Double Review: Quinn I & II by J.C. Cliff (Undaunted Men 1 & 2)

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00007]Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Self

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

Fearless and determined, Quinn is the perfect man for the job the Moretti mob has in mind: track down missing mafia princess, Alexis Moretti, and bring her home.

What starts out as a simple task to repay an old debt turns into so much more than he bargained for… And so does she.

As Quinn and Lexi grow close, she becomes more than just his mission. But Lexi and Quinn are both keeping secrets–secrets that could destroy their blossoming romance just as quickly as it ignited. When Lexi’s past catches up with them, secrets and lies will be revealed, and the ultimate test of forgiveness will be upon them both.

 

Quinn II by J.C. CliffAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Self

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

QUINN IS BACK and pushing the limits on it all — suspense, sex, love, gut-wrenching emotions — with a fiery intense conclusion to his and Lexi’s story. The more Alexis runs, the harder Quinn fights for her.
 
It’s an undeniable truth; bad things happen to good people, and Lexi is not impervious to the realities of the life she left behind.
 
Keeping Lexi safe at all cost, Quinn remains unwavering in his duties, constantly putting his life on the line, time and time again.
 
Two tortured souls are pushed to the edges of their sanity and their love will be put to the test. Tempers flare, emotions burst, and love flickers, but after the ultimate explosion, can forgiveness be found amongst the rubble?
 
Alexis needs Quinn more than ever…and Quinn must decide if Lexi is truly his fate or if their romance was never meant to survive beyond his mission. One thing is for certain: neither Quinn nor Alexis will be the same after surfacing from the mountain trails. Now that they’ve survived the wild, can they survive each other?

*****DOUBLE REVIEW*****

My reaction after reading my very first books by J.C. Cliff? Pleasantly surprised. Finding new to me authors is always something I’m searching for and when I do, I immediately start searching their backlist of books to enjoy as well. I was sent both Quinn I and II to review and the premise was one I found to be something I could get lost in.

Part I – Desperate to find his daughter and bring her home, head of the Moretti crime family, Tony, enlists the help of a man who owes him a huge favor. Ex-military man, Quinn would much rather refuse the man, but knows it’s either this, or something much worse in the future. Quinn sets out on the local hiking trails with his dog Kimber in search of the mob princess on the run. He expects to bring her in without much fuss but she brings trouble around every corner and soon it’s not just him on the trails intent on bringing her in.

Alexis knows she’s in over her head after the first few hours on the trail. When an incredibly hot hiker and his dog show up out of nowhere to help her she thinks it’s too good to be true. Having Quinn around definitely makes her feel safe even while she knows she can’t trust him.

I really liked this book. There was enough action to keep me focused and the sexual tension was sharp from beginning to end. The undeniable attraction between Alexis and Quinn was very well done, and even though they don’t actually get together until damn near the 90% mark of the book, I didn’t notice much because of the incredible foreplay. There is a lot of time put into this relationship and the slow progression from target to attraction. I enjoyed how resilient and strong Alexis was even being obviously out of her element. She didn’t complain, and while she fell apart from time to time, she got back on her feet soon enough and continued her journey.

Kimber, the retired military dog, was a scene stealer whenever she was around. I adored her just as much as Alexis and Quinn. I loved how Cliff painted her with such easy intelligence and how even with all her training, you just knew that it was the connection between her and Quinn that made them work so well as a team. I’m a sucker for a dog and Cliff gave me exactly what I wanted with Kimber.

Part II – Book two was a harder sell for me. I am glad I had it to start right away because there is a vicious cliffhanger at the end of book one. I found part II to be much slower paced and there were parts I just wanted to skip through. I think these could have easily been condensed into one book, or even a full length and a novella. I think I had issues because Alexis and Quinn spend much of this book apart dealing with the aftermath of Alexis’ betrayal (so Quinn thinks). Without that constant heat, the pages just seemed to turn more slowly. And of course there are misconceptions galore and Quinn reacts very badly in the face of them. It isn’t until towards the very end of the book that they come back together and I was a bit unconvinced how easily Alexis lets him back into her life. He said and did some pretty awful shit, and I’m not sure “I didn’t know the truth” would/should have worked.

The epilogue was a nice addition at the end to tie everything up with this couple and give some insight into the next book in the series. I will definitely be back, I’m just hoping each couple only gets one book from here on out so I don’t find myself slowing down my reading due to a loss of heat or a dragging plot line. Overall, I enjoyed these two books and have found another author who can ensnare my imagination with ease.

*There is some difficult reading in book two so readers with triggers may need to beware.*

I give Quinn I & II by J.C. Cliff 3.50 stars!

 

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