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Deadly Addiction: Deadly Vices: Volume 2 Paperback – 24 Apr 2012
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"This is a read that will have you staying up late to not only enjoy Alyssa and Remi's out of this world chemistry, but so see what lengths some will go to in order to preserve what they feel is right." ~ Night Owl Reviews (4.5 Stars Top Pick!)
"Kristine Cayne will dazzle readers yet again with Deadly Addiction, a compelling, beautifully crafted, powerhouse of a romantic suspense novel. Truly a 5-star read! Bravo, Author!" ~ Laura Taylor, best-selling author of Intimate Strangers, six-time RT Award Winner, two-time Maggie Award Winner, & RWA RITA finalist.
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Kristine certainly has a knack for creating characters that are interesting and feel genuine. She kept the plot very interesting as well, and told it in a way that makes the reader want to know how it all ends up. And big brownie points for the hot scenes (yep I do feel I need to mention this)... Yes, they are rather detailed and might leave you in need of a cold shower (or several), but they're beautiful, and not trashy in the least. Or maybe it's just Remi who's beautiful, I didn't really care much about Alyssa in that way to be honest ;)
Another really nice surprise was how Kristine linked Deadly Addiction with Deadly Obsession. It was really nice to find some "old friends", even though it totally broke Nic's heart when I told him that Rémi was now my chosen one... ;)
A great read, I had a fab time ! Now I can't wait for Deadly Vices #3 !
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The main reason I didn't enjoy this book was the female main character, Alyssa. Theoretically, she is an intelligent and capable cop, right? Well then, why is it that she does not, even a single time, manage to get herself out of a confrontation without being rescued by her man candy (or someone handing her a gun)? It was something I noticed in the last book, too, but I let it go because Lauren wasn't supposed to be an action hero. But Alyssa keeps claiming she is a good cop, but she flubs every single opportunity to show it. Even running away she falls and has to be rescued. Despite that, she keeps flinging herself in the path of danger as though she was bulletproof, demonstrating something that everyone labels as "bravery" but is obviously just failure to understand her own limitations.
The final scene really did it for me. I don't do spoilers, but suffice it to say she pulls a horror movie "doesn't deserve to live" move and runs right into danger. Not a good cop move, no trained police officer would do something like that without backup.
So I can't figure out what she brings to the relationship other than sex. That seems to be how she catches criminals, after all, since she can't manage to catch them any other way. She doesn't come off as intelligent at all, or clever or funny. All of their dialog is spent educating the reader about Indian history so we don't get a chance for them to bond with witty banter like we did in Deadly Obsession. They don't seem to have much chemistry even. I really just didn't get it. And all along, she never hesitated to do things that hurt him if the opportunity presented, seeming to feel very little empathy.
Oh, and a research note. In order for a brown eyed person and a green/blue eyed person to have a light eyed child, the brown eyed person has to be heterozygous- have one each of brown and light eyed genes (because brown is dominant, the child has to get a light eyed gene from both parents to have light eyes). That would make Remi's mother part white also, assuming there aren't other green eyed Indians in her ancestry. That didn't make sense to me given what Remi said about his grandfather being a traditionalist. Just thought I'd point that out, that having a white father doesn't fully explain the green eyes. The rest of his appearance is unlikely too, but we'll let the fantasy rest ;)
I love Remi's character. He is so strong with his convictions and so caring with his people and family. He's such a complicated character. But not only is he strong, but he's also very vulnerable, and it was written so well, it just made you fall in love with him. There is so much past history, good and bad, some even heartbreaking for anyone having to go through it, especially a child. With all that, Remi never let this stop him from caring and fighting for others.
Alyssa is another very strong lead. To find out what she went through with the Vipers and her brother and how she coped and fought, and what she had to do to reach her goal, was amazing.
Both had difficult lives, and both had to now go through prejudices in the current lives. Alyssa being white and an SQ officer and Remi being Indian and a ½ Indian at that. Kristine did a great job of showing both their struggles to not only fight their prejudices but fight for a chance to be together.
Kristine Cayne also did a fabulous job in bringing history and traditions of the Iroquois Indians. I always love learning things while enjoying an interesting and suspenseful novel.
The loves scenes were sizzling, and also heartwarming. Their relationship had so many ups and downs because of all of their problems, Remi's clan, the SQ, and of course the villains, I didn't want to put it down just because I wanted Remi and Alyssa to win their struggles.
Finally, even though these novels can be read as stand alones, it's really nice to be able to read about some of the characters in the previous book. I was so happy to see our old friends and how Kristine brought them in. She did such a great job in integrating them into this novel and making it work well.
I sincerely recommend this series to anyone looking for a fast paced, romantic, suspenseful series. Can't wait for the next one.