AUTHOR: Christy Reece
GENRE: Romantic Suspense
RELEASE DATE: July 26, 2017
Available @ AMAZON
REVIEWER: Pistol Annie
RATING: 5 Stars
Obsessions can be deadly. Gabriella Mendoza has lived her life in seclusion. Guarded by the most corrupt men in the world, she has no chance for escape until an unexpected meeting with the mysterious Grey Justice Group changes everything. Gabriella is free for the first time in her life, but is that freedom all a lie? Vengeance is Jonah Slater’s only purpose. Finding the man who killed his fiancée and making him pay is his only goal. Babysitting the pampered princess of a crime boss is not part of his agenda. But the more he gets to know Gabriella, the more he realizes that protecting her might be the most worthwhile thing he’s ever done. They thought they knew the threats, believed they were contained. Jonah and Gabriella soon learn that evil has varying degrees and many faces. And very often, the deadliest is the one you never see coming.
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Unrelenting danger and intense passion and suspense from one of the best storytellers around. Christy Reece knows how to create characters that love deeply and fight fiercely. And always leaves you begging for more!
With her an uncanny ability to develop characters that readers find so unforgettable, Christy Reece gets at the core of the character in an incredibly poignant way. She builds her characters from the inside out. It’s that inner need that drives the character’s persona. Sure, we like them configured nicely on the outside as well — and Reece takes care of that in spades, too. And true to her reputation for casting some of the most vile and loathsome villains you’ll ever encounter, you can expect another round here as well.
Evil wears many faces. From the full complement of choices available, I chose Granddaddy Mendoza as this round’s winner of the award for most evil. His grandparenting skills hit the skids. Luis Mendoza doesn’t do loving and nurturing, or kindness. Far from it! He’s plain old evil, cruel and disgusting – a cold-blooded killer. He’ll go to unimaginable lengths, including using his granddaughter as collateral, to win the coveted prize. I can promise that you’ll love every minute you spend hating this repulsive character. And there’s no question that he fits Reece’s signature- style bad guy persona.
There are plenty of breath-stealing locales and scenes provided as the excitement and intrigue revs up while Gabby and Jonah are on-the-run, moving from one location to another, in order to stay one step ahead of the enemy (or is that enemies). The action is fast-clipped as the intrigue and excitement grows. The anticipation is constantly brewing for answers as to what, when, or who will be waiting to take away the elusive freedom that Gabby seeks — but always seems just out of reach.
Together, Jonah and Gabby provide a thrill-a-minute kind of story and I don’t want to spoil one single moment of it for others. So, I’ve chosen not to share a lot about the storyline itself. However, I highly recommend that you read their story and find out for yourself just how good romantic suspense can be.
I absolutely fell head-over-heels for Jonah Slater. He doesn’t always make it easy, but as you learn his background and see him in action, you’ll tumble fast. After the brutal murder of his fiancée, Jonah’s focus has been on finding the person responsible and exacting revenge. And he’s not pleased when his boss, the infamous Grey Justice, diverts his attention by passing a bodyguard assignment to him – especially one that involves playing babysitter to a spoiled princess that is the granddaughter of a powerful mafia kingpin. Yes, Jonah Slater is a demanding, blunt and opinionated male – yet extremely gentle, tender, and protective. It came as no surprise just how much of a nice guy he was as he placed Gabby first and foremost in protecting and keeping her safe.
Jonah may have been premature in dubbing Gabby as a “princess” — when she quickly sets about proving that he has misjudged her. Gabriella (Gabby) Mendoza is a heroine that is far more than meets the eye — and that alone is extraordinary. But Gabriella Mendoza knows how to stand her ground. She’s no wilting violet. She has aces up her sleeve that no one expected. She’s not looking for handouts, nor is she afraid to work hard and do her part to save herself from the past catching up with her.
And their road to romance is utterly captivating, often raw and emotional, but a beautiful one to behold for two people who are so deserving of a chance at that elusive happily-ever-after everyone dreams of finding. These two share plenty of sparks and sexual tension — enough to melt the snowman in the mountains of Colorado. The slow burning romance between Jonah and Gabby is meaningfully as it builds into the real thing and well-worth the wait.
And just when the happily-ever-after is in the books for one couple, the anticipation is already off the chart as I look forward to the next. I am over the moon with excitement to see what Grey and Irelyn have in store for us, as well as to learn more about Jonah’s sister, Lacey and Wyatt Kingston! This guy already has already made quite an impression. And it appears that there is a lot more to his and Lacey’s story than anyone knows. Here’s hoping that those muses are feeling chatty and will talk fast and freely in giving up their long-held secrets. PLEASE!
Too Far Gone is another action-packed, engaging, riveting – and oftentimes charming — romantic suspense novel from a top favorite author. The high-level intensity of this story kept me on edge from start to finish. No denying that it will certainly be high on my list of favorites in 2017. If you have never read one of Christy Reece’s books, you’re missing some terrific reads. With just three releases in the Grey Justice Novels, this would be a perfect place to start – and one I highly recommend!