1st Person. Hero’s POV.
Ex Con curmudgeonly Hero, Neurologically Divergent Heroine.
Tropes: Forced Proximity, Hidden Identity
Genre: Romantic Suspense.
Setting: Wild woods of Canada’s Northwest territories.
Bishop is a loner, by design and by choice. Having grown up in an abusive family, he ends up in jail for killing his father to save his mother. Tried as an adult he spends his late teens and early adulthood in Jail. Because of that and the PTSD of his youth he lives an isolated life.
Seri comes along and throws that out the window of the tiny Shack Bishop is living in. Turns out there’s more to Seri than meets the eye. I went into this book blind, but guessed at Seri’s multiple personalities before the reveal. I’ve since seen it called out in teasers so it’s not really a spoiler.
I loved how Shay did the reveal though and how Bishop struggled, coped, adapted and worked with Seri throughout all of this. Throw in a woman in Peril and I was 100% here for all of it.
I’ve always enjoyed Shay’s books because I know she’s never writing the same book twice. There’s a time and place for familiarity, Shay Savage is not the author to go to for that.
Man I did not know how this was gonna end, especially as it felt so similar to the Kathleen Turner series with the quasi love triangle. Loved China’s growth in the final book in this series. It didn’t feel drawn out even with the continuation of the story around China’s Mother’s death and her biological father’s possible intervention. I Did miss Mia & Grams in this one though as they allowed a glimpse at the nuturing side of China that she didn’t always realize about herself.
Romantic Thriller more than Suspense.
Second Chance romance between Detective James/Diego and Teacher Emily met many years ago when he was assigned to her college to help catch a campus rapist. She was on the student safety committee. An un-wise romance given their age/stage of life differences. He pushed her away after getting shot as he didn’t want her to waste her life on him.
7 or so years later after realizing the Super respectable guy she’s dating might be a drug importer of the serious kind, James gets assigned to play her brother to figure out what’s what. I do like that Suzanne Brockmann isn’t afraid to have her men cry in books, especially when they realized the level of heart break they’ve put our heroine’s through. A re-release from 1995, it stands up pretty well.
Justin works for Drummond Enterprises’ Charitable arm in Morocco. Finn Drummond arrives to help Justin investigate why shipments are missing or not delivered. Justin has lusted after Finn for many years, but due to Justin’s hang-ups around wealth & entitlement, plus an assumption that Finn was straight, Justin has deemed Finn off limits. Justin also suffers from abandonment issues, making him a hot mess and fearful of commitment. Emotionally he’s pretty juvenile and self sabotage is his weapon of choice.
Finn’s arrival at the refugee camp, instead of his older brother Alec, throws Justin for a massive loop, causing him to lash out with snark & a shitty attitude. Despite Justin’s best efforts to keep Finn at arm’s length, their attraction for each other and despite the risks in a predominantly Muslim country where homosexuality is pretty much illegal, they hook up. Justin feels like he can’t risk his heart but after a series of attempts on Finn’s life, Justin & Finn grow closer.
Loved the twists and turns in the suspense.
Oliver, Justin’s right hand man was a delight. I hope he gets a novella… hint hint .
Probably my favourite LRJ book to date. Lilah Love is an FBI Profiler who finds there is a link between her past and the current case she is working on. Her backstory is complicated; Her ex inherited a Mexican cartel, her brother is the local police chief and her father is making a run for NY senator. She’s now receiving notes about the mysterious reason she left the Hamptons, and everyone else behind, and you have a romping good mystery/thriller/sorta romance (way light on the romance more of a will they won’t they, which I’m sure gets ramped up in book 2).
Lilah is very much a lone wolf, think Clarice Starling with a lot less naivete (A LOT LESS). She does not play nicely with other, but her upbringing allows her to fake it til she makes it when needed.
Can’t wait for part 2 (releasing in July) to see how this all comes together.
Hidden Impact, Book One in Piper J Drake’s Safeguard Series is also on sale. If you like trope flipping, diverse heros & heroines plus a shovel full of bad-assery in your Romantic Supense, this is a series you’ll want. http://amzn.to/2F4y1ws
I love this series (which is a spin off of the previous series). STEM Heroine (CDC Nurse), Ex-Military Hero. On a routine project in rural Utah, Kini finds herself under attack for unknown reasons, getting t-boned, scratched messages on her care etc. Lyle Smoke is returning home after 8 years in Special Forces. He’s naturally an Alpha man and seeing Kini under attack, provokes him to accept the CDC Outbreak Task Force offer from his friend River (hero of book 1) to work alongside Kini. Smoke is struggling with returning home & his guilt over his son and baby mama’s death, plus fearing losing control over the inbuilt rage 8 years service has left him with. Kini is a solitary woman whose past means relying on other people is impossible.. As these flawed people are forced to work together to get to the source of the recent Hantavirus outbreak, mayhem, death and intrigue break out. Can they solve the mystery and their personal issues too?
ARC received from Netgalley in return for an honest review
I’ve enjoyed Kat Martin so I was eager to start this book, even thought it’s the second in a series and I’ve not read the first (RuleBreaker). Political Intrigue, Female Private Investigator, Swarthy Texas Billionaire plus a murder or two to solve? I’m 100% here for all of that. The development of the relationship was well paced given the intensity of the situations Beau and Cassidy found themselves in. Plenty of twists, plenty of heat. Loved the secondary story line about Beau taking on responsibility for his half sibling & the knock on effects of that.
Set in Charleston SC, a place I have some familiarity with, I loved this story. I have no qualms in admitting I rarely figure out *who did it* so I love a book that makes me accuse everyone at some point in the story. I loved the conflict, internal and external, of our two Main Characters as they were challenged by their circumstances & the situation they found themselves in. Secondary characters were great and #Charleston was a fantastic backdrop to display this all against.