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In the Arms of Danger Paperback – August 11, 2014
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Marie Higgins is a best-selling, multi-published author of Christian and sweet romance novels; from refined bad-boy heroes who make your heart melt to the feisty heroines who somehow manage to love them regardless of their faults. She’s been with a Christian publisher since 2010. Between those and her others, she’s published 30 heartwarming, on-the-edge-of-your-seat stories and broadened her readership by writing mystery/suspense, humor, time-travel, paranormal, along with her love for historical romances. Her readers have dubbed her "Queen of Tease", because of all her twists and turns and unexpected endings. Visit her website / blog to discover more about her – http://mariehiggins84302.blogspot.com Find her on Facebook – facebook.com/marie.higgins.7543 And Twitter - @MarieHigginsXOX
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Top customer reviews
Taylor's daughter was not an issue in the book and early on its clarified who her father is which was no surprise as its not the primary conflict. Although I don't think that her father would have been able to deduce that she was automatically his without it being confirmed by Taylor herself. It could have been anyone and just because she looks like someone or has similar traits to them doesn't mean that she's his. I would have like to see more doubt because he accepted her too easily without making sure she was his first.
Taylor as a whole, I loved her, she has a huge heart and does her best to try to please everyone around her even though she doesn't want to. Although reluctant at first, she accepted that she needed help in protecting herself and her daughter. She had her faults but by no means knew she was perfect and her daughters safety was always first priority. Cory was amazing, he's completely selfless and always looking out for others before himself. He's a natural protector at heart and the best for the job. He's incredibly forgiving and an undercover softy. Taylor and Cory together were just perfect. I would have liked to see some flashbacks or a couple of scenes when Cory and Taylor were together in Bermuda though. I think it would have added to the story seeing what they were like four years ago before when they were single and had no responsibilities. I only wish the story would have been a little longer but the storyline worked well as it was.
Some small things that weren't a huge issue but just a little awkward were the pet names and some dialogue. Not a huge deal, I could replace them with something else in my head. It just sounded very awkward when the male characters besides Taylor's father referred to her as darling, my dear, and honey considering they're supposed to be young and modern characters. They're very dated terms but because Marie is more of a historical fiction writer I can give that a pass because it's probably habit. The dialogue is done well but like the previous statement her historical fiction voice shows a lot in a modern day book. The formality in which the characters talk to each other sometimes makes it hard to remember that this is modern times. Again these things are minor to me but may be a problem for others who can't overlook dialogue that meshes together two different voices. Me, I'm just focused on the story and it delivered.
Now the one thing I felt that took away from the book is very minor but at the same time major for me. I understand it's the author's prerogative and she's recently decided to now exclude sex scenes when writing books. Nothing wrong with that, but I read a version of this book before that did include the smex scene and it made a whole lot of difference for me. It would be different if the book was completely clean and there was no sexual tension in this book but there was. It was building and building all the way up until...nothing. I was looking forward to that part and it just didn't happen. To be fair, the author did inform me beforehand that this book was retitled and cleaned up. Then I saw an Amazon reviewer said she felt this was too racy and that it wasn't her idea of a clean romance. I took that as ok this still has the smex scene in it which is what I wanted. But it didn't and that left me somewhat disappointed and a little cheated because I think it added to the story so much after giving you all those intense scenes where it makes you think it's gonna happen but doesn't. Like I said, if it was just clean I can get over the no smex scene. But it had some sensual scenes that felt they were teasing for what was to come and for it not to deliver, it took away from the book for me.
Above all I did love the story, the characters, and appreciated the book. There was only one major thing I didn't like with the book which I can't really fault the author for because she did let me know before buying. It's just more personal preference I guess and because I know what the story was like with a certain scene added. The other things didn't bother me just made it a little awkward reading so I'm giving four stars for this one.
Amazon provided a well-summarized product description of In the Arms of Danger therefore, I will not regurgitate it. What I will say is that this novel was well-written and I enjoyed every page of it. It was fast-paced, filled with great characters, a good storyline and a great plot. This was not one of those novels where the reader automatically knows "whodunnit." No, Ms. Higgins teases, packs in twist & turns & suspense that makes the reader hold on until the very end to find out "whodunnit" which is what I think romantic suspense should be. Overall, I highly enjoyed this entertaining read. Author Marie Higgins is definitely an author to look out for in the Romance genre! With that said, yes, I highly recommend this novel. Romantic Suspense fans will not be disappointed!
Most recent customer reviews
Don't be put off by the cheesy cover. This is a pretty exciting and clean read.