This is my first J.C. Cliff novel, and I feel like it’s all thanks to Maya Banks I actually decided to give this genre another chance.
Also, if you scroll down to the book synopsis – you’ll notice the many warnings. Those alone made my decision for me. Who can resist a book that warns you against reading it? Reverse psychology, boys and girls, works every time. LOL
Military (former or current) heroes are normally very gruff, chauvinistic and all around assholes. And then comes the poor, weak, timid woman they have to rescue, which in turn makes them go all caveman and almost always – superior to the heroine.
Maya Banks‘ KGI series is very balanced. Yes, the women did play the part of the “needed saving” but they had a key part in the storyline. They (most times) weren’t weak and useless. Some of them were actually tough cookies and I liked them a lot!
So far, I can’t say the KGI situation is the case about Quinn and Lexi, but their positions aren’t very far from being balanced. Let me backtrack a little…
Quinn is contacted by Lexi’s father (a mafia don) to track her down and bring her back home after she’s disappeared on her wedding day, pregnant and in danger. When Quinn finds her in the woods, trying to survive on her own, assisted only by a map and some MRE packed by a friend, he discovers things aren’t exactly what he’s been told.
So yes, Quinn is in a stronger position than Lexi, since he knows the area, had field background (former Rangers) and Lexi is first time camping on her own in an unfamiliar territory.
Lexi is on the run from her ex, who’s holding a knife to her throat in the shape of a murder frame. When Quinn learns that, and that Lexi is not, in fact, pregnant as he’s been informed – things heat up significantly.
Their story is spread out on two novels, so naturally this one ends with a cliffhanger. I’ll go on to reading Quinn II, and then I’ll rate the story as a whole.
My review for Quinn II will post in exactly one week – on release day!
** My thanks to Kelsea from Sullivan & Partners PR for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review **
You have been warned – Explicit scenes, unexpected twists full of suspense and off the grid angst which skirt along the edges of the dark side will make your heart pound, your pulse race, and the pages flip. And…be prepared to be thrown over a damn cliff.
Fearless and determined, Quinn is the perfect man for the job the Moretti mob has in mind: track down missing mafia princess, Alexis Moretti, and bring her home.
What starts out as a simple task to repay an old debt turns into so much more than he bargained for… And so does she.
As Quinn and Lexi grow close, she becomes more than just his mission. But Lexi and Quinn are both keeping secrets–secrets that could destroy their blossoming romance just as quickly as it ignited. When Lexi’s past catches up with them, secrets and lies will be revealed, and the ultimate test of forgiveness will be upon them both.
*Join Quinn and Alexis as their story unfolds in two full-length contemporary erotic romance novels. Quinn II will release April 19th!
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You know you have a love/hate relationship with a good cliffhanger in a book, but if
you’ve read my previous books, you are no stranger to this simple fact.
I – LOVE – CLIFFHANGERS. I have to live up to my name, after all.
*If there ever was a term for “ravished, consensual violation”, this is it, and only J.C. could pull it off * If you’ve read the Blyss Trilogy, you’ll know JC likes to write in “Gray-Matter.”
**Mature Audiences Only** This book is intended for adults of mature age only (18+). This book contains themes that could be considered offensive. This erotic romance book is full of suspense, mystery, action, and adventure. An edgy, erotic thriller that will have you hanging on to the edges of your e-reader.
The one thing JC works most hard at is steering clear of the typical romance templates. JC Cliff likes her stories to be unique, one of a kind, and never read before original plots.
JC Cliff is an independent author who enjoys creating page turning novels from the moment they pick up the book until the second they finish. She loves a good book full of mystery, intrigue, scorching hot romance, and all the elements of suspense.
She’s a die hard 80’s rock’n roll fan, and loves a good concert! JC wears many hats. They include being a wife of 24 years, 4 children, a small business owner, writer, reader, and what ever else is required of her. She loves taboo stories with twists and turns, and full of suspense.
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