Arnold Salinski is dead and only his former protégé, Sabrina Masters, can break his code to continue his project for the CIA. However, the deadly terrorist mastermind, Kahsan, also wants to get his hands on Arnold's project. Sabrina is willing to take some risks in order to have her past forgiven, but will she survive the added complication of her former trainer, Quinlan?
I really wanted to like CALCULATED RISK. Having just finished POSSESSION by Stephanie Doyle, I was prepared to be wowed. Instead, I was bored. The idea of an intelligent and gutsy woman recruited by the CIA at such a tender age intrigued me but somehow Sabrina left me cold. Perhaps it was her attraction to Quinlan, a hero with few redeeming qualities. Quinlan's nasty attitude almost sent CALCULATED RISK flying across the room on more than one occasion!
CALCULATED RISK has a very gritty feel to it. Some of the scenes are a bit harsh and may offend some readers. While CALCULATED RISK is listed as a romantic suspense, the romantic elements are a bit weak. The attraction between Sabrina and Quinlan seemed almost brutal at times, without any softer moments. The flashbacks between the past and the present only exacerbated the situation.
Stephanie Doyle is obviously a talented writer as evidenced by the absolutely phenomenal book, POSSESSED. CALCULATED RISK is not on the same level as POSSESSED and should be approached with caution by fans of romantic suspense. However, if you are looking for an edgier, grittier story, perhaps CALCULATED RISK is worth trying.
COURTESY OF CK2S KWIPS AND KRITIQUES