Thursday, September 1, 2011

Edge of Sight by Roxanne St. Claire

Title:  Edge of Sight
Author: Roxanne St. Claire
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Suspense
Series: Guardian Angelinos #1
Main Characters: Sam & Zack
Release Date: November 2010
ISBN: 978-0446566582
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Links to Purchase:
Amazon- $7.99
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
The killer she can't escape . . .
The heartbreak she can't forget . . . 

The one man who can stop them both.
When Samantha Fairchild witnesses a murder in the wine cellar of the restaurant where she works, the Harvard-bound law student becomes the next target of a professional assassin. Desperate for protection the authorities won't provide, Sam seeks help from Vivi Angelino, an investigative reporter who recruits her brother, Zach, to protect Samantha. A Special Forces vet with the scars to prove he's equally fearless and flawed, Zach takes the job, despite the fact that he and Sam once shared a lusty interlude that ended when he left for war and disappeared from her life. Now, as they crack a conspiracy that leads to Boston's darkest corners, Sam and Zach must face their fears, desires, and doubts, before a hired killer gets a second shot...

My Review:
Three years ago, Vivi and Samantha were best friends. Then Sam met Vivi's twin brother, Zach, and they embarked on a three week passionate affair where Sam fell hopelessly in love with Zach. The problem, Zach was an Army Ranger and he deployed without a single look phone calls, no letters, not even a postcard. Sam was devastated and the hurt and memories eventually destroyed her friendship with Vivi too.

A lot has changed in three years. Sam is on the verge of attending Harvard law and while working as a waitress, she witnesses a murder. Now, someone is trying to kill her. The cops don't care to protect her (something else that has happened in the last three years to change Sam's life.) She has no where else to turn, but to Vivi who is now an investigative reporter who might be able to help her find some answers. The problem with running to Vivi though is that Sam ends up right in Zach's arms and the three years haven't been kind to him either.

OMG, this book was good. Zach had his reasons for leaving Sam's life, but they are even more profound now as he has come back from war scarred, missing an eye, and lacking a focus for his life. He is floundering and as a reader, it is heartbreaking. These are obviously two people totally and completely still in love even after a three-year separation, but Zach doesn't think that he deserves Sam and Sam sure doesn't trust him with her heart. She made that mistake already and she is not willing to go through that heartbreak again.

I read a LOT of romantic suspense (probably my favorite genre) and as a result, read a lot of stories where the main characters have something to do with running a security firm. One of the things that I really love about this book is that the Guardian Angelinos (the security firm) is not established's simply a business idea from Vivi. As a result, these guys aren't pros. Yes, they are all alpha and completely capable, but not infallible, because they don't have the experience yet. I liked the realistic edge that provided. Instead of instinctively knowing where the bad guy is and how to attack (like you find in so many of these types of novels,) these guys have normal reactions. They are not inhuman in their skills...those skills are there, but they aren't honed yet for the security world. It was a fresh perspective that I really liked. It will be interesting to watch as the firm is formed.

There is a lot to recommend about this book. 
*First and foremost, is the amazing romance between Sam & Zach. (If you want a taste of that, there is a free novella about their meeting three years before that you can read HERE.) 
*The suspense is absolutely fabulous. The "villian" took me completely by surprise....I had no idea that was who it was going to be although all the signals were there after I thought it through. 
*I absolutely ADORED Vivi....gotta love a skater chick...
*and the ENTIRE Angelino clan. There are 5 siblings (one former FBI agent- Marc, one deep undercover spook-don't know the agency yet- Gabe, one cop- JP, one psychologist- Nicki, and one computer geek- Chessie.) Then there are the twin cousins...Zach (who will be CEO of the firm) and Vivi who is an investigative reporter. How about that for an amazing team for a security firm? They are a super-close Italian family with the tensions AND love that go along with that.

I cannot wait to read all of their stories. It's going to be an incredible series!!!


The Book Vixen said...

I'm not reading your review b/c I have this book on my shelf (I like to go into a book with a clean slate) but I will say that it makes me excited that you gave it an A rating!

Julie said...

I'm definitely going to place this on my wish list. I've seen this series around and it's all been good. But now that you said it was really good, I'm sold.