Friday, May 10, 2013

9 Heart Review: Turning Point by Tiffany A. Snow

Turning Point (Kathleen Turner #3)
Tiffany A. Snow

Page Count: 402

Release Date: 19 February 2013
Publisher: Montlake Romance (Amazon)
Source: Complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you!)
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

After her promotion from law firm Runner to Investigator, Kathleen Turner is learning the ropes of her new job from none other than assassin-for-hire Kade Dennon, a situation her boyfriend Blane Kirk is none too happy about. But the lessons with Kathleen take a back seat when Kade becomes a target. Previously untouchable, his enemies now know of the chink in his armor—his brother’s girlfriend.

And Kade’s not the only thing coming between Kathleen and Blane. From Blane's inexplicable defense of a man guilty of a horrible crime, to a mysterious stranger from Kathleen's past, to Kathleen' risky investigation into human traffickers, the obstacles mount against a relationship that's just begun to find trust again.

While Blane considers a job offer that would take him back to the front lines in the war on terror, Kathleen is determined to pursue her new career, with or without his approval. Unfortunately, her current case is far more dangerous than anyone knows. Someone close to Blane will go to extreme lengths to split them up, lengths that may prove worse than death for Kathleen.

Kathleen, Blane and Kade must atone for the sins of the past and the present. The fallout will force Kathleen to a turning point... in her career, and her life.

Review


[QUICK NOTE] Read my review of No Turning Back, the book that started the Kathleen Turner series, by clicking here.

Read my review of Turn to Me, the equally absorbing and fan-fuckin'-tastic second book, by clicking here.

The Kathleen Turner series gets better and better with the release of Turning Point; Snow's classic combination of riveting suspense and memorable romance—and the complications in life that always get in the way—doesn't disappoint with this third installment.

I literally could not take my hands off the book. The plot is exhilarating and dangerous, and introduces a seedy, edgy perspective on the corruption present in modern politics as well as in the human trafficking business. In the chemistry department, Blane and Kat steam and sizzle; their developing relationship is soulful and tender, yet the attraction between them so hot. Kade and Kat, on the other hand, don't have anything physical between the two of them and somehow, they're tenfold hotter.

[Warning, fangirly rant ahead!] Kade, OMFG ♥ I can't even begin to discuss my love for him. He's a sleek, lethal bastard of a character, and yet with Kat, he's finally met his match; he's finally met the girl that can bring him to his knees—and not just figuratively speaking. He realizes how Kat's relationship with Blane, his half-brother, is based off all the wrong reasons—based off the injustices of the American legal system and of the power he possesses—but also how she, in shattering his own guided heart to pieces, will become his demise. This is devastating, not just because of the love triangle between the brothers, but because of the depth of emotion Kade has only known with Kat and the inability for him to ever have her. Normally this kind of thing is too soap opera-esque for me, but in Turning Point, it's raw, emotional, and absolutely perfect.

Katherine stands her moral ground, but that doesn't mean she isn't tempted. She won't admit this directly, so it's more my psychoanalytical side taking over here. It was kind of frustrating to see her be such a goody two-shoes, but this is more a reflection of my own depravity than of her characterization ;) I absolutely need to see how her relationship—or rather, strained accompaniment of—Kade, will turn out in the next book! And don't get me started on the cliffhanger regarding her situation with Blane and the law... Tiffany, we readers need more now!!!

Pros


Entertaining, fast-paced action // Highly suspenseful—I read and kept reading without effort // Smoothly written; casual style // KADE DENNON // Wicked love scenes that'll make you blush // Fresh narrative voice—I love Kat's character and point of view

Cons


Kat's self-control is unrealistic. How could anyone resist Kade........ . . . .

Love


Just to give you a taste of how sexyjao;isdfjasdf Kade Dennon is... 
"Fuck bullets," he rasped. "You're going to be the death of me."
"I don't need you to carry me," I insisted.

"I need to."
Jizz in my pants, he is one fictional hero I could seriously trip over!! WHY OH WYH ISn"T HE REAL?????? !!??

Verdict


Tiffany Snow's newest book in the Kathleen Turner series is exactly what I look for in a romantic suspense; the breeziness in narration and remarkable characterization are impossible to put down! I consider Turning Point exemplary chick lit; it's chick-lit in killer heels—chick-lit with gunfights and fistfights, the horrors of today's most unlawful industries, and of course, sex: naughty, delicious good-girl-gone-bad sex. If you haven't already, I recommend you start this series now Americanflag

9 hearts: Loved it! This book has a spot on my favorites shelf (x)