Wait for Morning (Sniper 1 Security) (Volume 1) Paperback – April 7, 2015
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This story started out with a bang, literally. The first chapter was heart pounding excitement and fun. Actually, the first few chapters were fast and furious. I will admit, once Marissa and Trace got back to Texas, the storyline slowed down a bit too much for my taste. It is more than halfway through the book before the h and H give in to their feelings, which was not what I expected at all. There was a lot of inner dialogue each of the main characters had with themselves about why they should or should not pursue the chemistry between them, but I would have liked a bit more of that push/pull between the two of them. Of course once they gave in it was fireworks, as is expected with this author. There was also a lot of secrets that the characters even admitted they shouldn’t necessarily be keeping. In some ways this slowed the pace of the story down. Again, once they hammered it all out the pace picked back up just like it did in the romance portion of the story.
At the beginning of this book there is a breakdown of the families involved in Sniper 1 Security…a family tree of sorts. I wasn’t sure if this was going to be a good thing or a bad thing for me. I’m the type of person who will constantly reference a map or family tree if it is provided for me in a book. It can distract me. That is totally my problem, I know that. It turned out that I was glad to have it in the beginning, even if I referenced it too much. But by about ¼ of the way through the book I was engrossed in the story so much I didn’t want or need it anymore. In hindsight, I’m glad I had it to start.
There were so many stories to be had out of this book. Each character has quite a few siblings. Honestly, the most intriguing story I’d like to know at this point is that of the parents. I’d really like more details on how the Casper/Liz Bryce/Emily pairings played out. Plus, I feel there is maybe more to that story than we are told. **wink, wink nudge, nudge**
The Hunter story bugged me a bit. These families own and operate the most prestigious security firm in the world and they couldn’t find out the why of Hunter’s relationship? I find that hard to believe. Ms. Edwards usually comes through for me in explaining things once the characters get their turn, so I’ll just keep the faith that she will explain this someday.
I already have the first of the Southern Boy Mafia books on my Kindle and I’m looking forward to digging in soon. No way I’m waiting another 2 months between this author’s books!
I give this book 3.5 stars but will round up to 4 since I saw potential for the other stories that will be told. Plus, I loved the beginning and the end.
I had several problems from the start with this book. I’ll just catalog a few of them.
1. Trace is supposed to be the baddest of all of Sniper 1 Security. Unfortunately he lost his man card at 10% when it was revealed in his inner musings that although he had feelings for Marissa, he was scared of her brothers so he didn’t act on them. My comment on this was “what a wuss”. Yep, I actually made a note with those three words.
2. Marissa has a case of the TSTL’s. Her family owns one of the most respected Security companies out there, a company that is supposed to be really good at protection. For 12 months she has been dealing with living in safe houses after repeated attempted kidnappings and murder attempts. She knows what’s behind the attacks, but doesn’t tell her family because she’s worried about their safety. Ummm, okay. Yeah, that makes sense.
3. The name of the suspected bad guy’s organization is “The Southern Boy Mafia”. I kept expecting the “Here, Hold My Beer crime syndicate” to make an appearance.
4. Nothing anyone did in this book made sense. Example: The opening of the book Tate saves Marissa from yet another attack. He then stops at a hotel, then stays up all night fully clothed in case they need to get out quick in case of attack and watches over her while she sleeps. First up, why wouldn’t they get as far down the road as they could? I get the need to stop and rest, but he didn’t rest. If she needed to rest that bad, she can sleep in the car while it’s driving down the road. Secondly, the next night when he is understandably exhausted, they stop again but this time he sleeps completely nude. This is after yet another attack that day. Yeah, that made sense. This are just one example, there was lots more I could have used.
5. Even though Marissa was a family member and had been under attack and living in safe houses for a year, junior agents were tasked to keep her safe. It took a year of constantly being moved since the safe houses kept getting discovered and even a dead agent before the family finally sends Tate in. That’s some family love being shown right there.
6. The lack of communication among these people was un-freaking-believable. At one point, my very frustrated comment was “They all deserve to bite it”.
7. Tate and Marissa do not actually touch each other until 60% in. That’s just wrong.
8. There was a lot of obvious set up for future books going on. All of a sudden we would get in-depth and repetitious history on people who weren’t the focus in completely inappropriate spots. This would completely throw you out of the story. A little back story goes a long way, but let’s save the in-depth stuff for those characters actual books plus we don’t need to re-read the same stuff over and over and over.
After reading a book, I will usually put my initial thoughts in a note at the end. Usually this is pretty long, with lots of detail. My note for this one was “Well, that was painful, repetitious, predictable, and ridiculous”.
I’m in a conundrum. I usually love NE books but this one was just not good. Usually this would be an automatic “Heck No, I will not be reading anything else by this author or in this series”. I guess I’m probably done with this series since I hated everyone in it. I will read more NE in the future though. I think…..
Laurie’s Rating: 1 Star
This story is about a family that runs a company called Sniper 1 Security. One of the female members of their family (Marissa) has been put into hiding and Trace Kogan has taken the responsibility of keeping her safe. Trace is definitely the guy I'd want to rescue me if I was in danger. Marissa is a lucky woman. She is in danger and the guys that want her are standing in the way of Trace's one objective and that is to not let anyone harm her. I love when the man in a story has that way about him, the way of being possessive and strong. To not let anything or anyone stand in his way. Trace is that guy! The Trexler and Kogan families have been friends forever and these characters were raised together. That makes the connection between them easy and more difficult at the same time. There was angst, there was definitely action and a scary run in with some shady mob guys. This book is definitely worth reading and I am not sorry for the lack of sleep while reading it.
I love that the story ended without a cliffhanger and there is talk of more to come with these characters. I found that even the supporting characters had little side stories of their own and I look forward to getting to know more about them as well.
Great job Nicole! Keep em coming!
Top international reviews
I adore Nicole Edwards books, she is one author that i 'one click' no questions asked.
Sniper 1 security is without doubt going to be another awesome series and this first book really sets you up for future books.
Nicole gives you a layout of the two family dynamics, the who's who in both the Trexler and Kogan families, what there roles are within the family and also in the Sniper 1 company. We seem to meet alot of characters which is very good for a die hard Nicole Edwards fan like me as it means more books in the series!
However i did have one niggle that really got on my nerves with this book, which is i must say unusual for a Nicole Edwards book. There was too much repetition on some details, there is only so many times you need to rehash that the patriarchs have been best friends for decades and they were the ones that started the company over 35 years ago. Also that Trace and Marissa have been friends since childhood and have secretly lusted for each other, there were more but you get my point. Im a grown up with a good memory i didnt need to be reminded of the bones of the story repeatedly.
I loved the plot and couldnt wait for the action to start as nearly 55% of this book seemed to be the set up/getting the layout and to know all the players.
But when the story moved onto the point of why Marissa had been in hiding for 12 months, and when her and Trace got there heads out of the butts, things really heated up and it became the greatness that is associated with Nicole. I was i little disappointed that i had to wait until 60% through before Trace and Marissa actually touched each other and we could really see their chemistry, but when we did, along came the sexy, damn those scenes were hot.
This book was totally the set up book for more in this series and with all the hints at future matches for the vast cast of characters i am intrigued to read more, Nicole gave us just enough background on each prospective couple to wet your apatite and leave you wanting more from the Sniper 1 family.
This new series looks set to take us on another wild rollercoaster of emotions.
There's so many characters it does take a while to get your head around everyone, for this reason it was a bit slow starting for me but, then it really picks up pace.
Trace and Marissa, separately pining for each other, holding back till neither could resist any longer.
Great family of characters, loved that the Walkers and Coyote Ridge get brought in too.
Great read, stick with it, its highly recommended