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One Wrong Step

(The Borderline #2)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  1,147 ratings  ·  47 reviews

But that's just what happens when Celie Wells has an encounter with her former husband, and he turns up dead an hour later. Now, after working hard to distance herself from his crooked ways and shady connections, she finds she's smack dab in the middle of his murder investigation. And i

Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 29th 2008 by Pocket Star
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Sep 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2008-reads
Awesome. I have another author to add to my 'buy' list. One more home run with me and she'll be on the 'auto-buy' list! And I'm absolutely gobsmacked that this is only her SECOND full-length novel! Just incredible how good these are for such a 'new' name.

"One Wrong Step" by Laura Griffin was a smart, action-packed romantic suspense novel that hit my sweet spot. The characters are just filled with foibles which makes for great twists and turns in the story. And the action? It's intelligent with n
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I first read this book in 2014 and then again in 2018 as I've been binge reading Ms. Griffin's earlier novels.

This wasn't one of my favorites. I didn't really care for either main character and their romance just didn't work for me. I don't like players like John who can't remember the name of a woman's whose bed he just left. And I had a hard time believing his miraculous turn around to wanting a relationship with Celie. I couldn't figure out what he saw in her. And Celie lied way too often an
Jane Stewart
Ok for mystery suspense, but I wasn’t emotionally drawn in or entertained enough.

This is book 2 in the Borderline Series. It can be read as a stand alone book. You don’t need to read book 1, although I preferred book 1 over book 2. In book 1 “One Last Breath,” Robert and Cecelia are secondary characters and are married to each other. Robert stole money from Saledo, a drug lord, emptied his and Cecelia’s bank accounts and fled the country. Book 2 begins with Robert returning several m
Maria V. Snyder
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was away for the weekend and grabbed this book to read. A fast-paced, entertaining romantic suspense and one of Laura's better books. Her books are my go-to vacation/relaxing reads and I only have one more left of her's to read!

Does anyone have any recommendations for other romantic suspense that aren't too romancy? Ones that are similar to Laura Griffins?
I've been reading and enjoying Laura Griffin's Tracer series and was curious to see if her first two books - One Last Breath and One Wrong Step - were just as enjoyable. And they were. The suspense is done well and the romance is believable.
The only small quibble I have is that in this book the heroine's child wish weighs so heavy that she doesn't really seem to have any other character traits.

PS I was happy to hear that the author was planning to write a book about the supporting characters Ka
Apr 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Entertaining but nothing like the Tracers. I am going to read the first one again because frankly I don’t remember anything about it.
May 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
4,5 stars

John McAllister is a reporter who is the embodiment of the charming playboy who can talk any woman into his bed. He is confident and enjoys the company of women. That is until he crosses paths again with Celie Wells, his former colleague's (Feenie from ONE LAST BREATH) best friend. She evokes feelings in him he has never experienced before and trying to stay professional while he writes a story on her ex-husband's murder proves to be difficult.

Celie is resilient and brave. She is compas
Gosh, I had really high hopes for this book. Based on the previous book in the series, I thought it would be just as good or better. Alas, it was not (at least for me.).

First off, I absolutely loved the ending of the last book where you get a small peek of a budding romance between Celie and John. It seemed promising based on that, but then when we get to their story, it just doesn't seem to work as I thought. I found Celie to be quite idiotic, naive, and clueless which surprised me. She was a s
Dec 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Laura Griffin is a promising upcoming writer and one of her earlier works, One Wrong Step demonstrates that. Her characters are all strong and intelligent with a plot to compliment these traits. I really enjoyed it and put found it hard to put down. A notable downside was that the ending left much to be desired. I see the appeal in leaving some relationships and connections open, perhaps to engage the reader's imagination, or more likely to continue it in future novels, but in this case it felt ...more
Oct 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Cecelia Wells knew better than to answer the door the night her Ex Robert showed up after all he was her Ex for a reason. Rumors of his death had been greatly exaggerated and he was definitely not the Chinese food delivery she’d been expecting. Fast forward a couple hours and now the Ex has been found permanently X-d out and in the SUV he stole right out from under Celie’s nose. There will be no miraculous resurrection for Robert this time. Next thing Celia knows the Feds come a-calling and the ...more
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Celie Wells has built herself a life after divorcing her crooked accountant husband. But one night, he jumps by. An hour later he's dead in a car accident.
John McAllister is a playboy reporter who covered a trial where Celie testified against her rapist as a college co-ed. He was intern then and he never forget.
When he meets her to question her about her hubby's death her recognizes her, and what a story he may have.
Then the FBI enters the scene because Celie's ex had disappeared with a ton of c
Oct 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
I think Laura Griffin just can't write a bad book as I'm steadily working through her backlist right now and enjoying even these early books. For a second novel, this is particularly impressive. I like how human her characters are. Celie screws up and makes realistically bad choices (not in a TSTL way at all), and she is all the more likable as a result. MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD: I give her HUGE bonus points for not giving Celie a "magic baby" epilogue--she treated her infertility very fairly. I get ...more
Dec 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Celie, the best friend in the first book, is a much more likeable character in this book even though she makes some extremely questionable decisions. She's confused about her sexuality, her role in life, and her worth to others, and all of this leads to a bunch of choices that some readers would label TSTL. However, I think Griffin drew Celie with a deft hand, and I understood why she did the things she did and why John forgave her.

I really enjoyed that the mystery wasn't so much what the bad g
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
Fast paced, all forward moving story. Didn't want to put it down. Great characters, although I will say If I'm comparing the two novels from this series, I much preferred Feenie and Juarez to Celie and John....still, great characters.

I love how this book ended. The last chapter was almost a complete surprise. I expected only one aspect of it...but the location they ended up was at first shocking, and then one tiny little sentence within that chapter had the lump rising harshly in my throat....

Oct 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Laura Griffin does it again! This story is about Celie Wells, who was a secondary character in One Last Breath. I highly suggest you read OLB first before this one so you have all of the relevant background info. Celie and John's romance is another hit in this book, as well as the story of Celie being targeted by a well known drug lord. I definitely see another book in this series (Griffin has named it her Borderline series). FBI Agent Mike Rowe and reporter Kate Kepler need a book of their own ...more
Helen Peter
Mar 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Cecilia Wells has a hard life but found her prince in John McAllister, although initially he acted like a toad. They danced around one another never acknowleding their love for each other. Celie is one tough lady and managed to save herself again and again leaving the hero to eat her dust. The part where she was trying for a baby by going through the IVF is not described thoroughly but did convey her desire for a child. The last chapter on their visit to a Russian orphanage however is heart brea ...more
Laura Griffin is one of my favorite romantic suspense authors and while this was not my absolute favorite of all her books, that honor going to the Tracers Series, I did enjoy reading Celie and John's story. Strangely enough I have One Last Breath, the first Borderline book in my eBook collection, but for some reason it does not ring a bell - I'm just going to have to go back and re-read it! I won't go into plot details, but the characters were likable and the suspense build-up really kept my at ...more
Ryann Uden
Dec 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Celie Wells is a survivor. First she survives a vicious attack when she was young, and then she survives the trauma of discovering her husband is a criminal. When her ex-husband shows up dead an hour after visiting her, she lands smack dab in the middle of a dangerous investigation. Thankfully along comes journalist John McAllister (who has loved her for years!). She has secrets that she is unwilling to reveal even to John and he has loyalties that make her suspect. Danger, romance, heartbreak - ...more
Jul 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, suspense
This was a straight-up romantic suspense novel with interesting characters and hint of a sub-plot for some secondary characters. Celie's ex-husband mysterious reappears, demanding the money he stole from a drug lord and secreted away. Hours later, he's run off the road and killed, putting Celie in the sights of two separate cartels. Enter an old acquaintance and reporter, John, who is more concerned with her safety than the story. Throw in an eager new reporter, some jaded FBI agents, and a kidn ...more
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Another "nail biter" from Laura Griffin. Her characters get into such interesting, dangerous situations! I really like Celie and John. I like the way John finally realized how serious Celie's "problem" was to her. (Not mention the problem ..have to read the book to find out.) :)
Thank you, Laura, for another great story!
This is the first book I've read by Laura Griffin and it won't be the last. I'm not a big fan of romantic suspense, but this book was easy to read with engaging characters. Unfortunately I wasn't convinced WHY the hero, John McAllister, would all of a sudden give up being a womanizer and stick to just one woman. I also was disappointed that the secondary romance didn't really go anywhere.
Sep 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Really liked the book. This book is the second book in the series and the reason I gave it a three was because I felt like I was just rereading the previous book with the different character names. I obviously still loved it since I read it in two days but it was repetative. Again, rated N for naughty.
Okay, now I've read all of Laura Griffin's back catalog. Now I have to wait for her new one to come out. This one was good. She has a good mix of romance and suspense and she does a good job of bringing forward characters from previous books into the new ones, giving some sense of continuity. Can't wait for her next one.
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is Laura Griffin's second book and a sequel of sorts to One Last Breath. It can be read as a stand alone but the reader will enjoy the book more after having read OLB. This is the 12th book of LG's I have read and I would highly recommend her books.
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Celie Wells' husband took money from a drug cartell. He is killed and then the cartel comes after Celie. Reporter John McAllister has been in love with Celie since she testified in her rape trial 10 years before. He tries to protect her and convince her that he is the man for her.
Nancy Hakari-gorski
Apr 03, 2013 rated it liked it
enjoyed the setting and characters/story overall. could have done without the foul language use by one character.
Emma Hillman
Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
As always, a great romantic suspense from Laura. I really enjoyed Ceelie. I thought she was a great heroine, imperfect at times but that made her all the more real.
Nancy Lee Badger
Jan 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: genre-suspense
Good suspense which kept me riveted until the end.
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: romance, mystery
What about Kate and Mike??!
I felt like I was mocked...

Overall: the entire book has several ideas - no ends/empty conclusions.
Maybe there was some pressure to just finish the book (?)
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Laura Griffin started her career in journalism before venturing into the world of writing romantic suspense. Her books have won numerous awards, including two RITA Awards (for Scorched and Whisper of Warning) and a Daphne du Maurier Award (Untraceable). Laura currently lives in Austin where she is working on her next book.

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