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Living on the Edge: An Edge Novel Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2011
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After spending too many years as an industrial engineer, Shannon learned to write from her husband, bestselling author Jim Butcher. She learned writing craft in order to help him with his stories, but found the idea of writing her own too compelling to resist. She lives in Missouri with her husband and son, where conversations at the dinner table are more often about things someone made up than about anything that’s actually happened. Feel free to contact Shannon via her website.
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Looking forward to the next book in this series..
And this career that she loves and makes her the strong independent woman she is at the beginning of the book? Well forget it! She's quitting and moving to a rural farm town to be with the man she loves. The man who fixed her relationship with her father. The man she's know for less than a week. And did I mention that he's pretty close to being exactly like her father? Yeah, this girl needs a shrink and her concealed and carry license revoked.
The rest of the book is a lot of inner dialog from the two characters as they plod through the jungle by themselves even though both have access to what amounts to their own mini militias, who they call in at the last minute anyway. Why you ask? Yeah me too.
Mostly a stand alone read, but the storyline is obviously setting up future books with vague and confusing references to an unexplained conspiracy. 1st in Edge Novel series.
GOOD READ. Well written, page-turning action, strong characters, good secondary cast, a sizzling lust-fest, and it is satisfying that both characters rethink their perceptions of the heroine's father. HOWEVER, the constant lust becomes annoying, the heroine's best friend is shallow and seriously stupid, it is unrealistic for the kick-ass bodyguard heroine with no expertise in covert ops to take on a drug lord's private army by herself, the heroine is estranged from her father and yet resolves her relationship practically overnight, a few events -- like force marching a rescued woman during a miscarriage distracts more than adds to the storyline, and the ending is a little slow, overly neat, and unresolved.
THE STORY focuses on ex-army combat specialist, Lucas Ramsey, and Edge bodyguard, Sloane Gideon. Sloane's best friend, Gina, has been abducted by a drug lord and taken to his armed compound in Columbia. Sloane plans to rescue her, but Sloane's father has asked Lucas to stop her. She manages to elude Lucas, but he follows her into the Columbian jungle. Realizing that Sloan will not leave without her friend, Lucas decides to help in the rescue. Together they search for Gina, while fighting and evading the drug lord's personal army. As they learn to trust each other's skills and knowledge and depend on each other, a bond develops between them that becomes stronger with each danger they face.
OVERALL, strong characters and an exciting, action-packed storyline, but references to the underlying series premise is confusing. The EDGE NOVEL series includes Living on the Edge, Razor's Edge, Edge of Sanity, Edge of Betrayal, and Rough Edges.
You may also enjoy the complex characters and storytelling of N. Bruhns, A. Stuart, and E. Palfrey. For good mystery/detective writers you might try J. D. Robb, D. Stabenow, S. Grafton, Gayle Wilson, Sharon Sala, and Julie Miller.
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