tough-justice-countdown-3

Mystery
~90 Pages
Received from Harlequin via Netgalley for an honest Review
Kindle Only: $0.99
Published: February 1, 2017
Harlequin Special Releases
Tough Justice Countdown Part 3 of 8
4 out of 5 Stars

Book Description:

The bomber’s latest threat has thrown the Crisis Management Unit into chaos! As Lara Grant struggles to hold her fractured team together, she discovers a possible connection between this case and her own past–something she can’t reveal to anyone, especially now. Because when the bomber’s next target chooses to keep his secret, terror turns to an intimate form of torture, and anyone’s past can be used against them…

My Thoughts:

Part 3 of 8 hit a lot closer to home for our Crisis Management Unit (CMU) as the bomber has directly targeted his blackmail towards their leader, Victoria. Somehow he found out a secret about her past that would destroy her career and credibility as an FBI Agent.  This is finally the point where the FBI figures out the thing that we’ve known since book one…that the bomber is targeting people in high level positions using dirty secrets they’ve been hiding in their closets.

I was on the edge of my seat for much of the book taking the twists and turns with the CMU team and hoping that their leads would be fruitful. You find out that the bomber is definitely a genius when it comes to computers even out smarting the CMU’s computer expert.

The other thing I really enjoyed about this installment is that you finally get to see into the mind of the bomber. Towards the very end of the book you “meet” him and find out that he has a much bigger plan at hand for BrainWave, the technology company that’s been threaded throughout the first two books. 

Ohhhh, and you know that the three bombs that occurred at the beginning of the books were results of high level people not letting their secrets out of the closet.  We know who one of them was, but we don’t know the other two people who’d been blackmailed.  We also know that one other person the bomber blackmailed DID come out and let their secret be revealed, but we aren’t sure who that is yet.

The third installment of this great mystery series was written by Ms. Tyler Anne Snell. While the voice of Lara and the narration were very consistent with the first two books there was one thing that was a little distracting for me and that was bouncing between different scenes using the “***”. I can’t even remember if that was used in the first two books, but it was used a LOT in this one and for some reason threw me off. But that is literally the only critique that I can give the third installment.  It left off with another great cliff hanger and left me wanting to start the fourth installment immediately!

tough-justice-countdown-4

Mystery
~90 Pages
Received from Harlequin via Netgalley for an honest review
Kindle Only: $1.99

Published: February 1, 2017
Harlequin Special Releases
Tough Justice Countdown Part 4 of 8
5 out of 5 Stars

Book Description:

As tensions mount within the Crisis Management Unit, Special Agent Lara Grant’s relationships with her fellow agents fray as they race to find a hostage taken by the bomber. But as the next high-profile target rejects the bomber’s demands, it seems like nothing can save the innocent victim. A chance bit of evidence leads the CMU to a warehouse Lara knows all too well from her last case. But will they arrive in time to prevent another murder?

My Thoughts:

This installment was a huge change in pace for the bomber.  I believe he might be feeling a little pressure and he’s starting to let his emotions get the best of him…or maybe he sees his end game insight and not holding back.  Either way, instead of just making a threat of a bomb exploding and killing innocent lives, he has kidnapped someone and has a bomb attached to the individual with the clock running down. Every lead the team seems to get ends up at a dead end or worse…the person gets killed leaving them back at square one.

Something I haven’t mentioned in my last two reviews is that the character development in here is very enjoyable. They all have their quarks, but they really care about each other and it becomes more and more evident as this story develops. You find out that they all seem to be hiding their own secrets and it seems that some might be a little worse than others…maybe some foreshadowing for a future blackmail story line.

The past three installments have definitely hinted at and mentioned the previous 8 part Tough Justice series that is geared around Lara’s time undercover, but this one had a lot more to it…again, just makes me want to read the first 8 part series, but doesn’t take away from your understanding of what is happening in this series.

In true ending form, and I wouldn’t want it any other way in this series, it leaves you off with a major cliff hanger. It’s really what keeps you coming back for more and since this is a multiple part series there are all these little story lines that you’re wondering how they are going to tie up all the loose ends.

I’m still very impressed that out of these first 4 books, they were written by 3 different authors.  Aside from the multiple use of “***” to indicate a change in scenes during the third installment the characters all feel the same and have the same voice.  I’m very curious to know how these authors came together to write the series and who came up with which characters and which story lines…they all work very well together.

Overall:

I’m still enjoying this series immensely. I’ve really enjoyed the shorter book feel for each story while also giving us a larger mystery that is going to take the entire 8 parts to figure out. I’m half way through the series and very excited to see where the next book takes us into figure out who the bomber is and why he’s doing this all.

 

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