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Friday, January 31, 2014

Review: Heart of Stone by Christine Warren


Title: Heart of Stone
Author: Christine Warren
Series: Gargoyles, book 1
Genre: Paranormal romance
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“Ella Harrow is trying to carve out a normal life for herself. Well, as normal as an art geek with psychic abilities can hope for. As museum docent and gift-shop manager, Ella is able to keep her distance from people—and her powers in check—while surrounding herself with the artifacts she loves. But how on earth is she supposed to act normal when a thousand-year-old statue on the museum's terrace suddenly comes to life?

Heart of Stone

Not your ordinary gargoyle, Kees has been asleep for eons, waiting for a portent of evil to wake him from his slumber. Kees isn't a vision; he's a bat-winged guardian created to protect the world from the seven demons of the Dark. Somehow, Ella triggered his reawakening. Maybe the demons have been unleashed? Maybe his heart is finally ready to be chiseled open? The fate of the world isn't carved in stone…yet.”
Heart of Stone is the first book in the Gargoyles series by Christine Warren.

Since I can remember I’ve fascinated by gargoyles and grotesques. I was very excited when I saw this book available for review and read its blurb. I couldn’t wait to read it and discover the world Christine Warren created in this new series. Sadly Heart of Stone didn’t meet with my expectations and it was a big disappointment.

The idea of this book has a lot of potential, but unfortunately it stays there, in just potential. The plot is very simple, woman meets Man/gargoyle they fell in love, there are badies around them who want heroine dead and man/gargoyle destroyed, some encounters between them occurred but at the end nothing definite happens.

The characters suffered from lack of depth. This made them very difficult to like. Ella’s behavior alienates people and then she feels alone. She changes moods like changing underwear and in a blink of an eye goes from a timid woman who is afraid of everything and everybody to a warrior magic practitioner willing to fight “monsters”. Her sudden change didn’t feel realistic; it almost made me feel as if I was reading two different characters.

Kees was better; he’s stone cold and doesn’t believe in feelings. He was brought to the world to fight evil and that’s all he knows and wants, until of course Ella thaws his heart. Kees comes as a heartless man, that didn’t bother me, he’s a gargoyle, so I can understand his way of thinking. My problem with him was that he felt very one-dimensional. His character development was almost non-existent.

Kees and Ella’s relationship is one of insta-love, I usually don’t have problems with insta-love when supernatural creatures are involved, but in the case of Kees and Ella it just didn’t work because it didn’t feel real.

In Heart of Stone we are introduced to the heroine of next book, Felicity. It’s sad to say, but in the few glimpses we see of Felicity I liked her more than Ella. If it were only because of Heart of Stone I would say I’m not going to read next book in the series, Stone Cold Lover, but as I just said, I liked Felicity, so I’m on the fence about it. I think I’ll wait to read some reviews before deciding if to read it or not.

Heart of Stone wasn’t for me, but it may be for you.

My Verdict: 2 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
Heart of Stone
Stone Cold Lover


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Covers Revealed: Cold Hard Secret by Sierra Dean & House of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter

Today I have two covers fresh from the oven. The first one is the cover of one of my most anticipated books of the year, Cold Hard Secret. Cold Hard Secret is the seventh book in one of my all time favorite series, the Secret McQueen series by Sierra Dean. Saying that I'm eagerly waiting for this book is the understatement of the year. 

The second cover I have for you is the cover of House of the Rising SunHouse of the Rising Sun is the first book in the new Crescent Sun series by the wonderful Kristen Painter. 

Cold Hard Secret
Secret McQueen #7
Urban Fantasy
July 2014

"The Secret’s out, and heads will roll.

Ever since her near-death experience at the hands of the villainous Dr. Kesteral, Secret McQueen hasn’t been the same. As in damaged almost beyond repair. But as usual, Secret has no time to lick her wounds.

Armed to the fangs, she and Desmond embark on a whirlwind quest for revenge that takes them to the sewers of Paris to put an end to Alexandre Peyton. Instead, it’s almost the end of them, and before she can stop him, Peyton rips the veil off her deepest secret.

The devil’s not through muddling up the details, either. An eye-opening confab with Sig in the Big Apple leaves her wondering if she’s ever been in control of her own life at all. Plus, a cryptic postcard sends her racing back to her Manitoba hometown, fearing for her grandmere.

With the Council holding the power of life and death over her head, Secret’s circle of friends is shrinking, while the pool of enemies looking for payback is widening like a pool of her own blood.

Warning: Contains the least romantic Paris getaway in history and an unstoppable hybrid with an impossible choice to make between two men who’ve been to hell and back for her."


House of the Rising Sun
Crescent City #1
Urban Fantasy
May 13th, 2014

"Augustine lives the perfect life in the Haven city of New Orleans. He rarely works a real job, spends most of his nights with a different human woman, and resides in a spectacular Garden District mansion paid for by retired movie star Olivia Goodwin, who has come to think of him as an adopted son, providing him room and board and whatever else he needs.


But when Augustine returns home to find Olivia's been attacked by vampires, he knows his idyllic life has comes to an end. It's time for revenge—and to take up the mantle of the city's Guardian."


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tuesday's Hot-Hot Hottie: Cowboys Edition # 3

Today's Hot-Hot Hottie post is a bit different, I don't have a model or an artist, today I have dreamy Cowboys. Yes! Today is
Hot-Hot Hottie: Cowboys Edition # 3. Yee Haw!! 






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Monday, January 27, 2014

Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown


Title: Red Rising
Author: Pierce Brown
Series: Red Rising Trilogy, book 1
Genre: Dystopian, Sci-fi, Fantasy
Publisher: Del Rey (January 28th)
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“The war begins...

Darrow is a Helldiver, one of a thousand men and women who live in the vast caves beneath the surface of Mars. Generations of Helldivers have spent their lives toiling to mine the precious elements that will allow the planet to be terraformed. Just knowing that one day people will be able to walk the surface of the planet is enough to justify their sacrifice. The Earth is dying, and Darrow and his people are the only hope humanity has left.

Until the day Darrow learns that it is all a lie. Mars is habitable - and indeed has been inhabited for generations by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. The Golds regard Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

With the help of a mysterious group of rebels, Darrow disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside.

But the command school is a battlefield. And Darrow isn't the only student with an agenda...”
Red Rising is the first book in the Red Rising Trilogy and the debut novel of Pierce Brown.

Will be enough if I tell you that this book is FREAKING AMAZING!! That you need to buy it tomorrow (release day) and that you should read it as soon as you get your hands on it? No? You greedy people! 

It has been a while since I read a book that affected me so much as Red Rising did. It also has been a while since I suffered from “book hangover”, but that is exactly what happened to me after I finished reading Red Rising. I loved Red Rising so much I was incapable of reading another book for two days!! Two days in which I couldn’t stop thinking about it, two days in which I consider reading it again, something I have never done before, and now while writing this review I feel as if I need to read it again, now! Yes people, Red Rising is THAT good. The best part of it is I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did. If I’m honest I wasn’t so sure about reading it, I had it on my reader for almost two months and waited until last week to read it.
Red Rising has received a lot of advertisement; I read everywhere that it was the next The Hunger Games and that instead of making me want to read it it cool me off. The only thing I can now say is that that statement is very wrong. The Hunger Games Trilogy was good, I liked it very much, but it doesn’t come even close to how much I LOVED Red Rising, it doesn’t come close to how amazing Red Rising is it.

The blurb explains pretty well what Red Rising is about, telling you more will be giving too much away and Red Rising is a book you need to read and experience for yourself. I’m just going to say a few things about it, starting with the main character, Darrow. I haven’t liked a character like I liked Darrow in a very long time. I liked him because he wasn’t perfect and made mistakes, I liked him because he owned his mistakes and learned from them. Darrow is young; he’s barely sixteen when Red Rising starts, but all his hardships made him feel older and more mature than his physical age. Still he grows immensely throughout the pages; the Darrow from chapter one to the Darrow at the end of the book is somebody else, but in a good and very realistic way. His growth is not sudden, it’s a process that takes almost two years, two years of many mishaps and hard lessons, where his world was turn upside down many times, and the only way for him to survive was to fight and sacrifice himself for what he believes to be right. Something not easily done, when everything you have believed your whole life turnout to be a big fat lie.

There are many secondary characters, to name them all I will need hours. One that shines a lot in the short page time she has is Eo. Eo is Darrow’s wife. Eo is different than Darrow; she is an idealist and has always dreamed bigger than the rest. Eo’s heart is what inspires and feeds Darrow to move forward and do what must be done. I can’t say more about her without giving spoilers away. You need to read Red Rising to see how strong a character is she.

The rest of the secondary characters, from the allies to the villains were all so perfectly written that they not only gave life to the story, but also made it very rich.

The world Brown created is unique and very imaginative. He smartly mixes fantasy, science fiction and dystopian giving it a spin to create a new and an unequalled genre in its own.

It’s hard to believe Red Rising is a debut novel. Pierce Brown is a master at storytelling and I can only thank him for this beautiful masterpiece that I’m sure will occupy forever a very special place in my shelves.

Red Rising lives up to its hype. I'm pretty sure it'll be one of my favorite books of the year. I simply loved everything about it and can't wait to read more. Next book in this series can’t come soon enough.

Seriously people, I can’t recommend you this book enough, I really hope you’ll give it a chance after reading this review my gushing. Trust me, buy Red Rising, read it and thank me later.

My Verdict: 5 Paws and a Purr
 

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Movie Trailer: Godzilla



"An epic rebirth to Toho's iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, pits the world's most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. Gareth Edwards directs “Godzilla,” which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Kick-Ass”), Oscar® nominee Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai,” “Inception”), Elizabeth Olsen (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”), Oscar® winner Juliette Binoche (“The English Patient,” “Cosmopolis”), and Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), with Oscar® nominee David Strathairn (“Good Night, and Good Luck.,” “The Bourne Legacy”) and Bryan Cranston (“Argo,” TV’s “Breaking Bad”)."

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Review: Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells


Title: Dirty Magic
Author: Jaye Wells
Series: The Prospero’s War, book 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Orbit
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“The last thing patrol cop Kate Prospero expected to find on her nightly rounds was a werewolf covered in the blood of his latest victim. But then, she also didn't expect that shooting him would land her in the crosshairs of a Magic Enforcement Agency task force, who wants to know why she killed their lead snitch.

The more Prospero learns about the dangerous new potion the MEA is investigating, the more she's convinced that earning a spot on their task force is the career break she's been wanting. But getting the assignment proves much easier than solving the case. Especially once the investigation reveals their lead suspect is the man she walked away from ten years earlier—on the same day she swore she'd never use dirty magic again.

Kate Prospero's about to learn the hard way that crossing a wizard will always get you burned, and that when it comes to magic, you should never say never.”
Dirty Magic is the first book in the new The Prospero’s War series by Jaye Wells.

For the last ten years Kate Prospero has dedicated her life as a cop for the city of Babylon to fight dirty magic. Despite her stellar dedication she hasn’t been able to progress much in her career thanks to her past and heritage. Being the niece of the biggest Wizard crime lord has only helped her to hinder her future. It doesn’t matter that her uncle is in jail; her past follows her wherever she goes.
The last thing Kate wanted was to get the Magic Enforcement Agency’s attention, but after been forced to kill a man in self-defense MAE has her sights on her, not only the man Kate killed was one of MEA’s informers, he was also under the effects of Grey Wolf, a very dangerous magic potion, MEA has been investigating for the last couple of weeks.
MEA knows that because of her upbringing Kate has inside knowledge about the Cauldrons, knowledge they need to crack the Gray Wolf’s case open. They need Kate and invite her to work for them. This is the break Kate has been waiting for to advance in her career, she knows if she wants to have a permanent position within MEA she has to do anything in her power to help them find the source of the new potion, even if that is going against her ex-boyfriend and everybody she once considered family.

I loved Jaye Wells’ Sabina Kane series and was very excited about reading Dirty Magic. I have so much faith in Wells’ writing that I saved Dirty Magic for days, waiting to read it in January 1st as my first book of 2014. I don’t have many New Year rituals, but starting the year with a really great book is something I always do. I couldn’t be happier because Dirty Magic was everything I was expecting it to be and more, a perfect book to start the year.

Kate was a great heroine. She has a torrid past that left her scarred inside. She used to “cook” magic and loved doing it. Everything in her life revolved around magic, until one day, when something unexpected happened, something that left her changed forever. Now, working for the police she knows and sees the damage magic does. Stopping dealers and dirty magic is a way she found to give something back to society after what she and her family did for many years (dirty potions).
Kate not only left magic and her family behind, she also became her little brother’s guardian. For the last 10 years she has been taking care of him. Now that Danny is an adolescent she’s also dealing with the teenage angst that entails.

I really liked Kate, she strong, smart and witty. I liked her as a person and I liked her as a sister/mother. Her life hasn’t been easy and her future looks bleak, still she prowls forward working hard for a better future for her and her brother.

There is not a clear romance in this book, there are two possible love interests, but nothing is yet clear.
One of them is another member of MEA, Agent Morales. The other is Kate’s ex-boyfriend and real estate mogul, John Volos.
I’m still on the fence about them. I didn’t like Morales on the beginning, but I liked him more throughout the end of the book. I don’t know what to think about Volos, I liked him some pages to then disliked him in the next and so on.
I will wait for future books to give my final verdict about them, but right now I’m more inclined towards Morales. The only thing I don’t like about Kate picking Morales instead of Volos is that it’ll be a too similar choice to Sabina Kane and Adam Lazarus from the Sabina Kane series.

The secondary characters Wells gives us in this new series are diverse, multidimensional and very easy to like. From them the ones I liked the most were Kate’s brother Danny, Kate’s best friend Pen, MEA’s wizard Mez, and Kate’s informant, Little Man.

The world Wells gives us in this new series is very realistic and easy to picture. Her detailing brings it to life along the pages, so much that the city of Babylon and its residents become another character in the story.

The plot is well-paced, intriguing and with enough mystery and twist and turns in the story to keep us glued to the pages.

Jaye Well has given us a great book, a start to a series I’m sure will become a favorite among urban fantasy fans.
I can’t wait to see what Wells has planned for Kate and her gang in the next installment of this series, Cursed Moon, to be released on August 12th.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
Dirty Magic
Cursed Moon (August 12th)

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Taking a Short Break...


For personal reasons I'm taking a few days off. 
I hope to see you back latest on Friday. 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Movie Trailer: The Grand Budapest Hotel


"THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune—all against the backdrop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. Starring Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Léa Seydoux, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson and Owen Wilson."

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Review: The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan


Title: The Countess Conspiracy
Author: Courtney Milan
Series: Brothers Sinister, book 3
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Courtney Milan
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“Sebastian Malheur is the most dangerous sort of rake: an educated one. When he’s not scandalizing ladies in the bedchamber, he’s outraging proper society with his scientific theories. He’s desired, reviled, acclaimed, and despised—and he laughs through it all.

Violet Waterfield, the widowed Countess of Cambury, on the other hand, is entirely respectable, and she’d like to stay that way. But Violet has a secret that is beyond ruinous, one that ties her irrevocably to England’s most infamous scoundrel: Sebastian’s theories aren’t his. They’re hers.

So when Sebastian threatens to dissolve their years-long conspiracy, she’ll do anything to save their partnership...even if it means opening her vulnerable heart to the rake who could destroy it for good.”
The Countess Conspiracy is the third book in the Brothers Sinister series by Courtney Milan.

Let me start this by saying I love Courtney Milan and everything she writes. I think I have read every single book she has written. I love her so much that I know when I pick up one of her books I’m going to fall in love with her characters and the journey they will take to their happily ever after. At least that was the case until The Countess Conspiracy. I have to be honest, having previously met Sebastian and Violet I was expecting a lot from this book, but sadly, it didn’t meet with my expectations. My biggest problem with this book has a name and that’s Violet.
It was difficult for me to believe that the Violet I was reading in The Countess Conspiracy was the same Violet from previous books in the series.

Sebastian is tired of passing Violet’s theories as his; he’s also tired of all the bad reputation this has brought him. When he tells Violet he can’t continue with the farce because is affecting him deeply, instead of understanding him she freaks out and treats him really bad. To add to this Sebastian opens his heart to her and tells her he has been in love with her since they were kids, to this revelation she reacted even worse and belittled his feelings.
This goes on and on, Sebastian being there for her as her friend and she feeling bad about herself and her behavior towards Sebastian, but still not doing anything to change it. It’s implied she suffered a lot during her marriage, we just learned what happened to her almost at the end of the book. These experiences during her marriage left her feeling irreparably broken and hiding behind a tough façade. It was something very serious and heartbreaking; still it didn’t explained nor justified her behavior towards Sebastian.

My problem was that Violet was an impossible to like character. I don’t remember when was the last time I disliked a heroine as much as I disliked her. She was so bad I would have preferred she stayed in the friend category and Sebastian would have found another ladylove. The only thing I admired about Violet was her dedication to her experiments.
I understand her past changed her, but her things she did to protect herself were disconcerting and didn’t feel natural. She was always putting herself down in a very hateful way. Those things instead of endearing her to me made me feel the least sympathetic towards her. I can say I disliked her less after I learned the “reasons” behind her behavior, but sadly it wasn’t enough for me to like her or understand her.

Sebastian was a shade of what he was supposed to be. It was said over and over he was a well-known rake, but we never see that, we don’t see it on previous books and we don’t see it in this book. We just see a man in pain because people don’t understand him and can’t see the real him, they just see the jokester everybody is expecting him to be. The woman who was supposed to be his best friend (Violet) just sees what other people say of him. His brother was the same case. I couldn’t help it but feel bad for poor misunderstood Sebastian.

I liked the end of the book better, when we learned about Violet’s past and see changes in her and Sebastian’s brother. I also liked Violet’s mother and how she reacted to Violet’s truths. I also liked the scientific part of the story.

After seeing some reviews it looks as if I’m a minority in regards to The Countess Conspiracy. Many of my fellow reviewers loved this book, so don’t let my experience discourage you, The Countess Conspiracy wasn’t for me, but it may be the perfect book for you.

Despite my problems with The Countess Conspiracy I still have faith in Courtney Milan and her beautiful writing, for this reason I’m eagerly looking forward to next book in the series, The Mistress Rebellion, to be released on May 1st.

My Verdict: 3 Paws

Other books in the series
The Governess Affair (Prequel novella)
The Duchess War
A Kiss For Midwinter (Novella)
The Countess Conspiracy
The Mistress Rebellion (May 1st)
Talk Sweetly to Me (TBA)

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Covers Revealed: Against the Dawn by Amanda Bonilla & Evernight by Kristen Callihan

Today I have two very special covers for you. The first cover is the cover of Against the Dawn. This is not a fresh from the oven cover, it was revealed couple of weeks ago but I hadn't had the opportunity to share it with you. Against the Dawn is the fourth book in the Shaede Assassin series by Amanda Bonilla and one of my most awaited books of the year. If you haven’t read this series you are missing of great books. If you are a fan of urban fantasy the Shaede Assassin series is a must read.

The second cover I have for you is the cover of Evernight. Evernight is the fifth book in the Darkest London series by Kristen Callihan. If you like paranormal historical romance the Darkest London is a series I’m sure you are going to love. 

Against the Dawn 
Shaede Assassin #4
Urban Fantasy
May 20th

"Six months can feel like a just couple of weeks when you’ve been away in another realm. Literally.

Now that Darian is back in Seattle, she’s ready to face the life—and the man—she left behind. But it’s not going to be easy when a ghost from her past shows up looking to wreak havoc on Seattle’s supernatural crime scene.

Darian isn’t as careless as she used to be, though. She and Tyler, her sexy Jinn protector, have come a long way in the trust department. And it’s a good thing too—because when Ty contracts her to assassinate a wickedly powerful supernatural who goes by the name of Mithras, it will take all her faith in Ty, and herself, to get the job done.

While Darian does whatever it takes to get to her mark, Xander, the Shaede King is busy making plans of his own. With Darian’s attention divided between Lorik’s secrets and her mission she might not be able to stop Xander from doing anything in his power to separate Darian from her protector and in the process, destroy his own kingdom…"


Evernight
Darkest London #5
Paranormal Historical Romance
August 26th

"Once the night comes . . .

Will Thorne is living a nightmare, his sanity slowly being drained away by a force he can't control. His talents have made him the perfect assassin for hire. But as he loses his grip on reality, there is no calming him—until he finds his next target: the mysterious Holly Evernight.

Love must cast aside the shadows . . .

Holly cannot fathom who would put a contract on her life, yet the moment she touches Will, the connection between them is elemental, undeniable—and she's the only one who can tame his bouts of madness. But other assassins are coming for Holly. Will must transform from killer to protector and find the man who wants Holly dead . . . or his only chance for redemption will be lost."


Monday, January 13, 2014

Review: Off the Edge by Carolyn Crane


Title: Off the Edge
Author: Carolyn Crane
Series: The Associates, book 2
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Carolyn Crane
Source: Review copy from author
Format: E-book
“SHE MAY BE HIS WORST ENEMY… For deadly secret agent Peter Macmillan, language is a weapon—one he uses to hunt criminals, destroy plots, and charm enemies. Seducing information out of a beautiful singer in Bangkok hotel should be easy…except this particular singer has the power to destroy his cool façade, and with it, his last defense against a dark past.

HE MAY BE HER ONLY HOPE… He tricked her. He helped himself to her body and her secrets. He has enemies everywhere. Laney Lancaster should hate Peter, but when she discovers him shirtless, sweaty, and chained up in the hotel’s dungeon, all she can think about is freeing him. Because she knows what it’s like to be trapped and alone. And she could use a dangerous friend.

They may be wrong for each other, but the instant they join forces, Laney and Peter are plunged into an odyssey of hot sex and dark danger. To survive, they must trust each other with their lives—and their hearts.”
Off the Edge is the second book in The Associates series by Carolyn Crane.

Laney Lancaster knew that sending her shady husband to jail was the right thing to do and it was going to cost her. What Laney wasn’t expecting was the long reach Rolly will still have from jail. From the last two years she has been in hiding and working as a singer in a friend’s hotel in Thailand, but she knows her days of feeling relatively safe are coming to an end. Her instincts are telling her to take flight, even though her friends are telling her they will keep her safe.
Peter Macmillan is on assignment in Thailand. The Associates knows the arms dealer, Jazzman, will held an auction there to sell a very dangerous weapon. The only problem is that nobody knows who the Jazzman is or how does he look. Here comes Macmillan linguistic specialty in play. He’s one of the few people in the world who can identify a person for the way they talk. After studying voice recordings of the Jazzman for months, Macmillan is just waiting to hear his voice to identify him. Macmillan wasn’t counting to have the distraction of the singer of the hotel where the auction is going to be held, but as soon as he hears her sing he knows she’s hiding from something, he’s also sure she might be able to help him get closer to the Jazzman.
Laney can’t help but feel a connection with Macmillan, she can recognize in him a kindred soul, but learning he was using her might be the end to something that could have been really good for both of them.

I really liked Macmillan; he’s smart, witty, sexy and a perfectly tortured hero. He lost everything he cared about in a train bombing. Since then, without caring for his wellbeing, he has dedicated his life to catch bad people. Ten years of this has him close to burnout, but he knows he’s the only one that can do what he does, so he pushes forward and does what needs to be done.
Mrs. Crane did an outstanding job with this character, the amount of research she put behind him was pretty obvious and I can say her work payoff. Macmillan is unique and unforgettable in a very good way.

I had some conflicts about Laney. I liked her, I didn’t like her and then I liked her again. My problem with her was that she felt a bit too naïve for a woman that not only had been married to a character like Rolly for years, but also has been in the run and hiding. I would have expected her to be more wary of her surroundings and less trustful. It was almost as if she didn’t want to see what was right in front of her.
Another problem I had with her was her bad timing. She was thinking about connecting with Macmillan while going through a dire situation. That just didn’t feel very realistic, I think I would be thinking about surviving instead of connecting with another soul if my life was on the line.

We meet other members of The Associates, they are all very different and with very intriguing pasts. Mrs. Crane gives us enough information about them to catch our interest, but leaves us wanting to know more. Very well played Mrs. Crane, very well played.

There are other characters in play here, Laney’s friends and protectors in Thailand, her ex-husband, Rolly, and other unsavory characters that made of Off the Edge an even more interesting read.

Off the Edge is a very intense book, with the perfect balance of suspense and action to keep you on the edge of your seat. Mrs. Crane’s writing is very realistic and she doesn’t take shortcuts. She gives us vivid scenes with strong images difficult to digest but relevant to the story, making of Off the Edge a very addictive book difficult to put down.

Carolyn Crane is a master of smart writing and she proves it once more with Off the Edge. She takes something as unusual as linguistics and makes it almost as a superpower. I really never thought knowing about the different quirks of language could be so interesting.

If it weren’t because I had trouble with Laney I would have given this book a perfect score. That doesn’t mean I didn’t like it, far from that, I loved Off the Edge and can’t wait to read more books in the series. I’m looking forward to see what Mrs. Crane and her smart and unique thinking brain have planned for the other members of The Associates. 

If you like romantic suspense Off the Edge is a book you need to read. Even though Off the Edge is the second book in the series it can be easily read as a stand-alone.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
Against the Dark
Off the Edge

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