Sunday, 5 July 2015

Review ~ TAG by Shari J. Ryan

TAGebook received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: November 7th 2014

Publisher: Booktrope

What if your family had a big secret . . . a life changing secret. My dad, the bigwig CIA agent, was always on the run, whether he was being chased or doing the chasing. I missed him. Then my mom passed away, and my sister was murdered. I turned my solitude to strength because the alternative was too bleak.

But my luck seemed to turn: I met Tango. And while I want him more than I’ve ever wanted anything in my twenty-two years, danger lurks around every corner and I simply can’t take the chance of it finding me. But his tattoos, his smell, his darkness, and his body— that marine has taken over my every thought. But, what if he too isn’t what I think? A ticking time bomb isn’t going to leave me much time to waver. Even the bravest person can be in need of a miracle.

Before she was gone, my mom warned me to know everyone and trust no one. But what was I supposed to do when I found out I am the one not to be trusted? Turns out, I was always the bait in this conspiracy.

My Opinion

It has taken me forever to get to this book. I've had it on my Kindle since December and I've put off reading it over and over. The thing is, I forgot what the blurb had said and from the cover I assumed it had a paranormal twist. I know I should have just looked it up, but I didn't. So, seeing as I'm going through a phase of not liking paranormal, I delayed reading this in the hope I'd fall in love with the genre again. Anyway, long story short I saw it back up on NetGalley and refreshed my memory, finding much to my surprise there is no paranormal element in it and it was a romance.

Needless to say after that discovery I started it straight away.

Tag surprised me. It was a dark, gritty romance at the start and Cali was a great female lead. I like her hardened attitude and take-no-prisoners persona. She was tough and in control. She wasn't afraid to defend herself and her blunt and harsh remarks at times were like a dark comedy.

Similarly, I liked Tango. I think they worked well together and of course with everything he's facing you can't help but root for them. I'm not going to ruin anything here, but the ending was satisfying.

As for the story, I liked the majority of it. There was plenty of action, some chemistry, and a few twists that keep things exciting. The only issue I had was the believability at times. I know Tango was a marine and therefore would be prepared, but seriously? At times in the canyon his bag reminded me of Hermione's enchanted one. He seemed to magically have everything he needed and I'm not sure some of it would have been on him from just taking a bodyguard job. It was just a bit unbelievable and had me rolling my eyes. Similarly, I'm not sure when this book is meant to be set. The miracle cure seemed like an easy out of the situations for the characters so there could be a HEA. I'm not saying it's bad, I prefer it to the alternative, it was just too easy.

As for the pacing, the majority of it was good. Once again it was the canyon scenes that stalled the book for me, but other than that it held my interest well.

Overall I really enjoyed Tag. If you like romances with a darker and gritty edge to them you may want to check this out.


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