Saturday, April 27, 2013

Against the Dark by Carolyn Crane

Title: Against The Dark
Author: Carolyn Crane
My Rating: A-

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: The Associates #1
Main Characters: Angel and Cole
Release Date: April 2013
Publisher: -
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:

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.

My Review:

This is one of those books that as I read it, I was very cognizant of how well it was written. This is a spy/adventure/suspense novel and I loved the way that Carolyn Crane wove the story and the details of Angel and Cole's story. And I can't even pinpoint what made it so good for me, but the entire set-up of the suspense story line to the minute internal dialogue of the characters, this book just worked for me

This book is about Angel. She's ended a five year retirement from safe-cracking to do a job to save a friend's aunt...someone who's been like a second mother to her. Her team is being bribed for the Aunt's safety. To get to the safe, they have to infiltrate a party at a sleazy, scummy crime boss. Working deep undercover as security for this crime boss is Cole. He's a math nerd. He's super-smart and notices details that others don't...he's brilliant at reading people and their motives by the slightest clues. He also had a horrendous childhood, so although he's a classic nerd, he's learned the hard way how to protect himself. 

I loved the dichotomy of Cole's character. At any given time, he could pull those smarts into action and show his nerdy side, but within a few minutes, he was going all alpha and protective over Angel. It made for an incredibly sexy package...and his abs that he kept flashing at Angel didn't hurt either. 

Angel has left the business. The reason why...she doesn't want to hurt people anymore. I loved that about her. Then add in her interior design philosophy and I fell in love with her. Listening to her talk about interior design, I wanted her to come and design for me. (At this point, I'm pretty convinced that Carolyn Crane actually suffers from multiple personality disorder to be able to get this deep into her character's heads.) And it wasn't just the interior design. When Angel became part of the safe and connected with it to break into it...OMG, just brilliant writing. I was convinced...completely and totally.

I really enjoyed this book. The writing was amazing and the smexy times...OMG! Cole is lethal when he lays it on Angel (even when he's just talking her through it)...and I love that he's as close to losing it as she is even though he's thinking about everything else going on that she doesn't know about. The bathroom scene...fanning myself.

This book was a phenomenal set-up for this new series of superspies called the Associates. I can't wait to read more about them.

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