Monday, January 25, 2016

Tough Justice #4-6

Trapped
by Gail Barrett
Series: Tough Justice #4
Publisher: Harlequin Special Releases
Published: 1/12/16
Source: Kistmet Book Tours, Publisher and NetGalley for review
Can they get out of this investigation alive? 
Special Agent Lara Grant's team are racing against the clock to prove infamous crime boss Moretti is behind a recent series of murders. With each lead ending up in a body bag, Lara's trapped by the weight of her own guilt. How many would still be alive if it weren't for her troubled history with the villain? 
But he won't quit, so neither can Lara. The sniper is the key to finding the link between Moretti and the current cases. But before they can reach him, Moretti hits closer to home than Lara could have imagined…
My Thoughts:

This one really seemed to capture my attention and I finally realized that this serial reminded me of a tv series. One where you are trying to figure out the overall arc, but are presented with a mystery to be solved within the hour... oh and get a glimpse of what needs to be solved in the next. I think that is why the change of authors do not bother me and it felt familiar. I feel like I'm binging on a series. :)

In this one I really need to know what Moretti is playing. I'm even questioning if he has anything directly to do with what is going on. If he doesn't, then why does he know so much. Darn it! I want those answers but I know they won't come until the end. This episode was still very action oriented and I'm still not behind the coupling of Lara and her partner. I'm not against it, but just don't quite feel it yet. Still, too many secrets between the two of them (with one demanding answers but giving none himself) so at this point it doesn't work. Plus, with so much going on, it is hard to have a fully realized romance in the story. This one ends with another bang and I need to know what happens next...

Twisted
by Gail Barrett
Series: Tough Justice #5
Publisher: Harlequin Special Releases
Published: 1/12/16
Source: Kismet, Publisher, and NetGalley for review
A mission that will turn this case on its head… 
With a sting set for a downtown bar, Special Agent Lara Grant and her team are on high alert to snare the most dangerous man in Manhattan. No one tears their team apart and gets away with it! Their aim: to get the perp's DNA from his shot glass… 
Mission accomplished, but each step forward in the case takes them two steps back into Lara's past—this time, to the years before her undercover assignment, and a family torn apart by a brutal murder. But Lara knows she can focus only on the present. Because when the DNA results come through, they shock the team and rock the very foundations of the case…
My thoughts:

Yea, all I can say is this... I KNEW IT! :D Okay, the reveal here wasn't a total shocker since it was all but told to you in the previous editions, but you never know when they will throw in something you didn't expect. However, if you don't think there was any surprise, you will be mistaken. Now to figure out how all the pieces fit together. Another great addition to this serial.

Ambushed
by Carol Ericson
Series: Tough Justice #6
Publisher: Harlequin Special Releases
Published: 1/12/16
Source: Kismet, Publisher, and NetGalley for review
A sinister surprise is lying in wait… 
With her trusted team all focused on getting justice, Special Agent Lara Grant is relieved to finally see some progress, even if their investigation has now turned to delving into some gruesome events from over twenty years ago. 
An exhumation is necessary to unravel all the knots of this case, but Lara is surprised by how close their quarry is… In fact, he's just one step ahead, almost teasing them by how near he is…
My thoughts:

Oh this one not only has us feeling like things might actually get solved, there are a few surprises thrown in for good measure. I was questioning one aspect of the storyline and I think I was right! It was a small niggle and the fact that I read so many thrillers and watch them, I picked up on it. Yes, I know I could be a detective... if it was on tv. LOL Oh I can feel the ending and everything coming together. Immediately picking up the next one.

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26 comments:

  1. Sounds like a series that keeps the reader on their toes so to speak. These sound like books I'd enjoy.

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  2. Yay! I'm so glad you're enjoying this series Melissa! And I'm glad you get smaller mysteries to solve along the way with each installment as well as a larger arc that connects all the books, it sounds like it's working well!

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    1. I really does remind me of a tv thriller series. :)

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    1. There are 8 total. All are out so you don't have to wait if you don't want to wait.

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  4. Glad you're still enjoying these! I may have to try a serial one of these days.

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    1. I only do serials where all the parts are out. I hate it otherwise. Although this one might be okay as long as it came out on a weekly basis.

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  5. I don't know if I have the patience for a serial read, but I love your comparison to a TV show.

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    1. It is all out, so I didn't have to really be patient. :D

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  6. I am happy that you are still enjoying this and figuring it out on the way. Sounds like fun.

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  7. This sound good. I don't like serials but if you can back to back them then they can be fun!

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  8. It looks like you are having a lot of fun with this serial! I love it!

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  9. Oh that's cool different authors for every part. Sounds challenging but it looks like the pulled it off perfectly!

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  10. I'm with you -- I only pick up serials once all the parts are out. Hard when you read too fast and are completely antsy for the next bit!

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  11. I like a series that keeps you engaged!

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  12. So glad you loved the series, and you make it sound so wonderful...hmm am I adding 6 books to my wish list..yep.

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  13. That's an interesting way to think about it ... like a tv show. I prefer to binge watch tv shows, so yay for all being out and good.

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  14. I like series books where each is it's own complete story...with a larger overall arc. That way I don't feel the need to wait and binge read for fear of forgetting vital things. I can enjoy them as they come.

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  15. Okay, I'm going to get it. You've got me convinced since you've read so many thrillers and you're still hooked. It doesn't sound like the same old thing.

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  16. it's that to see that it continues to be that good!

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  17. lol. Awesome to see your thoughts on these. :) I know sometimes the serials do seem like tv shows, and you just want to keep watching. :D

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  18. Haha! Gad you figured out the twist! Love it when that happens.

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