Sunday, January 5, 2014

Review: Off the Edge ( The Associates #2 ) by Carolyn Crane

Off the Edge by Carolyn Crane

For deadly secret agent Peter Macmillan, language is a weapon—one he uses to hunt criminals, destroy plots, and charm enemies. Seducing information out of a beautiful singer in Bangkok hotel should be easy…except this particular singer has the power to destroy his cool fa├žade, and with it, his last defense against a dark past.

He tricked her. He helped himself to her body and her secrets. He has enemies everywhere. Laney Lancaster should hate Peter, but when she discovers him shirtless, sweaty, and chained up in the hotel’s dungeon, all she can think about is freeing him. Because she knows what it’s like to be trapped and alone. And she could use a dangerous friend.

They may be wrong for each other, but the instant they join forces, Laney and Peter are plunged into an odyssey of hot sex and dark danger. To survive, they must trust each other with their lives—and their hearts.




I'm really excited for Carolyn Crane new release as usual. I've read most of her books and I love Book 1 Against the Dark featuring Cole, the math expert and Angel, the safe cracker. 

This time we have Peter Maxwell Macmillan, the linguist expert, who was cool, dapper and together. Hmm... love these brainiac men. The things he can deduced from listening to someone talking was simply fascinating. I kinda felt afraid to talk in front of him, worried he might discover my deepest secrets.

"When you're a dragon and your habitat is legends, the shadow of a high rise, a bed of wrappers, that's nothing."

Our heroine, Laney was the ex-wife of Rolly, a mobster. She was living out her life hiding in Bangkok. For two years, she had an invisible life as lounge singer or so she thought, until she met Maxwell, the man who hear her cry through her songs.

Macmillan was on a mission to track Jazzman, who was going to auction off the TZ (some sort of high tech weapon that can level down an entire city). The Associates need to find Jazzman and stop the auction from happening. 

Laney happened to have something that Macmillan need in order to further his research and he set out upon to befriend her. They have an instant connection due to their interest in poetry and language in general. When Laney found out that Macmillan was not who he seemed to be and worried that he might be working for Rolly, she felt torn, yet she still want to believe in the man who seemed to connect with her.

Macmillan seemed like some kind of superhero that just won't go down. He had been tortured, held imprisoned and beaten to a pulp, yet he was still up and running. He tend wall up his feelings by rationalizing every situation with words. He even want to talk about what the word 'fuck' meant in different situation. I found Laney to be the perfect match for him. They both can discuss about the meaning behind every words all day long.

"You bleeding?"
"No. I've shifted to the coagulation and infection stage. I'm running them concurrently."

This had a very good engaging action and suspense plot. However, I'm a little disappointed that it was light on romance. The multiple POV from different players gave us a three dimensional perspective, but it take the focus off the hero and heroine. Macmillan and Laney was only together in 40% of the story and even that they were mostly in life threatening situation. I still prefer Book 1 Against the Dark. It had a more well balance romance, action and humour. 

Rating 3.5/5