3.4 on the Masq Scale. Against the Dark by @CarolynCrane #mystery #bookreview

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Against the Dark

(The Associates)

Written by Carolyn Crane

Genre: Mystery, Romantic Suspense

Book Synopsis


Angel Ramirez left the safecracking game five years ago, and she’s worked hard to make amends and build an honest life. But when a beloved aunt is kidnapped, she must reunite with her girl gang to acquire the unique ransom: Walter Borgola’s prized diamonds. It’s a simple job that turns into a nightmare, thanks to a surprisingly clever—and searingly sexy—security guard named Cole Hawkins.


Cole is one of the Association’s most brilliant agents, under deep cover investigating a ruthless killer. He’s also running out of time: hundreds will die if he doesn’t stop the plan Borgola’s set into motion. Catching Angel is the break he needed--he promises not to turn her in if she poses as his lover and uses her unique talents to unlock the sociopath’s dungeon vaults.

But as pretend passions turn real, Cole regrets drawing Angel into his deadly game…and danger is closer than either of them could ever imagine.

Jenny Buijs's Review

The reason I really wanted to read this book, was that it seemed to have the perfect mix of genres: Mystery, Romance, Suspense and Action. Also, I love books that have confident and sexy lead characters. Now, there's no questioning Angel's sexiness, but she wasn't as confident about herself as I thought. At some point in the book, Cole tries to show Angel how he sees her, but she doesn't want to listen. The lack of self-confidence seemed a bit out of character for Angel. It just didn't feel right that she thought like that.

What I really liked about this book is that even though the whole story only covers a few days, it doesn't feel like that and it doesn't bother me, like it normally does. It feels natural and not slow at all. Which is probably because of Cole's undercover investigation. I kept thinking they were going to find out who he really was, so what actually happened in the end, took me by surprise. I was also glad about the fact that Carolyn Crane didn’t mind some violence. Not that I particularly like violence, but it really belonged in the book, because Borgola’s not exactly a nice guy. .

I enjoyed this book, but it wasn't like I couldn't put it down. Some of the interactions between Cole and Angel seemed a little forced, and the scene where Cole pulls up his shirt to show his 6-pack was very silly. Overall it's a nice and entertaining story and I'm curious about MacMillan's story, in the next book. But I'm not in that much of a hurry to read it.

Review Disclaimer: Book provided in exchange for an honest review.

Content Disclaimer: Marked mature due to violence and sex.

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