Lethal Consequences by Elisabeth Naughton #Review #DNF

Posted February 6, 2015 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 22 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Lethal Consequences by Elisabeth Naughton #Review #DNF
Elisabeth Naughton


Series: #2 Aegis Security
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Montlake Romance
Released on January 20, 2015
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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At 40%, I stopped. Heroine was agonizing for me.

I picked this up because I had never read the author’s books, I love romantic suspense and the blurb really sounded good.

The story had a nice explosive opening scene to give me a feel for the hero, Landon, and his work. He is wistful over a beautiful girl he had rescued on an earlier mission, but thought he was all wrong for because of the hard, black ops work he does. This sense of responsibility and care made me really like him. This is probably why I was appalled by this girl when I actually encounter her. Her words, attitude and behavior really hurt him. Landon takes the blame and believes everything she says about him and even thinks the best of her while she is busy thinking the worst of him.

Enter stage left, heroine, Olivia. If there was a button to push on me when it comes to infuriating heroine traits, Olivia pushed it. Head in the clouds, judgmental in her ignorance, refuses to hear an explanation when the hero doesn’t even really owe her one since there was no understanding between them, refuses to listen to the professional with mad black ops skills trying to save her life, believes lies of her kidnappers over the man who has saved her more than once, uses him for sex because she feels insecure and humiliated by her own impulsiveness, acting jealous and bitter with no excuse, and stubbornly putting self in danger then needing rescue which of course she manages to twist and blame him for.

I think what really bugged me the most is that she sees herself entirely as the wronged and put upon party, the victim in the situation even while she is super busy snarking at Landon and her sister that she is tough and can take care of herself. She not once displays gratitude for anything Landon has done to keep her safe even though she is the one that barged into his life and continued to heighten the danger situation around them by doing stupid not well thought out actions. She screws up several times and gets lucky that she isn’t killed by her own stupidity, but that just makes her cocky and more determined to ignore Landon’s lead in their escape.

As these things piled up, I lost the desire to keep reading for the point where I knew there would have to be a change of heart for her. I pitied Landon and wanted far away from Olivia. Not even the promise of an exciting confrontation with terrorist seeking the formula for a chemical weapon or the danger to the girl who is the only one to possess said formula, the fact that it becomes a race against death when it is learned that Olivia was injected with the bio disease weapon or more of the very appealing and skilled Landon could entice me though they may someone else.

The good news is that I’m pretty sure I’m in the minority because I’ve seen many high ratings for this book so others might want to give this a try if you’re into romantic suspense.

My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Discussion Starter

I obviously had a strong adverse reaction to the heroine so it has me curious about other readers. What are things that really set you off when it comes to characters? Are there behaviors or actions that make you set the book down and walk away?

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • Wow, that sounds terrible! Unfortunately, I can relate. I am really tough on heroines, they really have to have substance -and- NOT be annoying, LOL. And I’m guessing that’s not that easy to accomplish, because it’s not common. I don’t like boring one dimensional chicks that are just there so I can relate to them, or some stubborn TSTL chick either (which seems to be what this heroine was).
    Great Review!
    I hope your next read works out better 🙂

    • Thank you, Stacy!
      Yes, she did earn the TSTL award and even if I’m hard on heroines, I don’t give that award quickly. I definitely have cleansed my palette since reading this one.

  • Sometimes I read romances and I wonder what on earth does the hero see in the heroin ?! And what surprises me most is that those books get good reviews on GR… It’s a mystery to me. Anyway, thanks for the warning, I’ll avoid that book 🙂

    • Yeah, I cringed a bit after posting my DNF review with all those high ratings. There is something to it when people wonder if they’ve read the same book. Guess that goes to show us that there is a huge diversity in taste.

  • I can’t deal with overly snarky females and pretty much what you listed of this chick above…basically TSTL (thanks Sophia). it will make me put a book down so fast. It makes me mad too because some folks seems to mix these type characters up as a “strong heroine”. No she is not…she’s friggin annoying. As you can see, i generally have issues with heroines, lols.

    • No argument here, Sharonda! LOL! I saw her described as ‘sassy’, ‘strong’ ‘feisty’ and I just shook my head b/c I really couldn’t use those descriptions for the behavior and words I saw.

      • smh…like Carmel said, too bad your first book by her was a dud. Her paranormal series is all I’ve ever read by her. Her Eternal Guardians series is pretty good.

        • Oh, I have two of those too. I’m not giving up on her. I’ve learned to keep trying especially if it is just one character that drives me batty. I might turn out squealing and flipping out in awe over the next book, who knows. Haha!

          • Thats true…heck, the next book might be awesome 🙂 series are usually hits and misses anyway 😉

  • What a bummer that your first Elisabeth Naughton experience was DNF-worthy. This author’s titles have been on my wishlist for years, but I won’t be starting with this one. Ha! Olivia sounds like a real piece of work; heroines like that give them a bad rep. TSTL (Too Stupid To Live) is my #1 no-no when it comes to female protagonists. If I can’t respect, or at the very least understand their decisions, then connecting with the story becomes a lost cause.

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

    • The respect thing is a huge issue for me too. In a life and death situation, I expect people to act like they realize its a life and death situation. I also expect when you cause the problem that you own your mistake and move on. So yeah, had to stop.

  • Bummer it was a DNF for you. Seems like everyone I know love her work. I only read 2 of her PNR novels and the first was a 2 star read for me. The second novel was a little bit better 3 stars. Overall I could not connect with her characters.

    • Ah man! Sorry to hear it. I have the first one in her PNR series and I plan to read it. Maybe it will work better for me than this one. I really hate it when I don’t like a book.

      • That is great you are still giving the author another go at her work. I try to keep a positive mind when I give an author another chance. I hope it does work better for you. Some authors can not do different genres. I look forward to your thoughts when you do get around to reading her PNR novel.

        • I keep forgetting to mention. I was born and raised in Monterey , CA and I have now been living in Sterling Heights, MI 18 years. Pretty awesome were both from CA and moved to MI same year.

          • Those are cool coincidences. My dad’s family are all from Pacific Grove with a few in Monterey proper. I’m down near Toledo just outside Monroe now. Small world as they say. Haha!

        • Yeah, I will admit that its not the same as a first time try. There is a certain level of wariness shall we say so I don’t go in with too high expectation. 🙂

  • A big issue for me is getting into a story, and sometimes characters can either save a story or destroy it. I am so sorry that you didn’t like this one. I haven’t read her suspense ones. But I LOVE her Eternal Guardians series. Its a mythology paranormal based stories and they are just fantastic. So I hope you try one of those books, you would really enjoy them. But I tend to be picky about contemps…so I am not sure if I want to try this one out.

    • Yes, I do plan to try her paranormal stories. I have one or two on the TBR pile and like you, I’m more forgiving in a PNR. And hey, I rarely discourage someone for trying a book for themselves b/c we all have our own tastes even though some are really similar. i might doubt that you’d like it….LOL, but you never know.

  • Sorry to hear that you didn’t like this one enough to finish it. Sometimes a character will just rub us the wrong way.

    • Thanks, Mary! Oh yeah, she did for me. Thems the breaks!