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Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley
Released on October 2, 2018
Ever wonder how powerful and dark revenge can be when wielded by psychotic killer with tons of resources at his disposal? Thomas Thorne, a regular character from the Baltimore series is about to find out when his past rises up to engulf him and everything he loves. This was a heavy hitter from the opening pages and left me gutted at times and quite exhausted by the end.
Death is Not Enough is #21 in the overall Romantic Suspense series and #6 in the Baltimore sub-series. The story ties to the earlier books through the characters and where their lives are at right now. It doesn’t make for a good one out of order, but an intuitive reader would probably be able to get by.
So, defense attorney and champion for the rights of the young and defenseless by day and night club owner with two of his good friends by night, Thomas Thorne is working up to telling Gwyn his feelings when his life explodes on him. He’s found in his bed drugged senseless with a murdered woman. Oh, and hey his fingerprints are on the weapon. Things are not looking good, but his friends who are all from the law enforcement community rally round and get busy doing what they do best. Thomas has to watch his friends be put in danger even as they all follow the twisty trails through evidence and his past to the shocking truth or should I say truths.
This was one, like others where the cold and calculating vicious villain gets plenty of scenes and narration time right along with Thomas and Gwyn and others, but he is known to the reader from the beginning. Don’t let this revelation deflate your interest because that takes nothing away when the tantalizing ‘why’ and ‘how’ are still on the table. The why was he going after Thomas offered up the big aha moments that stunned me. Or maybe I was too busy being riveted to the immediate hard-hitting scenes as they unrolled that I didn’t give much thought to those thoughts.
While the romance was not at the forefront, it was there and things did heat up nicely between Thomas and Gwyn. She might have gone through a really bad experience that she is still not quiet healed from, but she is right there for Thomas in his need and doesn’t play around when it comes to their attraction.
I’ve said it before, but I love all the details, setting, and situation that is just right for a cop procedural style thriller. I love tracking with the experts as they work the case from all angles. And, I love the team of people who came together- past and newer types- to do what had to be done.
Thomas was an engaging hero and an amazing man. I was glad to see him get the spotlight and for him to have his shot at Gwyn. There is room for more stories set in Baltimore, but it will be fun to head to Sacramento next for a new set of characters and thriller situations.
For those who enjoy grittier romantic suspense or thriller romances, I can highly recommend this series.
My thanks to Penguin-Random House for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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