Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Off the Edge (The Associates #2) by Carolyn Crane

Book Blurb:

For deadly secret agent Peter Macmillan, language is a weapon—one he uses to hunt criminals, destroy plots, and charm enemies. Seducing information out of a beautiful singer in Bangkok hotel should be easy…except this particular singer has the power to destroy his cool façade, and with it, his last defense against a dark past.

He tricked her. He helped himself to her body and her secrets. He has enemies everywhere. Laney Lancaster should hate Peter, but when she discovers him shirtless, sweaty, and chained up in the hotel’s dungeon, all she can think about is freeing him. Because she knows what it’s like to be trapped and alone. And she could use a dangerous friend.

They may be wrong for each other, but the instant they join forces, Laney and Peter are plunged into an odyssey of hot sex and dark danger. To survive, they must trust each other with their lives—and their hearts.

My Review:

Carolyn Crane takes us to Bangkok for fast paced danger and adventure in Off The Edge.

Laney and Peter make an unexpected pair in Off The Edge by Carolyn Crane.  Peter is on the job, and doesn't expect the attraction and pull he immediately feels for Laney when she sings.  Despite the attraction and the heat they create together the night they meet, Peter has a job to do and will use Laney to get the job done if he needs to...Laney is hiding in Bangkok from a past of danger of it's own kind.  Little do they expect that her past and his present will intertwine, and soon they are on the run for their lives.

Laney was an interesting heroine.  In some way she was so brave and strong, but in other ways she was frustrating because she takes so many chances, and relies on others who she just trusts without question.  Off The Edge only takes place over a few days, but even in these days I saw so much growth in Laney's characters, it was like she'd finally opened her eyes and decided to do something.  I didn't love her, but I liked her and she really grew on me.

Peter is a man whose past haunts him and the way he's dealt with it has lead him to where he is today.  I felt like I got to know him a lot better than I got to know Laney.  I found his linguistic talent fascinating!  I liked how despite the job he still tried to protect Laney.  And I liked how despite it all Laney and Peter still felt for each other and wanted to help each other.  The suspenseful story line is unique and adds a lot of edge to the plot and the brewing romance.  Carolyn has blended it all together well and relevantly in Off The Edge.

With a subtle injection of humor from Peter, Off The Edge is a catchy read I'd recommend to romantic suspense readers.

4/5 stars

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