Mar 21, 2014

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Review: Off the Edge by Carolyn Crane (The Associates #2)

offtheedge4 star

Romantic Suspense
December 20 2013
285 pages
Received from author

Yummy Man – Peter Macmillan
Kick Ass Chick – Laney Lancaster

From Goodreads –
For deadly secret agent Peter Macmillan, language is a weapon—one he uses to hunt criminals, destroy plots, and charm enemies. Seducing information out of a beautiful singer in Bangkok hotel should be easy…except this particular singer has the power to destroy his cool façade, and with it, his last defense against a dark past.

He tricked her. He helped himself to her body and her secrets. He has enemies everywhere. Laney Lancaster should hate Peter, but when she discovers him shirtless, sweaty, and chained up in the hotel’s dungeon, all she can think about is freeing him. Because she knows what it’s like to be trapped and alone. And she could use a dangerous friend.

They may be wrong for each other, but the instant they join forces, Laney and Peter are plunged into an odyssey of hot sex and dark danger. To survive, they must trust each other with their lives—and their hearts.


Off the Edge is the second book in Carolyn Crane’s The Associates romantic suspense series.  This is a series that features super smart-geeky-extra sexy heroes.  Love that!  Geeky can be smexy and Carolyn Crane does a great job showing us that.

This time the story focuses on Peter Macmillan (*squee*) and Laney.  Laney is hiding from an evil/crazy ex.  She is staying with friends at a hotel in Bangkok where she is performing as well.  She is a lounge singer but not like any lounge singer you’ve met before.  Her songs are…different, a little weird yet almost haunting.  Macmillan is at the hotel on a job with the Association.  He is trying to foil the sale of one of the deadliest weapons ever.  He is their language expert and is in need of information.  He is instantly drawn to Laney and there is something about Macmillan that draws her too.

Macmillan is awesome.  Just damaged enough to make him interesting and really sexy.  There is just something about him that is hard to resist.  And his job is so…cool!  How Carolyn describes his work was easily my favorite part of this book.  It impressed the hell out of me.  Carolyn did tons of research and shares her newfound knowledge of linguistic professionals with her readers.  Her description of Macmillan and his work is incredibly detailed and fascinating.  To know that some people can analyze words to that extent and that they can track down killers and other evil-doers just from certain tones of voice or the intonation of certain sounds in words is astounding.

Who would have thought language could be so fascinating…or sexy?!

Laney was okay for me.  I liked the pictures she painted with the words in her songs and I totally get how she is a great match for Macmillan.  I also liked how she thought of him and took care of him.  I did sometimes feel she was a bit naive and wished she was a bit stronger but I understand where her innocence came from.

Carolyn built some pretty impressive suspense into this story.  When you think things are clear or things are going one way, they switch.  Lots of fun to read.  And the ultimate bad guy actually surprised me!  For some reason I did not think he would come into play, yet he did!  Well done Carolyn.

Other members of the Association played some somewhat important roles in this book and it only made me want more from them!  Dax, Zelda, Thorne, Rio…I want them each to have a book and I want their books now!  But alas, I will have to wait for most, but not for Thorne as it is his turn next. No release date yet but I am hoping it will at least be this year.  *sends subliminal messages to Carolyn “edit faster Carolyn…edit faster…”*

Overall, I was impressed with Off the Edge.  No, the heroine wasn’t my favorite ever but the other characters, the suspense and the intricate knowledge of language more than made up for that.  I am truly enjoying this series.

4 stars


  1. I loved this book. Loved it! It was so, so sexy to me. And MacMillan is just…awesome.

  2. Melanie B says:

    Damn!! Now I’m going to have to add this book to my “books I’ve purchased but haven’t he time to read yet” list. And I don’t even read romance-ish books!!! It’s the language thing that’s peeking my curiosity. I’m a sucker for a smart guy who knows his way with words… Damn you Julie!!! You did it to me again!! lol

  3. Fantastic review Julie! This sounds like such a good read, especially with the different type of hero, one that isn’t a cop but a linguistic professional. I’ll definitely have to check this series out. 🙂

  4. Lee – Loved. Him.

    Melanie – Oh! I know who you are now! ;p I was wondering who was cussing me out on my own blog…not that that hasn’t happened before. I get ‘damn you for making me add books to my list’ emails too. Then I usually get ‘thank yous’ to go along with those. Love it!

    Deanna – I think you’d like it. One day, when the baby is 15, you may be able to check out all the books you want to read 😉

  5. Ooo I want to start reading this series! Nice review Julie, thank you.

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