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Notorious (Max Revere Series #1)

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Max is relentless and determined and she doesn¿t always follow t

Max is relentless and determined and she doesn’t always follow the rules. Her career as an investigative journalist gives her considerable latitude when it comes to investigating. She is able to use methods and procedures not necessarily available to law enforcement. ...
Max is relentless and determined and she doesn’t always follow the rules. Her career as an investigative journalist gives her considerable latitude when it comes to investigating. She is able to use methods and procedures not necessarily available to law enforcement. She makes friends in law enforcement, to aid her investigations. Though she is somewhat of a loner, she finds that you cannot always shake family. Her birth family plays an integral role in the narrative as she tries to sort out the reality of the present and solve the mystery of the past.

Brennan uses a deft hand to weave the past and present together as the story moves forward. She easily proves the old adage that the past and present and intrinsically tied together. The ultimate murderer proved a surprise when the culprit was finally revealed. Though the mystery is the heart of the story, Max is a driving force and her character shapes much of the action.

posted by blonde_betty on March 25, 2014

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Maxine ¿Max¿ Revere might have what one could call a strong pers

Maxine “Max” Revere might have what one could call a strong personality. She knows what she wants, and she’s not afraid to go after it, diving right into the swimming pool. Whether it’s men, or a friend, or a story, or a dead body, she’s not afraid to mess up her manicu...
Maxine “Max” Revere might have what one could call a strong personality. She knows what she wants, and she’s not afraid to go after it, diving right into the swimming pool. Whether it’s men, or a friend, or a story, or a dead body, she’s not afraid to mess up her manicure. Her strong will could bowl over even the hardest of hearts, and she has one devilish smile to even out the fair trade. And she knows how to dress for all occasions, even if it means she might get a little blood on her clothes.

She may have a weakness for cops, or one might call it an obsession, and she’s rather adept with a pair of handcuffs. While I appreciated her sticky situation, I had trouble with my focus at various points along the way. Max, while intriguing, managed to keep me at a distance throughout much of the story, even while her NOTORIOUS circumstances managed to hold me in suspense and despair.

The cold case concept intrigued me, and her beguiling smile deceived me, and her off-putting attitude caused her a whirlwind of trouble wherever she went, even if she kept her head in the game, and her eyes on the horizon. Making friends might not have been at the top of her list, but she commanded attention and a second glance wherever she managed to turn up next.

Other than Nick Santini, many of the males felt like caricatures, instead of full-bodied versions ready to spring off the page and into my living room. Had the men measured up to the women, it might have provided a bit more balance to the equation, and made it a bit easier to swallow for this particular reader. Not bad writing, or a bad story, mind you, but not a tale that showcases Allison Brennan at her story writing best.

I received this book for free through NetGalley.

Robert Downs
Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator

posted by RobertDowns on April 23, 2014

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