Sunday, April 10, 2011
Book Review--SHIVER OF FEAR, by Roxanne St. Claire
Shiver of Fear, by Roxanne St. Claire
Publisher: Grand Central (Hachette Book Group)
Roxanne St. Claire is a bestselling author of twenty-four novels of suspense and romance. In addition to being a four-time RITA nominee, her books have won the National Reader’s Choice Award for best romantic suspense for two consecutive years, as well as the Daphne du Maurier Award, the HOLT Medallion, the Maggie, Booksellers Best, Book Buyers Best, several Awards of Excellence, the Aspen Gold and multiple Gayle Wilson Awards of Excellence. Roxanne holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Market Communications from UCLA and completed several post-graduate courses in Marketing Management at Harvard University. Prior to launching a full-time career as a novelist, Roxanne worked as a television actress and news reporter, appearing in Bosom Buddies and Laverne & Shirley, and hosting a regional news program in southern California. She then launched a career in public relations and marketing, including seven years as a Senior Vice President for Hill & Knowlton, one of the world’s largest communications firms. Roxanne joined the Romance Writers of America in 2000, held a board position in her local chapter and is currently active in three chapters in her home state of Florida. Other titles include: Hunt Her Down, Make Her Pay, First You Run, Then You Hide, Now you Dies, and Hit Reply.
This is the second book in the Guardian Angelinos series, with Edge of Sight coming before, and Face of Danger to be released soon. Though this is part of a series, these are stand alone reads.
Former FBI agent Marc Rossi wants back in the investigation game, and joining his cousin's fledgling security and investigation firm, The Guardian Angelinos, seems like the right place. His first assignment could make or break the new firm, so he agrees to do his job as swiftly and without complications as possible. Heading to Northern Ireland, his mission is to extract information from a missing socialite and get her out of there. But the ice queen turns out to be a warm and beautiful woman--a woman with a mission of her own. As the daughter of an infamous fugitive, Devyn Sterling wants to find her biological mother and hopefully find the connection she never had with her adoptive parents. But her mother may just be one of the bad guys. When their investigation uncovers lies, secrets, and international terrorism, Devyn and Marc must trust in each other to survive.
I had the pleasure in reading the first book of this series, having loved the almost Beauty and the Beast quality to it. This second book did not disappoint. Full of twists, danger, and heat, this book was powerful. Set in Ireland, I loved the language, landscape, and culture the author created. It puts you right there. As before, the secondary characters and the family unit were a great addition. Having two characters with such diverse versions of family and diverse pasts made for a dimensional and satisfying read. Highly recommended.