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Review: Tempting Evil by Allison Brennan

Posted June 12, 2008 by Casee in Reviews | 0 Comments

Genres: Romantic Suspense

Tempting Evil

Joanna Sutton can cope with the fierce winter storm bearing down on the small rural community of Centennial Valley, Montana; the popular romance writer has survived much worse in life. Haunted by the loss of her husband and child, Jo has found refuge at her family’s secluded lodge, but her haven soon becomes a hell. During the ferocious blizzard, a local Boy Scout troop is stranded in the wilderness, compelling Jo to spearhead a desperate rescue mission, aided by a newly arrived stranger with an unknown agenda.

Meanwhile, Sheriff Tyler McBride hears that three escaped convicts are fast approaching Big Sky Country. Hoping to warn Jo, he faxes over the men’s mug shots. But they never reach their intended recipient. Then Tyler makes a shocking discovery: Two people are dead, and a killer is among the group, along with the woman Tyler loves, searching for his lost son.

More than one innocent life is at stake. For the sake of those Jo cares about most, and for her own survival, she’ll need all the cunning, courage, and passion she can muster to survive the mounting terror.

This is the 2nd book in Brennan’s Prison Break trilogy.

Aaron Doherty was on Death Row at San Quentin when the earthquake hit thus allowing him to escape. For Aaron, it was like God has spoken and told him to go to the woman he loved. Heading to the mountains in Montana, Aaron can hardly wait to start his life w/ Joanna.

Psycho much?

When Jo Sutton’s husband and son were killed by her sister’s boyfriend, Jo left California for her family’s lodge in Montana. Having licked her wounds for four years, Jo has finally started to come back to life. Resuming her writing of romance novels, Jo has found a measure of happiness, if not peace. When her former lover, Tyler McBride, calls her and tells her that he has reason to believe that three of the escaped San Quentin inmates might be headed to her, Jo has a hard time believing it.

Sheriff Tyler McBride is racing against the clock. With the FBI believing that three of the escapees are headed toward Jo, he not only has to get to the woman he loves, he also has to get to his son. On a Boy Scout trip when the blizzard hit, his son Jason along with eleven other boys are stuck until help can get to them. With the weather thwarting his every move, Tyler races to the lodge as quickly as possible.

Brennan sure knows how to write a villain. What made it even better was that Aaron wasn’t flagrantly evil, unlike the escapee that he was traveling with. I think that made it all the more powerful. He had convinced himself that Joanna had written all her romance novels with him in the role of hero.

I did like this book, but not as much as the first. I really didn’t feel a connection to the characters. As a suspense novel, this book was amazing. I felt like I was constantly on the edge of my seat waiting to see what was going to happen next. As a romance, it was lacking. Jo spent most of the book trying to come to terms with the fact that she could love a man that was not her husband. Tyler had to keep reminding himself that he wasn’t going to compete with a dead man. It just felt forced.

3.75 out of 5.

This book is available from Ballantine. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

Other books in the series:

Killing FearPlaying Dead

Read my review of Killing Fear here.

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Killing Fear by Allison Brennan

Posted March 4, 2008 by Casee in Reviews | 4 Comments

Genres: Romantic Suspense

Book description:

Theodore Glenn loves to inflict pain . . . both on his victims and on those who later find the mutilated corpses. At his trial seven years ago, Glenn vowed vengeance on Detective Will Hooper, the cop who nabbed him, and beautiful Robin McKenna, the stripper whose testimony put him behind bars. When a catastrophic disaster sets Glenn free, he blazes a freshly bloodied path across San Diego County. But the death he craves most is Robin McKenna’s.

Putting aside their past troubled relationship, Will rushes to protect Robin, now a savvy businesswoman operating an upscale club. As the killings mount and Glenn proves a master manipulator, Robin and Will become snared in a twisted web of horror. But the shocking truth is even worse: The evil they are to face is even deadlier than they fear.

Allison Brennan gets better with every book she writes. In my not-so-humble opinion of course.

Killing Fear kicks off the Prison Break trilogy. When an earthquake hits the San Francisco Bay Area, it literally brings down the walls of the infamous San Quentin state prison. Home to some of the most vile predators, it’s no surprise when the inmates take their chance and flee. One man to escape is Theodore Glenn. Convicted 7 years ago of murdering four strippers, Theodore is determined to track down and kill every single person that betrayed him. Last on his list is Robin McKenna, the woman whose testimony he believes ultimately convicted him.

Robin McKenna has worked hard in the 7 years since she literally stumbled over her roommate’s dead body. Working at RJ’s strip club, Robin always believed that stripping was means to an end (you go, girl), not what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. The day Theodore Glenn came through RJ’s doors is a day that she’d just as soon forget. Never quite liking him, but not knowing why, Robin kept her distance while her friends dated him one by one. Then stood by helpless as they were murdered. One by one. Absolutely certain that Glenn is the murderer, Robin takes the stand against him and helps put him away.

Now Theodore Glenn is out and Robin’s former lover, Detective Will Cooper, is knocking on her door. Believing that she put their failed romance behind them, Robin is less than happy at the feelings Will can still invoke in her. As for Will, he is determined to protect Robin at all costs. It’s only as he starts spending more and more time with her that Will realizes what an awful mistake he made all those years ago when he pushed Robin away.

Killing Fear is a page turner. From front to back, this book is action packed. Brennan did a bang-up job of writing a sociopathic character. For you readers who like your mystery along with a steamy romance, this one is a great one for you.

4.5 out of 5

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