Wednesday, January 14, 2015
The Hunt for the Big Bad Wolf by E.M. Tippetts + Book Giveaway
Chloe knew she was giving up the quiet life when she married Hollywood A-lister, Jason Vanderholt. She expected harassment from paparazzi but not from the writers of Blood Ritual, a television crime drama that brought national attention to a tough case she is trying to solve as a forensic scientist. While she and the rest of the Albuquerque Police Department once collaborated with the show, now relations have gone sour, and details that the police are trying to keep secret in the investigation are cropping up in episodes watched by millions.
If that weren’t enough, everyone in Chloe’s life seems to be going through a rough patch, from her best friend, Lori, who is trying to plan a wedding, to her niece Kyra who is upset about Jason’s choice of television roles, to Jason himself who is inexplicably moody and withdrawn. None of this drama is the type of thing Chloe knows how to resolve.
She is trained to do one thing: hunt down the big bad wolves of the world. But with her connections to fame compromising her work, she may not even be allowed to stay on the case. The clock is ticking as law enforcement agencies across the country try to find a serial killer before he strikes again. Chloe is faced with a choice, to help catch one of the most evil criminals in history, or provide support to the friends and family who have always been there for her. Either way, she feels she might make the mistake of a lifetime.
I've been following this series from the beginning so I was excited to get my hands on this, the third book. You really should read this series in order because it will make much more sense. I don't think this is a stand alone book.
Chloe carries the weight of the world on her shoulders. So many things are pressing down on her in this book and even I could feel the weight of it as a reader. It seemed so overwhelming for poor Chloe. She really is a trooper. Her life has been difficult but it also taught her to put her head down and keep pushing through and that is exactly what she does. I really like Chloe. She is patient and she doesn't give up. One thing that I really love about Chloe is that she doesn't let her insecurities rule her. I wish I were more like that.
This book has a great forward movement. It wasn't all action or danger but had a nice balance of personal interactions and scene shifts. I really enjoyed it and I read through it like a speedster. It was so satisfying to see and feel some resolution for Chloe by the end. As a reader, I needed that.
Content: mild swearing, some talk about and some scenes involving marital intimacies although nothing too detailed.
Emily Mah Tippetts writes science fiction as Emily Mah and sweet romance as E.M. Tippetts. A lifelong New Mexican, she lives with her family in Santa Fe, though she's been known to spend years at a time in the UK, her second home. Aside from being a writer, she's been a lawyer and jeweler, and is currently a stay at home mother, polymer clay artist, book designer/formatter, and owner of E.M. Tippetts Book Designs.