I've finished reading the February books and am starting on the March titles now, but I still have several February releases to share with you here, including Dead Right (Zebra) by Cate Noble, aka Lauren Bach. A number of years ago, when this author debuted, I fell in love with her writing and her stories, so when I discovered she was back under another name, I was excited. In this one, Dante Johnson has lost a lot working for the CIA: his friends, his late lover (who it seems betrayed him), and eighteen months of his life that were spent in a prison in Asia while everyone believed he was dead. Now that he's back and fit, he's set to do his own investigating to find out just what happened to him, with or without CIA help. I was surprised to find that I had a hard time getting into this one, and it didn't get better for me until very near the end of the book. It jumps around in time and point of view between hero and villain, and eventually heroine. And speaking of Catalina Dion, she doesn't make an appearance in the present for eight chapters, eight chapters filled with action, of course, but I still find it difficult to think 'romance' when a couple isn't even together. And they stay apart for far longer than that, each working on their own particular priorities of the moment, while working toward the moment when they'll meet up again, like it or not. Except that when they meet up again, all Dante wants is revenge, not romance. Which leaves very little story to fall in love again. After the way I loved her previous books, this one was really disappointing for me, I'm sorry to say. It's the start of a new series, and, while I expect I'll read the other books in the series, I know I'll be more cautious in the reading, hoping they'll be more romance and less like a men's action flick. Or maybe I'll be hoping that once this series is completed, she'll go back to the type of romantic suspense she used to write. And those books, I'll be revisiting very soon, to remind me just what I liked so much.
Until next time, happy reading!