondered if maybe if was finally time to stop reading her books.
But then I read this one. It is much, much more inline with what you'd expect from a DP book. I actually mostly liked it. That's not to say that it's perfect. There is that whole thing about having to suspend reality...which I can do...but otherwise, I enjoyed it. The writing was so much better than in Merciless – which came across, campy, overdone and jerky. I thought this story was more smoothly told and was easy to read.
I really like Morie. She's for the most part a typical Palmer heroine – virginal, small-chested, not very worldly. But I thought she was spunky and I like that she went out on her own to get experience in the world rather than let her father continue to protect her. Mallory was okay. He's not one of Palmer's best heroes. And again, he fits her standard hero model. Emotionally scarred, hairy chest, and at some point treats the heroine like crap.
I did appreciate that Palmer didn't harp on religious morals or the character's naivete quite so much. In Merciless that was all you read about and it got annoying, but in this one, it's part of the story but it's not so in your face. I felt like the characters weren't nearly as antiquated and were more fitting for this decade.
The storyline wasn't awesome, but it's what you'd expect from a Palmer book. Lots of emotional angst, some semi-meaty plot stuff involving a vindictive sketchy girlfriend, and an escape convict on the loose and the story keeps you reading, wanting to know how it will all end up. It was all mostly predictable but there's something about the way Palmer can tell a story like this that makes it good to read. At least for me, not everyone will agree.
Reading this one did make me want to go back and read the story for Morie's parents. It was quite obvious by the way they were talked about that Palmer had written a book for her so a quick Google search got me the title and it's one I don't have so I may have to go find it. I'm curious enough about them to want to read their story.
And Palmer also gives you a handful of other characters that I'm guessing we can look forward to getting their own stories some time – Morie's brother Cort, and Mallor's two brothers. I think I'd definitely read their stories.
I also liked that Palmer dropped some tie-ins to her Jacobsville/LTT crew. I've been reading those guys for quite a while so it was cool to see them pop up here.
The bottomline here, I think, is that if you have read Palmer's books in the past and found something enjoy in them then I think you'll like this one. If you've read her books and hated them, don't read this one. And if you've never read her...well, I don't quite know what to tell you. People either like Palmer's books or they don't. You'd really have to try one to find out what you'd think.(less)
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)
This book is a train wreck. An absolute and complete train wreck. I don't know that I've ever read a book before so full confusing, nonsensical back s...moreThis book is a train wreck. An absolute and complete train wreck. I don't know that I've ever read a book before so full confusing, nonsensical back story, endless repetition of pointless info, and so full of errors (ranging from standard typos, to grammar problems, to an endless parade of mismatching details). The problems with this book - a book published by a best-selling author by a well-known publishing house - is completely shocking.
Series Note: First book in a new series by Leigh about 3 cousins living in a small Colorado community who are hated by just about everyone for absolutely no reason that anyone can figure out.
Summary: Rafe, Logan, and Crowe are three cousins who grew up in the small town of Sweetrock, Colorado. The town is ruled by 3 familys, and the 3 men who run them. And despite the fact that the cousins are tied to the families by blood, they are shunned, ostracized and tormented in any way possible. But the three are determined to win the court battle to gain their inheritance.
By coming back to his home town, Rafe is once again thrown in the vicinity of Cambria Flannigan, the woman he just can't get out of his head. Years ago, Rafe had a short affair with Cami's sister and knew at the time that young Cami had a crush on him, but then Jaymi is murdered and Rafe - after being cleared of killing her - enters the military. Over the years, Rafe and Cami cross paths a few times until they can't keep the passion at bay any longer. But then Cami cuts off all ties for 3 years until Rafe returns home and the two once again can't stay away from each other.
As their closeness grows, and as the three cousins question more and more why they are hated so much, the danger grows as well. Soon, Cami finds herself the target of a vindictive killer who wants to punish her for associating with Rafe. In the midst of all this, Cami must finally face her feelings for Rafe, feelings she's spent years trying to bury.
Review: First off, let me just say that I am in no way trying to trash author Lora Leigh, personally or professionally. I have the utmost respect for (almost) anyone who writes and publishes. But at the same time, as an honest reviewer, I'm not going to paint my thoughts with pretty words just to be nice. I'm gonna call it like I see it.
And how I see it is that this book should never have gone to print the way it is. It's an absolute and utter mess. I've read books with a mistake or ten...a typo here and there, a detail that maybe doesn't match, stuff like that...and I don't' mind. It happens. But when you read a book where errors overshadow everything else, where you almost can't go a page without something not making sense, then you have a real problem. And that was the case with this book. It was an incredibly difficult book to get through because of all the nonsensical butchering of facts, details and grammar.
I'm not even sure where to start my review. There's so much to discuss. I guess I'll start with the backstory/backdrop. This book is based on three cousins who are descended from the three main families of the area they live, but they aren't accepted, and are in fact the objects of families' torment. I could try to explain the back story...how some grandparents or whoever died, then the 3 society princess daughters marry 3 unacceptable brothers, then they were all killed, leaving 3 sons (the cousins) to face the wrath of their families - but I'm not sure I fully grasped what they hell the author was trying to convey. The backstory is so twisted and complicated that it left my head spinning. You get all kinds of 'brother's son's daughters other son' kinds of references that leave you thinking 'wait, who?' I gave up trying to keep it all straight because it just didn't make sense.
That issue was bad enough, but it's not even half of what was wrong with this book. There's also the fact that as you read, new facts suddenly pop up and get mentioned that leave you questioning why they were never brought up before. All through the book, the main characters are always saying they have no idea why they are hated so much, then suddenly this issue about a resort is brought up and they know that's why people are angry with them, then the whole issue is forgotten. Which happens repeatedly. Facts pop up, disappear, are forgotten. Confrontations between characters happen, then happen again like they'd never happened before. A character tells another character something then later it's said the character was never told. There's hinting that Logan is hooked on one character but then later it's Crowe that is. It makes you go cross-eyed.
The worst inconsistency, though, was the timeline of Rafe and Cami's relationship. Good grief was that whole issue screwed up beyond repair. First Cami lost her virginity to him at 21 and before that they'd shared 3 hot kisses. Then it's that they'd met and had sex once a year between 18-21. Then later it says she slept with him for the first time just a little past 20. It was completely ridiculous how mixed up the "facts" were. These two must have had multiple personalities to accomplish such a range of timelines.
All of it was thoroughly distracting. You couldn't read a page or 2 without something not making sense and you stop and say 'WTF?' It's extremely difficult to read a story where nothing makes sense or matches.
Even aside from the endless barrage of errors in this book, the rest of it wasn't so hot either. Because all you read is the same stuff rehashed over and over and over again. It's like an endless parade of Cami thinking about how she just can't handle being with Rafe and knowing she could lose him and Rafe professing his endless lust for her then Cami being unable to deny him and screwing ensues. Add in other endless scenes with the characters going over and over the same facts of their pasts, along with Leigh re-explaining issues she's already explained (how many times did I need to know what the weekend socials were about?) and you just end up bored to tears.
Especially for a book that I believe was meant to be a romantic suspense. But it was one of the most boring romantic suspenses I've ever read. Because NOTHING HAPPENS. The characters spend the entire freaking book sitting around twiddling their thumbs rehashing things the readers already known about and doing nothing at all proactive to solve their situation. They all just bumble around and act like idiots. And none of them have an ounce of logic. Anyone with half a brain could see the connections and the danger present. For military guys, like the cousins are, they sure didn't have a clue about the danger. Dumbasses.
Let's not forget the big climactic ending which came across as totally idiotic because the bad guy ends up being a character that's not mentioned, not even in vague reference, even once throughout the book. I literally read the name and said 'what the fuck?!?!?' out loud. You just don't drop in a random bad guy at the end, not like that, and act like we should know who he is. But accepting that at face value, the details still don't work. If you try to work the timeline of it, given the details Leigh gave, it just doesn't make sense. And it made the ending seem totally ridiculous. Plus there's the fact that nothing is really tied up at the end. It's still all rather open ended, leaving you needing more.
The only thing remotely decent about this book were the sex scenes. Not surprising, really, given Leigh's background as an erotic romance author. The scenes were hot and really about the only thing in the book that I liked. The romance was so-so. There's great chemistry between the characters, but Cami tended to be a bit obnoxious and I didn't feel the two really resolved anything between them at all.
It's sad and rather disappointing that that was the only decent thing about the book. Initially I had some moderately high expectations. I know Leigh is capable of telling a good story...there were hints of it at times throughout this book...and the blurb sounded interesting. But the execution was severely lacking.
You really do have to wonder if anyone at all edited this book because the errors are so profuse and obvious. If all of us casual readers can catch them, why didn't anyone else? And it's not like this is a first for a Lora Leigh book. All of her fans are aware of the ever increasing amount of problems in her books. The question is why hasn't anything been done about it? Half the fault lies with the publisher, and half with the author. The publisher needs to take charge and get proper editing done, and the author needs to take a little more pride in her work and try to put the best product possible out there.
Some say nothing is done about the persistent issue of editing in LL's books because we readers just keep buying them. Well, after this book, I'm not sure that I will. Because this book was just down right bad when it comes to the problems within it. I've come back for more even after the problems in past books, but this one might just have pushed me overboard. I'm undecided. I'd really like to know how things turn out with these three characters and who is responsible for all their troubles, but I just don't know that I can put up with all the mistakes in the books to find out. I have one more LL book on my shelf to read but after that, I might be done until someone tells me LL has finally admitted to the problem and made a commitment to work on it.
So what does all this mean? It means that if you are looking to read a good book, you're not going to get it with this one. At least in my opinion. The LL enthusiasts will probably find something to like about it, but the errors outweigh everything else. I pretty much wish I hadn't read it and didn't find myself wondering what would happen in the next two books. I don't really want to read them at this point, but I hate not knowing how a series continues. So we'll see.
WARNING, this book contains: explicit sex and language, m/f sex, oral sex, ass play, anal sex, toys, light spanking, frantic sex, lots of dirty talk.(less)
Another good book from Gerard's Bodyguards/Black Ops series. I enjoyed reading this one, but I can't say that I loved it. It didn't snag me with that...moreAnother good book from Gerard's Bodyguards/Black Ops series. I enjoyed reading this one, but I can't say that I loved it. It didn't snag me with that WOW factor, but it was still a good read.
Series Note: This is the 6th book in Gerard's "Black Ops" series, which is a continuation of her "Bodyguards" series. I think this book can probably stand well enough on its own, but you'd get more out of it if you read the other books first.
Summary: Luke Colter, member of the Black Ops, Inc. team is taking a vacation doing some missionary work in Peru...and trying to further recover from a nearly life-ending injury. He's on a train in the Andes on his way back to base when the train is hijacked and a young woman's life is put in danger. The woman, Valentina Chamberlin, is a world famous model - a model Luke just happens to have spent many years lusting after - and Luke, with his white knight complex, can't resist stepping in to rescue her.
Soon the two find themselves on the run in the wilderness, trying to get back to civilization so they can try to figure out who wants to kidnap Val. Once they have figured it out, the two, along with the Black Ops team, must race to stop a deadly arms dealer. And along the way, the two must also face the undeniable chemistry between them.
Review: If you've read any of Gerard's Bodyguard/Black Ops books, you'll know pretty much exactly what you're getting from this book. It's definitely very similar in type to those books. I've been looking forward to reading Luke's book, since he seemed like such an intriguing character.
There is something a bit cliched about the fact that Luke ends up rescuing a supermodel who has been the subject of his fantasies since he was a teenager. But I thought it worked for the book. There was something rather sweet about it that I enjoyed. And the two have great chemistry together. They definitely set some sparks off. It helped that both were likable characters.
The plot is rather typical of Gerard's books. The team is trying to stop an arms dealer who wants to kidnap Val. Add in some political intrigue and a foreign country and you get what you usually get from Gerard. Maybe I wished the book varied a bit more from her norm, but it was a very easy book to read. It flows very quickly and kept me engaged. I wanted to come back and keep reading more when I put it down to see how it all worked out.
There's also the bonus that you get to keep up with past characters. Many of them play a big role in the action parts of the story later in the book. I love getting to keep up with characters in a series.
My one criticism deals with some internal turmoil that Luke was going through. After nearly dying, he facing a life crisis over continuing his job and if he had what it took anymore. It's a running theme for a lot of the book and I never really felt like that issue was resolved for him. I think I would have liked it better - felt it fit the setup more - if Luke had decided to retire from Black Ops. That was just the vibe I got from his character.
Still a good book, though. And I look forward to reading the last installment, which will feature the ongoing relationship between Stephanie and Joe.(less)