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- Publication date : April 16, 2013
- File size : 2408 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 323 pages
- Publisher : Janus Publishing (April 16, 2013)
- ASIN : B00CBNFI9W
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,041 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Some parts I really liked:
- The plotline was well written and it is clear the author has a lot of knowledge about archaeology, environmental science, and Native American history
- The plot wasn't simple, and it surprised me how much depth there was
- Both of the main characters were lying to each other and the author didn't shy away from that or solve that problem too easily
- I wanted to keep reading
- I cared if the two main characters got together in the end or not
- Though there was a couple incidents of "rescuing", Erica fended for herself
Some parts I really didn't like:
- Falling in love within a week, and after two weeks, start compromising your relationships with other people for that person
- Sappy romance and saying "I love you" like it was going out of style
- A secondary ending that felt a bit farfetched
It was a pretty entertaining read, great if you want something relatively light with romance and suspense!
CONCRETE EVIDENCE is the first novel in the CONCRETE SERIES. If I had read this novel first, I may not have gone back for more. On the plus side, the intrigue is very well planned out and executed with an excellent plot. The twists and turns are surprising and scary.
However, the romance left me unsatisfied. For much of the book the hero, Lee, lies to the heroine, Erica, much like a spy would do in the circumstances. For excellent reasons, she in turn lies to him. Because the relationship was based on lies told by both main characters for a very long time, I found it difficult to buy into the romance.
Also, I became fatigued by the amount of time Erica suffered in this book. Her freedom, hope and spirit was constantly being crushed by the ever-present evil forces in her life, and Lee’s actions (the continuous distrust and suspicion of her) compounded her problems. I felt very sorry for her.
I listened to ¾ of the book on Audible then switched to reading the Kindle because the narration was not to my liking. It may be a coincidence, but once I started reading, the book improved, so I’m wondering if the narration bears some of the responsibility for my dislike of the relationship between the main characters.
I’m glad I read this one, as I believe the characters will make cameo appearances in the rest of the series and it always helps to know that background, even if it’s not essential.
I’ll keep reading and listening to this writer’s novels because the FLASHPOINT series was consistently excellent in terms of both the romances and the intrigues in each story. I’m sure other novels by this author are equally excellent. I'm happily reading more of them now.
I will not read additional books by this author.
I very much enjoyed this suspenseful novel. Erica Kesling is an archaeologist trying to clear her name. She takes a job at Talon & Drake but has a hidden agenda. Erica has been wrongly accused of stealing artifacts but she suspects this is where the real smuggling is taking place. She skillfully manages to get closer to the truth but unwittingly puts her life at risk.
Meanwhile, handsome and virile Lee Scott is hired to be her intern for six weeks. He is definitely not the twenty-five year old spoiled student he pretends to be. In fact, he is step-brother to JT Talon who runs Talon & Drake. Lee is there to find the conspirator involved in the smuggling ring. There is someone on the inside and the main suspect is no other than Erica Kesling. There is an immediate romantic attraction between Erica and Lee but they are very suspicious of each other. After many twists and turns in the plot, they manage to figure things out. Plenty of interesting characters and an unexpected ending kept me glued to the pages.
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It was one of those RS rarities where the romance, the action, the characters, the plot and the writing were all equally fantastic!!
I loved, loved, loved Lee and Erica – I loved her strong ethics and dogged determination to see justice even if it meant sacrificing herself in the process. I loved the fact she was going through real hardship but had too much pride to tell anyone. She was so tightly-wound from her quest for self-preservation I really felt sorry for her. And Lee... I loved the fact he could see right through her act and was concerned, but he couldn't admit it because he was neck-deep in lies himself. Oh and I thought his useless intern/Tetris addict routine was hilarious!! But most of all I loved them together – both fighting for the same thing but not knowing it, both lying but not because they're weak but because they're strong and desperately trying to put up the good fight. Their relationship was built on a foundation of complete lies but somehow it worked anyway... They made me want to squeal and wave my hands (if only I was technologically savvy enough to insert gifs!!)
I loved the background to the story – I cannot tell you how refreshing it is to read about something other than Navy SEALs or private security firms. I felt like I was being educated in the finer details of archaeology and cultural history. I was really excited to read in the author's note at the end that a lot of it was based on fact – 12 billion dollars did go missing, thermo-con exists, the Iraqi museum was looted and the US government did release cultural playing cards to try and educate the troops!
So, why didn't I give it 5 stars? Well, it was a bit slow to start and the intrigue/mystery was a bit choppy and confusing - Mexican drug cartels, treasure hunters and artefact trafficking, murder, political gameplaying. At times it was hard to understand what was happening and how they were all linked. Also, we had a long build-up to Erica and Lee's relationship but when they were finally free to explore each other without lying, the book just ended. Literally I turned the page and was like huh?! Maybe an epilogue? I mean, what happened to the Senator - did he die? Did he go to prison? What about the press and their livestream? And while I'm on the subject of that livestream as if that would happen - surely it's completely illegal as the other parties hadn't given permission to be filmed, let alone broadcast?! I just felt like there was a missed opportunity to really tie up everything in a pretty little bow.
Regardless, I'm really excited to continue with this series – I think this author could become an auto-buy alongside Pamela Clare and Toni Anderson.
Personally I would have put Lee through the wringer but then I'm a reader not the author!
There is only a few sex scenes and each of them are sensitively written with no great detail, a rarity in this day and age.
The insight into archaeology is exceptional and the whole book well researched.
A total pleasure to read.
Liked the characters and felt them relatable.
Story was good and although there seemed to be quite a few characters at times it was easy to keep up with.
Will be reading more from this author.