'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.
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The Book Cover Says it All
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.
- Ali M. Fitzgerald
Just OK for me..
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.
- Trish R.