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For a time, during my chauvinistic period, I wouldn't touch female writers or female readers. The Stephanie Plum series changed my mind, but this book made me regress. Women in general have more problems with male voices than men do with female voices. In this book, the reader feels that to do a male, she must talk as fast and loud as possible. She also has very little difference in her voices, so I had trouble telling who was talking. The author created a heroine that constantly grated on my nerves. Her idea of being a strong woman was to be a stupid woman who constantly took unnecessary risks. If the bad guy is coming after her with ten heavily armed men, she is incensed when the man dares to suggest that they get out. If the bad guy abducts her friend and threatens to harm unless she comes to him to be killed, she is perfectly willing to do it. (Hello? Do you really think he is going to release your friend?). The end was predictable, and it just went on and on. A really dissapointing book.
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I should begin by saying that I have been a huge fan of this author for years. This particular book is, however, a disappointment. The plot is interesting and the narrator is excellent. The characters are, however, obnoxious, and they bicker constantly. Emily, the beautiful, smart heroine is kidnapped and her colleague is tortured to death. Garrett, the dark, strong, brilliant, rich,dangerous type rescues Emily from a similar fate. When he sees bite marks on her nipples, he vows to help her kill her kidnapper. The rest of the book is like a bad episode of "I Love Lucy". Garrett, a killer himself, wants to kill the bad guy, but Emily just wants to be in the show. Every time Garrett makes a move without Emily's permission, she bickers, pulls back, pouts, until he apologizes. Probably the most common word in Emily's vocabulary is "No". She is demanding, unlikeable, and the bickering is constant. The dialogue detracts from the plot. The characters are exactly the same as Eve Duncan and Joe Quinn, and the dialogue is almost lifted from the author's last book, Quicksand. I read for entertainment, often to avoid bickering and arguing in my own life. This book was obnoxious. I wish Joe Quinn would shoot Emily, or Garrett would shoot Eve Duncan. And then Joe and Garrett could shoot each other. "No! Not without Emily/Eve's permission!" She pulled away from his touch...Maybe it's just chick-fiction, and I don't get it. I'll probably buy the next book this author writes, because I have enjoyed so many of her novels in the past. I will not, however, devote as much time to a book with this much dialogue.
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