Good book...I didn't LOVE it, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. More so than I did "Shadow Dance" and maybe a smidge more than "Slow Burn".
Solid storyline...moreGood book...I didn't LOVE it, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. More so than I did "Shadow Dance" and maybe a smidge more than "Slow Burn".
Solid storyline, fairly good romance and characters - I LOVED John Paul - and it kept me wanting to keep reading. I was rather surprised at who one of the antagonists was...though looking back there were clues, I just wasn't expecting it. Which is cool. I'm not often surprised by that kind of thing. There were a couple of details I thought were neglected, but they didn't kill the story.
I'm quite looking forward to reading the next book in the unofficial set, Killjoy, which features John Paul. He's a fascinating character and I can't wait to see how things play out for him.(less)
I am enjoying this series immensely. I finished the first trilogy and just wanted to move right on to the second trilogy. So I did. I really liked thi...moreI am enjoying this series immensely. I finished the first trilogy and just wanted to move right on to the second trilogy. So I did. I really liked this book. It kept me reading, page after page, wanting to know how it would all end up.
Series Note: Fourth book in Reece's “Last Chance Rescue” series about an independent agency that rescues victims in need of help. Honestly, it's tough to say if you need to read this series in order. I'd say yes because I'm a big believer in reading series in order and there are lots of connections, running characters, some running storylines and all that. But at the same time, I think Reece does a decent job of making this book independent enough. So I don't know what to say on whether this can be read as a standalone.
Summary: Eight years ago, Skylar James and Gabe Maddox met at an island retreat, fell in love, and got married within a couple weeks. But Skye was keeping secrets...like the fact that she was a wealthy socialite and an internationally famous model. Shattered by her betrayal, Gabe takes off, holding his broken trust as a shield as he began a career with Last Chance Rescue.
Now, Skye is in trouble, kidnapped after trying to rescue a friend from human traffickers. Gabe rushes to the rescue, thinking he'd be able to get in, get Skye out, and get away from her. But new intel leads to some disturbing conclusions and Gabe must stick close to Skye if they have any hope of finding her friend and stopping an evil predator. And the two must face what happened in the past and the feelings they still have for each other.
Review: I really like how Reece set up this story. Readers have gotten to know Gabe a bit through the past 3 books so it was interesting to start off this one with flashback scenes about how he and Skye met. But more than that, I liked how Reece made their falling out so complex. At first, it seems like something so simple, but then as you read and learn more, you realize a lot more was going on. I thought she did a fantastic job weaving that bit of the tale together. It really worked for the book.
Plus I really liked Gabe and Skye. Poor Gabe...he's been through so must. It was intriguing that he suffered from claustrophobia. You usually don't see this Alpha heroes with a weakness like a phobia. It made he character that much more real. And Skye...interesting woman. She's rich, famous, beautiful, yet she's very down to earth, wanting to just be like everything else. I liked her. Which made it tough to side with either one on their personal differences. Both were right, and both were wrong. They had really great chemistry together, though, and I enjoyed reading about these two together.
And you get quite a bit of Cole in this book, who was heavily featured in the previous book. Now that guy is an interesting character. I can't wait to read his story (which is the next book). I just enjoy when series give past characters active roles and build up new characters. It makes the series so much more cohesive.
The suspense plot was...hmm, well, saying it was excellent seems a bit wrong considering the topics of human trafficking, sexual slavery, rape, abuse, torture, kidnapping, etc. There are definitely parts of this book that turn your stomach and make you bleed a little at the knowledge that this type of stuff unfortunately really does happen. But Reece writes it well. I was thoroughly engaged in the plot and wanted to keep reading to see what would happen next and how the bad guy would be caught.
Really, the only minor criticism I have is that it takes quite a while in the book for Gabe and Skye to move back to a romantic relationship. I wouldn't have minded things moving a little faster there. But that wasn't a big deal. Otherwise, I had no complaints. I enjoyed this book cover-to-cover and can't wait to dig into the next book, which will feature poor, tortured Cole.(less)
I'd heard this series/author mentioned here and there and thought the series sounded interesting, but given that I had so many books to read and not a...moreI'd heard this series/author mentioned here and there and thought the series sounded interesting, but given that I had so many books to read and not as much time to read as I used to, I figured I'd pass on it. But then I found 2 of the books used and snagged the other 4 available at Borders's going-out-of-business sale. And since I was in the mood for some series-oriented romantic suspense, I thought I'd give this series a go. I'm glad I did. This is the kind of romantic suspense I enjoy, unlike Kylie Brandt's completely procedurally focused “Mindhunters” series and Cherry Adair's recent book “Riptide” that I read that was too romance focused.
Series Note: First book in Christry Reece's “Last Chance Rescue” series about an independent organization that rescues people – often children – who have been kidnapped or are otherwise being victimized.
Summary: Eden St Claire was born Devon Winters with a cold, abusive mother who made her life hell. The only bright spot her life was Jordan Montogomery, her loving stepfather's godson. Devon loved older Jordan with a teenager's idealistic nature. When she was older, Devon set her sights on Jordan, but one night of bad decisions leads to repercussions Devon could never have imagined. When it was over, Devon is reborn as Eden St Claire and later becomes and agent for Last Chance Rescue, an independent agency that works outside the law to rescue those in need of help.
Since that awful night, Jordan has never stopped looking for Devon after she disappeared. Years pass, but he still remembers the sweet girl he once knew and wants to know what happened to her. A trip to France on business leads Jordan back to LCR, where he decides to make one last ditch effort to find Devon. LCR boss Noah McCall recruits Jordan to help with a mission, pairing him with Eden – and knowing he's taking a big chance with Eden's state of mind.
At first, Eden is horrified to find Jordan back in her life, but once that passes, she discovers he's still the man she loves. And Jordan is just as infatuated by Eden. She's nothing like the woman he imagined he'd fall in love with, but to him, she's perfect. Then Eden's carefully built house of cards comes tumbling down, leaving everyone feeling betrayed and angry. Eden and Jordan will have a lot to get past to find their way back to each other.
Review: Since romantic suspense is my favorite romance sub-genre I can be a little picky in what I like and what I don't like. There's got to be enough romance to make it feel like a romance, but not so much romance that I feel like I'm barely reading a romantic suspense. This book is pretty close to a happy medium, maybe with a slight leaning toward the more romance side of things.
I thought the premise of this series was interesting: a group that works outside the law to rescues victims in need of help. It's a great – even if popular – focus for a series. Leaves a lot of options to go with plot-wise.
Then you've got the character of Devon/Eden. Poor girl. You're heart breaks for what she goes through in the first part of this book. It builds a strong sympathy toward her. She makes more than a few mistakes, but it's hard to hold it against her when everything in her life arises from the terrible situations she's been in. You have to admire what she built herself into, becoming a top agent for LCR, hell-bent on saving people in need of help.
And there's Jordan...after what he did early in the book, you could easily dislike him, but he found himself in a bad situation and he reacted stupidly. Unfortunately, his actions had terrible consequences...which he doesn't find out about until years later. His dedication to finding Devon (Eden) makes up for his mistakes. And he's a good guy at heart.
These two together have great chemistry. Steamy, sexy, combative. They clash and click on every level. It was fascinating to read their interactions. But it's not a sweet romance. It's rather angsty, at times heartbreaking, and loaded with so much tension. There's never a comfortable moment between these two.
The only real quibble I have with the romance aspect is that the major conflict between Eden and Jordan was entirely too predictable. Everything is centered around Eden's secret that she is really Devon. I'm not overly fond of secret identity romances to begin with, but I was okay with it mostly in this book since all the dynamic were so interesting. When it comes to the hidden identity storyline though, they always lead to the same end point, with one of the characters finding out who the other really is and chaos ensuing. That's exactly what happened here. It was utterly predictable. I didn't hate it, but you just kind of have to shrug and wish that maybe there'd been a different way to work it out.
Suspense wise the book deals with missions for LCR. Eden helps rescue a girl whose been kidnapped by the pedophile son of a criminal family. Things build momentum when LCR realizes the family is involved in human trafficking and they work to break up the ring and deal with the vengeance of the family. There are definitely some disturbing elements to the suspense plot of the story. It deals with kidnapping and (sexual) abuse of minors and LCR trying to stop it. But if you aren't comfortable with such storylines, I'd advise against reading this book/series.
It's hard to say the suspense element is good, given the subject matter, but Reece wrote it well. The plot is tense, edgy and keeps you maybe not quite on the edge of your seat, but pretty engrossed in what is going on. Reece blended the suspense and romance elements of the story well together. Everything fit nicely and made sense.
I'm looking forward to moving on and reading the next book in the series, which will feature engimatic Noah McCall, head of LCR, and Samara Lyons, Jordan's ex-fiance.(less)
Broken record time: this is a prototypical Diana Palmer book. The same thing I say about all her other books holds true here. All her w...moreRating: 3.5 / 5
Broken record time: this is a prototypical Diana Palmer book. The same thing I say about all her other books holds true here. All her writing staples are here.
Series: It's hard to say you should read this series in order because there are about a billion LTT/Jacobsville books, but this one does have direct tie-ins to some of her most recent books. The plot in this one started several books ago. But I think you can understand this one without having read the others.
Summary: Federal agent McKuen Kilraven is finally getting somewhere in finding out who murdered his wife and daughter years ago. He's never been able to let go of what happened to them. Which is why he spurns the crush of young 911 dispatcher Winnie Sinclair. He'll never get attached like that again, so he'll stay away from Winnie, and do whatever it takes to find the killer.
But as things progress, it becomes clear that Winnie can help him solve the case. So he proposes a temporary marriage to fool people while they dig up info. Winnie is appalled at first, but she knows how important it is to Kilraven so she gives in. But once they are married, the passion between them flairs.
Review: It's a little hard for me to review this book...and really, I don't have all that much to say...but I can see both sides of this book. I read some really bad reviews, and some really good reviews and I don't think any of them are wrong. This is the type of book that appeals to a certain type of reader. They will love it, but others will hate it...and I don't disagree with they're reasons why.
Diana Palmer writes a certain type of story that either trips your switches or turns them all the way off. She writes out of another time...her heroes aren't very experienced, her heroines are very very naive and unworldly, her language is old-fashioned, her stories very simple. I think Palmer is an old-fashioned type of person and it comes across very clearly in her writing. I believe she began writing in the 1970's and her writing hasn't modernized a bit.
Is that believable? No. And it does frustrate me at times when I read her books. But for me, there's something really appealing about the old-fashioned tone of her stories. Sometimes her heroines are way too unbelievably naive, but I like reading a book now and then where the heroine is a virgin, waiting for marriage, one who doesn't know everything about sex by the time she's twenty. And about heroes who don't have a string a women in their past. I'm a bit of an old-fashioned girl in a sense, and that just appeals to me. But it doesn't for everyone. Which is fine. And it's why Palmer's books really aren't for everyone. If you read one of her stories and hate it, you'll probably hate all the others. But if you're read one and liked it, you'll probably like the others.
Now, as to this book specially...no surprises here. Virginal, naive heroine with small breasts, emotionally cut off hero with a hairy chest, the hero being mean to the heroine at times (though not as bad as in some other books). Very typical DP story.
Glad to finally read Kilraven's book. It didn't quite live up to my expectations, but I enjoyed it. The romance was decent, but not great. The suspense plot was okay...not great, not horrible. It's a simply told plot, like all her other books. I did find it a bit annoying that this plot started like 2 years ago in other books and this was the wrap up. Hard to remember the details from two years ago.
But I mostly liked this book. I was in the mood for a DP story and this one fit the bill well. (less)