Friday, January 22, 2016

Tough Justice # 1-3

I decided to break these up into sections of the serial since I will review them separately on NetGalley. I'm doing more than one post on them since otherwise it would seem impossibly long. I'll try to keep the review sections short.

Exposed
Series: Tough Justice #1
by Carla Cassidy
85 p.
Publisher: Harlequin Special Releases
Published: 1/12/16
Source: From Kismet Book Tour, Publisher and NetGalley for review
A new job. A new case. A new criminal... ? 
Special Agent Lara Grant will do anything to get her mark - until her last undercover case, infiltrating the notorious Moretti crime ring, forced her to get close to the top. Way. Too. Close... 
Now starting a new job in New York City, all Lara wants is to leave the ghosts of her past behind. Until a dramatic sniper attack leaves Lara's face - and real name - all over the media. In the blink of an eye, her cover is blown, her identity exposed. 
Then a woman's body is found, branded with the ritual Moretti tattoo. Someone knows who Lara is... and exactly how to make her pay...
My thoughts:

I normally don't do serials since I hate getting snippets of stories doled out at a snail's pace (can you say impatient?) but since these were all out and they were done by different authors, I was curious.

This series started out with a bang. As I was reading, I didn't think I'd get into Laura's character but as the book went on (and it was short) I found myself rooting for her. When the end came... and it ended with a "bang" and a cliffie (I have the next one YES!) I was totally captivated and I have to know what happens next. If you try this one (and it is free at the time of writing the review) get the second book. You don't want to be left hanging! :) It was a good start to this serial.

Watched
Series: Tough Justice #2
by Tyler Anne Snell
89 p.
Publisher: Harlequin Special Releases
Published: 1/12/16
Source: Kismet Book Tours, Publisher and NetGalley for review
He's got his eye on her…and won't quit until she's dead! 
Special Agent Lara Grant is back in her enemy's sights, but this time she's not alone. She has a brand-new team and Lara knows she'll need to trust them with her life. Starting now. 
When a lead becomes a victim, Lara and her team are thrown. Lara put Moretti away for life—so how can a guy who is still in prison be pulling strings? There's only one way to find out. 
But when Lara comes face-to-face with the monster from her past, will she get answers? Or unleash hell? 
Part 2 of 8 in the chilling, high-octane FBI thriller TOUGH JUSTICE from New York Times bestselling author Carla Cassidy and authors Tyler Anne Snell, Carol Ericson and Gail Barrett.
My thoughts:

This one picked up right where the last one left off and didn't leave you hanging for answers to the last chapter of the last book. Thank goodness! :) It starts with a bang and doesn't quite let you catch your breath. The "flavor" of the character Laura was a bit different. While she was very rigid in the last book, she seemed more reckless. Not so much that she frustrated you, but just enough to see the difference in how the character was portrayed. It didn't bother me as it also felt like we got to know her better and that is why we perceived a change in her. This one also ends with a bit of a cliffie, but not as brutal as the last one. Still a good addition to this story.

Burned
Series: Tough Justice #3
by Carol Ericson
83 p.
Publisher: Harlequin Special Releases
Published: 1/12/16
Source: Kismet Book Tours, Publisher and NetGalley for review
She burned Moretti…now it's his turn. 
Destroying Moretti was Special Agent Lara Grant's biggest coup, but she paid a heavy price to make the bust. She'll do anything to keep him—and her secrets—behind bars.
But Lara knows he's playing the FBI like a maestro even from jail. So when her boss's daughter is kidnapped, it's personal…and not just for Lara. 
With the team at breaking point, it's up to Lara to keep everyone focused. Until a chilling photo is delivered to her home address. Moretti knows where she lives. And he knows what she's hiding…
My thoughts:

I am thinking I can sense a change in the "flavor" of the characters through each author, but admittedly I'm not sure if that is because I'm aware of the change in author. I will say this, even though I can "feel" the change it doesn't bother me and it does bring out something in the characters and the secondary characters because of the difference. I like it. :)

Although I do perceive a change, the action and the author is true when keeping to the overall arc of the storyline. This one also ends at a sort of cliffie, but it is okay since all the books are out and it is more like getting a slice of the pie and knowing you can have the rest later (without bad consequences, of course... LOL). This one seemed to bring in a bit more of the team, but none of the big questions are answered. However all immediate questions are as they are in each addition to the story. I'm getting more curious about Moretti and want to know exactly what his role with Lara was in the past. I'm not the only one wanting to know, it has become a sore spot with her partner as well.

Onto the next...

Don't forget that the blog tour is going on now for these books w/international giveaway:
Just click on the pic above to go to the post here!

22 comments:

  1. It sounds nice but well I'm the same I'm not a fan of serials either, I prefer them to be complete

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    1. At lest all of these are out. Otherwise I may not have tried them to be honest.

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  2. I've never read a serial because I get impatient. I hear about so many leaving off on cliffhangers and that would just piss me off lol

    I'm glad that the different authors are consistent so it at least seems cohesive throughout.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. Yep, I know what you mean. I think that is why I didn't mind this one, I read one right after another.

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  3. So interesting that this is a serial novel done by different authors, I don't think I've seen that before. Sounds like it is flowing pretty well, or at least not to bad of a voice feel.

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    1. One of the reasons I wanted to try it! :) I was curious how all the different authors would work.

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  4. Interesting that each is by a different author. I'd be curious that if someone didn't know, if they'd be able to tell. I know I'd be super conscious of it and noticing every little thing. I have never read a serial but I guess if a bunch are out I'd consider it.

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    1. A few are written by the same author, but only #4 and #5 were written consecutively. Oh and they are all out now.

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  5. I am not sure if I could like the changes with each writer.

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    1. Honestly, it became more like a tv show where there are subtle differences but not enough to become blaring.

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  6. It's always nice when you can binge read a serial series!

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  7. I don't do well with serials. I've never saw one all the way through. However, I think I'd do better if I were able to read them back-to-back like this.

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  8. I've read serials, even when they aren't all out and I don't mind because usually they are published monthly. However, with these ending on cliffies, I'd be impatient. So these are true thrillers. I downloaded the first one. You have me interested. I am wondering if the difference in writers would bother me. I'll read the one I downloaded. I'm glad you're doing this in parts! So glad you are liking the series!

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  9. Wow, a serial done by different authors. I've read a series like that and loved it.

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  10. Well that's a different way of doing it with each author doing the same characters/story. Another who isn't a fan of serials but maybe. It's intriguing!

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  11. I'm not a fan of serials either, but a serial with each piece by a different author is strange. I've read series like that. The one that I read was a PNR, so it worked well because the main characters changed with each book. I'm not sure that this would be for me. Great reviews.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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  12. I haven't read everything in this serial but I really liked what I've read so far!

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  13. It does make it easier to do serials when they are all out. :)

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  14. Wow... sounds interesting... Funny how you are noticing the change in author.

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