The first book in this series was very good though it went a few places that I was uncomfortable with. The second book was wonderful! The plot line was good, the characters were real, the mystery was puzzling, the whole things was just the kind of contemporary mystery I love. I was really look forward to this one. Once again the plot was good and the mystery was well-crafted but the characters! I wanted to slap them over and over and really, I don't think Zoe acted like herself at all. I hope the fourth book in this series will return her to her right mind and I will be impatiently waiting for it.
Zoe and Pete sure looked like they were getting together at the end of the last book and this one starts with them seeing where that's going to go. They get a call to a house that has had a gas explosion and have to stop the husband from running back into the house as it burns to rescue his wife who dies in the explosion. He has a 10 year old daughter, Maddie, and Zoe can feel Maddie's pain, having lost her father at a young age and suggests that the dad and daughter move in with her at her farm. Obviously, Pete isn't going to like this since the dad is a murder suspect. Zoe has so many TSTL moments that I was wondering if it was the same character from the previous book. Much angst results from Zoe and Pete's differences over the suspect.
The mystery had nice twists and turns. The characters except for Pete and Zoe moments of idiocy were superb. I love the style of writing. Please just pass on the romantic angst next time and I'll be a happy camper.
Book provided by Netgalley but I always give my honest opinion.
A fast paced, fun, entertaining read that really had me guessing who was the killer until close to the very end. As usual another Henery Press publication did not fail to entertain. And Annette Dashofy does not fail In her third in the series of Zoe Chambers, a paramedic who is really wanting to be a CSI expert.
Thank you Henery Press and Net Galley for providing me with this free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
*I was provided an eARC in exchange of an honest review.
I really wanted to love this book as much as the first book in this series, but it just didn't happen.
Bryn was very whiney and clingy this time around. I don't understand why it took more than half of the book for her to figure out how to deal and move on with the plot line that was Zaiven. I found myself rolling my eyes every time Zaiven omitted or twisted a truth and she fell into his arms and all was forgiven.
Zaiven was a jacka** and I'd like to think there's a special place reserved for him in Hell. He mislead Bryn and his future wife with an effed up story. When Bryn finally told him and his lady off she still crushed on him. He wasn't giving two effs about her and she was hung up on him.
I loved her Knight Valmont this time around. He was sweet and kind. He even stood up to his crazy grandma when she mistreated Bryn over nothing. I actually want something to happen between them.
I also liked Jaxon as well. He wasn't the warmest person in the world, but he treated Bryn like a person even if he had a problem with her being a hybrid.
I found myself getting worked up every time someone mentioned an arranged marriage between Bryn and Jaxon. I will never understand the reason for arranged marriages or how there are still women living this as a reality. I hope Mrs. Cannon has an epic plot twist when it comes to this plot line.
My Favorite Quotes:
"'Honor and loyalty above all else even if you're miserable' seems to be their motto."
"What she did have was a screw-all-of-you attitude and the ability to roast anyone who pissed her off."
"Only those you love can truly hurt you."
I received a copy of this book for my stop on the blog tour at Donnie Darko Girl.
Getting ready to read Bridges Burned gave me an excuse to re-read the first book, Going Down in Flames, and I'm so glad I did. I really didn't need an excuse to read it again though - GDiF was just as awesome the second time around! Bryn is the kind of heroine you don't soon forget. In case you haven't read GDiF yet, I've done my best to make sure not to include any spoilers.
A couple of things stood out to me right away. It's interesting when an author can subtly shift your opinion of a character and even more so when it's achieved with multiple characters. That's exactly what Chris Cannon did in Bridges Burned. I found myself starting to feel differently about some of the characters than I had in GDiF, and it was surprising because I never would have thought my opinions could change that way.
I'm also super jealous that dragons can eat as much as they want without gaining weight. Like SUPER jealous. And it can be anything, even food that isn't good for you. Bryn could eat three or four pieces of cake after dinner! How can anyone not be jealous of that!
Like in the first book, I felt Zavien, the black dragon who is kind of Bryn's protector, is a jerk. I don't get his appeal. I can see it, I just don't get it. Nola, a black dragon and Zavien's friend, becomes super needy this time around, and of course he runs to her rescue at the drop of a hat. I was sad to see Bryn get left behind over and over.
I always liked Valmont, Bryn's literal knight in shining armor, and it was cool to get to know him and his backstory. He works at an Italian restaurant near the school in Dragon's Bluff. Bryn brought out the knight in him, so he really does protect her. There were definite sparks flying between them, and I think he's much more noble and caring than Zavien.
There was a lot of story around Bryn and her love life, which definitely kept me turning the pages. But I was also eager to delve into the politics of the Directorate and the ways in which Bryn could really shake things up. With conspiracy theories and the mystery of who would have gained what from trying to kill her, there was plenty of action and suspense to keep me reading straight through.
I love this series! Chris Cannon delivers once again with a heart-pounding and action-filled story with romance and heart.