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Seismic Crimes Paperback – 22 Apr 2016
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Beth and Donovan meet during a hurricane in Florida. The town she lives is is recommended to evacuate, but for a variety of reasons she is not able to. She prepares her house for the approaching hurricane in hopes to try to weather the storm when she looks outside and sees a car careening down the street and it hits into a tree. Concerned, she goes to see if she can offer help and meets Donovan, who she aids in his injuries and has him come into her house. She sees that he is wanted for the murder of his brother, but after he tells is side of the story, she starts to believe he is not the murderer the press is making him out to believe.
That story ends with them being able to find and kill one of his brother's murderers but the second one is still on the loose.
Seismic Crimes begins where basically Hurricane Crimes ends. It gives a little background in case one didn't read the first book in the series. Donovan is on a mission to find the second killer of his brother, and Beth is on a mission to be with him, them having fallen in love over the short course of the first book. Their search for the killer finds them in San Francisco, where in the midst of the search a terrible devastating earthquake occurs. Won't spoil the rest of the book but basically all ends well, except for an ominous phone call Beth gets at the very end of the book.
My take, I liked both books; I enjoyed that Seismic Crimes was longer and went into more character description; got to know Donovan and Beth more in the second book. Chrys writes very descriptively and I felt I was there during the earthquake with the ground shaking. I would definitely recommend both books. They are romance based books and I will give the caveat that there are some lovemaking scenes in the book. I look forward to wherever the series goes next in Chrys' writings with disaster and will definitely read what is next to keep up with the doings of Beth and Donovan.
They've survived a hurricane, but when they travel to San Francisco on the trail of his brother's killer, they're not only pitted against him, but a 7.+ earthquake.
There are two strengths in this story:
One is the non-stop uncertainty in each dangerous situation the two face together and alone. No matter what Donovan or Beth encounter, the reader's never sure either one of them will survive or how they'll manage.
The well-choreographed, sexy scenes between the two main characters will keep readers turning the pages as much as the chase and fight scenes do. Fey handles each of these intimate scenes amazingly well, setting a high bar for steamy romance writers.
Seismic Crimes is a good summer read--quick, exciting and hot enough to make July seem cool.
Beth and Donovan begin a life together and are happy with the comfort and, steamy, pleasure they bring one another, but it’s clear that they both issues and pasts that could threaten what they have if they don’t deal with them honestly. Plus, Donovan is having a difficult time accepting that, with such time constraints weighing on his desire to capture is brother’s killer, Beth is his best shot of even getting close.
There are some, what I feel are, ‘battle of the sexes’ tropes at play in this story. Some I feel are handled wonderfully, while others have left me a bit confused. Beth gets the crap beat out of her, but she doesn’t go down easy. She’s a fighter. Big strong Donovan is forced to rely, not only on another person but, a woman more than once. But after the earthquake and the resulting aftershocks roll in, the experience of the two main characters is so different that I wonder if it was intentional.
When Beth is alone, trying to get back to Donovan, all she sees and experiences is more disaster. She’s mostly just running for her life, having no time to really look for Donovan. Aside from providing her own self-defense, she isn’t able to really help anyone else. Donovan, on the other hand, sees disaster and runs to it like Superman. Left and right, he’s saving people. There’s nothing wrong with either of these experiences, but it would have been nice to see Beth save someone.
Still, all in all, a wonderfully intense and solid crime drama. Will definitely continue the series.
Recommended to adult readers of crime thrillers and romantic suspense.