This was a very frustrating book to read. There were parts that I loved and parts that made me just want to bang my head into a wall.
Summary: Piper haThis was a very frustrating book to read. There were parts that I loved and parts that made me just want to bang my head into a wall.
Summary: Piper has been drifting since tragedy destroyed her life. She can't forget what happened and can't move on. She ends up in Nassau, FL, helping out at an Inn. Instinct and her wariness of people tells her to stay away from neighbor Logan, one of the local cops. But she can't fight her attraction to him and his persistence in getting to know her. Just when she starts to let her guard on and hopes to move on with her life, the past comes back haunt her. And she may not survive the threat.
Series Note: Fourth book in the First to Fight series. It has a common set up characters but can be read on it's own.
On the surface I enjoyed this book. I'm always up for reading a romance with a good suspense plot. And this book starts off with the proverbial bang. It's heartbreaking and gripping and I had high hopes for the rest of the book. It partially lives up to those hopes.
I enjoyed the basics of the suspense portion plot. While not the most original it was still interesting and had me wanting to keep reading to see what would happen. It wasn't the most well-developed suspense plot but was fairly decent. I felt it could have been fleshed out more and wrapped up much better. At the end I kinda didn't feel like I knew the whole story.
The characters were good and I was engaged in the romance between Piper and Logan. With all the Piper has been through you can't help but want her to get her happy ending. Logan's character was a bit underdeveloped. There are things mentioned then never fleshed out. It left him a bit superficial.
Where this book falls apart is in the details. There is a lot of inconsistency throughout the book, and also the series, that really takes away from the momentum of the story. When you're zipping along through the book and come across something that doesn't make sense it stops you in your tracks and you have to try to figure out what doesn't match and be annoyed about it. And there's a lot of that in this book and across the series. I just got so frustrated when reading.
Examples: Gavin is Piper's ex-boyfriend at the beginning of the book and then about two-thirds through he is suddenly her ex-fiance.
At the start of the book, there are heavy implications that Logan has a problem with alcohol. There is a short line a little while later with Piper acknowledging it (which made no sense as there was no way she could have known it) and then that aspect of the story completely disappears. Along with that, there are indications of problems in Logan's past with his family but then that disappears as well.
Piper is initially said to be drifting, trying to deal with what happened, and avoiding a persistent reported. Then suddenly she's one the run because the killer could still be after her.
Piper's car goes from a 6 year old sedan to a 1998 vehicle (which would have made it like 17-18 years old).
In the epilogue, Piper names one of her children Lennox - supposedly in honor of her friend she lost. The assumption being Lennox is named after Lena....who was a peripheral character that Piper had one conversation with in the book. Made no sense. I couldn't help but wonder if the baby was supposed to be named after Carly, Piper's good friend from college who was murdered.
The timeline from the murders to the current time also seems out of whack a lot.
Olivia and Ben's son Cole is said to have had a heart transplant...which doesn't match the previous books. He had his surgeries and was doing great and then suddenly in this book he'd had a transplant with not backstory given.
And this one drives me nuts...at the end of book 2, Ben and Olivia's story, the epilogue is during Cole's 2nd birthday and Olivia tells Ben she's pregnant. But throughout book 3 and this book, she's not pregnant and has no other kids. Timeline wise, she should have.
Also, maybe it's just me...but when a guy (Ben) has had a traumatic brain injury and has permanent hearing lost...STOP HAVING HIM GET PUNCHED IN THE HEAD FOR NOT GOOD REASON!!!!!
** Those are the inconsistencies I can think of, but I know there were more. For someone like me, who is a detail oriented reader, these just really threw the book off track for me and kept me from really getting into it as much as I could.
There's a lot of potential to the story (and the series) but the execution is lacking. With a little more attention to detail I think the author could write some really good books.
WARNING: this books contains graphic violence against women and touches on rape (though not graphically)....more
I was a bit conflicted in what to rate this book - 3 or 4 stars. In the end I went with 3.5, leaning toward 3 because there were a few areas that fellI was a bit conflicted in what to rate this book - 3 or 4 stars. In the end I went with 3.5, leaning toward 3 because there were a few areas that fell a little short for me.
This book features Joe Kelly. He's the only remaining single brother of the 6 Kelly siblings. He's got no plans to settle down. But then he meets Zoe. What he doesn't know is that Zoe is on the run with secrets and danger following her. He can't help but fall in love with her though. He just has to convince her she's worth it.
Series note: book #11 in the KGI series. Technically this book can stand on its on. There's no on-going plot arc but there's a lot of backstory with the various characters you'd be confused about if you haven't read the past books.
I've enjoyed the KGI series since it started. It's one of my must-buy series. And this book was in no way bad. I enjoyed it and it kept me reading but at the same time there were a few things that kept me from really loving it.
The tone of the books in this series have varied a bit. Some are full on romantic suspense with a lot of action. And some fall more into the contemporary romance side with a small bit of action. This book falls into the latter category. Usually that hasn't bothered me with this series but this time the romance focus didn't entirely click with me.
I think it's because once Joe gives in to realizing Zoe is "the one" things get a little mushy and wishy-washy, especially with his internal monologues. And I just wasn't really feeling that. It kept the book from having that bit of edge that the series as a whole has. Something about that overly mushy tone didn't click for me.
Also, the book is very low key. Very little action at all. And for the first chuck of the books and parts afterwards there's a lot of internal monologue going over the same thoughts/feelings and it got repetitive. I just wanted more to be happening.
My biggest issue with the book, though, and probably what kept it from being 4-stars was the action sequence and plot resolution at the end. The action happens and is over in the blink of an eye. Which okay not a huge deal but it left me with questions. Once the action was over I wasn't quite sure what happened to the main bad guy. Was he killed or did he escape? I honestly still don't know. And what about Zoe's dad? That was left hanging. I thought that story point was going somewhere and it wasn't dealt with at all. It irked me. I don't like to finish a book with questions left unanswered.
Now having said all that it probably seems I didn't like the book. But I did. I enjoy the Kelly family. They're a great bunch of characters. And the banter is great. I really enjoyed the camaraderie scenes. And even if I thought the romance got a little mushy I still liked Joe and Zoe together. They fit together.
I thought the new female character was interesting and I hope Banks gives her a book before the series ends. And as much as I hate that we have to wait until book 15 for Rusty's story and I hate that we're left hanging a bit there, the author is doing a good job on setting of Rusty and Sean's book. I'm just impatient and I want it now.
So yes, I did enjoy the book. There were just those couple points where things didn't quite hit the right note for me that kept me from really loving it. I'll be eagerly awaiting the next book in the series, though.
Warning: contains moderately graphic, vanilla m/f sex, and some violence against a female character....more