Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Mini-Review: Lethal Consequences

Lethal Consequences (Aegis #2)



Three months after rescuing Olivia Wolfe from danger, Aegis Security operative Landon Miller still can’t stop thinking about her, even though she’s off-limits in every way possible. Knowing he’s leaving Aegis and returning to the DIA soon, Landon decides it’s time for their flirty online relationship to end. But Olivia can’t stop thinking about Landon, either. On a whim, she takes a leave of absence from her teaching job to surprise him in Barcelona—and arrives to find a sexy redhead in his hotel room.
Things aren’t always what they seem, though. Landon’s would-be one-night stand is really a member of the Red Brotherhood, a terrorist group targeting Landon for information on a lethal bioweapon. And now Olivia is unwittingly ensnared in their deadly plot, too. Forget escaping emotionally unscathed; Olivia just wants to make it home alive. Yet to survive, she’ll have to put her trust in the very man who not only broke her heart, but whose lies now threaten both their lives.
Themes: romantic suspense, contemporary 
Rating: 4 stars
Heat Rating: 
Talk about serious consequences to spontaneous decisions! This story made me second-guess any thought I ever had of being spontaneous in the future. When I heard that Olivia and Landon were going to get a chance at their very own HEA, I was thrilled, especially after all the drama and danger that circled Olivia because of her sister in the last story.   Naughton is a wonderful author, able to capture all the angst and courage of her heroines, while maintaining the strength and yet subtle sweetness of her heroes, creating the perfect combination of characters for an obviously lasting love.  This series intrigued me mainly because I have so many similar series that I read that I wanted to see how they would differ and I have been pleasantly surprised to find that the writing and characters are enough to keep this series unique and keep my interest.  I am very much looking forward to future stories in the series and hope to see more of the Wolfe sisters and their men as well.  If you are looking for a light and fluffy contemporary romance this won’t fulfill your need, but if you love dark and dangerous men and the secrecy of the shadowy world of intelligence operatives you will find all you could want with Landon and Olivia’s story, including a great plot twist you never see coming in the end.
I liked Lethal Consequences a lot, mainly because it was great to see Olivia gaining some courage and coming into her own as well. But I definitely had several moments of wanting to kill Landon for his careless handling of her heart and for the asshole-ish things that popped out of his mouth at some points. That being said, in the end Landon accepted that having a woman to turn to in the darkness isn’t such a bad thing and the only woman that can give him everything he needs is Olivia.  Even though he has to work through a lot of personal baggage before he can accept her heart and offer her his heart in return, Landon is a man that grabs you attention and makes you want to see him overcome his emotional hang-ups and find happiness.  I also enjoyed seeing how Olivia kept calling him on his shit and made him accept his feelings for her, without having to resort to being a whining brat (too much) or a bitch-on-wheels (moderation again).  Combined with the awesomeness of the characters you have a great plot line with kidnappings, plot twists, crazy terrorists, and beautiful settings, all rounding out this story and making you feel like you are living the beauty and danger right alongside the H/h. Naughton’s true skill lies in her ability to take two characters that just don’t make sense on paper (pun intended) and in the end bring them together into an unbreakable bond of love and trust.  I am dying to find out if the head of the company will get a story, though I think I know who his lady will be if he does, and cannot wait for the next story in the series.  Another great romantic suspense masterpiece, Elisabeth, keep up the great and imaginative work.
*eARC provided by publisher (via netgalley) for the purpose of an honest and unbiased review.  No compensation was provided. 

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