Quinn I & Quinn II
By J.C. Cliff
Release Date: February 19, 2016 (Quinn I)
Release Date: April 19, 2016 (Quinn II)
A former Army Ranger, handsome, hard-bodied Quinn works hard and plays harder. King of the one-night stands, he never sleeps with a woman more than once and will never give his heart away. Been there, done that, and suffered a devastating betrayal as his reward. Quinn now runs a private security company with a group of ex-military friends. When the call from mafia boss Tony Moretti comes in, Quinn knows it's time to settle the debt he owes the man for saving Quinn's life during a FBI operation in which the Moretti family co-operated. With his trusty (former military) canine at his side, Quinn heads into the wilderness to track Moretti's daughter and return her safely to her father. He's been told she's pregnant, running away from the baby's father, and, oh yeah, wanted for murder. Quinn and his dog find Lexi the first day, come to her fire-making rescue, and convince her to let them hike with her. It doesn't take long for Quinn to begin questioning what he's been told. After a few days, he's convinced the woman hiking by his side could never murder anyone and when they're ambushed by two men who have clearly been tracking them, he knows things are about to get a lot more complicated. They go off-trail in a race to reach safety but this roller coaster ride is just beginning and things will get worse - much worse - before the end.
Quinn I and Quinn II tell one story in two books with Quinn I ending in a cliffhanger and Quinn II picking up the story from there. I was excited when I read the summary of these books. This is the type of book I usually enjoy: suspense, action, outdoor adventure, an emotional roller coaster and plenty of sizzle...plus a dog that stole my heart right along with Lexi's. The potential was there for a terrific read. Unfortunately, for me, the reality didn't live up to the potential. Both books are written in first person with the hero and heroine's points of view being told in alternating chapters. The writing felt stilted and diminished the tension and emotional impact for me, pushing me out of the story more than it pulled me in. However, the author does tell a good story and the trials Lexi and Quinn endure - and overcome - on the trail and feelings growing between them had me rooting for them to defeat the villains and claim their happiness by the end of book one. Then came book two.
To say I was disappointed in book two would be a massive understatement. Furious would be a better