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)
A little better than the last book in the series, but not quite as good as the first book in the second trilogy of this series.
Series Note: Sixth book...moreA little better than the last book in the series, but not quite as good as the first book in the second trilogy of this series.
Series Note: Sixth book in the "Raines of Wind Canyon" series, and third book in the second trilogy of the series. I don't think you have to have read the other books first. They stand pretty well on their own.
Summary: Sage Dumont, one of the vice presidents of her family's Marine Drilling corporation, is about to close on a huge deal to buy some used drilling equipment from Saudi Arabian sheik. Unfortunately, some people are not happy about the deal and her grandfather hires Jake Cantrell to be Sage's bodyguard until the negotiations are complete.
At first, Jake and Sage set each other on edge, but attraction quickly takes over. The more they learn about each other, the more they want each other. Unfortunately, someone doesn't want Sage to make her deal. And to make matters worse, they learn some disturbing information related to the sheik's visit to the U.S. Jake and Sage have to race to find answers. And when its over, neither is sure they'll be able to walk away from each other.
Review: I liked this book for the most part. I thought it had a more interesting plot than the last book in the series.
The plot is is dual-faceted in that there are two different things going on that Jake and Sage have to find answers. But the two aspects work well together very well. I thought the author did a good job building a fairly realistic, well-developed storyline that kept me interested and reading.
I also enjoyed the two characters. Jake's a sexy loner with a big heart. Sage is a woman with a strong sense of loyalty to her grandfather. And thankfully, she's mostly lacking the TSTL gene the heroines of the previous two books had. These two together had good chemistry and the internal battles they faced over whether they could be together gave the relationship a lot of realism.
Overall, it was a pretty well done story. Nothing absolutely great but above average, definitely. I enjoyed it and it kept me reading, wanting to know how everything would work out. And the author did a good job of setting up the characters for the next trilogy. I'll be looking forward to reading about them.(less)
Maya Banks has a real winner with this series. I've enjoyed each an every book, including this one.
Series Note: Fifth book in Banks's "K...moreRating: 4.5 / 5
Maya Banks has a real winner with this series. I've enjoyed each an every book, including this one.
Series Note: Fifth book in Banks's "KGI" series about a group of private security agents and the women they get involved with. I wouldn't necessarily say you have to have read all the other books first, but I would definitely recommend reading the previous book (Whispers in the Dark) first as it directly connects to this one, storyline-wise.
Summary: The first time KGI agent Rio sees Grace Peterson on a security video, he knows he has to have her and that he'll do anything to keep her safe. So he and his team head out to rescue Grace, a healer, from the men who want to capture her and abuse her ability. Rio knows he'll stop at nothing to find her and protect her.
When Grace first sees Rio, she has no idea whether to trust him or not. But she's go little else to rely on so she has to trust Rio. And it ends up being the best decision she ever made. Because not only is he willing to keep her safe, but he also wants her, something she's never experienced before. Now as happiness looms for Rio and Grace, they'll have to find a way to keep her safe from the people who want her.
Review: This book has a little different tone than the other books in this series. It's got more of a romance feel and a little less intense suspense. The focus of the story is definitely more on Grace and Rio as characters and on the romance that blooms between them.
And I didn't mind that. I really enjoyed these two characters. Poor Grace has been through hell in her life and she's lost almost all hope of ever being able to have a normal life. Then there's Rio, bad-ass mercenary who is trying to get past some bad decisions in his life. He sees Grace and is a total goner. Both were great characters to read about. And then had fabulous chemistry between them.
The romance moves a bit fast but I thought it fit the story. It's a sort of instant-attraction/love-at-first-sight kind of thing. But I just thought it was fitting for the type of story it was and the characters involved. I really loved the sweetness between them and how Rio turned into a big marshmallow when it involved Grace. There's something ridiculously sexy about a badass Alpha getting all gooey over a woman ;) And yeah, there's some hot scenes between them, too!
As for storyline, even though the suspense is a bit lower-key than the other books it's still there in that Rio and his team have to first rescue Grace and then find a way to keep her safe. The big battle scene in the end is intense and leaves you with mixed feelings over how it all plays out and what happens with some people. I thought Banks did an excellent job with that last scene. It came as a surprise to me. And I loved it.
And of course there's appearances by the Kelly brothers, their wives, and other team members. Great to get to visit with them again. I'm looking forward to the next book. Should be interesting!(less)
I don't know how Karen Rose does it. She's one of the most masterful suspense writers I've read.
Series Note: All of Rose's books connect i...moreRating: 4.5/5
I don't know how Karen Rose does it. She's one of the most masterful suspense writers I've read.
Series Note: All of Rose's books connect in one way or another. They all exist in the same universe. This is the 13th book, but I think it stands well enough on its own to be able to read as a standalone.
Summary: Needing to get away from a recent tragedy in her life, Paige Holden moves to Baltimore and starts learning to become a P.I. She takes on a pro bono case, helping a family prove that their loved one was not guilty of the murder he was convicted of. But just when new evidence comes to life, the woman who hired Paige is murdered right in front of Paige. It becomes obvious that perhaps the man really is innocent.
So Paige seeks out the prosecutor who convicted him, hoping his need for the truth will help him get past perhaps convicting an innocent man. Grayson Smith is at first wary, but as the bodies start piling up and secrets are revealed, he knows something is going on. He teams up with Paige to find the truth, never expecting the answers they find. And someone doesn't want them to find those answers. Paige and Grayson must fend for their lives, all the while fighting a growing attraction for each other.
Review: Karen Rose's books never fail to amaze me. She really knows how to tell an intricate suspense plot that leaves the readers enthralled and on the edge of their seats.
The plot of this book is so finely interwoven with many strings going several different ways. It's the kind of plot that would be really easy for the author to get a bit lost or the readers to end up confused, but Rose tells it perfectly. Everything makes sense and ties together in such a way that you just have to shake you head at how wonderfully the story is crafted.
And the intensity of the story keeps you on the edge of your seat. I don't think there's a single moment in the book where the intensity lets up. It's a constant barrage of new facts, new directions, action and mystery. I was completely sucked into the story, trying to figure out how all the clues fit together, what would happen and who did what. It really kept me into the book and had me wanting to keep reading.
I can't say it's my favorite book or plot of Rose's, though. I've read others of hers that plots I enjoyed better, but this was still a great read.
The romance was pretty well done, too. Rose leans more to the suspense side of romantic suspense, but there's still a good romance in this story. I enjoyed both Paige and Grayson. They were likable characters who'd overcome tragedy to move on with their lives. And the chemistry between them was great. I could really feel the connection between them.
I also enjoyed the supporting cast. We get to revisit Lucy and J.D. from You Belong to Me, along with Clay, Stevie and Thorne. And meet some great new characters like Grayson brother, Joseph, his associate, Daphne, and some others. Intriguing characters, all of them, and I look forward to reading more about them in future books.
Was the book perfect? No. I had a couple quibbles. One being that there are a massive amount of characters in the book, good guys and bad guys. It got hard to keep track of who was who, who did what, etc. A character roster would have been helpful.
Second, the entire book takes place over like 3-4 days. And there's a lot of stuff going on in that short time period. It made things seem a bit unrealistic for me. It just too much for too short a time.
And lastly, because of the short timeline of the book, the romance doesn't entirely feel solid at the end. I mean, you know they'll stick together because that's the way romantic suspense works, but it lacked that HEA feeling at the end. Which is also partially attributed to the lack of a calm scene between Paige and Grayson at the end. I just would have liked a last scene between them that wasn't so fraught with plot tension.
But none of those three things had a great impact on my liking of the book. Altogether, they only knocked 0.5 off my rating. So they weren't huge things.
The book was just too good not to like it, whatever little issues it had. I haven't read a Karen Rose book that I didn't love in one way or another. I'm just disappointed we have to wait a whole year for the next book!(less)
I love a good romantic suspense, and this one definitely qualified. I really enjoyed it.
Series Note: Second book in Walker's "FBI Psychics" series abo...moreI love a good romantic suspense, and this one definitely qualified. I really enjoyed it.
Series Note: Second book in Walker's "FBI Psychics" series about a group of psychic FBI agents, the cases the work, and who they fall in love with.
Summary: Dez Lincoln has been one of Taylor Jones's agents for his psychic FBI group for years...and she's been in love with him just about as long, despite his, cold, harsh attitude. But when a case puts her life on the line, leaving her injured, Dez and Taylor finally confront the feelings between them. Then Taylor pushes her away.
Quitting her job, Dez strikes out on her own, unable to stop working the cases the ghosts she talks to bring her. There's nothing she can do but help them when they ask for it. But then a case sets her on a head-on collision with Taylor in his hometown. And Dez will finally learn what makes Taylor tick. Taylor, for his part, will finally get answers to a mystery that has haunted him all his life, and he'll have to accept that he doesn't want to let Dez out of his life again.
Review: I remember reading the first book in this series and I remember enjoying it and some basic details, but when I read dedication page in this book, which makes some comments on the heroes nature, I couldn't remember much at all about him from book 1. And after checking my books here on Goodreads, it became obvious why...book 1 was written over 3 years ago, and I read it almost exactly 3 year ago. Not surprising I didn't remember much, including what the author comments on in the dedication, LOL. I really didn't think it had been that long ago I read it, though...
Anyway...this is just the kind of romantic suspense I really enjoy. First off, you've got great characters. Taylor is a bit of an emotionally stunted hero, with a cold, harsh exterior. But in this book, you get to learn why he is the way he is...which was losing his little sister when they were kids. And Dez is pretty cool, too. She's a psychic who talks to ghosts. She's tough but feminine, genuine, caring, and can see past Taylor's gruff exterior.
The two together are good. I can't say they have passionate, fiery chemistry. It's a more quiet connection, but I could really see these two together. They balance each other well. And I always enjoy storylines where the heroine soothes the heroes rougher edges. There's one scene between these two when Taylor realizes that his lost sister has contacted Dez and it just brought tears to my eyes. I think Shiloh Walker did a great job with that scene.
Then there's the suspense aspect of the book. The storyline isn't really along the lines of an intense, turn-the-page whodunit, but it's still a gripping, well-written page turner. I really liked the way Walker intertwined seemingly separate storylines. I just all around enjoyed the plot of the book. It's a winding story with lots of detail, depth and it really kept me reading, wanting to know what would happen next and how it would all work out.
If I had one minor criticism, it's that the ending doesn't entirely leave you with all your questions answered. You're left wondering a little bit where things would go, what would happen with the cases. You know the H/H will be together, but other than that you're left wondering about a few things. It didn't ruin my enjoyment of the story in any way; it's just some things I would have liked to have known.
I'm looking forward to more books from this series. I've enjoyed both books so far. If you like romantic suspense I definitely think you should give this one a try.
WARNING, this book contains: mildly explicit sex & language, dark themes with references to child abduction, sexual abuse (mild references), torture...but nothing so overly descriptive or over the top that it would make you not want to read the book).(less)
Good book. I've enjoyed this trilogy from Jami Alden and I'm glad that it got recced to my by one of my GR friends.
Series Note: Third book in Alden's u...moreGood book. I've enjoyed this trilogy from Jami Alden and I'm glad that it got recced to my by one of my GR friends.
Series Note: Third book in Alden's untitled trilogy centered around a connected set of characters and some terrible crimes committed that involve them. You'd don't necessarily need to read the other two first, but you'll definitely have a better picture of past events if you read them in order.
Summary: Talia Vega is finally starting to put her life back together. She's made some terrible mistakes, mistakes that had tragic impact on others, but she is trying to put it all behind her and make a good life for herself and her sister, Rosario. And all's going well until she starts getting threats.
The threats bring Jack Brooks back into her life. During her darkest time, Jack helped rescue her and tried to keep her safe. Because of all she's done, Talia doesn't think Jack could ever see her as just a woman...not that she's sure she could ever trust anyone enough to be in a relationship. What she doesn't realize is that Jack has wanted her from the beginning. And now he has a chance to show her as he once again tries to keep her safe from a maniac who wants her dead.
Review: Interesting character dynamic in this book. It's not often you get a heroine who started out as a semi-bad guy (girl) in the series. Which is what happens with Talia. In book 1, Beg for Mercy, Talia lies to authorities and helps put an innocent man on death row. So she doesn't come off as a very likable character.
But author Jami Alden does a good job at redeeming her. In the past books, you get a glimpse at why Talia did what she did, but in this book you get a clearer picture of who she is and what she does. That doesn't take away from her stupid actions, but you can sympathize with her and find her to be likable. At least I did. And I liked that Alden went this route with Talia. It's nice to read about a character now and again that doesn't meet the normal standard of being perfect, honest, etc etc.
There's a nice emotional depth to the story as Talia has to deal with her life - all she's done, the physical and emotional scars its left, and how she plans to move on. There's great chemistry between her and Jack but there's a lot of issues between them. Jack's been less than honest wit her and Talia isn't sure she'd ever be able to trust a man again. The romantic conflict at the end was a bit predictable but it worked for the story. So there's definitely a nice level of emotional depth for a story that is a romantic suspense.
And the suspense plot is pretty good. Not quite the most original, I'll allow, but it worked. It's creepy and disturbing...not overly so, but enough. I did wish that Alden had made some mystery about who the bad guy was. She's tells you straight out who it is and the suspense surrounds how it will all play out. It took away some of the tension so I wish she'd made us guess a bit on it.
You also get some guest appearances by some of Alden's past characters from her "Gemini" series...which I haven't (yet). They intrigued me enough to want to read those books. I'm sure those who did read them enjoyed getting updated on those characters. I did miss that there wasn't much on the other characters from this series. I wanted to know what they were up to. And then there's the fact that Alden may have been setting up some other characters for future books. I definitely hope we get a story for Talia's sister, Rosie.
Good series, though. Not really great...I've read better romantic suspense series and books, but it's solid. Definitely something I think romantic suspense readers would like.
WARNING, this book contains: some explicit sex and language, and dark themes of rape, torture, and murder.(less)
Rating: 4 / 5 plus a half star for excellent creativity near the end.
In most ways this book lived up to my expectations, but in some ways it didn't qu...moreRating: 4 / 5 plus a half star for excellent creativity near the end.
In most ways this book lived up to my expectations, but in some ways it didn't quite get there. I liked it, but not as much as the first two books in this trilogy.
Series: Third book in Shiloh Walker's "Ash" trilogy about the small town of Ash, Kentucky, the people who live there and the strange things going on. Series really should be read in order as there is an overall trilogy arc and tons of connections.
Summary: Ever since her cousin was brutally murdered, Nia Hollister hasn't been able to move on with her life. Her instincts are screaming that the man thought to have killed her cousin hadn't really done it and that there was still a murderer out there. So she returns to the small town of Ash, Kentucky, to get some answers and hopefully some closure.
When Law Reilly realizes Nia is back in town, he's bombarded by a ton of mixed feelings. There first meeting was quite explosive and he's never been able to forget her. This time around, he's determined not to let her slip through his fingers. But something terrible is still going on in Ash and as Law, Nia, and the rest of the group dig deeper into the mystery, everyone's lives will be in danger.
Review: I've been anxious to read this book since finishing the first one on the series. I've been dying to know who the serial killer is! Author Shilow Walker drove me nuts with keeping it a secret until the end of the third book. But that's not a bad thing. I actually quite liked it. It was very mysterious, engaging and really kept the tension up.
Now, if I hadn't had the all three books already in my possession to read back to back to back, I think it probably would have annoyed me to wait a couple months to read the next book, but I didn't so I didn't mind the cliffhangers and secrecy. I spent the entire trilogy trying to guess who it was. I had 3 suspects...one logic was pointing to, one my gut pointed to, and a back up plan ;) Turned out to be the one my gut was pointing to.
Although, I must admit, some of the details in the writing don't quite match up for me when it comes to that character being the killer. One detail in particular doesn't work. But overall, I thought the whodunit was excellently done. Walker gives just enough clues to point you in certain directions, but not enough to make it obvious. I had a blast trying to put it all together to figure out the bad guy.
And when it came to the big reveal near the end? I had to give my rating of the book a bonus half star for sheer creativity when it came to what the killer ended up doing with the bodies. Seriously creepy there. And so utterly interesting. I'm not sure if the author thought that up on her own or whether it's something she stumbled across in her research, but either was, it gets that bonus half star for including something so original in the book. Can't say I've ever come across that manner of disposing of bodies in a romantic suspense before.
My only real quibble with the suspense aspect was that I didn't really feel like all my questions were answered at the end. I wanted to know more about the bad guy...kind of a wrap-up of what all had been discovered about him and his activities once the police knew who he was and could dig into what he'd done. I was just left with some blanks about how many he'd killed, how he'd gotten away with it, what exactly happened with the first one he'd killed, and all that. You just don't get that final wrap up of the serial killer plot and it left me feeling a little let down.
On the romance front...hmm, I don't know. I didn't find Law and Nia as interesting to read about as Lena and Ezra, and Remy and Hope. I mean, I liked them and they had chemistry, but there was something about them that just didn't catch my attention entirely.
That may have something to do with how slow the book started off, in my opinion. The first chunk of the book seemed to drag by a bit with just a lot of Nia bumbling around, wanting answers, repetition of what's going on, thoughts, feelings, etc. Even the Law/Nia pairing moves rather slow to start off. I just kept reading and thinking, would something happen already? The first two books in the series kept me reading cover to cover, but the first part of this one was easy to put down and go do something else. Thankfully, it got better and I was hooked in again, but I think that slow start could have been better.
And it made the romance a little flat at times. Or...I don't know. I don't really have a good, solid explanation about why these two didn't trip all my switches. Maybe because the emotional anguish element that you get in the first two books isn't quite there. Who knows? I just found the other two couples in the series more interesting.
So in the end, still a good book, excellent suspense plot over the whole series. Very interesting, engaging. Sweet romances. It's definitely a trilogy I'd recommend to romantic suspense fans.(less)
I enjoyed this book quite a bit, but yet I didn't find it to be as good as the first book in the series.
Series Note: Second book in the...moreRating: 4.5 / 5
I enjoyed this book quite a bit, but yet I didn't find it to be as good as the first book in the series.
Series Note: Second book in the "Ash" trilogy, about a small Kentucky town, the people who live there, and the weird things that begin to happen there. This series really should be read in order because there are continuing storylines and an overall story arc throughout the trilogy.
Summary: Hope Carson has been through complete and utter hell in her life and she's only just beginning to put all the pieces back together. Part of that process is moving to the small town of Ash, Kentucky to work with her dear friend Law Reilly. But once there, things start going crazy, leaving others to think that she's crazy. One of those people is local DA Remy Jennings.
But Remy can't ignore his instincts that something is very off, and he can't deny his attraction toward Hope. Nor can she. Remy makes Hope feel things she'd thought to never feel again. Neither can stop the feelings developing between them. But Hope's past is about to catch up with her and Remy could lose her for good.
Review: This book has a bit of a different tone than the first book in the series. The first book (If You Hear Her) is an excellent romantic suspense, very evenly balanced. It had me totally engaged. But this book isn't quite as balanced. The suspense element isn't nearly as strong, not as tense, creepy or mysterious. The story has a more psychological and emotional element as Hope tried to put her life back together and develop a relationship with Remy.
So from that point of view, this book wasn't as good for me. I love romantic suspense and prefer a very strong suspense element, which this book didn't quite have. It wasn't that I didn't like this one because I did. It was a very engaging read that I zipped right through, but I missed that stronger suspense element that existed in the first book.
The psychological and emotional drama though almost makes up for the lesser suspense angle. Poor Hope. That woman's been through hell and as a reader your heart breaks for her. But you have to also admire her strength in pulling herself up and trying to move on with her life. Getting to read about her growing and changing, beginning to believe in herself more, gaining that confidence...it was very well done. And the romance that blooms between her and Remy during such a tense time is very sweet. Maybe not quite as steamy as I'd hoped for but still hot.
The suspense aspect of the book (which is still there even if not as significant) is a bit of a two-pronged bit. There's the continuing mystery of the serial killer, and the predictable plot point of Hope's past catching up with her. You can pretty much guess where the book is heading, but the author does add some interest twists in there two keep it from seeming too trite.
Similar to the first book, this one doesn't answer all the plot points. Some are left to continue in the third and last book in the trilogy. Which does have a certain level of frustration because you really want to know who the serial killer is but it's also a kind of intriguing way to do a trilogy that you don't come across to often. And considering that I have the third book ready and waiting for me to read, I don't really mind that you're left hanging, waiting to get the final answers.
And like the previous book, you get a lot of the secondary characters. There are POV scenes involving the other 4 big characters in this series. You get to read more of the developing relationship between Lena and Ezra (book 1) and see the first meeting of Law and Nia (book 3). It really gives the series a great sense of continuity that Walker uses the characters in such a way throughout the series. I'm definitely intrigued about Law and Nia...they had a very...explosive...first meeting.
Two minor criticisms...1) the characters in this series blush way too much. You can go more than a couple pages without someone (female & male) blushing. I'd noticed it offhand in the first book but in this one it really stands out. It was just a bit overkill. And 2) having the heroine have a big falling out with her best friend in both books was a bit repetitive. Minor issues, though, and didn't really effect my enjoyment of the story. Just something that would have been tweaked.
And yeah, my review isn't quite as glowing as my review for the first book. But really, I highly enjoyed this one. I just liked the first book better. This was still a great read, though. Great characters, great romance, lots of emotion and drama. It just needed a little more suspense to compete with book 1. I'm very much looking forward to reading book 3 and seeing who the big bad really is. I have 3 guesses, leaning more toward one than the other two...can't wait too see if I'm right.(less)