I’m glad I read it with “The Rebel King” in hand so I could begin reading it right away! I mumbled, "Thanks." (The tangents I get on sometimes…). I was especially pleased that Ms. Ryan didn’t seem to draw on stereotypes when writing her (I’ve read a number of books where Native American characters are described in stereotypical ways). And it’s fascinating. "God damn it, call me Billy again and I'll knock you flat on your ass. Unmentioned, of course, was that they hoped the social starvation would drive him babbling into the arms of his interrogators. ", His head jerked up. I gave him a cold stare back. right?" In the first book of a thrilling new romantic suspense trilogy, USA Today bestselling author I mean ... fuck you." Even more fascinating, given the one robber’s motive, is how easy it would have been to turn the story into a farce, melodrama, or clichéd mess. I was blowing hot air, actually to impress the prisoner more than the guards. The books are multifaceted and contain so many unexpected twists and turns. "Okay, sign these forms. I feel like it is hard to give examples of this without getting into major spoilers. Anyway, I'd done my duty. "Of course. I didn’t agree with Maxim’s choice to lie to Lennix, but I was also able to understand his reasons for doing so, and as time passes and both he and Lennix become successful adults, I found myself really wanting them to work things out. Ms. Ryan puts them both through the emotional wringer, causing me to feel tons of complicated emotions right along with them. This book and its companion are the least formulaic books I have read in a while (I’ve read some reviews saying this one is riddled with clichés, but you have to read both to get the whole story). I said, "Billy, listen ... Mary called the day after your arrest and asked me to get out here right away. When Lennix is twenty-one, she accompanies her two best friends on a trip abroad for spring break, and she’s delighted to realize fate has placed her in the same city with the man she knows as Maxim Kingsman. Personally, he resents the pompous Morrison. And yet, when you go into a film like “First Blood,” you have an expectation there are going to be clear good guys and bad guys without a ton of complexity- and that’s okay. He should be wondering why I wasn't blowing ten miles of smoke up his ass. Book Cover Blurbs Edit BOOK ONE—A Promise of Fire (2016): Catalia "Cat" Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. Conveying a viewpoint is another facet of “show don’t tell.” Also, a story can just be a story without the need to insert an agenda. On the other hand, a favorite movie of mine, “Dog Day Afternoon,” has two of the most complex villains I’ve ever seen in cinema. I win more than I lose, but you can find plenty of lawyers who are better. I’m happy to see your high grade; maybe I’ll give this one another try over the holiday break. That said, I’ve never been drawn to onenote villains or to simplifications of complicated stories. I mentioned none of this to him-yet. Since this is a romance novel, I don’t consider it too much of a spoiler to tell you they eventually begin to work through their differences, but their road to happiness is a long and arduous one. The "day after your arrest" had been two long and miserable days earlier, the "arrest" being the one CNN had replayed over and over, of an Army general being dragged out the side door of the Moscow embassy, surrounded by FBI agents in bulletproof vests, his face a tangle of frustration and fury. Just say so. Was this getting off on the right foot or what? Even though they go long stretches without contact, neither is able to stop thinking about the other, and I found myself eagerly anticipating their eventual reunion. The Capitol Game It was the deal of the decade, if not ... Of all our blood relations, an aunt offers the most potential for uncomplicated friendship. She could've done so much better. The Kingmaker. The authorities showed no interest in discovering what really happened, and Lennix has been forced to grow up in the shadow of this unspeakable loss. Pull yourself together and look at me. Were they in the same chess club? No pens, no pencils, no sharp objects. Available on Compatible NOOK Devices and the free NOOK Apps. I realize AAR is a book site, but I couldn’t resist comparing and contrasting villains from cinema. She's staying with her father. Parts of the book really drug out and was boring. He frowned, shook his head, and I continued, "Here's how we're going to do this. Knock when you're done.". Enabling JavaScript in your browser will allow you to experience all the features of our site. A moment before he'd been a suicidal husk, and if something didn't seep into that vacuum, his whole being might get sucked into nothing. A real page turner in the same class as books written by top authors like Nelson DeMille, Lee Child, David Baldacci, Mark Greaney, Gregg Hurwitz and Michael Connelly. I was his wife's old slumber buddy, and trust me on this point: This is hardly a male-bonding thing. He stared at me longer than necessary-a gesture meant to convey that he didn't think highly of me or what I came here to do. What kind of stupid asshole do you take me for? He was already on suicide watch, and I didn't want to send him hurtling off the ledge into eternity. I’m just not here, these days, for romance that hectors me. The harsh tack wasn't punching through that wall of depression-perhaps something warmer, more conversational? For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now. As for one-note villains, it depends what kind of mood I’m in. "But first promise you're not going to use this to stab yourself or some such shit. Submit your email address to receive Barnes & Noble offers & updates. I paused to let that filter in and got ... nothing. The chemistry between the leads is fantastic. I enjoyed this one, but I enjoyed it even more after reading the second book of the duet, “The Rebel King.”. $42.99. These are damned serious offenses. However, these aren’t just thrown in randomly. I’m quite picky when it comes to contemporary romances. When Morrison didn't reply, I said, "Though, if you'd like to consider me, I know you and your wife. Guilty or innocent, your only leverage is what's locked in your head and we need to preserve that. Since then there had been countless newspaper articles detailing what a despicably awful bastard he was. "Yes. More sharply, I said, "Damn it, Billy, it's Sean Drummond. The "here" was the military penitentiary tacked onto the backside of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Sean Drummond bulls ahead and comes to suspect that this simple case of treason is actually a chess game being played at the highest levels by the best and brightest--one in which Morrison is merely a pawn. And this film’s main strength besides the extraordinary acting, writing, and directing, was the decision everyone made to simply *show* the two bank robbers/hostage takers in action without adding commentary or judgment. Really, this whole thing is-" I held up a hand to cut him off. Maxim feels guilty for keeping his true identity a secret from Lennix, but he’s afraid she’ll turn her back on him forever if she discovers who he really is. The Kingmaker’s Daughter is the gripping story of the daughters of the man known as the 'Kingmaker', Richard Neville Earl of Warwick: the most powerful magnate in fifteenth-century England. Drummond at times borders on comic caricature he personally kills five villains, stabbing one fatally in the eye with a ballpoint pen yet he is easy to root for and fun to watch in action. "You're sure, Billy? New York Times bestselling author Brian Haig returns with a riveting thriller about a man ... New York Times bestselling author Brian Haig returns with a riveting thriller about a man