'Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall.
He's no stranger to sin...
A prolific serial killer is crucifying and 'baptizing' the working girls of Portland, and FBI Special Agent Luca Ramirez is locked in a desperate race to prevent the next casualty. The game changes when the latest victim is pulled out of the Willamette River alive, and Luca knows this witness may be his key to breaking the case. When the fanatical killer threatens her life a second time, Luca is assigned to protect the most unique and captivating woman he's ever met by going undercover as her lover. He finds himself locked in a relentless game of cat and mouse with an elusive and violent psychopath, while battling his temptation for the alluring woman he's charged to protect with his life. As the fatalities continue to mount, so does the intensity of his desire for a woman who should be forbidden, but is determined to dial up the heat.
©2013 Kerrigan Byrne LC (P)2013 Kerrigan Byrne LC
Yes, this was a very good audio book which drew me from the first page.
I was unable to work out how things would progress, would feel that I had worked it out who the suspect was but then an event would happen and the story would take another twist and I would be confused again.
Derek Perkins really helps to round out the book and emphasise the dark and brooding personality of the main male character, Luca, as well as providing all the other characters in the story with personality. I was slightly perturbed by his voicing of Hero who seemed a little high pitched and breathy to me. As I found her to be quite a strong female character and thankfully not weak or insipid. However this could just be me, as having previously listened to all the other audiobooks editions of this author read by Derek Perkins, I probably subconsciously was waiting for a female voice with a Scots accent, which he does really well.
I was particularly moved in several places in the book. However most memorably to some tension relieving laughter by the portrayal of Luca losing his temper with Hero within the confines of a church and his ensuing tirade liberally peppered with curses that he kept apologising whilst continuing to proceed with the same behaviour.
This book was entirely different to Kerrigan's previous books and as I had enjoyed them so thoroughly in written and audio book versions, I was worried I might not enjoy this as much. I loved it and was hooked from start to finish. I now eagerly await her next offering.
I am a romance lover from historical, paranormal, mystery, to erotica. My desire is to discover fantastic books & authors!
I personally prefer reading the books to listening to the audio. When the characters are properly developed, as they are in this story, their voices come alive when I read. I felt the audio was great changing between characters but I sometimes got lost between what was actually being said out loud or what was being thought by the character.
The most memorable point in the book is at Hero's art show. At this point, several characters are possible suspects, Hero is surrounded by them and as a reader I realized how scared she must be at that moment. Because of the story line, probably also in Hero's mind, even those possible suspects standing around her may not be the only suspects. In actuality at that very point anyone could be the killer and it was awesome as a reader to not even have a clue at that point. I had a suspicion but that kept changing also.
I enjoyed Mr. Perkins' voice. It was rhythmical, fluctuated when necessary and had several different accents to use with characters. The women's voices, which I can't imagine being easy for men to do, were a bit breathy but still good.
The book was just outstanding. Never really having a firm suspect in my mind made this even better suspense. The clues keep you guessing the entire time. Not to mention the head strong hero and heroine. Constantly at each other and trying to keep each other on their toes. The dialogue was great between all the characters. So many of them intertwining in this book was great to see. Possible second, third and forth books to come I hope....
I purchased a copy of this ebook on my own. I was given a copy of the audio book on audible.com from the author in exchange for my honest review.
No clues being discovered. It dragged.
A serial killer thought he killed kill Hero but she lived. Now she has 24-hour bodyguards. Twice during the book, a suspicious guy does something threatening. So the bodyguards leave Hero alone, chase the suspicious guy, and something bad happens to Hero from another guy. Another problem: there are four suspects. At least three times Hero went off alone with one of them. (Stupid) But the worst part for me was no clues during the book. By the final climax, the good guys weren’t any closer to knowing who the killer was than they were in the beginning of the book. I want to admire the H/h or root for them. But I couldn’t because no one was doing anything smart to find the killer. And some good guys did stupid or incompetent things. So I was not entertained.
The value of the book is probably watching the relationships among various characters. Some of those were good but not good enough for a whole book.
There were four short sex scenes. I don’t remember much about them. I think they were ok.
I liked the opening scene where Hero’s parents met 40 years earlier. That was about four pages. I would have liked more on that story.
I liked the William Shakespeare quotes at the beginning of each chapter. But they were unrelated to what was happening. I don’t think they belong in this book.
The narrator Derek Perkins was pretty good, but my mind wandered at times. I don’t’ know if it wandered because of the narrator or because of the writing.
Genre: mystery suspense with romance
This is the first book I have listened to by this author. I did enjoy the story and will continue with the series.
I enjoyed the interventions with Hero's family.
The narrator has a British accent, but the main character is Hispanic. It is very unbelievable to listen to his thoughts and narration with a British accent. Unfortunately in my case, it detracted from the story. Besides that you have other characters with an Irish accent and a Russian accent. Makes things muddled for me.
I think they are equally good. I read the book first then listened to the audio. But no matter what version, the reader/listener will not be disappointed.
The way the author kept changing your mind about who the suspect actually was. I know I kept changing my mind. Well thought out story with great character development for all the characters not just the main subjects.
Hero painting her bedroom: when Luca walks into the apartment and hears her and Vince's voices coming from the bedroom. He immediately imagines that they are having sex, and it makes him see red. But when Luca confronts Hero after Vince leaves, that's when it gets good.
I laughed or had a good chuckle whenever Hero's family were all together in the scene. The interaction between all members was great.
Cannot wait for the series to continue, especially Romeo's story.
Kerrigan Byrne is quickly becoming a favorite romance audible author! I really enjoy her highland historical novellas (I've probably listened to each of them 3-4 times each by now) so while I was pleased that she had a full length novel available on Audible, I was a bit hesitant to download it because I thought without the berserkers and banshees and historical context, the bloom might quickly come off the rose, so to speak. I am here to tell you - I was wrong! Totally loved this story, and really hoping the next installment comes out soon.
The story is VERY Dharma meets Greg, if Greg was an FBI agent and Dharma was the lucky survivor of an attack by a serial killer. Seriously - she's a vegan (Bacon doesn't count) who teaches the un-copywrighted (un-trademarked?) version of Bikram yoga and he's a classic meat and grease and tv dude, and never the two shall meet blah, blah, blah. At first I was concerned the readers were going to get a lecture on organic living (read: Byrne did not harp on about it like Diane Duvall did in Darkness Dawns, in case you read/ listened to that one) but it quickly becomes clear this is the fodder on which these star-crossed lovers must base their "we could never work" assumptions.
But of course lust has a way of pushing all of that to the side, and over the course of the investigation and hunt for John The Baptist, the two can't keep their hands to themselves, and hotness ensues. And of course by the end they realize how much they looove each other and can't live without each other. Cue the HEA!
Byrne did a great job of keeping the story and the romance moving along without falling short on either count. Derek Perkins is an excellent narrator - my only criticism is that his American accents are just a bit off, and don't sound quite as genuine as I'd hoped. But that being said, I'll take a British male narrator with less-than-perfect American over most of the female romance narrators out there if for no other reason than I like my men to sound very manly, and most lady narrators out there simply can't or don't get the job done for me.
When I checked the author's website, it looks like there are several more lined of for this series....which is AWESOME! I just hope they get turned into audiobooks, and anything else this wonderful author has published already!
Not only was this a "killer" story, but it was expertly crafted with wit, charm, physical and emotional tension. While I have read and listened to several hundred books, I'm always delighted when I find one that I could read/listen to over and over again; this one was no exception. I experienced what I call "reader's remorse" at the end of the book because I didn't want it to end. I hope that this book is the kick off to an exciting new series. As they say in Hollywood, "The show must go on!"
The plot had some wonderful twists and turns which kept me riveted and begging for more.
I am the type of reader who likes to appreciate each character for his/her own personal merit. What I liked about these characters was that each had the very essence of humanity that kept them real and interesting; each was so masterfully developed that it was difficult to find fault with any of them, even the bad guy. I understood and enjoyed them all.
Indeed! This is why I enjoyed this book so much. I felt the full range of emotions from beginning to end. Without that kind of awareness, it would feel empty; it was anything but empty.
Kerrigan Byrne, give me more!
I actually prefer the print version. Most simple reason..... I don't need WiFi to read but is required for Audible. I thoroughly enjoyed the narration, accent was fabulous. I find it fun to create the voices myself, slightly difficult with one narrator.
I can appreciate the names the characters were given, quite unique - Danny Boy and John the Baptist. To hear descriptions of the scenes I could get a clear visual.
No, just don't have the time.
I was given a free copy of this book for a review. It was my first audio book.
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