Sunday, December 22, 2013

Off the Edge by Carolyn Crane




Off the Edge by Carolyn Crane
CrushStar Multimedia LLC
Date Read: December 21, 2013


In the interest of full disclosure, I received an advance reader edition of this book from CrushStar Multimedia LLC, Carolyn Crane, and Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

I would rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars. Overall, I did enjoy this book. It was a fast paced novel with a lot of action but I had a really hard time getting into the book. The book picked up for me at about 1/3 of the way into the book. This is the first book that I have reader from this author. Despite the fact that this book is listed as being #2 in the series, it can most definitely be read as a stand alone novel.

Laney is living and working in a Thai hotel in order to hide from herself from her controlling ex-husband Rolly. Macmillian is a member of the Associates team an is in Thailand to try to find who has a horrible weapon, TZ, and hopefully gain control of it before it can be sold. Macmillian's specialty is linguistics while Laney is a songwriting and they connect over the impact that language and words hold for each of them. Macmillian needs a recording on Laney's computer and decides to seduce her to get the information. Laney catches him in the act and feels hurt and betrayed but still feels some trust for Macmillian. They fall for each other and Macmillian, or Peter, learns that she is more important to him than the mission while Laney will risk everything to help him.

There were several points in the book that the character's actions were quite unbelievable. For example, I found it hard to believe that Laney, who hid in a closet at a restaurant because she thought she might have seen someone who worked with Rolly, is just a short time later willing to go off with a man that she has not met before. Not only that, she is willing to go to a more secluded area but still out in public with this man and not only have sex but to have her first orgasm with a partner in her life. Sorry, I just do not buy it. Of course, there is hardly a romantic story written that doesn't have its fair share of unbelievable moments so this is not a deal breaker for me.

I found that I really enjoyed the book a bit more once the action really took over the plot. The action sequences were exciting and well-written. As the book progress, the Hero, Macmillian, became more of his real self, Peter, and I found that I much preferred a feeling Peter to a detached Macmillian. I loved seeing the growth of his character.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a high action romantic suspense novel. I plan to look for other works from this author in the future.

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