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He tricked her. He helped himself to her body and her secrets. He has enemies everywhere. Laney Lancaster should hate Peter, but when she ...
He tricked her. He helped himself to her body and her secrets. He has enemies everywhere. Laney Lancaster should hate Peter, but when she discovers him shirtless, sweaty, and chained up in the hotel's dungeon, all she can think about is freeing him. Because she knows what it's like to be trapped and alone. And she could use a dangerous friend.
They might be wrong for each other, but to survive they must trust each other with their lives—and their hearts.
Contains mature themes.
Winner of the 2014 RITA Award for Romantic Suspense
Posted August 12, 2014
Posted February 1, 2014
~Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
Laney has been hiding in Bangkok from her abusive husband for the last two years, living and working as a singer in a hotel run by her friends. But something doesn’t feel right and although her husband is in jail and not due out anytime soon, she can’t help feeling he is right on her tail, especially when she thinks she spots his right hand man in Bangkok. Peter Macmillan is an agent for the Association, his secret talent: linguistics. He can track a man just by the way he speaks and at the moment he is on the hunt for Jazzman, a dangerous man who is auctioning a deadly weapon to the highest bidder. His hunt brings him to Laney, seducing her should be easy, but she manages to break through is detachment and bring out a side of him he thought long dead.
I am not normally a fan of the romantic suspense genre, but I am hooked on Carolyn Cranes Associates series. Her secret agents all have unique abilities that you wouldn’t normally associate with a 007 type, in Against the Dark it was an agent specialising in logistics and in this book it was linguistics. But that is what I like about Carolyn Crane, she finds a genre and shakes it up a bit and gives it a twist, presenting you with something new and exciting to read.
Macmillan made an interesting hero and not what you would normally expect, he was brains rather than brawn and did actually spend a lot of this book beaten up and half dead, yet persevering anyways. Not that he always seemed heroic nor was he a dry and dusty scholarly type, he had a sharp and sometimes cruel wit and used humour at the darkest time. I loved seeing reluctantly him fall for Laney, it was both incredibly poignant and really steamy. Laney was almost the opposite to Macmillan, although they both have an avid interest in words, she is all about connection and emotion, she was also strangely naieve for someone on the run from a dangerously abusive ex husband. But it all seemed to work. She did make some questionable decisions, which put her in a dangerous position and yet I never felt myself getting exasperated with her as you could see why and emphasis with her.
Maybe I shouldn’t be too surprised when this is a book where a poet and a linguist pair up, but the writing in this book was also beautiful. They way Carolyn Crane described and built the connection between Laney and Macmillan, with their mutual love of words and writing was brilliant, vivid and full of emotion and the dialogue between them was clever and exciting as they sparked off each other; they really brought Off the Edge to life.
Another fantastic book by Carolyn Crane, her books just keep getting better and better and I can’t wait to see what she brings out next.
* ARC provided by author
Posted January 24, 2014
Reading this book was a such an adrenaline rush! Off the Edge by Carolyn Crane pulls you in from the first few pages and has you on high alert until the very end. I love these types of books - the ones where I feel as though I need to look over my own shoulder in case one of the characters has jumped out of the book. Off the Edge is the second book in Carolyn's The Associates Series, but can be read it as a stand alone.
In Off the Edge we meet Laney, who is on the run from her abusive ex-husband and Peter, a linguistics expert from The Association. Peter is trying to track down a ruthless arms dealer who is about to auction off an extremely dangerous weapon. This auction takes place at the hotel where Laney is employed and thus, Laney and Peter's paths cross.
At first, I did not like Peter. He was all business, had all these walls he refused to let anyone cross and wanted to use Laney to get what he needed. Laney is such a sweet and compassionate person with a big heart who has been dealt a bad hand in life, so I was feeling pretty protective of her.
Carolyn does a magnificent job of pulling the emotions out of these two characters. They find a connection with each other they haven't found in anyone else. I was a little surprised at how "easy" Laney seemed to be at the beginning of the story. I kept thinking a girl in her shoes wouldn't do some of those things, however, as I got to know her it made more sense. I loved watching Peter come apart and be "pummeled" by Laney. I also love that it is all about the words for the two of them. It is so much bigger and more intense than the physical attraction, although they had plenty of that, too - so hot. Peter and Laney are meant to be together and it was proved over and over throughout the story.
The story line with the linguistics piece was brilliant. I couldn't seem to get enough of it. There were times I was confused by some of it, but it only caused me to slow down my reading (it is a fast paced book and I had to get to the next scene) and think about what Peter was explaining and how he fit the puzzle pieces together. It's always great watching intelligence like that work.
As for the other parts of the story? Holy cow. So much is going on! Carolyn was great at fooling us, too. I like being surprised by who we can trust (hated to find out who we couldn't). Who is undercover? Who is on our side? How is this all going to end up when it looks like there is clearly no way out? Carolyn does a fantastic job of wrapping it all up in the end. I thought the way it played out was perfect. There are a couple of people whose opinion of the final events I would like to know, but it did not effect the story. If you are looking for a fast paced, action packed romantic suspense that also has some very sweet, romantic moments, I recommend you read Off the Edge.
Posted January 18, 2014
My Rating: 3.5 stars!
Release Date: December 30, 2013
Genre: Romantic Suspense
ABOUT THE BOOK:
SHE MAY BE HIS WORST ENEMY…
For deadly secret agent Peter Macmillan, language is a weapon—one he uses to hunt criminals, destroy plots, and charm enemies. Seducing information out of a beautiful singer in Bangkok hotel should be easy…except this particular singer has the power to destroy his cool façade, and with it, his last defense against a dark past.
HE MAY BE HER ONLY HOPE…
He tricked her. He helped himself to her body and her secrets. He has enemies everywhere. Laney Lancaster should hate Peter, but when she discovers him shirtless, sweaty, and chained up in the hotel’s dungeon, all she can think about is freeing him. Because she knows what it’s like to be trapped and alone. And she could use a dangerous friend.
They may be wrong for each other, but the instant they join forces, Laney and Peter are plunged into an odyssey of hot sex and dark danger. To survive, they must trust each other with their lives—and their hearts.
Peter and Laney are two characters that keep you on the edge of your seat. This story was hot, gripping, and so sweet, I find that writing an indepth review is proving to be hard. I don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll say this … be prepared to be shocked and get your copy now!
The second book of The Associates series is an action packed romance that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat.
Secret agent Peter Macmillan uses language as a weapon, he uses it to hunt criminals, destroy plots, and charm enemies. Seducing one beautiful singer should be easy, but she has the power to destroy his cool façade. On the run from her cruel husband, Laney Lancaster has been hiding in Bangkok at a friend’s hotel, but when she discovers that those she thought were friends really work for her husband, the only person who can help her is the man who tricked her. Together they are forced into a world of hot sex and dark danger and to survive they must trust each other with their lives.
This fast paced plot takes the reader on a thrill ride through Bangkok with lots of suspense, betrayal, action, romance and steamy sex. The author brings the story to life with vivid descriptions and intense details that give the reader clear pictures of every scene making it seem as if they are part of the story. The strong and compelling characters are easily related to and believable as are the action scenes.
The attraction between Laney and Peter radiates heat from every page and the sex scenes sizzle with red hot passion. The author conveys the emotions, passion and personalities of all the characters with an intensity that has the reader feeling as if they know the characters personally.
The author has created a thrilling world that captures the imagination and thoroughly engages the emotions. The Associates are the good guys, but are ruthless which has the reader dealing with conflicting emotions, I didn’t know whether to cheer them on or hate them almost as much as the bad guy. I haven’t read the first book yet, but I will be remedying that and I am looking forward to reading more about this stimulating world.
Posted July 3, 2014
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