Genre - Romantic Suspense
Series - Avalon Book #2
Format - Paperback (384p.)
Rating - 4/5 stars
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A WOMAN WHO'S AS TOUGH AS IT GETS
Compelled to leave the Dallas police force after killing a convicted rapist in a dark alley, tough and sexy Claudia Cruz becomes an operative with Avalon, a clandestine organization of mercenaries who recover stolen art. But her new career choice pits her against the darkly intense FBI agent Vincent DeLuca, who is determined that this time, Avalon is not going to beat out the Feds.
A MAN WHO'S HER MATCH AND MORE
While Claudia seethes about this irritating man who gives as good as he gets, Vincent is discovering there's a fine line between love and hate. And though Claudia is willing to use their crazy-hot attraction to achieve her goals, she never intended they'd end up in bed together. She's always lived on the edge and flirted with danger…but this time the worst danger may be to her heart.
• Liked •
Oh wow! Almost everything. There was intrigue, suspense, passion, action. Claudia is awesome. She's ballsy and doesn't take anyone's shit and she makes no apologies for who she is. Vincent is great in his own right too, but I was definitely girl-crushing on Claudia. Both of them are strong, loyal people that have integrity in spades.
Let's just say, character development is top notch. I never question why they do what they do, I felt like I'd known them for years, their actions and reactions are believable. These are characters that you'd want to hang out with if they were real. Even the "bad guy/s" are portrayed in ways that I found were sometimes endearing. Also, the pacing was on point. Perfect.
• Didn't Like •
The ending left the series open, like there's to be another book added later. But so far there has been no mention of any new books from Albert. Which saddens me because she is one of my top 5 favorite authors. The ending also seemed abrupt with Claudia and Vincent. I thought the epilogue would bring closure to their story but, it just had the series cliffhanger. Nothing about Claudia or Vincent. I kind of feel cheated out of a HEA…
• Final Thoughts •
It's no secret that I love Michele Albert and this book is just another reason why. Reading one of her books is like Christmas morning, birthdays and a surprise party all rolled into 350 some pages of awesome-sauce! Yet, as much as I loved this book, I still struggled in rating it. On the storyline of this book alone, and not factoring the series aspect, I'd wholeheartedly give it 5 stars.
But, the loose strings of the series aspect were put in and just left to dangle in the breeze. It's like the proverbial giant, pink polka-dotted elephant in the middle of the living room. Knowing there probably won't be an end to the series, and ending a book on a cliffhanger for said series with unfinished business is not okay for me. It's more like a giant 'fuck you' in blinking neon letters to the fanbase. So I will give it 4 stars and cross my fingers that someday there will be a final book in the series.
• Favorite quotes •
The only positive spin he could put on his whole shitty day was that Claudia was in Texas by now, probably busy terrifying a bunch of priests.
The thought made him smile a little.
≈ ♥ ≈ ♥ ≈ ♥ ≈ ♥ ≈Belatedly, Claudia remembered that she had indeed called Vincent an asshole—and a whole lot worse.
"Well, it so happens he's my asshole, so nobody else can call him that. Got it?"