- Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Forever (3 Nov. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446566594
- ISBN-13: 978-0446566599
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.2 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 991,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Shiver Of Fear: Number 2 in series (Guardian Angelinos) Mass Market Paperback – 3 Nov 2011
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Prior to writing full time, Roxanne worked in public relations and advertising. She quit the corporate world to pursue her dream of publication and in just over ten years, she's had nearly forty books published in many languages, and she's won the prestigious RITA Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and the National Readers' Choice Award three times, among many others.
A popular speaker to writers' groups, Roxanne resides on the "Space Coast" of Florida where she enjoys kayaking, gardening, and getting inspiration at the beach. She lives with husband, two children (although one had the audacity to grow up and move out) and two adorable dogs. She loves to hear from readers via her website (www.roxannestclaire.com) and through Facebook (www.facebook.com/roxannestclaire) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/roxannestclaire).
"When it comes to dishing up great romantic suspense, Roxanne St. Claire is the author you want." Romantic Times BOOKreviews Magazine"
New York Times bestselling author Roxanne St. Claire's Guardian Angelino series continues with this second chilling bookSee all Product Description
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As she thinks the acorn does not fall far from the tree, she travels to Belfast to warn her biological mother Dr. Sharon Greenberg that she could be in danger. Former FBI agent turned Guardian Angelino operative Marc Rossi is assigned to find and bring her home for their client the feds, but prefers keeping her safe in between kisses.
The second Guardian Angelinos romantic suspense (see Edge of Sight) is a terrific thriller as the lead coupling brings freshness to what would otherwise be a typical sub-genre frolic. Marc believes honesty is the only way to forge a relationship while Devyn fears telling him the truth will abort their relationship before it can get off the ground. Neither trusts the other, but the key to this taut thriller is not the lead pair, but her biological mom who is the target of her daughter, the Feds and some sleazy terrorists for differing reasons.
I didn't really like the interaction between Marc and Devyn (both characters introduced to us in Edge of Sight) and I confess that my primary reason for getting this book was to get more of Samantha and Zach.
*****************ABOUT SHIVER OF FEAR*****************
After Devyn's husband is murdered and all his secrets and lies are made public, and Devyn is feeling alone and betrayed, she goes on a quest to track down her birth mother. Her quest takes her to Northern Ireland.
Marc Rossi, former FBI agent and current member of the Guardian Angelinos, is hired by the FBI to track down Devyn and get her out of Ireland without revealing himself to her.
He finds Devyn, but oh so quickly she realizes that their meeting was no happenstance and confronts Marc, and he goes ahead and admits that he was hired to get her out of town. I guess this part bothered me more than the writer may have intended, because I don't get how a guy with all of his training and experience does the one thing that he was expressly told not to do, and that is to reveal himself and his motives. He did that with such frightening ease, I just couldn't understand how he ever worked successfully as a federal agent.
Anyway, Devyn refuses to leave until she finds her birth mother, especially when said mother starts sending her messages about wanting to see her and needing her help. So the both of them start scouring northern ireland in their search and keep getting attacked and shot at along the way.
I have to say that Devyn and Marc's relationship did absolutely nothing for me. It was the story within the story that had me turning the pages, and oh my goodness, I don't think I would have ever (not in a million years) seen that denouement coming. I just never would've thought that the villain was who it actually turned out to be. It was kind of like Kevin Spacey in 'The Usual Suspects' where the mastermind was the least likely person. The funny thing is that I usually look for the least likely suspect in a novel or movie, and it always turns out to be that person, so I'm usually disappointed, and yet, for some reason, it just never crossed my mind that the villain was who it turned out to be. So kudos to RSC for having me so thoroughly fooled. 3 stars for that, but I couldn't give a 4 or 5 star review because this was supposed to be a romantic suspense, and while the suspense part was in full force, I found the romance to be lacking.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. Roxanne St. Claire has such an amazing writing voice. I love the way that she puts a book together and the huge cast of characters that she builds up in this world. Really well done and well-written. From page one, she had my full attention and it never wandered far until the book was finished. I love getting immersed in a world to this extreme!
Set in Ireland, this book has a very different feel than the first book had, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. It made the two stories very distinctive from each other which sometimes becomes an issue in a series like this, so I liked that about it. Another thing that set this book far apart from the first was Marc. He's a former FBI agent. He knows what he's doing and is fully trained to do the job. It gave a different feel than from dealing with Zach and Vivi who are still working to learn the security field.
That brings us to the things that are the same in this second book from the first...the family! I love this family...every single one of them. We didn't get to see as much of them in this installment, but when they did show up, the scenes were complete perfection. The family dynamic with the Angelino's and Rossi's....ah, I just love it! The other thing that rocked in this book once again...the suspense!! OMG, I did NOT see all the twists and turns coming. I just kept gasping out loud. That is so awesome in a suspense book and definitely the sign of a good one!
Finally, we need to chat about the romance between Devyn & Marc. I really adored Marc's character. Honestly, what's not to love? He's charming. He's good-looking. He packs a gun and is willing to place his body in front of a bullet for the heroine. He has amazing integrity. And yes, his heart is more than a little wounded because once upon a time, he fell in love with the wrong woman...you have to love that little bit of vulnerability. I had a harder time with Devyn and that is probably because through so much of the story, she honestly was having a hard time accepting herself and where she belongs. So much of her self-worth was tied up in making a connection with her mother. On the one hand, I could understand that a bit, but I think that she became too obsessed in defining herself by her DNA. I just had a hard time relating to that part of her character, although my heart ached for her throughout so much of this book. Her internal pain is palpable and heartbreaking. The sexual tension between these two was so immense. They both have reasons for avoiding an entanglement and I was beginning to wonder if it was ever really going to happen, but this is a romance novel, so... It's all good...VERY GOOD!! ;o)
And now I am going to stop writing because I cannot wait to dig into book #3...finally Vivi's book and it looks like she is paired up with Agent Lang. Oh my! There are going to be huge fireworks in that book. I can't wait!!