After finishing The Devil’s Daughter I couldn't wait to get my hands on the next book in the series and when it was announced that Vic would be the male lead I was thrilled since I wanted to know more about what made the man tick. And while I enjoyed The Hunting Grounds I found it to be more murder mystery/suspense than romantic suspense. The romance between Vic and Maggie just wasn’t there for me, but considering how invested I was in finding out who the murderer was I found it balanced things out.
As much I liked Vic and Maggie, I just needed more from them when it came to them working towards being a couple. Both are hard working and quite good at their jobs. They had the whole mind meld/finish each other’s thoughts thing going on and despite their rocky reunion, worked well together. But the sexual tension that I wanted to feel when they were together wasn’t quite there for me. I really wanted to go down the rabbit hole with these two on the romance level, but it didn’t quite get there for me.
But while the romance didn’t grab me by the proverbial balls, I was totally invested in finding out who the serial killer was and the motivation behind the murders. I had that whole sitting at the edge of my seat thing going on as the bodies kept piling up and the suspect list was whittled down. I enjoyed the twists and turns throughout the story, I winced a few times at the descriptions of what befell the victims and totally agreed with Vic’s POV when it came to camping (I’m totally with Chunk from The Goonies “I love the dark, but I hate nature). The one, well two-ish things I would have liked a little more of was how those left behind were dealing with the aftermath of it all.
Though the romance fell short for me, I still enjoyed the book and how the hunt for the killer played out and will definitely be keeping an eye out for the next book in the series.
~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley ~
For two FBI agents with a past, love becomes a matter of life and death in the new Hidden Sins novel from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert.
Maggie Gaines used to be an FBI agent—top of her class and one of the bright, up-and-coming stars—until she spectacularly fell apart during her first high-profile case. That was eight years ago. Now she’s a ranger at Glacier National Park, and she’s found some measure of peace. But when the body of a murdered woman is discovered, she must finally put the past behind her and work with the one man she thought she’d never see again.
For months, Vic Sutherland has been hunting a killer who’s been targeting unsuspecting hikers in national parks—and now the predator has come to Glacier. Vic knows the case will bring him face-to-face with his former partner, yet nothing can prepare him for seeing Maggie again after all these years, or for the memories of passion it stirs in both of them.
As the investigation brings them closer together—and closer to the killer—Maggie and Vic fear they have only each other to trust. But even that might not be enough to make it out of Glacier alive.
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 title, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it 'a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension." When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.