A tantalizing series of prequel novellas set the tone for the Sons of Broad series and whet the reader’s appetite beginning with this first installment, Shattered Fear
Undercover cop, Janie, is trying to catch a serial kidnapper who preys on unattached women working a certain bar. She encounters sexy Brent Taylor and doesn’t know whether to lose herself in his kisses or cuff him as chief suspect.
I enjoyed the set up. The suspense is strong where even the clever, unknown villain gets some narration time with Janie. She’s a determined cop, but she is distracted- more than distracted- by sexy Brent who may or may not be more than he seems (not sure a cop of her supposed caliber would let herself get into this sort of trouble, but I’ll go with it, for now). She’s up against a lot once she starts to fall for Brent, but women are being taken and never seen again so she tries hard to work her case even while being in Brent’s bed is the most amazing experience of her life. Whew boy that was some great sensual and steamy interludes, too.
The villain ups the stakes and this segment of the prequel series ends on an ominous note of murder, attempted murder, plans for a new kidnapping victim and Janie right in the crosshairs.
I can’t wait to see what comes next.
Hidden Fate picks up right where Shattered Fear leaves off with its cliffhanger surprise.
It follows, now couple, Janie and Brent, as they try to keep Janie safe from the person trying to drive up her fear with his chilling gifts and make a grab for her at the bidding of the shadowy man known as The Gentleman.
While the first novella caught my attention and drew me into the plot and the characters (though yes, I had reservations about how Janie was conducting herself as a police officer- they just wouldn’t do what she was easily and quickly doing when it came to Brent and her case), this installment took a nose dive for me. I was still into it because I was very intrigued by the kidnapper- had my suspicions of who this was, but even more so by the villain in the shadows behind him, but the romance and the side of the suspense from Janie and Brent’s actions was disappointing.
I gave Brent and Janie a pass on the instalove in the first installment because it felt more like beginning attraction and lust and made no overt claims to more. This one? Known each other for two weeks and the pair of them are talking moving in together, moving to a new city together and starting a life, and inner thoughts and actions are like a deeply in love and committed pair. Brent, especially has the ‘she’s the one and we will be together always’ behavior then Janie gives his proposals all of one or two days’ thought while she’s on the run from a creepy person and chides herself for why she has to think so hard about riding off into the sunset with Brent. I had whiplash from how quickly this all came together.
And, beyond the lightning fast romance, the way Janie handled the stalker/kidnapper was just all wrong for a police officer. Shoot, Brent acted more intelligent and competent about what she was facing. She goes around ‘I am a police officer hear me roar’ and then falls to pieces at the sight of a bundle of flowers. Her best friend is tough and thinks more like a cop, but Janie thinks like an emotional, needy victim. And that decision in the end to keep going out in public at a picnic in the park where the potential stalker suspect will likely be and all but waving a red flag to her stalker (and not because she was deliberately trying to be bait)? Going off alone? Getting mad at Brent because he tries to talk sense into her to stay home until the stalker can be caught? And so guess what was the cliffie for this installment?
I’ll keep going just to see if I’m right about the stalker-kidnapper and maybe learn more about the Gentleman and get more of Alyssa and Brent’s sister, Bea- just who is she hiding from her brother? But, the rest with Janie and Brent had me muttering badly.
Released on February 20, 2018
We come down to it. Things have now come to a head and the danger is intense. This final novella has the face down it was building toward. It was fast-paced and exciting. I will deliver no spoilers for the first two novellas, but I am happy to say that my suspicions about the stalker were right.
Janie and Brent both got tough for this one and I liked seeing that. Alyssa still remains my favorite character and I can’t wait to see more of them.
Yes, that is a broad hint that I will be continuing forward into the main books of the series. This series of prequels did their job leaving me curious to about Bea and Alyssa’s further story and most of all, I need more villain The Gentleman.
I’m counting on the fact that the rest of the series are novel-length so development will be stronger and characters and relationships deeper developed. I suppose one could leap into the main part of the series without these three prequel novellas, but I for one enjoy all the background I can get.
My thanks to St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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