Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Suspense

Review: CYCLONE | Linear Tactical Series by Janie Crouch

CYCLONE(1)He’d protect her from any threat…
But what if the biggest threat is him?

Doctor Anne Nichols is back in Oak Creek, Wyoming, only because she has no other options. Here, she was always the shy, stuttering girl, invisible to everyone. 
Except Zac Mackay. The very reason she left in the first place. 

Zac’s years in Special Forces taught him survival skills, and he’s created a company—Linear Tactical—to teach those skills to others, so they never have to live in fear.
Then why is Annie, the last person he’d ever want to hurt, afraid of him? 
Zac’s determined to wipe the fear from the eyes of the woman who has never been far from his mind. And fix the mistakes—his mistakes—that put that look there in the first place. 

But a predator has set his sights on Annie. And now survival skills will become much more than lessons…

3 Stars

Romance | New Adult | Contemporary | Suspense

***Received an Advanced Readers Copy during a blog tour with Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review***

When it is time to take a break from my preferred Paranormal Romance or RomCom porn as I like to refer to it as, I have a tendency to find myself in the suspenseful romance. I love finding new authors to gush over in every type of sub-genre in romance and suspense is definitely not one to be left out! I always enjoy the climatic drama between characters plus the romance is always intense to say the least!

So here we are, discovering a new author to add to the mix of my ever growing list of must follow authors! 

One thing I always notice in suspenseful romances is the need to have an alpha-male lead plus the damsel in distress fictional female; not always do I find myself enjoying the female leads when they have this type of characteristic and unfortunately this is one example where the female character irked me. From the moment Anne is introduced she strikes me as this weak, naive, almost inferior character, one that I personally just had a rough time connecting with. I didn’t like her meek exterior or her inability to stick up for herself – she was solely strengthen by the presence of Zac. 

Oh my though, Zac – delicious. Zac was the only reason I kept it going (that and the angsty drama feels that kept my heart racing). I honestly enjoyed his character more, maybe that is because I like a strong-willed, rough around the edges alpha-male, they always tend to have a little more multi-layer realistic personality. I just enjoyed how he was, who he was and how he tired to better himself. Definitely not what I was expecting.

And though I did not like Anne’s character for majority of it all, I can at least say that when she was in a dynamic with Zac I was interested. I liked how they have a connection or rather pull towards one another. It was delicious. Sadly though there was something missing factors I would have like to have seen more of – for starters I really thought there would have been more of a forbidden romance dynamic that played out more strongly. Being the new love interest in your “since dead best friends’ husband” life seemed like it should have had a little more omph, more build up, more push and pull on the emotional tugs for the characters. Plus I would have liked to have seen more history of Anne and Zac. 

But that drama! Oh my lanta that drama! It was super fun development that occurred between the main characters and the secondary characters. Definitely made everything a lot more enthralling for my imagination as I read through! I am honestly really looking forward to see the possibilities of these other characters within this series…

Overall, I really did enjoy a lot about Cyclone. Though I did not care for certain aspects of the main characters (namely Anne), it was the drama and romance that really made the book entertaining. I definitely plan on continuing the series, I am interested to see where Janie takes these characters! 


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