Author: Kristine Mason
Series: (Ultimate CORE, #1)
Publication Date: April 15th, 2014
When the past collides with the present, the only way to ensure the future lies in the ultimate kill…
Naomi McCall is a woman of many secrets. Her family has been murdered and she’s been forced into hiding. No one knows her past or her real name, not even the man she loves.
Jake Tyler, former Marine and the newest recruit to the private criminal investigation agency, CORE, has been in love with a woman who never existed. When he learns about the lies Naomi has weaved, he’s ready to leave her—until an obsessed madman begins sending her explosive messages every hour on the hour.
Innocent people are dying. With their deaths, Naomi’s secrets are revealed and the truth is thrust into the open. All but one. Naomi’s not sure if Jake can handle a truth that will change their lives. But she is certain of one thing—the only way to stop the killer before he takes more lives is to make herself his next victim.
Naomi is a strong woman who was forced into hiding since her "ex-boyfriend" became a stalker, murdered her family and did other horrible stuff. She's never been able to establish herself and feel totally safe.
She met Jake a couple of years after she ran away and changed her identity. but then she got scared and ran away again. Jake was so in love with her that he didn't forget her and 5 years later, he finds her and talks to her.
Naomi thinks that since 8 years had passed and she has never heard of her stalker again, she was safe. But then, the same day Jake visits her and finds out all the truth about the woman Naomi was, the stalker begins sending her messages by exploiting bombs and killing a bunch of innocent people per hour.
Naomi knows she has no choice but to go to him, but Jake is not willing to let her go again. And so it begins.
It's a long, heavy book, I should warn you that. The beginning is a little confusing but when you move on in your reading you begin to understand it all.
Naomi is a strong woman and Jake is a decisive strong man, they both make a cute couple and I liked them as characters, but I think they were very repetitive sometimes… maybe it was because all the situation was mortal but I heard a lot of "I love you no matter what" "We'll be together forever" "Always" "I promise" "Nothing will change my feelings for you" and they said it so much it seemed they were trying to convince themselves, not their partner. Aside from that, it was a good thriller, if a bit predictable it had some good stuff. Not as bloody as it may sound because, even though it had some creepy scenes, I expected a little bit of more… torture, I don't know. Maybe I'm a sadist.
I liked all the characters, Harrison and Vlad were awesome too. Christian, Santiago and Richard… well, I was scared from them but I liked Santiago in a way.
The story was good, original, a little too much dramatic and romantic and with a lot of action. And I'm going to repeat again, maybe not too long but very heavy, less dialogue and more descriptions that were too long for me. Maybe the author should have made the reading a bit more concise but that's my opinion.
At the very end it became really predictable (except for two seconds that really shocked me). I liked it but it was super dramatic. Anyway, it was a good book, not the best book about criminals but pretty good. I recommend it to everyone with a little sadistic vein lover of good criminal novels.
I didn’t pick up my first romance novel until I was in my late twenties. Immediately hooked, I read a bazillion books before deciding to write one of my own. After the birth of my first son I needed something to keep my mind from turning to mush, and Sesame Street wasn’t cutting it. While that first book will never see the light of day, something good came from writing it. I realized my passion, and found a career I love.
When I’m not writing contemporary romances and dark, romantic suspense novels (or reading them!) I’m chasing after my four kids and two neurotic dogs.