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The Shark (Forgotten Files Book 1) Kindle Edition
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From Publishers Weekly
Burton’s launches her Forgotten Files series with the dark tale of Riley Tatum, a Virginia state trooper who is still struggling to remember what happened when she was kidnapped in New Orleans as a teen. When she discovers a body that resembles her physically and has the same high-quality playing cards on it that were found on Riley years ago, she realizes that she might have escaped a worse fate than she imagined. The case also brings in Clay Bowman, formerly both an FBI agent and Riley’s lover, who is now working for the private contractor Shield Security. Their personal reconnection increases as their investigation reveals more about Riley’s past and the titular villain, a man who makes his opponents in card games ante up young girls whom they must kill if they lose. Burton throws in a number of twists and a nice variety of characters, including Riley’s foster daughter, Hanna; Shield’s eponymous founder; and Duke, Riley’s father figure, who helped her get her life back together. This romantic thriller is tense, sexy, and pleasingly complex.
“Precise storytelling complete with strong conflict and heightened tension are the highlights of Burton’s latest. With a tough, vulnerable heroine in Riley at the story’s center, Burton’s novel is a well crafted, suspenseful mystery with a ruthless villain who would put any reader on edge. A thrilling read.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
- File size : 2834 KB
- Publication date : May 24, 2016
- Publisher : Montlake Romance (May 24, 2016)
- ASIN : B017IKQW6U
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 365 pages
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,477 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This was another well written and suspenseful story by Ms. Burton that I thoroughly enjoyed. It was fast paced, flowed well, and held my undivided attention the entire time I spent reading it. I liked Riley and Bowman who were both unique and complex characters. Their personal relationship wasn't developed enough in my opinion though, since Bowman seemed to truly love and never quite get over the death of his wife. As a romance it left much to be desired, but as a mystery it was a highly intriguing and compelling read. There were plenty of twists along the way and although The Shark wasn't who I was expecting, his opponent didn't come as a huge surprise. Still, I found this to be a gripping story and am very much looking forward to Agent Sharp's book next. I also really hope to learn more about Shield Security and what motivates its mysterious and powerful owner.
While I had already guessed who the other player was, it was still intense to see Riley when she found out, and everything just fell right into place. There was romance in the book, but it happened without taking over the story or overshadowing anything. Amazing. I will DEFINITELY be continuing on with this series, and if you like this genre of books, I think you will, too.
The narrator was good, too, though I feel like a female/male duo might have been more suited to this particular story. Still though, she did a really good job!
Overall, Bob says: 4 Platypires!
On suspense part, the book kept me guessing while laying a legitimate trail; plenty of action, plenty of relevant players. Nicely drawn characters.
On romance part, bulk of romance was a single interaction reviewed about 5 times...then finally, some new movement. I liked the leads individually, and they make a good couple.
Clay was pretty single-minded in wanting to protect Riley, but he respected her and she definitely held her own with him.
I admit I didn't see the twist coming at the end, that was well done. I'm a little disappointed that the next book in the series doesn't feature Riley, I really liked her character.