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text 2018-06-18 23:24
Reading progress update: I've read 22 out of 271 pages.
Quarry - Max Allan Collins

still detest the cover art, but...loved the first chapter.

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text 2018-06-18 17:22
Reading progress update: I've read 14 out of 271 pages.
Quarry - Max Allan Collins

okay, I’m supposed to be indulging in a Summer of Spies pick, around now...but I’m diverting to a “cousin” of that genre, you could say: an Assassin tale.


I don’t like the cover on this book; of course they changed it right after I bought it! sigh.

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review 2018-06-18 06:53
Deadly Intent by Pamela Clare
Deadly Intent - Pamela Clare

Joaquin Ramirez, I-Team's resident photographer and Pulitzer Prize winner, arrives at a supposed-homicide-with-body-disappearance scene, only to be met with anger by a bystander. Turns out, the woman knows the victim and is the last one to have seen the man alive.
Mia Starr dislikes photojournalists. She's seen first hand, what an unscrupulous photo bug can do to get a story, but Joaquin seems to be different, and quickly turns out to be different, since he puts her first instead of the story.

Someone is killing former soldiers and trying to pin it to Mia, and Joaquin is there to help her out. And when the killer with the grudge turns on her, it's Joaquin to stand there, between her and a bullet.

A month after the hostage situation at a Christmas party, the I-Team is back in the thick of it. This time it's Joaquin's turn to shine, and to save the day.

I never really thought about Joaquin as a main protagonist. He had sidekick and friend written all over him in the other books. I'm glad, though, I got to see this other side of him. Looks like I underestimated him, and let's face it, side by side with Julian, Marc or Zach, he didn't stand a chance.
But in his story, the hero side of him came out, alongside the salsa-dancing, and yeah, I could understand Mia perfectly. ;) He was tender and gentle when he needed to be, determinedly protective, and definitely heroic there toward the end of the book. A truly wonderful hero.
His heroine, Mia, was an acquired taste, with her idiosyncrasies and all her contradictions and insecurities. It took a special kind of man to show her just who and what she truly was.
I didn't really buy their rushed romance, but I'm glad they found each other in the end.

The villain also had much to be desired, although the big reveal as to his identity came as a surprise (I certainly didn't see it coming); his motive left me scratching my head&mdas;why go after all those people, instead of just focusing on Mia?
But the suspense was gripping and served as a nice little catalyst for the two protagonists to meet and for the "romance" to bloom.

The characters were great as always (I loved all the "cameos", and it's always a pleasure seeing Julian and Marc in action, complete with marital spats and bickering), the pacing spot-on, the writing superb...This one is definitely one of my favorite series.

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text 2018-06-18 05:50
Reading progress update: I've read 289 out of 507 pages.
Rattle - Fiona Cummins

I still have a lot of pages to go, but it flows so smooth that I have a good chance of wrapping this up in another sustained reading session in the morning...rather than leaving some for later in the day. tense serial killer novels are hard to put down; this one might end up rating fairly high with me, unless it suddenly takes a wrong turn or gets implausible. let’s hope not.

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text 2018-06-17 23:13
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 338 pages.
Visions in Death (In Death, #19) - J.D. Robb
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