20 December 2014

TAG Review

TAG
by Shari J. Ryan





What if your family had a big secret . . . a life changing secret. My dad, the bigwig CIA agent, was always on the run, whether he was being chased or doing the chasing. I missed him. Then my mom passed away, and my sister was murdered. I turned my solitude to strength because the alternative was too bleak.

But my luck seemed to turn: I met Tango. And while I want him more than I’ve ever wanted anything in my twenty-two years, danger lurks around every corner and I simply can’t take the chance of it finding me. But his tattoos, his smell, his darkness, and his body— that marine has taken over my every thought. But, what if he too isn’t what I think? A ticking time bomb isn’t going to leave me much time to waver. Even the bravest person can be in need of a miracle.

Before she was gone, my mom warned me to know everyone and trust no one. But what was I supposed to do when I found out I am the one not to be trusted? Turns out, I was always the bait in this conspiracy.

In author Shari J. Ryan’s gripping novel, TAG, the canyons hold secrets, the waterfalls provide safety, and romance has a pesky way of showing up when you are sweaty and dirty and least expect it.



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I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!


What I say: I don't tend to read many romantic suspense/thriller books these days because I found I could often predict the outcome within a few pages. Although there were a few things I correctly predicted in terms of the storyline in TAG, I wasn't expecting certain events and Tango's story in particular kept me guessing.

Cali is alone, damaged and determined. Her focus is on vengeance and atoning for past mistakes. She finds it difficult to trust anybody and is used to being ignored by her former CIA agent father. She lives her life on the run, moving from place to place until one particular act of vengeance sees her saddled with the hot and brooding Tango.

I really liked Tango because he had an interesting back story and seemed genuinely into helping Cali. I found Cali a little harder to warm up to because she's very closed off and is so focused on getting revenge that she initially came across as distant and a little bratty when she didn't get her own way. I definitely softened towards her once I understood more about her moods and standoffishness.

I have to admit there were times when I was expecting certain characters to turn on her. I even doubted Tango at times (I think this may have been more about my being cynical rather than his character). 

There are several subplots and different elements going on within the story and I liked getting to know more about the horrors in Cali's past - I really didn't like her dad.

I'm not going to say any more about the plot for fear of spoiling anything - for me the joy of suspense books is trying to figure out what happens. I would have liked a more developed ending because everything happens rather quickly but I enjoyed TAG and was pleased it threw the unexpected at me.


3.5 Stars in my Sky!




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