Anne Stuart is addictive. If you have read one, then you know what to expect for the others but this is a good thing. Dependable edgy romance between..Show More » characters who are usually old enough to be past the 20 something angst that is so popular in current romantic fiction. My only complaint would be that as much as I like Jill Redfield as a narrator, she made the characters in this novel sound exactly like the characters in all of the Susanne Wright novels that she also narrates. I found that to be a distraction.
When a human trafficking operation went wrong, Jenny Parker, the bleeding heart of the Gauthier crime family, put on her cape to save her little broth..Show More »er Billy Gauthier from both the law enforcement and the criminals who would wanted to silence Billy.
Agent Matthew Ryder suspected Jenny had the evidence, but he wasn’t sure if she was an implicit member of the crime family or if she was just caught up in a situation that she didn’t fully grasp. Either way, in Ryder’s mind, Jenny was aiding human traffickers or that wasn’t worthy of his restraint nor respect. So he was verbally caustic.
As the story progressed, Ryder and Jenny fought an attraction to each other as well as gained some insight to their true motivations. But trust was still a work in progress. Right after Jenny was forced to confess all to Ryder, she was kidnapped. This led Ryder to go after both the human traffickers and Jenny, and this journey led them to South America.
The narrator Jill Redfield did a great job with both Jenny and Ryder. Her voice was able to animate both the hostility and the sexual tension between Jenny and Ryder. The narrator also made me have just a little sympathy for Jenny when I would have written her off as a clueless do-gooder. However, the author did a good job juxtaposing the naïve and obtuse heroine with the cantankerous and callous hero. I do like how it took time for their attraction to turn into affection. I kind of liked Jenny, but I wanted to yell at her as well. I did like Ryder because he did not cut her any slack. He didn’t wine and dine her because he was focused on the getting the bad guys in jail.
I still liked Consumed by Fire more than this book, but I still enjoy the author’s weaving of plot. It seemed predictable and straight forward in the beginning but then the author added layers and things got complicated. The non-stop action kept me interested and engaged. The writing is fluid and I listened to this book in one sitting. I will definitely try the Ice series since I have now learned that this series is a spin-off.