She'd fought for her life but the terror continues.
For five years FBI agent Blake Garrett has fixated on a serial-killer case. Now the madman has attacked Marissa Lane.
She escaped with her life...and some clues that could help Blake.
Yet she is still the object of the killer's obsession. And Blake is torn between the unquenching need to catch his prey and a deep desire to protect the woman he can't possibly keep.
I love it when a new author to me turns out to be a hit. Julie Anne's debut Intrigue book proved she has earned her place in the lineup of great authors writing the intense romantic suspense for Intrigue. Her style to tell the story is mesmerizing, it has wit and humor, depth and fervor, with her words she draws clear, vivid images of the vigorous hunt for the serial killer. The Garrett family and the brothers, in particular, are solid characters with depth and strength that raise my interest and I am already looking forward to learning more about them and their destinies in the future installments of the series.
The FBI agent Blake Garrett is the oldest of the brothers. He is dedicated, energetic, loyal, and focused. His career is important to him but family is everything. His solid characteristics made him stand out, he is kind, sweet, considerate man under the shield of a warrior.
Marissa Lane is a strong and smart heroine whose toughness was impossible not to admire. She is an adrenaline junkie, with a successful career, yet her greatest wish is to be a mom.
The connection between Blake and Marissa was a tangible force in the story. It was natural, real, and tight. It was filled with passion and earnestness, yet the focus on their minds was on the case, proving them to be smart and capable, yet able to fall in love and show their feelings. The attraction was endearing, the passion unquestionable, the conclusion not rushed yet played out just perfectly.
The chase over the mountains and difficult terrain for the serial killer, the sociopath who enjoyed the attention of the law enforcement, who loved to play and torture his victims, whose brutal crimes had caused too many lives was fierce and dangerous. The built up of the case is subtle yet powerful, taking it to a crescendo that left had me gasping.
Absolutely marvelously intense beginning to a suspense series and introduction to an author, that I will be keeping an eye on and can easily recommend for everyone to follow up on.
Entertaining, sharp, and vigorous romantic suspense
~ Five Spoons
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me