Author: Christy Reece
Rating: 6 out of 10
Summary (I've returned to Goodreads):
DESIRED TO DEATH
Posing as an underage teenager, Samara Lyons is out to trap an online predator. Smart, fiery, and fresh off a broken engagement, Samara is up for the challenge. But this challenge might not be so easy. Her boss, Noah McCall, head of a private international corporation called Last Chance Rescue, can't disguise his raw, physical desire for Samara-and she's going crazy battling her own feelings for him. The middle of a high-stakes op, with the fate of dozens of innocent lives on the line, is not the time to indulge in sensual delights.
Then the sting explodes, forcing Noah to face his dark past and throwing Samara into the middle of an evil tug-of-war. Noah must confront an enemy he knows better than anyone else in the world, while Samara must find a way to stay alive. Now it's no longer a matter of desire-it's all about survival.
So, I can't remember reading the first book in this series. I swear I have it and I've read it but I remember nothing of it but the cover. I can't even find it in my house. From what I gathered, that doesn't really matter. There are overlapping characters but it isn't a hundred percent necessary to read the others in the series. I say this because I am certain that I don't have the third one. Oh well...
Anyway, I enjoyed this novel. It was easy to follow and to understand. I'm sure I would have been drawn into the story more if I had known the characters from the previous novel. I most likely would have already known a bit about the characters. Maybe some facts about the characters would have been less of a jump or less sudden had I read it...but I didn't. Sigh.
At times, it felt like information was given because the story would not have made sense without it. No, that last sentence didn't make any sense. Most novels give some information on characters or plot on an as needed basis because if the author gave all the information at once the reader would be overwhelmed and would forget what was important. It would also spoil the whole story line. This I understand and I respect because the author has to do it this way. I can't even claim to do anything different in my own writing. I'll also admit that some things are made up on the spot so that there are no plot holes. I understand this as well. I felt, however, that the information was so sudden, just a quick thought, that it was too easily missed. Other information was obviously important in the moment because of how it was said in the story. This whole paragraph isn't making much sense to me. I hope you can figure out what I'm trying to say. I think that the author could have put more into the thoughts of each character. Had this been done slowly, over time, when 'new' information arose it wouldn't feel so forced, so out of place.
Now about the ending...Half way through the novel, I felt like I had reached the end. Almost everything was wrapped up. After finishing the novel, this no longer bothers me but, at the time, I was looking at the unread pages wondering what they could possibly hold. It wasn't a waste of paper, space, or time. It was just a feeling I had. Thought after all the build up to the end, it all comes so suddenly. I didn't hate the ending, I won't tell you that I did. I won't even tall you that it was unsatisfying. It was just...I don't know, out of left field? I wanted more about how Noah came to the decision that he did. Three hundred pages, give me a little more about it!
Basically, I liked the novel. It was a fast enough read. The middle felt like the ending but, then again, so did the ending. We'll say that it felt like two novel in one without all that (sometimes) annoying (most of the time useful) recap information authors put at the beginning of sequels. The action kept me interested in the plot, enough so that I can over look the cliches. Reading the first novel in this series (or whatever it's called) is unnecessary but I think I read it (I need to take a memory test or something). Honestly, I probably won't be searching for the third novel. This doesn't mean that romance fans should ignore this novel. It will never be failed as the best book to come from its genre but it was worth the handful of hours it took to read. How's that for explaining my complicated and confusing thoughts on the topic of this novel?