Review originally posted here: http://thebookpushers.com/2012/02/21/review-danger-zone-by-dee-j-adams/
I was really looking forward to this book, a little bit of suspense, some racing and movie stunts? It sounded like it would be a fast moving and engaging book that would keep me on my toes. Unfortunately for me, it just didn’t live up to my own hype.
Ellie has been a stuntwoman in Hollywood since a teenager, but with her recent job behind the wheel of a race car, she is looking to get into a new career path. When she meets Quinn on the set of the movie, she tells herself that he is the last man she needs to get involved with, for reasons both in her past and her future. But Quinn can’t take no for answer, and pursues her until she gives into him.
Quinn sees something in Ellie that he hasn’t seen in any other woman, and he wants the chance to be with her every second he has, even though he’ll only be in town on business for a few weeks. But when things start to go wrong near Quinn and Ellie, they both begin to wonder if an unknown enemy is after one or the both of them.
It took me awhile to get into this story, it didn’t pull me in right away and keep me engaged throughout. I found the stunt work to be interesting, but the suspense didn’t have me on edge like I was hoping it would.
I also had a bit of a love/hate relationship with the main characters. I liked that Ellie is this strong woman, very confident in her work, and yet she has a secret in her past that cripples her in many ways. She wasn’t perfect by any means, but she obviously worked very hard to get to where she was in life. While I realize that her big secret is a real problem, I also don’t know how she became so successful. I had a hard time believing in it, especially with how driven Ellie was in all other areas in her life.
I also was a little wishy-washy on Quinn. At first, he came across as a rich playboy who didn’t really seem to care much about anyone other than himself. Ellie did start to pull him out of his shell and had him thinking more with his big head instead of his little head, but he still acted somewhat childish towards his brother. I’m not a big fan of people who have seemingly everything, and still find reasons to complain. If Quinn really wanted to sell his company and move on, I would have liked to see him whine less and take more action.
The suspense wasn’t one that kept me engaged either, and I was able to determine the villain somewhat quickly. I do have to say though, Adams did a wonderful job of creating some wonderful suspense situations that were written extremely well. I just wish they would have hooked me a bit more and kept me more on the edge of my seat.
All in all this book was very average for me. It was well written and I did enjoy the slow building romance between Ellie and Quinn. They had some really sweet and tender moments together, and those were the parts I enjoyed the most. However, I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as I had hoped.
I give Danger Zone a C-