I’ve always been an avid reader, and enjoy all kinds of books. But as of late I haven’t read many novels as I just can’t seem to find anything that really draws me in or has an characters that can really engage me. Frankly, many of the books I begin reading end up being abandoned at the halfway point, or a bit further if they’re lucky.
I’ve never given myself the chance to really talk books on the blog, but as it’s a lifestyle blog, and books are part of my lifestyle, I thought it a wise move to share with you what I’m reading. To kick off the series, I’ve been given a e-copy of Book 1 in The Firing Line trilogy – Blurring the Line, by Kierney Scott to have a read of.
Synopsis: When DEA agent Beth Thomson recruits ex-soldier Armando Torres as an undercover agent, she knows she has hit the jackpot. He will infiltrate ‘Los Zetas’, one of Mexico’s deadliest cartels, and expose their drug-running into the USA. In turn, she promises to turn a blind eye to him finding and killing the rival cartel member who shot his best friend. Beth is good at overlooking the gruesome details of her job; her focus is the bigger picture – nailing ‘El Escorpion’, the mysterious and most-wanted leader of the ‘Los Treintas’ gang. Torres soon climbs the cartel ladder, and has the tattoo markings to prove his loyalty. So when a secret meet with Beth goes wrong, his cover is strong enough for him to save her from his fellow gang members. His silence hints at the horrors he has performed to get him where he is, and his brutality and strength both scare and arouse Beth simultaneously. The heat between them is unprofessional and yet undeniable. But has he gone rogue? Can Beth trust him to put her mission before his own revenge? And can she trust herself with him?
Ok, let’s begin by talking about the genre. Steamy romance novels aren’t my kind of thing. At all. I quite loate them to be honest. I gave this book a chance not because of the promise of steamy naughtyiness between the pages, but due to it’s element of danger and real life circumstances. Sure, the circumstance might seem quite fabricated to most, especially in England, but as a Mexican-American from Texas, the cartel culture hits a bit closer to home, and I really wanted to know how the author would portray the culture, and I frankly wanted to know if she had any clue what she was talking about.
That was what really hooked me in, and after reading the first chapter I just couldn’t put it down. I loved this book from pretty much the beginning to the end. The characters were relatable, honest, gritty, and more than anything, very human. Most of the book was a proper story of drug running, DEA agents, and revenge – splashed with the undeniable chemistry that two people can sometimes have. The characters were very relatable. Sure, they were a DEA agent, and a drug runner; but more than that they were proud, quite solitary, stubborn, and overall vulnerable characters each with their own flaws, and each with a history that has made them who they are.
I recommend this book as they are perfect quick reads, and would make fantastic books to have with you on your summer holiday, or even just laying in the park on a nice day. They really transport you into a different, grittier world. If the first book is anything to go by, the entire series is a must read.
What should I read next? Let me know.