Released: May 1, 2011
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: The Guardian Angelinos #3
“While I did enjoy the writing and the romance a lot, there were just some parts that didn’t play out so well for me in this book. I’m still going to try the others in the series and see how I get along with those.” ~ Under the Covers
I’ve had this book sitting on my bookshelf for years it seems and for whatever reason, I didn’t read it until now. While I hoped to try and read the books in order, I just decided that I would try this one first and see how I liked St. Claire’s suspense style. Before this, I only read her Barefoot Bay series so I was curious to see how she started out.
FACE OF DANGER works as a standalone although I think it would’ve been nice to get to know the rest of Vivi’s family since the whole series is about a family-run security firm. Private investigator Vivi Angelino jumps straight into the action when a suspected serial killer is on the loose. The killer has been targeting Hollywood high-profile celebrities and Vivi has reason to believe that another world-class celeb is next on the killer’s list.
To stop this from happening, she proposes to be the star’s body double. Since agreeing to the idea, the star’s only condition is that no one else can know or it will ruin her reputation. So despite being surrounded by people who can help in in times of trouble, Vivi must keep her mouth shut in order to fulfill this mission. The only thing is, Assistant Special Agent in Charge Colton Lang can spot Vivi from a mile away and he won’t stand for me being in harm’s way if he can help it.
Let’s start off with that I liked about this book. The whole premise is quite unique and I loved the idea of family run security firm. Anything with family like that just reels me in. I started the book with liking Vivi immediately. She and Lang have a very fun relationship. Though Lang is supposedly the more straight-laced kind of guy, I didn’t get that impression throughout the entire book. He likes to tease Vivi when he can and I think that’s far more interesting than a guy who broods too much. So hands down, the best part of this book was the romance.
Unfortunately for me, the problems that I did have with this book has mostly to do with the suspense aspect. I told a friend of mine that I would have loved this book more if it didn’t have the suspense plot but that defeats the whole purpose of this book, doesn’t it? I just didn’t like how unbelievable some of the events were in this book.
First of all, the celebrity who Vivi becomes a body double for takes her on pretty quickly for it to be believable. I also wished that she was a little more nicer. It would’ve made the mission more meaningful if she was made more into a victim. It would also paint Vivi in a more sympathetic light I think because we could relate to her more rather than think she’s doing something reckless. Readers could maybe understand why she was putting her own life in danger for someone.
Also, while some of the sexual tension is well done, I just didn’t really like how some of it played out. Take this for example… When Lang recognizes her, Vivi tries to save her cover by BLOWING HIM on a plane. Out of context, it seems a little ridiculous but in the book, it felt a little forced too.
While I did enjoy the writing and the romance a lot, there were just some parts that didn’t play out so well for me in this book. I’m still going to try the others in the series and see how I get along with those.
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