REVIEW: SHOOT TO THRILL by T.L. SCHAEFER
Author: TL Schaefer
Publisher: Terri Schaefer
Release Date: December 2014
Book 2 of CASI
Book Genre: Romantic Suspense/Mystery
The Colorado Academy for Superior Intellect (CASI) …only the best and the brightest may attend…and only if they possess a Talent the Meece Foundation deems of value. Founded in the late sixties, the Academy is the brainchild of Hugh Meece, pharmaceutical groundbreaker…and CASI is its shining jewel. Their motto: Exploring the last frontier...the human mind.
Special Agent Arin Thomas always gets her man, but when she embarks on a personal mission to uncover the details behind her best friend’s death, she discovers a world she’s never even imagined. A world where extrasensory powers are exploited, and where her badge makes her a big, shiny target.
Dr. Jonah Summers would be more than happy to run the Colorado Academy for Superior Intellect (CASI) if only people would stop shooting at him. But that’s a pointless wish when someone with a bottomless bank account and a direct line to Russian special forces has CASI and everyone connected to it in the crosshairs.
Arin and Jonah find themselves dodging a merciless killer with a hidden agenda while trying to fight their own attraction. It’s only a matter of time before one of them has to Shoot to Thrill in order to kill—or be killed.
I received a complimentary copy courtesy of The Romance Review in exchange for an honest review.
I am a huge fan of romantic suspense novels, as such when I read the synopsis for SHOOT TO THRILL, I was compelled to give it a try. Unfortunately, I had a hard time getting into the story. Even after completing the book, I am not sure why I stuck with it. This is not to say that it was necessarily a bad book. I am sure there are readers out there who would be thrilled by the story, but I felt no connection whatsoever. It did not grab me the way I was hoping it would.
SHOOT TO THRILL is the second book in the CASI series. I did not have the opportunity to read book one, nevertheless, it did not hinder me from reading this installment. SHOOT TO THRILL can be read as a stand-alone.
In this installment, we meet Arin Thomas and Jonah Summers. Arin was a successful stockbroker who became an FBI agent. Her reasons for becoming an agent was based primarily on her need to avenge her sister's death. After several years working with the FBI, she was considered to be an expert in solving cold cases. In the process of starting her vacation leave, she received an anonymous tip about her former partner. This tipster was suggesting that her partner's death did not happen the way it was reported. Being the tenacious person that she is, Arin was determined to see if there was any merit to the information received. In her quest to find the truth, she meets Jonah Summers.
Jonah is not your typical guy. He is a psychiatrist with extra-sensory abilities. He teams up with Arin to uncover the truth as it appears that there may be some truth to the anonymous tip.
Arin and Jonah found themselves on dangerous territory. Russian assassins with extra-sensory abilities similar to that of the students at CASI. It would appear that they had both bitten off more than they can chew.
There was some amount of mystery, however, there were some aspects that I thought were lacking. It would have been good to know who the anonymous tipster was and why he/she wanted Arin involved. Furthermore, what his/her motive for providing this tip. This is a suspense novel, but, unfortunately, I did not get that edge of your seat feeling. I was not compelled to keep turning the pages in that regard.
Josh and Erin are supposed to have developed an attraction for each other, but I was unable to feel it. I did not find it credible. The length of time which it took them to fall in love with all the drama that surrounded them did not resonate with me. How did they find time for those types of feelings to develop? The emotional connection between them was lacking.
The story moved between the past and the present in relation to Arin. The synopsis of her past provided me insight into her true nature. She is a survivor. She did not allow the mistakes and hurts of the past to hold her back, instead, she rose above them.
To conclude, SHOOT TO THRILL was not one of my favourite reads. It was ok, but not suited to my tastes. -