Live Wire by Caisey Quinn (Nashville’s Finest #1)
Released: March 7, 2017
Reviewed by Mandi
I read the blurb of this book and thought this could be cracky fun. First we have a hero who is an “Explosive ordinance disposal specialist” and that just sounds awesome and bad ass and something I wanted to read about. The cracky part comes in when I learned the heroine was assumed dead for four years. Four long years, Chase thought the love of his life, Vivienne was dead, dying in a training accident
She was gone. Vivien Brooks had been killed, on his watch, while being trained under his command, during a routine certification at the end of her EOD training in South Carolina.
This devastated him – causing him to have continuous nightmares. Having injured his hand in the same explosion, he leaves the military and works for the Nashville police department. He assembles his team as he learns there is suspicious activity in an abandoned warehouse. They find blue prints, maps and very dangerous corrosive chemicals. All signs point to a future possible attack somewhere in downtown Nashville. With a big music festival coming up and Nashville being a popular tourist place in general, his team has to figure out what is happening and quick. The FBI comes in and this is where Chase has the surprise of his life. Vivien isn’t dead.
Vivien had to fake her death because very bad Russian men who were part of her family were coming for her and Chase. She had no choice! Now working for the FBI, the Russian threat is over and she can come out of hiding. When her boss assigns her to Nashville, she knows exactly who she will be working with and isn’t sure it’s such a good idea. But an order is an order and she packs her bags and reveals herself to her former lover.
The surprise reunion was okay but at the same time made me a little frowny. Vivien decides to show her face to him while on the job – I’m not sure what she would expect to happen…as for the past four years Chase thought she was dead. I wondered why she wouldn’t do it in private before putting on their professional faces and trying to stop a mad man from blowing up the city. Chase is of course upset and pissed off that he went through four years of mourning and was lied to.
I liked Chase – rough around the edges, alpha, bottled up emotions. I enjoyed him as a hero. Their romance goes from 0% to 100% pretty quickly. After the initial shock, they meet and talk things out and then pretty instantly they are back in love and decide to be together forever. I wish the sexual tension had been built up more between them after such a long absence. It was a bit of a let down.
Vivien didn’t really feel like a FBI agent to me. I don’t know what she felt like but if I had not known her profession, I’m not sure I would have guess an agent. The suspense was okay but I didn’t really feel a huge sense of urgency with a threat like this. It fell a little flat for me.
This definitely had potential with a sexy hero and a heroine who came back from the dead. Didn’t quite hit the mark for me.