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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Book Review and Tour: Angel on Fire by Jacquie Johnson


All Angela wants is to understand why her father, security specialist Mac McKenzie, dropped dead on a sidewalk in Boston. Instead, she is thrust into the midst of an international conspiracy when she discovers that her father was working on a classified project at the time of his death. Now, the FBI, a terrorist and a killer have her in their sights.

Former Navy SEAL turned undercover operative, Chase Romero thinks his boss is overreacting when he orders Chase to small town America to protect Angela. But he changes his mind when her home is burglarized and “accidents” begin to happen. The real question becomes, how can he keep her safe if he keeps tripping over his own heart?

Jacqueline_Wade_Final-1After shooting an intruder, Angela flees the scene, and the FBI issues a warrant for her arrest. On the run for her life and her freedom, she places her trust in Chase. As they travel from New England, to the nation’s capital, to the shores of Lake Michigan, the trail – and their attraction – grow hotter. Together, they team up to prevent a global financial market meltdown and face a killer who will stop at nothing to get his hands on the project Mac protected with his life.

My thoughts:
The first page of the prologue in Angel on Fire had my adrenaline spiked and heart racing. Jacquie Johnson's writing is intense and emotional. Just as quickly as she had my blood pumping she made me feel sorrow and despair for Angela Mckenzie as she suffers at her father's funeral.

Feeling like normalcy would be the best thing for her, Angela heads home to discover a burglary in progress. From there the she is thrown into a series of events that leaves her fleeing the law and trusting a complete stranger with her life. The stranger Chase Romero, has an unexplainable pull for Angela, she trust him, she shouldn't but she does.

Angel on Fire is full of well planned mystery and this incredible action adventure has sparked a new found desire to read more in the thrilling mystery genre.

The good:
While Chase is a controlling man he is also a very likeable character. Watching him grow and deal with emotions he wrestles with is exciting and entertaining.

The plot is thorough enough that it's easy to follow the story giving you what you need to almost figure it out, then realize you are completely wrong. Angel on Fire read like putting small puzzle pieces together and not really seeing the picture until the end when you step back and get a full view of the completed and awesome masterpiece.

I read Angel on Fire in one setting and really hope that author Jacquie Johnson will bring more of the Angel on Fire characters back for another adventure.

The Bad:
The editing is flawless with one exception. While really there are only a couple of sex scenes that are  not described in detail - just leaving you to your own imagination, there is a lot of heat that seems unnecessary. I get that sex sells but this story is so good it honestly doesn't need it. I felt like the fight to control an off limits but very hot attraction between Chase and Angela was needed to display an ethical working relationship that is inevitably going to lead to more; the kissing scenes could have been less. I found them distracting because it lead me off the plot track and were long. Specifically one scene that had me putting my kindle down and wondering if I wanted to continue reading  The story really didn't need this kind of heat so much. The attraction was evident in the rest of the writing and for me, the nonverbal cues of the relationship were more intimate, intense and sincere leaving me yearning for more of this type of heat.

I am glad I persevered because it did settle down and Angel on Fire became one of the best reads I have enjoyed in a long time.

The rating:
I give Angel on Fire four skullies, a definite buy for those of you are just testing the waters of the murder mystery genre, although I do believe a seasoned reader of this genre would enjoy it as well. It reminded me of the few novels I have read written by Nora Roberts crossed with the movie the Fugitive. I wrestled with giving it a five skully review but because of "the bad" listed above I couldn't do it.

Purchase Angel on Fire at Amazon. Learn more about author Jacquie Johnson on her website.


ladystorm said...

Since I know you don't like a lot of heat, I hope it wasn't to bad for you. :) Thanks for posting, I am glad you stayed with it and ended up enjoying it!

Jacquie Johnson said...

Thank you for hosting Angel on Fire on your blog and for the review.

My Life With Books - Jennifer K Jovus said...

Your welcome. I really enjoyed it and will be purchasing your future works. Thanks for stopping by. :)

My Life With Books - Jennifer K Jovus said...

The heat didn't make me uncomfortable it just felt like a tanget when they get to that first hotel. And it wasn't naughty, I just think if she cleaned that scene up (meaning shorten it, not make it disney style LOL) it would be perfect. This is the best book I have read via Lightening Book Promotions and I really will buy more of her work. Thanks for hooking me up Stormi! :)

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