Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Brava; (February 2008)
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Book #5 in McCloud series
Main Characters: Nick Ward & Becca Cantrell
Book Origin: personal Library
ON THE EDGE
Nobody's home at the millionaire's estate on remote Frakes Island. And nobody seems to be watching. Becca Cantrell dives in for an illicit midnight skinnydip--and gets hauled out by a towering, hard-muscled guy with burning dark eyes. He seems to be in charge. Good. The man is the embodiment of her most intense fantasies. And she's up for risky thrills . . .
Nick Ward can't tell her that he's spying on a vicious Russian crime boss. Becca could be his worst enemy: an assassin sent to kill him, a call girl sent to distract him, or the worst scenario of all--a clueless innocent. Anyway he looks at it, she's trouble: beautiful, bare, dripping-wet trouble. The kind he can't resist.
She's not scared. After one taste of his hot mouth, Becca soon discovers just how fearless she can be. She'll need it, too--because things are about to explode on Frakes Island, launching Becca and Nick into danger they could never have imagined--and a passion that could destroy them both.
My Review: Did this novel take me by surprise! Everything you would desire from a McCloud novel is present in full force; the sex is off the chart hot, the suspense is spine-chilling good, the women are bold and feisty, the men are redefining the meaning of the word hero, and the villains are coldhearted, selfish creatures. Do I need to say more to those who are familiar with Shannon McKenna’s novels? I don’t think so, but I still have lot’s more to say!
I have read the entire McCloud series up to EXTREME DANGER and where was Nick all this time? I remember him vaguely as a secondary character who popped up once in a while when enemies had to go down for their crimes. Other than that, Nick Ward didn’t stick out for me but oh my, how he made an unforgettable impression on me as he takes the spotlight in his own story; EXTREME DANGER.
Nick Ward, he wooed me with his stoic appearance on the outside while there is a whirlwind of thoughts and emotions bottled up on the inside. He fused powerful feelings with toe-curling hot sex as simultaneously the romance bloomed between him and Becca. Nick is somewhat socially inept, blunt yet charismatic and his actions come from a loyal and good heart. A little bit dark, a whole lot of vigor and loads of foot-in-mouth comments, spiced up with a dash of Neanderthal and a bit clumsy in the emotional department. It gives you a pretty good picture of who Nick Ward is. To say I loved him would be an understatement! I fell so hard, fast and intense for him I almost had lovey-dovey stars in my eyes as I read his story. He is the kind of man who will never be dull and has his own sense of honor. Nothing about Nick’s actions or thoughts seemed off for me, all of his traits fits him and he made the story all the better for it!
Now you think with such an attention grabbing hero the heroine might dwindle to the background but it isn’t so with Becca. She really came in to her own as the story is being told. Becca has many responsibilities with family and work which leaves very little room in her life for playtime. Until her engagement took a nosedive south. Now she wants adventure…wild, inhibited sex and some Becca-time. Her first act is skinny dipping in the indoor pool of her neighbor and this is where she meets Nick Ward; hello adventure and wild, inhibited sex! Becca portrays a mix of backbone, courage, fear, responsibility and a passionate woman. While I first thought she might be all talk and no action she owns up to herself and becomes a woman I truly got to admire and like.
The attraction simmering between Nick and Becca is evident from the moment they meet at the pool and it doesn’t take a lot for it to go supernova hot. The sex is ever much a part of the story as the romance or suspense is, and the dosage is given in toe-curling delicious scenes by the unabashed wordsmith Shannon McKenna is. The triangular ingredients of romance, sexual desires and suspense is what makes it so hard to put this novel down, each enhances the impact of the other. It may have started out as a mere sexual attraction but the love burgeoned between Nick and Becca at the same time. It is what raised the stakes so high, not only the unforgivable acts of the villains made it imperative to stop them, the plot took it to a whole other personal level.
I love the mystery in every McKenna novel and with this one the author hit the jackpot with me. Vadim Zhoglo’s cruelty knows no bounds, the lengths to what he’s willing to do in order to nourish his greed and sense of all-mighty power has no morals, no scruples and is more creepier then many villains I ever met in the many books I’ve read in the suspense genre. He is utterly vicious and the deeds done by him turn my blood cold. I wanted to see him crucified for what he did, I wanted revenge for all his actions, for all the pain he inflicted and for preying on the poor and defenseless. Of course my reaction to Zhoglo is what made the suspense edge-of-your-seat good. I invested my emotions, not only in the romance but also in seeing the enemies punished, it became a race against time, not so much in revealing the villain but in apprehending him for his dark deeds.
This is the kind of romantic suspense I can gorge on every single time! EXTREME DANGER is Shannon McKenna at her best and Nick Ward has entered my personal harem of book boyfriends.
“Do us both a favor, Becca. Throw me out. Tell me to fuck off. I can’t seem to do it on my own steam. I need help. So help me. Please.”
He’d meant for this one to be playful. Lah did dah, frolicking around in the piles of fluffy lace pillows like a couple of horny bunnies. As always, though, things took a turn. Straight into a place he’d never been, had no procedure for, no rules, no training. No clue. First, it was that searing, electric moment of connection, staring into her beautiful eyes as he started to push his cock into her. Then that shivering, aching swell of emotion, as the pleasure intensified into something unbearable. The laughter petered out, the smiles faded. They just stared into each other’s eyes, awestruck. All he could do was hang onto her and fuck desperately. Something was happening to him, something huge and unstoppable. As natural as the sun rising, and just as miraculous. He had to close his eyes against it, bury his face against the pillow to muffle the sounds he was making, soak up the hot damp from his eyes. They clung to each other as his body hammered against hers. She clawed at him, raising herself, inciting his frenzied thrusts with her clutching fingers, her wild cries, and he was blasting off, oh God. She found her way over the brink with him, and they were flung out together by the force of it, across infinite inner space inside their minds but, amazingly so, together. He didn’t lose her, in that lonely place. They were fused. One glowing, perfect entity.
Listening to him groan and hiss, racked with shudders of pleasure. Finally, he grabbed her hands, pulled them away. “Stop,” he muttered thickly. “Cool it. Not yet. I have big plans for this hard-on.”