Title: Breath of Malice
FBI special agent Paige Carson hoped she’d be able to start a new life in small-town South Carolina. But when a senator’s sister is murdered and a blank postcard is left next to the body, Paige realizes that a killer from her past has found her—and is sending her a very personal message.
From the moment he hired her, FBI special agent in charge Sam McKade knew Paige was hiding something. Prompted by this recent threat, she finally opens up: one year ago, she caught the eye of suspected serial killer Todd Thames. Now he’s come back to pull her into his game, whether she wants to play or not.
As the danger increases, Paige and Sam give in to their growing attraction, and he vows to protect her no matter the cost. But the murderer will stop at nothing to get to his intended prey, and the strong arm of the law—and the shelter of her new love—may not be enough to save her.
Author: Karen Fenech
Published by Montlake Romance Source: Publisher
Published: June 14, 2016
Genres: Crime Drama, Romance, Romantic Suspense
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Rookie FBI Special Agent Paige Carson finds herself in the sights of a serial killer. She thought she would be able to close the case after she apprehended him; but no evidence was found connecting him to multiple murders. She ran away from her childhood home dragging along her kid sister. She thought she was safe but with Thames out of jail, she may never well be.
Romantic suspense is a hard genre for some but with others it comes naturally. There needs to be an even blend of violence, suspense and romance. Sadly, Breath of Malice fell short for me. The chemistry between Paige and Sam was severely lacking. When it came time for them to kiss and fall in love it fell flat. I felt no passion or let’s burn up the sheets with our lust type of love in this book. I cannot even say their love was sweet, it just wasn’t there. Then the relationships between the characters was vague and did not go beyond surface companionship. So when they said you are one of our own it did not feel real.
Sam could have been a favorite but he often was contradictory with what he said and did. When it came for him to “act on his feelings” he did not even care about normal protocol. Normally, most inter-office romances there is always secrecy at first with the “relationship” but here was no resistance. Sam said he wanted to help Paige but in the end, took complete control and got mad when Paige set off on her own. Paige could have also been a favorite had it not been for her constant mistrust of everyone in her life. Even her own sister, who was no part of the investigation in New York. I mean she’s still in high school, Paige was all she had left. She’s also a runner. Even when she claimed she finally started to trust she still leaves and baits Thames with no regard to those around her.
The best part of the book- was the psychopath Todd Thames. He literally got under my skin and I felt whatever he was doing to Paige and his other victims. He really did a number on Paige where only his sadistic smile would send her running. I may have watched too many Criminal Minds but he would have been a great character in the show. I mean medieval torture, right up Reid’s alley. But I digress.
Overall, it was an okay read. Would I recommend this book? If said person liked romance with light heat, flighty heroine, a sadistic killer, and predictable end, I probably would.
I was gifted this book from the JeepDiva in exchange for an honest review. The opinions and and ratings are solely my own.