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