Tag: Romantic Suspense

Review: Truth and Consequences by Linda Winfree

Posted February 13, 2008 by Holly in Reviews | 9 Comments

Review: Truth and Consequences by Linda WinfreeReviewer: Holly
Truth and Consequences by Linda Winfree
Series: Hearts of the South #1
Also in this series: What Mattered Most, His Ordinary Life, Uncovered, Fall Into Me, Memories of Us, Hearts Awakened, Facing It, Hold On To Me, Gone From Me (Hearts of the South, #10)
Published by Samhain Publishing
Publication Date: June 19th 2007
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Suspense, Contemporary
Pages: 287
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four-stars

When deceit and desire collide, the results can be deadly...
Book One of the Hearts of the South series.
For undercover FBI agent Jason Harding, coming face to face with the grown-up version of his adolescent dreams is a nightmare. Kathleen Palmer sees him as a despicably corrupt small-town law officer and a murder suspect. Trapped in a web of his own making, he must see his mission through to the end and bring down the crooked cops who’ve run Haynes County for decades. To do so, he must betray the only family he’s ever known and fight his growing love for Kathleen, a relationship that could get one, or both of them, killed.
Determined to uncover the truth, Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Kathleen struggles with her attraction to the one person who’s awakened her since she buried her heart and emotions in her son’s tiny grave. Listening to her heart could destroy all she has left in life—her career and reputation. When the truth about Jason’s identity surfaces, they both face unimaginable consequences: Jason may lose his life and Kathleen the man she loves.
Warning: Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, violence.

Lori recommended this series, and since she and I have similar tastes, I decided to check them out.

This is the first book in Linda Winfree‘s Hearts of the South Series.

The Good: I enjoyed the relationship between Jason and Kathleen. It was real and solid, and not something that seemed to be thrown together or contrived. They each had demons to face – Kathleen losing her son to SIDS and Jason realizing his own cousin, the only family he has, is corrupt – but they faced them together. Once they made the decision to commit to each other, that’s exactly what they did. I liked that a lot.

The Bad: The “corrupt” cops seemed a little too stereotypical to me. I know there are corrupt cops out there, just like I know not every single man arrested is guilty, but I think the way Jim Ed (yes, that was really his name) acted was just a bit too over the top. He was the quintessential country bumpkin officer who was on the take and not too smart with it. At times it seemed like he was going to be a bit colder, a bit more real, but in the end it didn’t work out that way. He did everything the “bad” cops in the movies do, from beat his wife to punish his children for no reason. I could have done without that, I think.

The Ugly: Honestly? I can’t think of anything ugly in this story.

Although it wasn’t perfect, and that bit about the “country cops” really bothered me, overall it was a good, well written read with two characters who seemed real and a plot that, while a bit contrived and somewhat predictable, was well fleshed out. I’d recommend it.

4.o out of 5

You can buy it here or here.

The series is as follows:

Truth and Consequences
His Ordinary Life
Hold On To Me
Anything But Mine

four-stars

Review: All Through the Night by Suzanne Brockmann.

Posted February 8, 2008 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: All Through the Night by Suzanne Brockmann.Reviewer: Rowena
All Through the Night by Suzanne Brockmann
Series: Troubleshooters #12
Also in this series: Over the Edge
Published by Random House Publishing Group
Publication Date: October 30th 2007
Genres: Romance
Pages: 352
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five-stars

It’s Christmastime in Boston, and this year the silver bells will be wedding bells as FBI agent Jules Cassidy ties the knot with the man of his dreams, Hollywood heartthrob Robin Chadwick.

The pair plan a quiet, intimate ceremony, to be witnessed by family and close friends from the FBI, SEAL Team Sixteen, and Troubleshooters, Incorporated, including Sam Starrett and Alyssa Locke. But the holiday season brings more to the happy couple than they expect.

A waterfall coming through their kitchen ceiling, a bat colony in the attic, old family tensions . . . even an international incident can’t dampen their spirits. But add to that a parade of unexpected guests, including a reporter looking for a scoop, an ex-lover hell-bent on causing trouble, and a dangerous stalker, and suddenly the wedding is poised to unravel in chaos.

But nothing will stop Jules and Robin from getting their happy ending, because along with a guest list featuring the most elite counterterrorism force in the world, they have their own secret weapon–true love.

From the Hardcover edition.

I haven’t read a Troubleshooters book since Into the Storm and that was quite a while ago but dude, I loved this book just as much as I loved Into the Storm, maybe more. I mean, in this book it’s Jules and Robin’s story. I mean, their happy ending I guess you can say since their story is told through a few books, just like Sam and Alyssa’s story.

Suz Brockmann shines once again in this story and it really says something because I’m not all about the gay lovin’, I’m cool with it but it’s just not my choice of reading material but I didn’t even blink while reading this book, Suz did that good a job. I was wrapped up once again in the world that Suz has created of hot Navy SEALs, FBI folks and famous celebrities. There’s a bunch of stuff that go on in this story, there’s more terrorists that these guys are killing and there’s more bad guys that they have to eliminate and I just love all of it to pieces.

Jules and Robin’s story was great, I loved the unwavering faith that Jules had in Robin…there was nothing that anyone could tell him about Robin that would shake his faith in the man that he loves, Jules was faithful and strong right alongside Robin and Robin loved Jules with everything that he had and it was just so effing cute to see. Their journey throughout the books got them to where they were in this book and it was not an easy ride for them…Robin did his best to mess things up for them but he got it right in the end and that’s really all that matters. They were so lucky to have each other and reading about their journey was just fantastic. They came along way and they deserved every bit of happiness that they found in this book.

GO JULES AND ROBIN!

I wish Adam would just fall in a hole and never be found again but hey, why am I sensing that he’s gonna get his own book?

Curiouser and curiouser….

Sam and Alyssa played a big part in this story and I was so glad for it because it sucked that throughout the other stories where Jules and Robin’s story was told, it sucked that we didn’t see more of Sam and Alyssa in it since they’re so close with Jules. Jules needed them so much in the other books but we didn’t see much of them all together and being a family unit. With Sam and Alyssa on different missions for Troubleshooters Inc, it was good to finally see them be there and handle things for Jules. I loved seeing how far Sam has come with the whole gay thing. When we first met Sam, he was the biggest homophobe ever and he’s just not that person anymore. It was cute to see him so protective of Jules where Robin was concerned and it was good to see that he was still being a big a word to everyone because seriously, nobody can do ass like Sam can. =)

And holy wow, there must be something in the water out there because everyone is pregnant! That’s such good news. I loved seeing everyone come back in this book. There was Max, Gina, their daughter, Cosmo, Jane and their son, Joan Muldoon and just EVERYONE…I loved that they were in the story but they didn’t crowd the story or take away from Jules and Robin’s story. They enhanced it merely with their presence and I thought it was just a great, fast paced and delightfully entertaining reads that I’ve read all month.

It was great to see everyone in action again and even if they weren’t in this story, they were mentioned and we got to see what everyone is up to. I loved when all of the wives came out to support Robin when Jules was overseas. I loved seeing Sam and Alyssa jump to defend Jules and I loved seeing Robin win them over and then Sam winning Robin over. It was all so effing cute!

The other thing that I absolutely loved about this book was the secondary love story between Will Schroeder and Dolphina. Awwwww, they were just too cute. I loved his whole, love at first sight business and then I loved when he told her that she was “the one” and she wanted to hear it again and I loved his relationship with his niece, Maggie and I just loved everything about this little love story, it was too cute not to mention in this review…

…overall this book was great, a great addition to an already great series and I am anxiously awaiting Izzy Zanella’s book, FOR real!

Get this book and keep the party going with the Troubleshooters and the FBI folks, you won’t regret it!

five-stars

Cutting Loose by Tara Janzen

Posted January 14, 2008 by Casee in Reviews | 4 Comments


Book description:

CIA operative Zachary Prade made his name taking out world threats. But now he’s tracking a very different kind of danger and her name is Lily Robbins. Lily holds the key to a valuable encoded file that’s about to fall into the wrong hands. All Zach has to do is retrieve the key and forget the rain-soaked beauty who came to his Central American plantation seeking shelter from more than the weather.

Lily knows him as Alejandro Campos, the seductive drug lord who saved her life. They met when she traveled to El Salvador to film a documentary…and got caught in the middle of a nasty drug-and-guerrilla war. Now, back in the U.S., hunted by spooks and assassins, Lily has to trust Campos again. Except his name isn’t Campos, and he’s arousing a passion so hot it’s criminal. That is, if they can survive long enough to enjoy it…

Damn. This book starts off with a bang and just doesn’t quit. I loved it.

After finding out that the enigmatic Alejandro Campos was going to be the hero of this book, it couldn’t come quickly enough to suit me. He’s the ideal bad boy b/c he’s really not bad. He’s just hot. He’s sexy, too.

Lily Robbins knows all about Alejandro Campos. What she doesn’t know is that Alejandro is also known as Zach Prade, CIA Agent extraordinaire. After coming home from South America where she planned on filming a documentary, Lily vows to forget all about the man who saved her life. That’s easier said than done, of course and Lily is horrified that she can’t stop thinking about the biggest drug lord in South America. When strange things start happening after she returns home to New Mexico, Lily doesn’t question her paranoia, she starts making plans to go home to Montana.

Before she can get on a plane, Zach shows up at her house. Chaos ensues.

Zach was pulled out of deep cover to find out if Lily has a macabre bracelet that was missing from a dead pilot that she had contact with in South America. Knowing full well that she must have it, Zach has to find out if Lily is the innocent he thought she was, or if she has plans to sell the bracelet to the highest bidder. Arriving at her house none too soon, Zach catches two men sneaking into her house. Taking Lily and fleeing, all Zach has to do is get from New Mexico to Denver where he can take refuge at the Steele Street loft.

Nothing ever goes according to plan. See, there’s other people that want the bracelet. People that will do just about anything to get it. It doesn’t help that the car that Zach has is an extremely rare Shelby Mustang. Red w/ white racing stripes. It was pretty amusing to think about these two remaining incognito in this car.

Even though this book took place over the course of 24 hours, the romance was completely believable. I’m not sure it would have been if Lily and Zach hadn’t previously met. There was also some good scenes between Skeeter and Dylan. I hope Janzen continues to show readers how that relationship changes and grows. Zach was officially the last Steele Street boy to come home, so it’ll be interesting to see where the series goes from here.

4 out of 5.

I’m at TGTBTU Again Today…

Posted November 15, 2007 by Holly in Reviews | 1 Comment

I’m at TGTBTU Again Today…Creation in Death by J. D. Robb
Series: In Death #25
Also in this series: Strangers in Death, Suite 606, Salvation in Death, Kindred In Death, Naked in Death, Glory in Death, The Lost, Rapture in Death, Immortal in Death, Fantasy in Death, New York to Dallas, Celebrity in Death, Brotherhood in Death
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: November 6th 2007
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Suspense, General
Pages: 384
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three-half-stars

The 25th In Death novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author

Eve has seen this crime scene before: the artfully arranged body of a young brunette, arms spread, palms up, body marked by the signs of prolonged and painful torture. Carved into her torso is the time it took her to die - in hours, minutes, and seconds. And on the third finger of her left hand has been placed a silver ring.

Eve is catapulted back to a case nine years earlier, when a man whom the media tagged “The Groom” put the city on edge with a killing spree that took the lives of four women in fifteen days. Eve and her partner Feeney, her friend and mentor, couldn’t stop him before he disappeared, only to resurface in other parts of the world to kill and kill again. But now The Groom seems to have come back to where he started.

When it turns out that The Groom’s most recent victim was employed by Eve’s billionaire husband, Roarke, she brings him onto the case. A move that proves fitting when it becomes chillingly clear that the killer has made it personal. The corpse was washed in products from a store Roarke owns and laid out on a sheet his company manufactures. With the Groom’s monstrous return, Eve is determined to finish him once and for all. Familiar with his methods, she knows that he has already grabbed his next victim.

But his sights are set on the biggest challenge of his illustrious career - an abduction that will test his skills and that promises to give him satisfaction as he’s never known. Time is running out on another woman’s life…and for Eve.


I promised two reviews a month, and my second review for November was just posted at The Good, The Bad and The Unread.

Check it out…

It’s not unusual for Eve to be an intended victim in these novels, but this is a different kind of case, a different kind of killer, and a different type of situation. Since the killer is someone Eve and Feeney tried – and failed – to capture nine years ago, this makes for an interesting storyline. The problem? There was a lot of stress on Eve and Feeney’s relationship, but I don’t feel as if it was fully explored, or fully resolved…

….read the rest at The Good, The Bad and The Unread

three-half-stars

Cut Throat by Sharon Sala

Posted November 9, 2007 by Casee in Reviews | 6 Comments


Book description:

He killed her once…

Throat slashed and left for dead next to her murdered father, a thirteen-year-old girl vows to hunt down the man who did this to them—Solomon Tutuola. Now grown, bounty hunter Cat Dupree lets nothing— or no one—stand in the way of that deadly promise.

Not even her lover, Wilson McKay.

Their sexually charged encounters leave McKay wanting more, but Cat is determined to keep her distance. She doesn’t need a man making emotional demands, not now, when revenge is near. Suspecting that Tutuola is still alive, despite witnessing the horrific explosion that should have killed him, Cat follows a dangerous money trail to Mexico, swearing not to return until she’s certain Tutuola is dead—even if it means destroying her very soul….

This has been a week of 4.0 books for me. It’s actually kind of scary.

Cut Throat is the second book (first is Nine Lives) in the series which follows the life of Bounty Hunter Cat Dupree. To say that she’s scarred inside and out is an understatement. A big one. Cat is on seriously effed up woman…with good reason. When she was a little girl, a man broke into her house and killed her father in front of her. He then slit Cat’s throat, leaving her for dead. Miraculously she survived. Since then, her mission in life has been to hunt her father’s killer down and kill him. She thought she did that in Nine Lives. She soon realizes that she was wrong.

Deciding to go after Solomon Tutuloa was a no-brainer for Cat. The revenge she has waited her whole life for is within her reach and there is nothing that will stop her from taking it. If it means pushing away her lover, Wilson MacKay, so be it.

Sharon Sala is one of those authors whose books I love for a reason I can’t name. Sala has never written a heroine like Cat Dupree. She’s an extreme hardass that has gone through life forming few attachments. She doesn’t want a happily ever after. She doesn’t want friends, she doesn’t want to want a lover. She pushes people away and is just generally unlikeable. So I was really curious how Sala was going to pull off a book with a heroine that I didn’t even like. Somehow she did it, though when I finished Nine Lives, I had no idea where she would go with Cat.

In Cut Throat, there were a series of things that happened to Cat that made her question her decisions in regard to Wilson. When she finally takes her revenge, it’s like she’s seeing the world through a different set of eyes. Suddenly she’s trying to be a person that she’s never wanted to be. That’s a rough adjustment, not only for her, but for Wilson as well. I was as incredulous as Wilson when Cat apologized for unnecessary comments. Seriously, I was like “huh?”. It would have ruined it for me if Wilson would have taken it in stride and just accepted Cat for the new and improved person she was.

So even though her values made a 180, the core of Cat was still the same. It was just the intensity in which she tried to avoid an attachment with Wilson now when the other way. She was determined to make an attachment. I think it would have made me like the book a lot less if Cat didn’t remain as fierce of a person as she was in the prior book and for the 1st half of this book.

All in all, I really recommend this series. I’m curious to see where Sala takes it next.

4 out of 5.