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Grim Ambition

(A Grim Trilogy #1)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Aspiring crime boss Emma McRae knows about superheroes. Used for her beauty and enticing demeanor, Emma has been entangled in the underground crime life since she was a little girl. No one has ever left the crime syndicate except in a body bag, and Emma is trapped in her current, low-level role.

A calculated attack by the city’s superhero, Grim, throws Emma’s employer and
Paperback, Second Edition, 463 pages
Published March 24th 2017 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Brian Dean
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not much of a book reader at all but this one hooked me in and I can't wait for the follow up! The characters are developed extremely well to the point that even if you don't care for them, you still want to know what happens. The conceptual art for the book is spot on and made my reading of the book easier because I could picture the faces of the characters and to be honest, the artist caught it spot on! Jennifer has extreme talent and I'm hoping future installments are in store for all of ...more
Chris Weber
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer Reinfried's Grim Ambition is a spectacular piece of work that had me hooked as soon as I started reading. With a truly compelling plot that reaches far beyond being a superhero novel and it's exquisitely crafted characters, I found it impossible to put the book down. With a storyline as superb as this one is, with its hooks, twists and turns, I often read authors stories and am disappointed by the lack of depth in the characters. Too often authors choose to focus on one over the other. ...more
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes I have a hard time getting into superhero-type books, simply because they can seem overdone or trite. I thought this book was neither. There are several main characters in Grim Ambition and Reinfried did a wonderful job of making them complex and intriguing, and made you want to get to know more about them and their stories. I read this one before reading the prequel, Grim Inception, and I'm glad I did it that way, because it made the story a little more intriguing, even to not have th ...more
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has become one of my favorite book series. I put it up there with Jim Butcher and Kevin Hearne for great dialog and character development. It's dark and gritty where you don't know to be more afraid of the good guys or the bad guys. You aren't sure if you are rooting for the hero or the villains. I found myself relating to Isaac despite some of the horrible things he does. It's an emotional roller coaster that leaves you wanting more. I'm so glad it's a trilogy because this story is amazing ...more
Book Inspector
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was offered to me by Jennifer Reinfried, and even though I’m not big fan of “Marvel” and super heroes, I got interested in this book, because the “bad girl” was involved into finding out, who Grim was. That was what drew me to this book, and it was quite a nice read for me. This is a book about good and evil, and that sometimes evil can swap sides. The description of the book is quite detailed, so I don’t see a need to add anything.

This book is full of diverse characters, and any read
Lillian White
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not so much a superhero story as an anti-superhero story. It becomes progressively darker as the tale unfolds and I would say that towards the end the violent scenes- always well written - become more akin to horror than to simple action. The book reminded me of a kind of Deadpool meets 50 Shades (at times) meets classic fantasy piece ( a scene close to the end put me in mind of the wraiths in LOTR) meets The Godfather. I don't want to give anything away, so suffice to say that most if n ...more
Michelle Bridge
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
given the choice between cheering for a crime ring and a superhero vigilante, one would think the answer would be pretty black and white, right?!? I quickly found out in this thrilling novel that this was not as easy as I had thought it should be. I found myself feeling all sorts of emotions and cheering for characters on both sides of the fight. I quickly began to wonder which side I wanted to win or who I should be scared of more. The plot is so compelling and the characters are so captivating ...more
Kimber Buelow- 561 Bookgirl
I received an ARC of this in exchange for an honest review.

When I started this book, I almost put it right back down. I couldn't get into the characters at all, and didn't find anything about them that I found redeemable- and this is the bad guys and good guys. But knowing that I had promised to read this for a review, I continued.

As I read, the book became more even and the characters fleshed out and became either more or less likable, as their motives and backstories were revealed.

I don't wan
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer Reinfried is honestly one of the best authors I've​ read in recent memory. Fascinating storylines, perfectly balanced visualization -- enough to give you a good picture of what's going on without becoming overly verbose (Some authors as of late seem to think that they need a page and a half to explain a couch!), and truly great character development -- I honestly care for some of these characters! Even the "bad" ones! It's crazy to genuinely hope both sides of a story win. I'm on the ed ...more
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy Wow! I can't honestly remember the last time I read such a gripping tale! Jennifer Reinfried just blew me away... truly a unique story with characters so real, that by end, I could swear I knew them, personally. I found myself cheering them along, laughing, crying, getting so angry I nearly threw the book at least a dozen times! Plot twists and subtle hints liberally sprinkled throughout made it impossible to put down, and now I'm already jonesing for the next in the trilogy. Brilliantly an ...more
Shaun Mapel
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Duuuude!!! I don't know which character is the best!! I'm rooting for one one page then yelling at them the next! Great read for fans of Jim Butcher or Simon R Green.
Ann Innis
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love this book!! I was immediately drawn in! There was so much action that it left my heart pounding at times. The characters are so interesting and easy to like, or hate and in some cases BOTH! I was so into the story I didn't want it to end. Now I am left waiting impatiently for the next installment in the Grim Trilogy series. Well done, Ms. Reinfried!!
Kristy Winegarner
A MUST READ! I could not put this down. The storyline immediately drew me in, and I was on the edge of my seat with what would happen next. Suspense, drama, excitement and love! I can't wait until the next book comes out.
Definitely grim
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-ebooks
Generally speaking, stories about superheroes tend to have the hero as the main character, but such is not exactly the case in Grim Ambition. Though we do see the hero and learn something of how he's come to don the mask, much of the story actually follows Emma, an ambitious member of Vance's crime syndicate. Determined to be more than persuasive eye candy, Emma convinces Vance, and his very dangerous, controlling, right hand man Alex, to let her infiltrate Grim's inner circle. Though this is th ...more
Mandy Brownell
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I seriously can't get enough of the GRIM books written by Jennifer Reinfried - I have read them all twice now & will continue re-reading them until I have a new addition to read! Action, romance, emotion, butt-kicking, mystery... it never stops! You always have to know what's going to happen next. I've never had so much trouble putting down a book - I felt like a little kid, "Just one more chapter, mom!" The deep thought that Jennifer puts into every detail becomes very evident the more you read ...more
Matthew Harvey
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How do I begin? This book really had me conflicted on who I thought the bad guys or good guys were. One end its good business the other is vengeance. It was an amazing story. The character introductions down to the unexpected turn of events by the end of the book. I really enjoyed this book a ton and I highly recommend it. I definitely would say it is a best seller in my opinion.
Redi Ahad
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book was surprisingly good. I was searching for something new after the new heroes series was done this year. The book was well written and had just the right amount of converging plots and characters that were awful but had many redeeming qualities that made them likeable and want you to root for them. I can't wait for the next book.
Was a book I won in the giveaways, not something I would normally chose to read, but found the book engaging from the start and was a good page turner. Did not really like all of the violence but would probably read the second book to find out what has happened to the characters.
Joelle Gibson
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No doubt that Jennifer was born with a great talent in writing.

Incredible descriptions, well thought out plot lines. Great detail in action scenes. Wrote them in a way where I could clearly envision it. Great character development.

Entertaining novel for sure!
Cameron Currie
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awesome. Sex, violence, sociopathic villians, super heroes, course language, more sex and more violence. Powered through it in two days, volume 2 is definitely on my to-read list.
K. Matt
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved how nobody was purely good or purely evil (save for that one guy...) here. I'd thought it might follow Grim a bit more, but it was interesting to see that Emma was more of a focus character.
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2-goodread_wins
I won a signed copy of "Grim Ambition" in a GOODREADS giveaway sponsored by the author, Jennifer Reinfried. Reader alert: no speed reading this one! The story line can get a bit twisty: I had to backtrack a few times because I tried to race ahead to see what was going to happen.
Joshua Reeves
May 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**Kept somewhat short, due to avoiding too many spoilers**

When I picked up Grim Ambition, I was skeptical, because honestly, I usually don't care for fiction. Really, I can't remember the last time I read a fiction book. It may have been Utopia a few years back (which I loved).

Reinfried nails it with this new take on the Superhero genre. I found it quite refreshing. At first, I found it starting off fast, but it slowed down a bit after a couple chapters. The pace flowed well, though. I was quite
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