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...and grab it she does with this topic. As she wrote in her Afterword: many abused kids never recover. An excellent kung fu sensei (or karate sensei) can be one of the most influential people in a struggling young person's life ... and even in a struggling adult's life. I know this from being involved with an adult who has blossomed through her experience with karate. I am a fan of Taylor Lee's writings (loved The Grandmaster's Legacy trilogy), and look forward to reading more of her books.
The romance was steamy (as was expected), the villains depraved (also expected), and the really bad guy was just a bit of a surprise (I had a suspicion...more like the tingling on the back of my neck like Jake experienced). The depiction of Yuma, however, felt a bit off. We live five months a year there, and I had a hard time equating what I know of that nice city (99,000 people sans winter visitors) to Lee's depiction of a "dusty little town." However, literary license is par for the course and somewhat essential in writing fiction (to a certain extent).
Read it for the romance; read it for the mystery; read it for a good time on your Kindle. Whatever...just read it!
This book deserves a review, but I can't quite make up my mind about it. Throughout, the heroine wavers between strong and dauntless to fearful and shy to too stupid to live. What a rollercoaster personality. There's a lot of sexual tension, but not much in the way of steamy sex scenes. That's not necessarily bad, but the author seemingly cannot decide which direction to go and so hovers in some unsatisfying middle ground between sweet and raunchy. The mystery really isn't much of a mystery, but it provides an acceptable backdrop for the romance. There's a lot of allusion to horrors in Lexie's history, but little in the way of detail. As has become typical, the H and h are perfect specimens of human beauty and fitness. I begin to long for a limp, pot belly, or hare lip or other imperfection. I almost did not finish this book, but reached the point where the attitude switched to "I've come this far along, might as well finish it." One more dampening criticism: common misuse of apostrophes and occasional misspellings. It's Manuel, not "Manual." I also never saw the term "ruffees," but have seen the term "roofies" in reference to date rape drugs. The autocorrect on my Kindle dislike both spellings.
What a superb mystery. I really didn't know who was the villain. I'm surprised at all of the h praise. I know she has battled many terrible childhood demons, but I got sick to death of that huge chip on her shoulder. And, if the author had her flip her hair and redden with anger one more time I was going to be sick! The H on the other hand immediately fell in love with the angry girl who never seemed to appreciate what was smack in her face. She also did several stupid things that could have seriously damaged the investigation. But, when she was told, she would just turn away. Quite frankly I hated her. One sex scene didn't seem enough. Even with the complaining the story was well written and kept me guessing. I was never bored. Although there were lots of grammatical errors (don't ANY of these authors re-read what they write??) that doesn't really bother me that much.
The perfectly proportioned characters in this book sauntered perfectly through every paragraph. The heroine is supposed to be a "Strong Woman," yet has the emotional depth of a squirrel, alternating between chips (on her shoulder) and nuts (all around her.) The author tries to pass off chauvinism as chivalry, and the heroine can't decide if she craves it or despises it. She has no problem exploiting her perfection in completely unbelievable scenarios that treat the laws of physics and true human nature as if they were optional. Did I mention the protagonists have perfect vehicles? And the villains are perfectly despicable, not an ounce of intelligence or humanity, and a marked lack of explanation or motivation for their obsession with the downfall of the heroes. A few chapters in and I'm not even interested in the outcome, I'm sure the author penned the perfect ending.
First of all, I would like to say that I was very surprised at some reviews here. One of them said the book was all about sex. It is clearly not considering that there is one sex scene in the whole books and some teasers. I have read a handful of sexy suspenses and trust me, most of them have been disappointing. Especially because of the "too many sex scenes and not much story" like some said. And that is NOT what this book is about. The story is compelling and intriguing. The main character is a strong woman whose life treated her badly and found her escape on martial arts. Yes, there is romance. But you will see that her relationship with the main character grows slowly, In a very realistic way considering everything she has been through. And yes, it is not 100% suspense like some books, but the story was very well written considering the fact that it is also a romantic suspense. I am definitely curious to read more. Most of the times I read only the first book of collections like these, but is one will keep me going. I congratulate the author for writing so well. There are a few misspellings and the book might need some adjustments, but I am giving her five stars for creating such a lovable female heroin. Not shallow and annoying like most of the other ones, but strong, impetuous, and passionate. I will definitely read the next series because we just couldn't get enough of the main characters!
This is one of the absolute best books that I have read in a long time. I have never read anything by Taylor Lee before, but I will definitely be on the lookout for more of her books in the future. It has everything it needs to keep a reader hooked until the end and wanting more. As a matter of fact I just finished it. I tried to finish it last night, or I guess I should say 2:00 am this morning, but couldn't keep my eyes open any longer. Well done.