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Most Helpful Favorable Review

16 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

Wild Romantic Suspense Ride This book grabbed me from the first

Wild Romantic Suspense Ride This book grabbed me from the first line and
didn’t let go until the end. Fast-paced and action-packed, it had me
flipping my virtual Kindles pages at mach speed. The author hardly ever
lets the reader catch their breath. The suspense plot is...
Wild Romantic Suspense Ride This book grabbed me from the first line and
didn’t let go until the end. Fast-paced and action-packed, it had me
flipping my virtual Kindles pages at mach speed. The author hardly ever
lets the reader catch their breath. The suspense plot is tight and keeps
us guessing. We, just like Emma, Will and Jake, have no idea who the bad
men are and why they’re after them until the end. The Characters Will
is a tortured hero hiding behind a cocky persona. I love how the author
didn’t make him so self-assured that he can’t hide that he’s freaked out
and a little scared of a 5 year old. Emma is believable as a mother
doing everything in her power to keep her son safe. However, my
mommy-meter went off every time Emma cusses like a sailor in front of
her young child. During moments of life-threatening danger, I can
understand letting one or two fly, but she didn’t seem to have a mommy
filter on when things weren’t so tense. Jake is a child who is wise
beyond his years. He’s confused as he comes into his new powers but
deals with them like an adult, stoically accepting the fate life is
about to deal him. The Heat Factor The sexual tension builds slowly
with these two. After all, they have more pressing things to do (like
staying alive) than ogle each other every five minutes. But once the
burner gets turned up, the sexual chemistry is definitely sizzling
between these two. The author does a good job building up to the moment
with some steamy foreplay and then fades to black, leaving the
nitty-gritty details to the reader’s imagination. If you want graphic
sex scenes, this book is not for you. Not Quite a HEA The author
doesn’t tie the ending of this book up in a nice, neat bow. There are
many questions left unanswered and Will and Emma are still on the run.
But hey, that’s what sequels are for. *G* What Makes This Book Standout
This book is a page turner. Once I started it, I kept my Kindle by my
side at all times and even got a few thumb cramps from hitting the NEXT
PAGE key so fast. If you like good romantic suspense with a little
paranormal thrown in, don’t miss this gem of a book.

posted by Lori_reader_writer on August 20, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

52 out of 62 people found this review helpful.

The Good: Interesting and engaging storyline, with some well-dev

The Good: Interesting and engaging storyline, with some well-developed characters and plenty of action. Sub-plots are likewise well-developed, coming together smoothly and in a technically logical fashion.

The Bad: Obviously written from a feminine perspective, which ...
The Good: Interesting and engaging storyline, with some well-developed characters and plenty of action. Sub-plots are likewise well-developed, coming together smoothly and in a technically logical fashion.

The Bad: Obviously written from a feminine perspective, which is in and of itself is not a bad thing; however, emotions and actions should reflect how a real person, regardless of gender, would react in the real world within a given situation. Many of the emotions assigned to Will in stressful situations are out of character with what a man (in this case a soldier) would be feeling. A military man would not waste valuable time lamenting at length the fact that moving he would cause Emma pain; he would focus on removing her from danger and then deal with his emotions. If an author is going to cast the leading man as a battle-hardened ex-Marine, then that author needs to be able to take on the mantle of his psyche via research and personal interviews with relevant subjects, otherwise the character is not believable. I did not find Will believable; he did not think like a battle-hardened soldier, his thought processes (and subsequent actions) were more those of a female in a Harlequin romance.

The Ugly: Unfortunately, again the lack of research again rears its ugly head; the author clearly knows nothing about firearms, something that could be deemed important considering the prolific use of them in the story. A basic foundation in writing is to write about what you know, and if you don't know about something then research it before putting pen to paper. A rifle does not have a "tip", it has a barrel. Will would not hold the "tip" of the gun up, or nudge someone in the back with the rifle's "tip", he would hold the gun barrel up, or nudge someone with the end of the barrel. This is the equivalent of writing a book about sewing and saying you "Stepped on the bobbin to make the machine start sewing."
In addition, Emma at one point pulled the trigger of her pistol and held it, sending multiple rounds into her assailant. A pistol fires only one round with each pull of the trigger unless it is a machine-pistol, which is highly unlikely considering the legalities of ownership and the expense of such a weapon. Considering Emma's financial situation and her constantly being on the run, her having such a weapon is both unbelievable and illogical. Again, this inconsistency is akin to a protagonist who makes minimum wage driving around in Lamborghini. Not believable.

Hopefully, I don't come across as being overly critical; indeed the book has many redeeming qualities and garners many stars from other readers. The author is quite talented and weaves an interesting tale. But one of the guiding principles of fiction is that it must allow the reader to suspend disbelief in order for the story to work, and for this reader such is not the case. Characters acting illogically and a lack of knowledge of the subject matter was enough to kill my interest in the second volume; a shame, considering the potential of the well-conceived plot...

posted by ddh1961 on December 13, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    its great

    right now I'm reading the last book of the series. I already hope for more. Swank makes you feel as though you are right there all the time. Great Reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    good

    I really liked this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    AMAZING

    The concept is thrilling and it has you on the edge of your seat through the whole book, and on top of that the romance is hot with passion and desire. It makes you feel like you are there with them feeling every moment. GREAT book

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  • Posted January 1, 2013

    I love this author and love this series. This book got me hooke

    I love this author and love this series. This book got me hooked and I couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Chosen

    I absolutely love this book!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Amazing

    This a must read book,which will lead you into an amazing series!

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  • Posted December 27, 2012

    I absolutely loved this book. The readers that have the negative

    I absolutely loved this book. The readers that have the negative comments posted, obviously do not have much of an imagination! This book is an awesome and exciting read! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading this. This book was anything BUT boring! I can not wait to read the next book of this series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Please Read!

    I love this book and fell in love! VERY high paced and suspenseful the whole book! I think that the reviews that are negative on here are due to the fact that they were looking for mooshy romance go read abbi glines...this has a romance story in it,but has a bigger storyline with a thriller feel to it..If you are looking for something with some excitement and suspense,Read this series,you wont be disappointed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    Love!!!!!!

    Read the first page and fell in love <3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    It is awesome

    Once i read the sample i automaticlly wanted to buy it i just think the book is awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    Good book

    First book i bought on the nook.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    5 words

    When is the next one?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    This book really caught me from chapter one.

    This book really caught me from chapter one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    Seems to be amazing

    I've only read the sample that i dowloaded, even the first fiften pages made me buy it=)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2011

    Excited about the sequel!

    I could not put this one down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2011

    Perfect!

    I loved the book, the characters, and the plot. This is one of my all time favorite books!

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  • Posted November 26, 2011

    A MUST READ!

    A great thiller that leaves you wanting MORE! A page turner! I wanted the sequel as soon as finished the last word!

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  • Posted November 22, 2011

    Loved it!

    A fast-paced, suspenseful page-turner and wonderfully written. Highly recommend it!

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  • Posted November 11, 2011

    Characters come alive

    Once again, Denise Grover Swank has written a book in which the characters come alive! Wonderfully written, no detail is left undone. A thriller that left my heart racing and my brain craving more. Well done, Denise Grover Swank, well done!

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

    Gripping and fast-paced, packs an emotional wallop

    Another winner from Denise Grover Swank. She pulled me into the story from the get-go and kept me enthralled all the way to the end. You know a book is working when you find yourself thinking about it and what will come next when you're not reading. The story moves quickly, with plenty of action, but slows down at just the right moments to explore the developing relationship between Emma, desperate mother of the prescient Jake, and Will, evident protector with a dark secret.

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