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Enjoyable read, but doesn't compare to Armstrong's supernatural series...,
This review is from: Exit Strategy: Number 1 in series (Nadia Stafford) (Paperback)
This is my first foray into Kelley Armstrong's writing, and overall it was an enjoyable one. I had assumed when buying it that it was another supernatural focused series but once I had started, it actually turned out to be a tale of hitmen and women going after one of their own who had gone 'rogue', and was becoming more and more similar to a serial killer.
The story was interesting, and the dynamics between characters enjoyable, if a little under-developed, and the situation and plot of the novel interesting and mysterious enough.
I liked the lead character, although her story (ex-cop turned semi vigilante killer) isn't original, the character was likeable enough that it didn't bother me too much. I enjoyed the concept of retired hitmen like Evelyn wanting to get back into the business, and the idea of a gun-toting granny definitely gave me a few chuckles.
The thing that lowered the score for me on this was the romance, which isn't featured too much in this one, but you can see it coming. There's the slightest inkling of a love triangle happening here involving Jack and Quinn. Now, Quinn is introduced late and is just what our heroine needs, which probably means he will be disappointed. The problem is that there is almost no suspense to the romance as so much effort and time is spent concerning Jack and Nadia that it's clear who the author favours in the end....and I just don't get Jack. He's supposed to be this older, brooding, practically mute, sexy hitman but in all honesty he just comes across as bland...Edward from Anita Blake he is not. So that's what let this down for me, the inevitability of a boring final love interest. Maybe I'm wrong, and I'd like to be, but it's clear from the way both love interests are developed who is going to win that particular battle.
I will be reading the next in the series though, so I guess I shall see where it goes from there.