RITA Reader Challenge Review

RITA Reader Challenge: Off the Edge by Carolyn Crane


Title: Off the Edge
Author: Carolyn Crane
Publication Info: December 2013
ISBN: 978-1494719616
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Book Off the Edge I didn't receive a RITA® Reader Challenge 2014 review for this book, so I'm compiling quotes from reviews online and using the grade average from Goodreads as a substitute.

This book has a 3.89 review average, which I'm interpreting as a B-. This story was nominated for the RITA® in the Romantic Suspense category.

The summary:


For deadly secret agent Peter Macmillan, language is a weapon—one he uses to hunt criminals, destroy plots, and charm enemies. Seducing information out of a beautiful singer in Bangkok hotel should be easy…except this particular singer has the power to destroy his cool façade, and with it, his last defense against a dark past.


He tricked her. He helped himself to her body and her secrets. He has enemies everywhere. Laney Lancaster should hate Peter, but when she discovers him shirtless, sweaty, and chained up in the hotel’s dungeon, all she can think about is freeing him. Because she knows what it’s like to be trapped and alone. And she could use a dangerous friend.

They may be wrong for each other, but the instant they join forces, Laney and Peter are plunged into an odyssey of hot sex and dark danger. To survive, they must trust each other with their lives—and their hearts.

And here are the review quotes, linked to the original sources:

Leea wrote:

I wish I could find the right words to describe how much I enjoyed every aspect of this book. But wow, I just loved this book. In many ways it reminded me of my favorite suspense series, Suzanne Brockmann, Troubleshooter series but without all the side stories. First off I should say i'm not a huge suspense fan so i'm not an expert on how they should be done and for me Off the Edge moved past being put in a box with its moving story, descriptive nuances and characters you could connect with.

I found Off the Edge to be an engaging not your traditional romantic suspense novel. Character that you wanted to get to know better and writing that blew me away. Plus this book is sexy, I mean SEXY (yes, in all caps). (5 stars)

Amanda wrote:

This had a very good engaging action and suspense plot. However, I'm a little disappointed that it was light on romance. The multiple POV from different players gave us a three dimensional perspective, but it take the focus off the hero and heroine. I still prefer Book 1 Against the Dark. It had a more well-balanced romance, action and humour. (3 stars)

Dabney wrote:

Romantic suspense is one of the most “difficult to do well” sub genres in romance. If the romance works the suspense is often weak. If the suspense is fabulous, the romance is often unbelievable.

There are so many great things about this book. The plot is excellent, the suspense riveting, the location palpable, the secondary characters stark and interesting, and the writing brilliant. Peter and Laney have incredible chemistry, physical and verbal. The conversations are full of wit, sex, and smarts. (5 stars)

Elena wrote:

I want to like military romance (or, well, this sort of quasi-military romance with vigilante mercenary groups), but I so often find myself with the same complaint: the women are always damsels in distress. I guess that's just part of the sub-genre, but it's something I don't enjoy. I'd much rather read about two strong characters coming together as equals than a story about an idiot woman being rescued over and over again by some sort of mercenary superhero dude. In this set-up, the man saves the woman from physical danger and in return she ~heals his broken soul~. This was merely yet another one of those, albeit with a linguistic twist that probably bumps it up half a star. I find myself with the same reaction I always have though: I yawn, roll my eyes, and move on. (2 stars)

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    azteclady says:

    And she won!!!

    Huge congratulations, Ms Crane!

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