Wednesday, March 27, 2013

With a Vengeance

Author: Jacqui Jacoby
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61921-575-7
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary Suspense
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Release Date: 04-09-2013

With her family heavily involved in the CIA, Jaime Walsh had little chance of doing anything else as a career. Now she’s a highly trained agent herself and doesn’t doubt her place in the agency until a case in Buenos Aires goes horribly wrong.  Jaime’s left emotionally and physically drained and when it’s over, heads to Hawaii for two weeks of sun and surf to decide what to do with her life. When Stephen, her long-time partner, answers an invitation to join her, their established relationship takes a dramatic change.

Stephen’s been attracted to Jaime for years but never acted on his feelings. Instead he’s guarded her back and acted like a friend but this tropical vacation is his chance to see if they can be something more. But they soon learn someone from their past is hunting them and if they can’t stop them, Jaime and Stephen will both end up dead.

With a Vengeance is the first book by this author I’ve read.  It’s well written, has lots of vivid descriptions set in varied locales, has a fast but even pace and is filled with action and suspense from beginning to end. And I can’t forget the danger. It seems from the very beginning, Jaime and Stephen are in peril and barely able to get out of it by the skin of their teeth. Ms. Jacoby did a good job expressing the near death experiences they’re in and made me believe them.

I can’t believe the number of twists and turns contained in this story and each one seems to get Jaime and Stephen in trouble but no matter how bad the situation, Ms. Jacoby creatively extracts them in one piece. Barely at times, but alive. That’s where the villain comes in since he’s at the root of their problem. When his identity’s revealed, it’s unexpected and it takes a big portion of the book to get him his just desserts, but the ending is very satisfying.

Now my personal niggle: For some strange reason that I can’t put my finger one I couldn’t make an attachment to the characters. Yes Jaime is a kick-ass heroine and Stephen a studly man determined to protect him woman but I just didn’t bond with them. The last half of the book is my favorite and that portion I did find the most emotionally satisfying.

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