Friday, February 27, 2009
I've read Jordan Summer's Harelquin Blaze novel called, Off Limits, and I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to read more of her work. Unfortunately she hasn't written anymore Harlequin Blaze novels but in November of 2008 she published her first book in her new series called Dead World. Red is the first book and it introduces us to a future world not far from now in which Gina "Red" Santiago lives in. Gina, who is mostly referred to as Red, is a member of IPTT, an elite tactical team, which is in charge of protecting the world. She’s devoted her life to apprehending the most monstrous criminals that prey on society—and now she’s after the worst one yet. Her grandfather is the commander of the IPTT and he is also the only family that Gina has left after her father's death and her mother and sisters murder. They are pretty close to one another and it is a loving relationship that I thought really shaped Gina's life up until now. On her own, with no backup, the trail to this recent horrible murder takes her to a dusty, tight-knit town on the fringes of society, where everyone’s a suspect. Gina has gets a vibe about this town that is not mapped out yet in her navcom system because it's just a tiny little town of no real importance.
Even the sexy sheriff, Morgan Hunter, isn’t telling her everything and the closer Gina comes to finding out the secret of this sleepy little town and its big, bad sheriff, the more scared she gets—because Gina’s beginning to realize that she has a secret too. A big scary secret that will change her life…and make her the killer’s next prey. I really love Gina in this novel because she reminds me a bit of J.D. Robb's own Eve Dallas from her IN DEATH series that I love so much. They are both hard-ass, stubborn and independent women who both have dangerous jobs that is mostly dominated by men. But that doesn't mean they can't take care of themselves because they make sure that others know they can't be bullied and pushed around because they are women. I also really loved all the suspense that was dripping from this novel when Gina finds the body of a woman who was eaten by what looks like animals but doesn't look like any animals that Gina's ever seen or heard of. Gina and Morgan's relationship develops nicely as they get to know each other but there are secrets between them that could crush their budding relationship. I think that Morgan is such a hot and sexy man who I would love to meet in person if he were actually real.
Gina and Morgan have a lot to work out between them but they make a good couple together because they are both strong and independent people who believe in justice. Also the sexual tension betwen them was so hot that I was fanning myself throughout the novel with my bookmark which really didn't do much. After reading this novel I was hooked and I'm anxiously awaiting for the next two book in the series called Scarlet, coming out in June 2009, and Crimson, which is coming out November 2009. This is one series that is going to be on my keeperself as well as my watch list for upcoming novels to look out for. You know what really got my attention when I finally picked this book up to read was the edges of the book were inked in red to match the title of the book. I really loved that because it kinda reminded me of how the old classic books from the past were all similar but with gold edges. I now wonder if the other books in the series will also have red edges just like the first book because I would totally love that. I give this book 4.5 Open Bookks
Here is the description of the book from the back cover and picture: RED $ 6.99 (Book 1)(356 Pages)
What if Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf turned out to be the same person?
Gina Santiago is a member of an elite tactical team in charge of protecting the world. She’s devoted her life to apprehending the most heinous criminals that prey on society—and now she’s after the worst one yet. On her own, with no backup, the trail takes her to a dusty, tight-knit town on the fringes of society, where everyone’s a suspect. Even the sexy sheriff, Morgan Hunter, isn’t telling her everything. The closer Gina comes to finding out the secret of this sleepy little town and its big, bad sheriff, the more scared she gets—because Gina’s beginning to realize that she has a secret too. A secret that will change her life…and make her the killer’s prey.

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