Series: The Apostles

The Blind by Shelley Coriell

The Blind by Shelley CoriellThe Blind by Shelley Coriell
Series: The Apostles #3
Published by Forever on July 28th 2015
Pages: 384
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four-stars

As part of the FBI's elite Apostles team, bomb and weapons specialist Evie Jimenez knows playing it safe is not an option. Especially when tracking a serial killer like the Angel Bomber. He calls himself an artist—using women as his canvas and state-of-the-art explosives as his brush. His art lives and breathes . . . and with the flick of a switch . . . dies.
As the clock ticks down to his next strike, Evie faces an altogether different challenge: billionaire philanthropist and art expert Jack Elliott, who's made it clear he doesn't care for Evie's wild-card tactics.
Jack never imagined the instant heat for the Apostles' defiant weapons expert would explode his cool and cautious world—and make him long to protect this woman. But as Evie and Jack get closer to the killer's endgame, they will learn that safety and control are all illusions. For their quarry has set his sight on Evie for his final masterpiece...

A very compelling read, with layers and layers of mystery to unravel even if the romance felt a little forced – because it wasn’t needed at all to sustain the excellent narrative. Evie Jimenez is an admirably unyielding force in this book to the point where I’d replace the word headstrong with strength, but I wished I could have seen some sort of development that could have broken her further – and then put her together again.

four-stars

The Broken by Shelley Coriell

The Broken by Shelley CoriellThe Broken by Shelley Coriell
Series: The Apostles #1
Published by Forever on April 29th 2014
Pages: 416
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five-stars

He took her life, but left her alive.
Three years ago, reporter Kate Johnson was the first victim—and only survivor—of the Broadcast Butcher. Scarred both physically and psychologically by the brutal serial killer, Kate lives life on the run, knowing that one day, he will find her and finish what he started.
In the pursuit of justice, you sometimes have to step outside the law.
Agent Hayden Reed spends his life chasing monsters. The only way to stay sane is to detach, but the second the Broadcast Butcher case crosses his desk, Hayden knows this is the case that might just cost him his soul. To catch this vicious murderer before he strikes again, Hayden must find Kate and earn her trust. For it's her darkest secrets that hold the key to stopping this madman once and for all . . .

The Broken is a classic whodunnit crime story that focuses more on the case than the steady attraction brewing between 2 very different people in the background. There are red-herrings aplenty, slow burning moments and a gradual piecing together of all the loose threads, that all beings with a woman who has been on the run for a few years. Finding her is FBI profiler Hayden Reed’s obsession as well as the catalytic event that sets things in motion.

I found Kate quite a refreshing heroine and a lot more easier to read than Hayden, who remains pretty much an attractive, brooding and sexy mystery for 3/4 of the book and I was starting to wonder if I’d ever see more than the intense (almost wooden) and controlled nature that he has, save for the small glimpses of utter devotion he had for his ex-wife. It was almost a relief to see him lose his shit as both he and Kate get deeper into the case.

five-stars

The Buried by Shelley Coriell

The Buried by Shelley CoriellThe Buried by Shelley Coriell
Series: The Apostles #2
Published by Forever on October 28th 2014
Pages: 384
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four-stars

Cypress Bend, Florida, is a small southern bayou town filled with long-buried secrets. It's also the home of successful, fiercely independent state prosecutor Grace Courtemanche, who's pulled into a world of terror and self-doubt when she receives a phone call from a young woman buried alive.
In a race to stop a revenge-seeking killer, Grace unearths skeletons from her past along with feelings for the one man she swore she'd never need again, Theodore "Hatch" Hatcher, a rootless, smooth-talking FBI crisis negotiator who's back in Cypress Bend to deal with a secret of his own.

Grace Courtemanche’s ordered world is thrown into chaos when she realises she has missed a few calls from a young woman buried in a box. A race against time to find her ensues and in the middle of it, her path crosses again with her ex-husband who’s also battling a crisis of his own.

Light on the romance and heavy on the suspense, I was skeptical about ‘The Buried’s’ premise initially given the flaky nature of the hero that’s pitted against Grace’s steady, if uptight nature. Throw in a wayward teenage son and I was about to throw in the towel at page 10 but was spurred to keep on reading because I liked Grace immensely. Unravelling the murder plot however, was quite a riveting process and I’m glad Grace got what she needed at the very end.

four-stars