Off The Edge by Carolyn Crane (The Associates #2)

Off The Edge by Carolyn CraneAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Self

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

SHE MAY BE HIS WORST ENEMY…
For deadly secret agent Peter Macmillan, language is a weapon—one he uses to hunt criminals, destroy plots, and charm enemies. Seducing information out of a beautiful singer in Bangkok hotel should be easy…except this particular singer has the power to destroy his cool façade, and with it, his last defense against a dark past.

HE MAY BE HER ONLY HOPE…
He tricked her. He helped himself to her body and her secrets. He has enemies everywhere. Laney Lancaster should hate Peter, but when she discovers him shirtless, sweaty, and chained up in the hotel’s dungeon, all she can think about is freeing him. Because she knows what it’s like to be trapped and alone. And she could use a dangerous friend.

They may be wrong for each other, but the instant they join forces, Laney and Peter are plunged into an odyssey of hot sex and dark danger. To survive, they must trust each other with their lives—and their hearts.

 

I read Off The Edge right on the heels of book one, Against The Dark and I’m so glad that I did because there is something about Carolyn Crane’s writing that just mesmerizes me for hours on end. The idea behind The Associates series is men who are not only good looking but deadly smart. I can’t even tell you how much I adore that scenario and how needed it seems to be in the romance genre.

Peter Macmillan has been his deadly alter-ego for so long he’s not even sure his former side exists anymore. He lives in a state of non-living, preferring instead to break things down into language sequences. He can understand anything about a person based on word selection, dialect and usage alone given enough time. He’s not above using whatever means necessary to get the information he needs, until he meets a mysterious lounge singer who is hiding in plain sight. Laney evokes a side of him he thought long dead and even though his case is more important than one woman  he finds himself having trouble putting Laney in harm’s way.

Laney has been on the run from her psycho ex-husband for quite a while. His reach, even behind bars, spans  the globe but she’s managed to evade him with the help of a friend. Or so she thinks. There were times I wondered how she could be so stupid. How she could not possibly not suspect a family charged with keeping her safe who seemed to dismiss her concerns and stymie her attempts to protect herself. Plus she was basically held captive in a gilded cage within the hotel walls she lived in. She seemed like a smart woman, clearly capable yet sometimes her naive-ness seemed so blatant.

Peter on the other hand…wowzer, this is a man I could get behind. Or under…or over for that matter. There is something so incredibly hot about a man who is that smart, that good looking AND that deadly. Even if the man made me feel kinda dumb when he started getting all intellectual. I’ll be honest, some of it was way over my non-intellectual brain, but the way his words formed was magical and utterly mesmerizing. His pain over the death of his family years before was an open wound as he slowly showed his true self to Laney. He had to work through those issues before he could ever hope to be whole enough for the life he was beginning to crave with his lounge singer. Laney’s knack for coded lyrics in her songs drew him like a moth to a flame and he simply couldn’t let her go.

Plenty of action and intrigue compliment the smexy scenes, moving the plot along nicely. Peter races against time to locate and extract a very deadly weapon being auctioned off to the highest bidder at a convention of arm’s dealers in the hotel Laney sings at. The man behind the selling of the weapon is one the Associates have been after for quite some time and yet evades their every approach. He’s a man even Peter seems to have a hard time closing in on, something that has become a hot button issue with him.

The introduction of the next hero, Thorne, who is decidedly UN-hero like was interesting and it piqued my interest to keep on going with the series. I can’t wait to read, Into The Shadows! Carolyn Crane has hit her stride with The Associates series. The writing is magnetic, grabbing you at page one and unwilling to let you go until the end!

I give Off The Edge by Carolyn Crane 4 stars!

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