Save Me from Dangerous Men
Love the Nikki character, strong point of view, strong writing craft. Nikki is multifaceted, three dimensional and yet flawed just enough. She has it all and might even supplant Jack Reacher.
Dangerous Men has a bookstore in it with a well-read Nikki who constantly talks about books. I love this aspect and even added a few books to my TBR pile. This book reminds me a little of Booked to Die also an ...more
This was as suspenseful as it was thrilling, with a badass heroine who did what needed to be done to get the bad guys.
If you love thrillers but have yet to read this book, then you’re in for a great time.
The mystery was g ...more
Opening Hook: Pool cues and brass knuckles
Main Character: Guilt-plaguing with tight jeans and a purpose
Plot Twisty-ness: A little off the Silicon Valley rails, and I don’t mean cocaine.
I was committed and ready, and completely open, to falling head over heels in love with Nikki Griffin, bookseller and badass P.I. with some serious anger issues.
But, unfortunately, this didn’t totally live up to everything I wanted it to be. Call it a victim of my high expectations if you wa ...more
Nikki Griffin, our heroine, is cool, edgy, and in the tradition of all the best detectives, deeply, deeply troubled. She's got a penchant for motorcycles, leather, weapons, and books, as well as a fiercely protective side and the skills to back up the trouble her mouth gets her into. Between running a bookshop and looking after a brother who never met ...more
From the book jacket:
Nikki Griffin loves books. They provide refuge and comfort from her tragic past. But Nikki isn’t a typical bookseller. In her office above her bookstore, she takes jobs as a private investigator to pay the bills. She also tracks certain men. Dangerous men. Men who have hurt the women they claim to love.
With this book jacket synopsis, I picked up Save Me from Dangerous Men (SMfDM) in the hopes of finding a female protagonist for my ...more
I read to chapter 8 and then stopped.
Thrillers aren't really my thing.
Also, I'm tired of the description of women that men seem to think we have when looking at a mirror.
Sorry Lelchuck, we don't think "I'm not skinny, but I'm toned," before applying more lip gloss in the mirror.
I am still searching for depth, cunning and precision in the modern detective novel. I am beginning to wonder if the combo is nearly extinct besides Harry Bosch who is getting a little less credible the fur ...more
Nikki Griffin doesn’t usually take normal PI jobs, but instead focuses on tracking dangerous men who hurt the women they love and teaching them what it’s like to be hurt. Nikki’s goal is to ensure her clients are free from their abusers forever and Nikki is very good at her job. After she is offered a large cash payment to follow a tech company employee who may be selling secrets, Nikki ...more
I was captured from the very beginning and this was quite the ride. Nikki is damaged and has a pretty terrible past that led her to help women who are being abused and to be a somewhat ...more
For starters, "stone washed hip hugger jeans". That was the first thing that distracted me. Stone washing is a very common technique and doesn't need to be clarified to that level. Second, no one wears hip hugging jeans anymore. I saw that reference and started skimming for a year because the book obviously isn't set in the current time period.
Secondly, why would the main character order a drink, take a s ...more
But, let's talk about that last star I'm lea ...more
We don't talk about it. But things we don't talk about still happen.
I loved this. Great cast of colorful characters, intricate plot with sub-plots that held my attention, great story. Feminist af.
In a way it reminded me a little bit of the Mindf*ck Series - kickass female character on the road to revenge.
He deserved to die. Which left only one question. Who did I want to be?...more
I made a decision. Pushed the doubt away.
I pulled the trigger.
Please buckle your seat belts and make sure your tray tables are in their upright position... "Cause this is one wild ride! Other reviewers have compared Nikki Griffin to Jack Reacher and/or Lisbeth Salander. She is also described as kickass. My interest was piqued. Hyperbolic over-hype? I had to read it to find out. I was not disappointed.
Nikki is a great character, unreal sense of personal responsibility and incapable of quitting while she's ...more
One thing that made this book stand ...more
The main character, Nikki, is cocky as hell and she is somehow never caught or punished for anything. She is omniscient and omnipresent somehow. Oh, and she’s BANGING hot. That’s made clear in every other chapter. ...more
This is literally how the main character thinks, starting on p1: “The bartender was a big, paunchy guy, better side of fifty, graying hair. He eyed me without bothering to hide it. So did the rest of the bar. So what.” On p2, she’s thinking that she “could feel the whole bar staring at my a** in the tight jeans.”
Well, in ...more
Nikki Griffin, is a gun-toting, motorcycle-riding, karate chopping, private eye who owns a bookstore.
Just good enough to finish but it took me too long to finish.
A little to dry a little to cliche a little to violent.
When a female protagonist is written by a male author he should rely heavily on a female editor.
I wanted to love this one. It starts out with Nikki entering a bar, schooling fools out of their money and pool and then tricking a dangerous man into inviting her home. He's her mark and she's there with a purpose. I really wanted to like Nikki.
But with her first mee ...more
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Honestly I have conflicting feeling on this book. It had a lot of action which I loved and a strong female main character who protected those who needed protecting. It was a nice change of pace in that sense, however the story itself was slow paced and had so much extra information that was not needed at all. This book could have easily been half its size if you took out everything that was not needed. The main story is where most of the action was but it wasn't really...more