'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
I don't think this book or this author have any hope of earning 4 or 5 stars. The story is so trite and predictable that one doesn't even really have to listen to the whole thing to know exactly what happens. The protagonist is the stereotypical grizzled diamond-in-the-rough crime fighter guy who is won over by a sweet little victim with a heart of gold. The victim is, of course, gorgeous and virtuous, with long, long legs and the ability to orgasm several times. Hooray!! And she manages to be in peril and helpless at very convenient times - so our hero can swoop in and SAVE her. I think there was a kitten in danger of being run over by a car at some point, but I can't be bothered to listen any more. And the sex scenes...sheesh. I listen to mysteries because I like intrigue and sciency facts about solving said intrigues, but there is a LOT of pap about our hero, grizzled beard and all, amazing our sweet little victim with his hot throbbing dong. That's just fabulous, but I don't attend this genre for the bodice-ripping, thankyouverymuch - give me mystery, give me puzzles that are solved by smart people, give me odd scientific facts that crop up in the never-ending endeavors of criminals to commit crimes and not be found out, but for the love of dog, keep it in your pants!! This book is so obviously written by a man, with its weenie worship. I mean, look at the cover for goodness sake - you have your story right there. You know those paint by number paintings? This book is that. It's a write-by-number book. And it reads like an ice-pick of ennui to the brain.
No, but I will avoid this author like the plague.
I would advise Mr. Perkins to stray very far away from his formula for story-making. The characters are straight from script, the story utterly predictable, the plot reads like a paint-by-number...that was painted by a sloth on heroin.
Ennui. And regret that this is one book credit and several hours that I will never, ever get back.
In case I didn't state this with more clarity - this book stinks. It stinks. It stinks. It stinks.
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.
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.
MY AMAZON REVIEW:
Jane said: "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," And I have to agree. There are a LOT of people who don't like Shakespeare and find his words nonsensical and I'm one of those people. The words really didn't seem to have anything to do with that was going on. But, since the book was being read to me I couldn't just pass them by.
AMAZON CUSTOMER said: "Focused on Romance." And, again I agree. If this book was going to concentrate mainly on the romance it shouldn't have been called Righteous Kill, that's very misleading.
I just read Ms. Byrne's trilogy called Reclaimed, about 3 sisters who were banshees and I absolutely loved it. This book? Not so much.
I really liked Luca and Hero. And the secondary characters, Vince, Angora, Knox, Rown, Ozolde, Eoghan, etc., were wonderful.
The sex was kinda nice but the story did kind of drag. Very close to 400 pages was just to many pages to try and fill without it starting to drag and become boring.
As to the narrator: I like to read along and this narrator was ok. The female voices were nice but he didn't have an ounce of emotion in his words. And that's important to me.
Time well-spent in that I became intrigued with the story and wanted to see how it all ended and was moderately entertained. But I found the narration annoyingly stilted, with frequent odd phrasing and poor attempts at ethnic accents. Also, the use of the quotes from Shakespeare at the beginning of each chapter seemed like little more than a gimmick, and out of place in a romance novel.
In all fairness, I did not realize I was purchasing a romance novel, and this is not my favorite genre, so anyone reading my review should keep that in mind.
The story was well put together, no loose ends and it kept you guessing until the end. The characters were well developed and enjoyable.
The sexual energy between the characters was done with talent; it was electric!
Although the reader was great at developing the characters his British accent was out of place and threw me off a bit but overall I would definitely recommend it.
The overall story and performance was good. It was a bit odd to hear a British narrator attempt a Southie accent. There were gratuitous sexual details that didn't really enhance the story. The ending was a bit predictable. But overall, I was engaged and entertained.
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