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My main problem with this book is grammar and editing. The beginning (especially) has the feel of a first time novel where the author doesn't know how to include past events, tries too hard in the descriptive department and includes an assortment of fragmented sentences as well as the failure to separate an overlong sentence. (This was a re-issued novel and may have been the author's debut novel so maybe that's why I felt it had issues.) The flow of the book was interrupted with constant explanations of her tragic childhood and tragic last case in the FBI. Each time a little bit of new information was added, but it still became redundant. It left the reader with "been there, done that". I would rather have read a prologue of the traumatic case that had ended her FBI career rather than a piecemeal inclusion throughout the book. There also seemed to be gaps within scene transitions where the characters seemed to jump further into a scene than what was described.
There are an abundance of characters in this novel and some of the secondary characters felt a little too flat and one dimensional. The h's character was a little over the top with "poor little rich kid orphan" and "FBI with traumatic last case". The H had tons of potential but took a back seat to the h's drama. You could feel that some characters where there to add entry into the next book such as the FBI's SAC Hayes. I'm not sure how realistic it was that a FBI SAC of a different division than her last case and the case that put her at risk could spend time and resources on searching for her. Or for that matter that as an SAC, he would have that much time on his hands.
I liked the story line, I liked the characters but felt the book needed an additional edit to smooth out the pacing and transitions. It missed its full potential. I still recommend this but more to die-hard lovers of the romantic suspense genre. I do think the author has solid potential and will definitely read more of her books.
The events of this book are hinted at in its sequel, but here we get the full account--Elizabeth and Nat's story, but also the missing bits of Josie and Marsh's story. Elizabeth and Nat are the main event here, though, and we follow the terrifying events that bring her to the Sullivan ranch, under a false name, in hiding from the mafia.
Nat's family faces its own serious challenges. A year or two ago, everything was looking great. Nat made good money as a nature photographer; they had plans to make the ranch into a stud farm, and to take in paying guests.
Then his father got sick. His illness and death ran up medical bills that nearly bankrupted them, and now they're struggling to keep the ranch at all. Elizabeth, under her assumed name, is their first paying guest, and there's a neighbor who wants to use their money crunch to force them out, for reasons that gradually become clear. Nat's mother, Rose, is also dying, of heart disease, and younger brother Ryan is a single father grieving the death of his wife. Their sister Sarah is a doctor, working at the local hospital, and a solid, kind, generous person.
Elizabeth quickly comes to care far too much about these people, and dreads bringing her mob pursuers down on them. The more she comes to care about Nat and his family, the more she knows she needs to leave.
Meanwhile, her FBI colleagues, led by Marsh Hayes, are hunting for her, too, disagreeing with her theory that she's safer if even they don't know where she is.
Once again, Anderson gives us smart, tough, vulnerable human beings, both men and women, who don't always make the right choices, but whose choices are grounded in decency and kindness. It's a very solid romantic suspense story, and you won't regret the time spent with these characters.
I bought this audiobook.
* I got it as a freebie
* The heroine was independent and strong willed
* The sex scenes were pretty steamy
* There were some slow parts in the plot where very little seemed to occur
* I didn’t care for the multiple POVs
* It was pretty predictable and I never felt any suspense
* This read had an insta-love feel to it - I didn’t feel like the relationship between the hero and heroine was very developed.
* Very cliché
Overall, this book was pretty bland. Not bad but not that good either. It was worth reading as a freebie but I don’t feel its anywhere near worth its current listing price of $3.99. It also isn’t a series I care to continue.
There are problems with awkward wording as if repetitive words were highlighted by a processor program, the words changed and then not proof read for sense. For example: "...looked tired as he stood watching at her." Had it been looking at her but the "looking" was flagged as a repeated word? Also there's "...hadn't turned to him afterward the shooting." This is awkward and sounds as if it has been poorly translated from some other language and the idiom doesn't fit well in English. Maybe that was just a weird word substitution. Whichever, proof reading should have caught these errors.