Thursday, April 21, 2011
The Guardian Angellinos by Roxanne St. Claire
The legacy that haunts her . . . — The mystery she must solve . . . — A man who threatens to reveal her secrets . . . — and break her heart. — Burned by a failed marriage, former FBI agent Marc Rossi wants back in the investigation game with no emotional strings attached. Taking an assignment for his enterprising Angelino cousins, he heads to Northern Ireland to pry a key piece of evidence from a missing socialite-any way he can. But when the ice queen turns out to be warm, beautiful, and on a secret mission of her own, the job becomes a passionate reminder of what happens when duty and desire mix. The daughter of an infamous fugitive, Devyn Sterling has survived betrayal only to find that her mother has mysteriously disappeared. When her search uncovers secrets, lies, and threats, Devyn and Marc must trust each other when every instinct says they can't . . . and a terrorist wants to make sure they won't live to try.
I was totally lost in this book! Could NOT put it down. I already loved the Guardian Angelinos after the first book. It was very nice to find characters I already knew about in this book. Marc is a player who uses his charm to complete his assignments. Devyn made a quick appearance in the first book when her husband was killed. Now she's trying to find her biological mother, but it's proving to be a lot more of a challenge than she expected. She unintentionally steps into a lot of problems and danger when she goes hunting her. Marc has been given a simple job...get Devyn out of Belfast where she is hunting her mother and do it NOW. While he's doing his job, he ends up realizing that Devyn isn't quite as perfect as she looks....and she has a secret of her own that she is trying to find the answer to.....and she believes her biological mother holds the answer she seeks. Devyn is on a mission to find her answer. Marc has to figure out how to convince her to leave instead of looking for those answers.....but he's having a really hard time saying 'NO' to Devyn..... Rarely does an author have enough to make a series BETTER after the first book. Roxanne St. Claire is one of the few. I give this book a 4/5. It's a good read.
Private investigator Vivi Angelino has never met a risk she wouldn't take-and her latest client, a starlet with a madman on her heels, gives Vivi the perfect opportunity to walk on the wild side. That is, as long as she can make sure a certain overprotective, overly gorgeous FBI agent stays out of her way-and out of her fantasies. — Special Agent in Charge Colt Lang is not about to stand back and watch Vivi dangle herself as bait for a serial killer. Yet trying to rein her in means throwing his well-worn rulebook-and his iron self-control-to the wind . . . and taking the chance that his heart will become collateral damage in an already perilous case. Because a woman who can't stop searching for the truth is impossible to resist-even when every discovery she makes brings them closer to a calculating murderer with nothing to lose.
The Guardian Angelinos just keep getting better! Vivi is such an awesome character who is so much more than she appears to be! I was very happy to see how Roxanne St. Claire brought her character out and showed that rough circumstances can be a great breeding ground for a wonderful character. While Vivi is challenging...she is also relentless when she is trying to do what is right, but she is so vulnerable....and Colt Lang really has no chance when he realizes that he's been underestimating Vivi....again. She has looks AND brains.....and the backbone to pull off a major case. The only problem is, she doesn't always consider the danger to herself before she heads into the fray--and Colt finds himself pulling her out of scrapes every time he turns around. They end up with more problems than either had expected. I also give this book a 4/5. You'll enjoy the series.
I want to thank Hatchette Book Group for providing these books to review. I was given both books in return for an honest review and the above opinons are 100% mine.