Series: Pierce Securities #1
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Also by this author: Mae Day
When Krista catches her boss doing the unthinkable, the only thing she can do is run. Straight into the arms of the eye-candy she’s been trying not to flirt with on her lunch break. But whose side is he on?Ryan’s security firm is having a hard time getting off the ground, and this may be just the job to help the company out. But pseudo-bounty hunter isn’t really what Pierce Securities is trying to get a name for. When he finds out their target is the classy lady from the park, all of his senses go on high alert. What do these men want with her?When Krista is forced into Ryan’s sanctuary in the woods, she realizes just how wild he is, and that she doesn’t want to tame him. He may feel his methods of protection endangered her, but without Krista in his life, Ryan is crazed. This is book #1 in the Pierce Securities, a Romantic Suspense series by Anne Conley, author of the Stories of Serendipity and The Four Winds.
So, this is another book that has been sitting on my kindle waiting for me. I love romantic suspense so I don’t know why I waited so long to start this series. But, I am so glad I picked Craze because it was really good.
Craze is the story of a woman, Krista, who witnesses her boss molesting a child. She rescues the child, but ends up the target of the men who were running the pedophilia website (as it turns out the site has more than just pedophilia). Initially Ryan, working for Pierce Securities, is hired to bring her in. Once Pierce learns WHY her boss wants her, they protect her instead. The danger is real (her boss is just a cog in the wheel that includes bought off cops, and very connected people who didn’t what their dirty secret exposed) and the book is pretty fast past. Ryan and Krista have chemistry, but Ryan doesn’t want to jeopardize his job and put Krista at risk. So, the slow burn is there for sure! With all that was going on (the danger to Krista) romance was not a priority so their decision to fight the feelings felt believable to me because there was real danger. I compared this book to an episode of Criminal Minds (because the bad guys are seriously deviant) mixed with a romance novel. It seems like an odd blend, but it worked. I will certainly continue reading the series-I am interested in the other guys!
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: No
- Trope: Mortal Peril, Fake Relationship
- Triggers: LOTS (child abuse, attempted rape)
- Cliffhanger: No
- HEA: View Spoiler »Yes for Krista and Ryan « Hide Spoiler
Rescuing Rayne by Susan Stoker, Saving Sophie by Cate Beauman, Fighting for Flight by JB Salsbury…then you will probably like Craze!
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Anne has written her entire life and has the boxes of angst-filled journals and poetry to prove it. She’s been writing for public consumption for the last four years. Currently she is writing two romance series. In Stories of Serendipity, she explores real people living real lives in small town Texas in a contemporary romance setting. In The Four Winds, she chronicles God’s four closest archangels, Uriel, Gabriel, Raphael, and Michael, falling in love and becoming human. She lives in rural East Texas with her husband and children in her own private oasis, where she prides herself in her complete lack of social skills, choosing instead to live with the people inside her head.
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I like reading romantic suspense novels although I’ll admit that anything that has to do with pedophiles is always rough for me to read. I can do murderers and rapists, but I’m left feeling so upset with books with pedos. I’m glad that the combination of the crime aspects and the romance worked well in this case.