Review: Live Wire by Caisey Quinn

Review: Live Wire by Caisey QuinnLive Wire by Caisey Quinn

Series: #2 Nashville’s Finest
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Intermix on March 7, 2017
Pages: 193
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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Caisey Quinn—author of the Neon Dreams romances—delivers the debut novel in an explosive new romantic suspense series...

HE’S NOT AFRAID OF ANYTHING…

Explosive ordinance disposal specialist Chase Fisk never breaks a sweat defusing even the most complicated of explosives. So when a homicidal maniac threatens to set off military-grade IEDs during Nashville’s largest music festival, Chase is the man to take him down. But with the reappearance of a woman he thought was long dead, everything he thought he knew is blown away.

EXCEPT LOSING HER AGAIN.

FBI operative Vivien Montgomery is an enigma to everyone around her. So when a deadly threat lands her in Nashville and paired up with the only man she’s ever loved, she isn’t looking forward to an emotional reunion. She’s only here to get the job done and get out. But when the madman behind the chaos targets her for death, the one man she left behind might be the only person she can count on to save her life...

Includes a teaser for Deadly Retribution

Review

After the stunning conclusion in the first book, Lit Fuse, there was just no keeping me away from Live Wire.  I had to see what came of this pair when he thought she died in an explosion and she stayed away long after the need to stay in hiding was over.  Whew!  This was indeed a live one like the title calls it. This new exciting series focusing on members of the Nashville PD and their intense cases and lives makes me pretty happy about the new romantic suspense on the block.

Lit Fuse was a good introduction to the main characters of this book and the surrounding cast of others who will get their story next.  This book is written in a way that the reader isn’t required to read the book one (which, incidentally, was a prequel when I read it, but now it’s book one) so either way is fine though I think the impact of what goes down off page before this one starts and the impact of their first meet will mean more if you snag book one first.

So this story begins a few years after Chase Fisk is forced to leave the Army after a bomb blast kills the woman he loves.  He was her instructor and her lover and he is full of grief and if onlys that keep him up at night and make him changed from the guy he was before.  He, along with his best friends all work for Nashville PD and Chase is with the bomb squad.  A tip about something suspicious at an old storage unit rental place leads his team to find plans for mass bombings in the city.  The FBI is called in to assist as they work to hunt down the planners and stop the bombings.  There is no way he could have seen it coming when Vivien walks back into his life as cool as can be pretending she barely knows him and working with the FBI.

Vivien Montgomery left the only man she would ever love behind thinking her dead and now her new assignment is right back there in the last place she wants to go.  Chase Fisk looms larger than life and confronting him with her lies- even if she had no choice at first- is something she isn’t sure she has the courage to face.  But she needs to be there to help save many lives and yes, she needs to give Chase the truth and put him behind her if she can.

Alright, I wanted this one and I dreaded this one at the same time.  The big, big thing of this book is the faked death element.  Oh, there is a fantastic and intense suspense going on with mass-bombers and time running down to find them before the big Nashville Country Music events bring tons of people into danger.  And there are some good light and fun scenes with the circle of friends and good detecting from the group as a whole.  Nice balance between the romance and the suspense.

But yes, the big enchilada was Chase and Vivienne four years after her FBI ordered faked death moment that broke them apart.  A grieving lover who you lied to and stayed away even when you could go back and give him the truth was making me uneasy.  I was not team Vivien when this all started because I knew her ‘death’ broke Chase.  Even if she had her reasons, four years of grief and suffering did not warm me to her own ‘missing him and loving him’ tune.

But I needed to know what would happen after she shows like a ghost from the past and what her explanation would be.

I will give this to the author.  She created a viable explanation.  That horse didn’t run for me, but I think it was enough so I didn’t toss the book aside prematurely.

The thing is that this was a romance that was never going to endear me to it completely- a lot of no-fault bad stuff and a couple human frailty moments and we have four years of misery for two people.

However, once it was over the rough ground, we were back to two fiery and strong people who had great chemistry and manage with a few shaky moments aside to really show up as mature communicating adults who partner well in life, in work, and in love.

The set up for the next book will shift the spotlight to another pair who are strong secondary characters and already have their characters drawn and some hints as to the action and romance.  I’m eager to get their story too.

All in all, this one is for the win column.  It won me over in spite of my early reservations and it left me excited for what is to come from the series.  I’m tagging this one for the romantic suspense lovers out there.

My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #70 RS
Literary Pickers #66 electrical plug
New Release #37
Books N Tunes #15 

Need a song to go with the book? Might I suggest….The Script’s If You Ever Come Back

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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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  • Oh yes! Love the new review post format, Shari. Thanks for doing it. 🙂

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Glad you like it! I am tweaking it as I go, but I think this is how we are going to do it for a while.

      • Sounds good. I’ll adjust my template. 🙂

  • Debbie Haupt

    Whew is right!! These two are going on my list!

    • Some kind of exciting stuff here, right Debbie. 🙂

  • Ummm…yeah. This book is right up my alley. I freaking LOVE back from the dead stories. Glad to see you enjoyed it despite your reservations.

    Great review!

    • You must then, Angie. You must. Start with Lit Fuse so you get the full impact of the back from the dead element. 🙂

  • Oh yeah, to find out that she faked her death but is back now. Sounds great and emotional.

    • That big scene near the beginning just crackled with tension and sparks. Good stuff, Mary. 🙂

  • oh man a fake death? give me give me!!

    • Oh yeah, Caisey Quinn did it right with this one. The tension and balance in the fake death and afterwards was just right.

  • Yeah, I think I would majorly not like the whole fake death thing.

    • It sure had me back and forth if I would like or hate this book. It was a near thing there at the beginning, Quinn. 🙂

  • It’s just simply wow! I know for sure I would have hate the fake death scenario but I’m really intrigued. Added to TBR. Great review Sophia Rose 🙂

    • Yes, it’s very ‘wow’. I had to know and didn’t want to miss the confrontation when he discovered the truth.

      Thanks, Vanessa!

  • I am intrigued by the whole faked death scenerio. Goodreads lists this one as the first book in the series but I guess I need to make a note to read Lit Fuse first.

    • Yes, that was so huge in the tension going into this book.

      I was confused when I went to write up this review because when I read Lit Fuse it was listed as #.5 the prequel, but then on Amazon and in the publisher notes, Lit Fuse is now book one. I know its not a big distinction in book order, but people assume prequels are optional some times when I felt getting the earlier story gave this one more of an impact. Soooo, all that to say, good idea to get Lit Fuse first, Carole. LOL

  • Glad it won you over, I am curious about the fake death element and how the author worked it out. Great review Sophia.

    • Yes, that was the big curiosity part for me. I wasn’t sure if the reason would be enough, but I definitely wanted to see how the big first meeting went. Terrible of me, I know. 😉

  • Well glad she managed to pull it off more or less! I’m actually doing an audio with a fake death and I still don’t quite get why the hero chose to do it years ago. We’re just about to have the big reveal showdown with her finding out (he had his appearance altered) and lordy I’m like yeah this won’t be good. lol I’ll have to check out the now book one to this series!

    • Yes, see, that was my thing about this one. I understood the faked death, but it was the allowing it to carry on after the danger was gone. I was worried that I wouldn’t buy the reason and really loathe the heroine. As it was, I was touch and go and ended up being favorable towards the overall story and romance.

      I skipped one a few years back because I was pretty sure I wouldn’t buy the reason. It was an appearance change thing,too. Wonder if its the same book you’re listening to. Reus I think wrote it… not sure, but it was romantic suspense in Florida.

      • Yep. It sure is the Reus one. I had it on audible I think from a sale and tend to like hers so gave it a go. He was in the military and decided to do I guess off the books super secret stuff where they’d have to act like he was dead and he went for it because he didn’t have family. But he had the heroine and had planned to ask her to marry him so I totally still don’t get why he’d do it when his life wasn’t at risk and he had a good job even if bored. Eh. I have 7 more chapters so we shall see. lol

        • Ugh, sorry. Hope I didn’t jinx it and there’ll be this cool twist that makes it all worth while what he did. 🙂

          • LOL no worries. It’s a fine story just that one really odd choice I so don’t get. But even with we’re at a 3.5 so not bad 🙂

            • This is good. Glad it turned out pretty good and that was just a little hiccup.

  • I’ve read a few books with a fake death. They were okay. I have read one series where a character dies and then comes back to life. I don’t like that at all. Glad this one worked for you.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Oh, that would feel like cheating with the plot and playing with my emotions if the death and resurrection thing happened. Yeah, that would be another one that wouldn’t completely win me over.

  • It sounds like an exciting read! I can’t even imagine how badly that fake death must’ve shaken the hero up when he thought she was dead. Even if the reason behind it makes sense, that’s a trope that can be a bit hit or miss for me. Lies like that always come back to haunt or hurt people. Although it does sound like an interesting set up with that surprise meeting after all those years.I can see why that romance never fully worked for you, but it does sound like a great read overall. the suspense sounds well done and it’s neat the balance between the romance and suspense was good too. Great review!

    • It was very exciting and I loved that. I enjoyed the book as a whole, but you’re right, the lying about the death when people were grieving just took away from ever getting full enjoyment.