This review is done in conjunction with a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Leave a comment, or ask the author a question, for the chance to win a $25 Amazon GC. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.
Simon Trent is a burnt-out Interpol agent who disappeared after his last case turned fatal. But with the resurgence in smuggling and all signs pointing to the man who once escaped his grasp, he comes out of hiding to finish the job that’s haunted him for years. What he doesn’t see coming is Claire, the beautiful and headstrong reporter who may be a threat to his case—and to his heart.
As Claire and Simon reluctantly join forces to unravel a mystery that reaches deep into her family history and may be his only chance at redemption, they must fight to stay one step ahead of a brutal killer—and one step away from the dangerous feelings building between them.
My review: Intent to Kill starts off with a bang -- hooking me right away, but then slows down immediately following the first chapter. I have to admit, if I hadn't been reading this book for a review, I might have stopped reading... and that would have been a mistake.
We spend the next few chapters setting up the dominoes for the rest of the book. We meet the players, Claire, Simon and our villain and we delve into the country of Cambodia. I admit to being a bit frustrated that Simon and Claire spent next to no time together for quite a bit of the beginning -- when I read romantic suspense, I'm looking for the romance to start almost immediately. Again, though, I'm glad I stuck it out because holy smokes, once the ball gets rolling, it's a fantastic story.
I understand why things started as they did, as things needed to be set up in order to work. It's a pretty complicated story with a lot going on, and most of the characters have some pretty significant skeletons in their closets. It makes for an intriguing read. Thankfully, once Claire and Simon do start spending time together, the romantic in me was plenty satisfied.
I've never read a book set in Cambodia before, and knew little about its history, so I was edified along with entertained.
If you're a fan of romantic suspense, I can recommend this book -- just be patient at the beginning because the payoff is well worth it.
3.5 Flowers - This was a good book. I liked it.
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/intent-to-kill-ryshia-kennie/1117165254?ean=2940148404996