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Lucy Kincaid Series by Allison Brennan

Allison Brennan has written many books about the Kincaids and Rogans, but the newest installment in the Kincaid Family Saga is the Lucy Kincaid (where so far at least, Sean Rogan is the love interest). I have enjoyed reading about the Kincaids, though I will admit that the violence in these books is pretty gruesome. Nonetheless, I have just finished the first two parts of this trilogy. I cannot find a release date for the third.

Information below taken from the author’s website at http://www.allisonbrennan.com/.

LOVE ME TO DEATH
Release Date:
December 28, 2010

Six years ago, Lucy Kincaid was attacked and nearly killed by an online predator. She survived. Her attacker did not. Now Lucy’s goal is to join the FBI and fight cyber-crime, but in the meantime, she’s volunteering with a victim’s rights group, surfing the Web undercover to lure sex offenders into the hands of the law. But when the predators she hunts start turning up as murder victims, the FBI takes a whole new interest in Lucy.

With her future and possibly even her freedom suddenly in jeopardy, Lucy discovers she’s a pawn in someone’s twisted plot to mete out vigilante justice. She joins forces with security expert and daredevil Sean Rogan, and together they track their elusive quarry from anonymous online chat rooms onto the mean streets of Washington, D.C. But someone else is shadowing them: A merciless stalker has his savage eye on Lucy. The only way for her to escape his brutality may be another fight to the death.

KISS ME, KILL ME
Release Date:
February 22, 2011

KISS THE GIRLS AND MAKE THEM DIE

Lucy Kincaid has firsthand experience dealing with deadly criminal predators, and she’s fully prepared to share her many talents with the FBI. But when her career plans are derailed, her boyfriend, security expert Sean Rogan, asks for help on his latest private investigation. Using her well-honed cyber-hunting skills, Lucy is soon on the trail of a missing teenage girl with a penchant for disappearing—and a shocking secret life.

FBI Agent Suzanne Madeaux is also tracking someone: a serial killer on the loose in New York City. Dubbed by the press the Cinderella Strangler, he cruises seamy underground sex parties, where drug-fueled women make for easy pickings. As Lucy and Sean’s desperate search collides with the FBI’s hunt, Lucy isn’t about to step aside. Haunted by painful memories of her own harrowing encounters with evil, she’s determined to keep any more innocents from meeting the fate she so narrowly escaped. Delving deep into the twisted psyche of a remorseless killer, Lucy must confront her own fears—even if it means risking a future job with the FBI and future happiness with Sean.

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Don’t Cry by Beverly Barton

Don’t Cry by Beverly Barton was released August 17, 2010. It debuted #11 on the New York Times Bestsellers List, and it was the #1 Borders Single Title Paperback Romance Bestseller.

Product Description:

NOWHERE TO RUN
The crime scenes are horrifying: the victims arranged with deliberate care, posed to appear alive despite their agonized last moments and the shocking nature of their deaths.

NO PLACE TO HIDE
Chattanooga grief counselor Audrey Sherrod moonlights for the local police. It’s clear to her, and to Special Agent J.D. Cass, that the murders are the work of a deranged serial killer. At first, the only link is the victim’s similar physical appearance. But then another connection emerges, tying them to a long-ago series of horrifying crimes Audrey hoped would never resurface—crimes that hit all too close to home.

NO TIME TO CRY
Each grisly new discovery proves the past has not been forgotten, and the worst is yet to come. Audrey went looking for the truth and she is about to find it… and it will be more twisted and more terrifying than she ever imagined…

An excerpt is also available here on the author’s website. And, if you are a fan of mystery, this is one is pretty good. I noticed that it really had mixed reviews on Amazon, but I think I have figured out why. If one reads it as or expecting a romance, the romance isn’t very good. But, if a reader (like me) really prefers the mystery or “suspense” of the story, this is a winner. It was unclear to me whodunit until at least three-quarters of the way to the end, and then I still wasn’t sure. That is the kind of mystery I like. It was also interesting in that the case / mystery spanned many years and connected Audrey’s childhood to the current going ons. That connection made her a more sympathetic and believable character. Again, I didn’t find the romance compelling, but it wasn’t what I was looking for in the first place.

I think this may have been my first Barton book (I have only been keeping a list for the last three or so years so I know I haven’t read her in that time). I will add her to my author’s list and read more. I’m looking forward to it!

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Burn by Linda Howard

After reading a disappointing cozy mystery last week, I decided that I needed a break from cozies. So, I googled “romantic suspense” for some new reading options. I ran across Burn (2009) by Linda Howard (and several novels by Allison Brennan that I have read and several by Beverly Barton that I have not yet).

Product Description: From the New York Times bestselling author of Death Angel, Linda Howard, comes her most electrifying work of romantic suspense yet – an unforgettable novel of mesmerizing action and powerful emotion. Expertly blending action-packed suspense with matters of the heart, Linda Howard once again pens an exhilarating tale that will keep her loyal readers guessing until the explosive, utterly unpredictable climax.

Apparently, the reviews of this book were not fantastic, but I have read several of her previous “suspense” novels, including Ice, and enjoyed them so I decided to take a chance. I would not say that this book was heart stopping or even difficult to put down, but it was a nice change of pace from what I have been reading (research, student essays, cozy mysteries).

In this book, newly rich (from the lottery, no less) Jenner has a hard time fitting in with the socialites, but she finds a friend in Sydney who despite her traditional “rich girl” upbringing suffers from confidence issues. The two book a cruise together for a charity event but find themselves kidnapped and held hostage (Sydney in a hotel and Jenner on the cruise itself) so that a group of people can spy on the ship’s owner. In this fairly improbable set of circumstances, romance enters the picture and Jenner and her captor Cael begin to fall in love.

I will admit to being very resistant to this story line because I always object to love stories that involve forced captivity, but I think Howard does a nice job of updating this trite story plot for a contemporary audience and making the love story easier to swallow.

It was not fabulous, but it kept me entertained.

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