This RITA® Reader Challenge review was written by Kathleen. Edge of Sight is nominated for the RITA in the Romantic Suspense category.
Plot Summary: When Samantha Fairchild witnesses a murder in the wine cellar of the restaurant where she works, the Harvard-bound law student becomes the next target of a professional assassin. Desperate for protection the authorities won’t provide, Sam seeks help from Vivi Angelino, an investigative reporter who recruits her brother, Zach, to protect Samantha. A Special Forces vet with the scars to prove he’s equally fearless and flawed, Zach takes the job, despite the fact that he and Sam once shared a lusty interlude that ended when he left for war and disappeared from her life. Now, as they crack a conspiracy that leads to Boston’s darkest corners, Sam and Zach must face their fears, desires, and doubts, before a hired killer gets a second shot…
And now, Kathleen’s review:
I waited a while to submit my review, even though I read the book right away. I waited because I was afraid that everyone would write ringing endorsements of every single book. After all, this blog is for those of us who enjoy romance novels, and these are supposed to be the cream of the crop in this year’s romance novels. So what’s not to love, right?
Except I didn’t completely adore this book. Turns out a lot of you felt that way about the books you’ve set out to review. First, what I did like.
This is a contemporary romance, and the hero has connections to the conflicts in Afganistan and Iraq. This is what motivates a lot of his choices. And who doesn’t love a wounded warrior character? Part of this motivation is that the characters have a history. They first met briefly but with showers of hot and spicy sparkage just before the hero is supposed to ship out. He wrong-headedly tries to “protect” the heroine by taking off to war and not maintaining any contact with her. Naturally this only causes her more hurt. However, it gives him room to grow when he does get back and circumstances put them back together for a renewal of Vesuvius-like spouts of hot and sexy sparks.
I also like that the heroine is smart. She’s been accepted to Harvard Law. Also, her BFF who just so happens to be the sister of the hero is smart. This is good. I am a smart woman with a post-grad degree and I like my heroines to be smart cookies too.
The first dislike is a pet peeve of mine: sex scenes in the midst of life-threatening situations in screwball locations. Really? I’ve just had a near-death experience at the hands of a crazed killer driving a truck and wielding a firearm which he has no compunction about using, but now I’m going to get busy with my alpha-stud who has just swept me off my feet and out of harm’s way. Uh. No. First I want to be sure that the crazy trying to kill me is far, far away. Preferably behind bars. Secondly, I want to be warm and dry. Or at least have dry clothes to put back on after I am done swinging from the rafters in ecstasy. Also, I am not likely to be moved to ecstasy when my feet are shredded to ribbons because I’ve been forced to flee shoeless from the bad guys. Just sayin’. I want a hospital, a doctor, some gauze, some antibiotics, and maybe a painkiller first, please.
There is a marriage proposal so that we can have the requisite Happy Ending. There were aspects of this that made me get all misty and emotional. But I am one of those wussy people who need a whole box of Kleenex to get through a greeting card commercial so you should take that under advisement. Despite the misty eyes, I thought this was the worst marriage proposal ever—short of the one I received from my ex-husband. But that’s another story entirely. To make matters even worse, the heroine has to suffer through the spoiler. What is that about? A family member, albeit a well-intentioned family member lets her know that she’s going to be the new Mrs. before the hero gets to pop the question himself.
All that aside, I did fly through this book wanting to see how it ended. The suspense felt right, and I would likely read the next in the series.