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Author: Kylie Brant
Release Date: August 2, 2011
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Genre: Suspense Romance
Format(s): Paperback (352 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
An unknown assassin has appointed himself judge, jury, and executioner, brutally taking out high-level human targets citywide. And the list of suspects is a sensitive one: an Iranian diplomat, a U.S. senator, and a vengeful priest. It’s just the kind of case to test the resolve of tough FBI agent, Jaid Marlowe. Especially when her new partner is Adam Raiker, Jaid’s former colleague and ex-lover. But that’s history—and it left scars.
Determined to leave it behind them, Jaid and Adam dive into the most shocking investigation of their careers. But when Adam himself becomes a suspect, Jaid must choose between past and present. Her choice plunges them into a far-reaching, high-level conspiracy of shadows—and on the run not only from secrets and lies, but for their lives. Now, despite their history, they have only each other, and the desperate hope that love can keep them alive.
What Vampbard is talking about:
Rarely does a book keep me guessing until the very end. Deadly Sins did just that. Having not read a whole lot of ‘mystery smut’, I found Brant’s writing quite concise, eloquent, and perfectly suited for its purpose in this title. This isn’t your typical Holmes-esque mystery. This storyline MOVES! I couldn’t put it down. Literally. I hated the fact that ‘life happened’ and would cause me to tuck this title in my purse, only to be pulled out as I stood in line at the grocery store or waited in a drive-thru.
As far as mysteries go, I’m old-school. Higgins-Clark, Doyle… pretty much it. However, I always had figured out whodunnit by the time I reached the half-way point of the story. As I read about Adam and Jaid, their investigation into the murders of prominent individuals, and the just-under-the-surface smokin’ HAWT romance brewing – awaiting the right moment for renewal – the details were all clarified, addressed. I had no questions throughout the story. At one point I’d even thought I’d figured out the murderer. I was wrong. I also thought I’d figured out the ‘secret’ in the parallel plot. Nope. Not even close. Brant neatly braided into the story a small but significant plot that could have gone another direction and would have made complete sense.
I also thoroughly enjoyed the character development in this novel. I got to know all the major players right off the bat. Even though it is the sixth book in the series, I didn’t feel left out or thinking I needed the others for backstory. Brant allows her books to stand-alone which is something I ADORE in an author that is new to me. Even the characters that I didn’t get to know immediately – there was a purpose for that.
Very well-written. No grammar-police necessary! Brant is definitely a master in this genre!
Personal favorite – a must read (A+)