Sunday, March 1, 2015

Beyond Limits ~ Edge-of-Your-Seat, Squirm-in-Your-Pants Romantic Thriller

An FBI agent and a Navy SEAL race against time in New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin’s newest Tracers novel. “Griffin delivers the goods!” (Publishers Weekly)

FBI agent Elizabeth LeBlanc is still caught in the aftermath of her last big case when she runs into the one man from her past who is sure to rock her equilibrium even more. Navy SEAL Derek Vaughn is back home from a harrowing rescue mission in which he found evidence of a secret terror cell on US soil. Elizabeth knows he’ll do anything to unravel the plot—including seducing her for information. And despite the risks involved, she’s tempted to let him. Together with the forensics experts at the Delphi Center, Derek and Elizabeth are closing in on the truth, but it may not be fast enough to avert a devastating attack…

Following in the bestselling tradition of the Tracers series, including Exposed, Scorched, and Twisted, Beyond Limits pulls out all the stops with Griffin’s most gripping thriller yet.

My Review

First of all, let me make a huge shout-out to XOXO After Dark for sending this fabulous package and the honor of becoming a XOXpert.

 I've been rocking those hot pink glasses like nobody's business.  
Thank you so much for picking me to join your crew 
and sending those lovely books and goodies!  
*Bonus* I'm looking forward to meeting Laura Griffin in just one week at the 
Austin Book Fest and getting Beyond Limits signed!

 I must admit, this was my first time cracking a Laura Griffin novel, and I wasn't disappointed.  It was a thrilling, fast-paced read that left me warm on this cold night.  If you've not yet read a previous book in the Tracers series (Beyond Limits is #8), fear not.  I never once felt like I'd been left out of the story, it absolutely works as a stand-alone.

There are just so many things to like about this book!  I must give a thumbs up to the locale (or at least a major one featured in the book) - Houston.  Oh, Houston, how I don't miss your humidity.  It's like a walk down memory lane while reading this book, from the Southwest Freeway to the Galleria (even the ice rink, which I have skated on) to Montrose - spot on.  It really captures the setting for the reader which I couldn't help but be aware of since it was my old stomping ground.

It's ALL about the details.
Beyond Limits hits pay dirt in all the little things that make the story so realistic and just whisks you away into the action.  Characters interrupting conversation to give directions while driving, acknowledgement of awkward landings while in pursuit of a suspect, smells, procedure, scars, dings in car fendors... I was basking in the details.  Loved them so much.  They may not always further the plot, but they paint such a pretty picture.

Hearts and flowers, this may not be.  More like bullets and underwear flying... but with a hot SEAL at your back (regardless if you want him there or not) how can there not be just a little *sigh* of delight.  I was quite pleased overall with the hanky panky, though the tease in the earlier half (several teases, really) let me a twinge frustrated for Elizabeth to let her guard down and take the plunge.

My legs are tired just from reading about all that running and chasing and knives and terrorists... *out of breath* I'm gonna need a minute.  I had a hard time putting this sucker down.  I was just the slightest bit worried about Derek being a SEAL and Elizabeth a FBI agent, add in a Homeland Security task force and my 'military jargon' radar was twitching.  Color me surprised when I had little to no problem understanding and it flowed so naturally and realistically - it's almost like it directed a movie in my head to accompany the words.

Overall I'd say this is not a book to miss if you like lots of action, military thriller, SEALs, terrorists, and romance!

'About the Author' 
From the Laura Griffin's website
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author LAURA GRIFFIN started her career in journalism before venturing into the world of romantic suspense. She is a two-time RITA Award winner (for the books Scorched and Whisper of Warning) as well as the recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award (for Untraceable). Laura currently lives in Austin, where she is working on her next book.

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