Tuesday, December 11, 2012

No Turning Back by Tiffany A. Snow

Kathleen Turner has goals. She moved to Indianapolis to start seeing to them, but things aren't going quite as well as she'd hoped. She's a runner for a high-powered law firm in town, not the most prestigious of positions, but it and her part-time bartender gig at least pays the bills. And one of the senior partners is a dreamboat in that obscenely rich, disturbingly good looking, slightly snobbish sort of way.

Before she did a mortifying face plant in his lap during a meeting, she was quite happy ogling him from afar. After that...well...she was more about the avoiding. Mature, no. More likely to assure she keeps her job, yes.

She's made some friends in the few months she's been in Indy. One of those friends is her neighbor Sheila, though Kathleen can't say she's completely comfortable with Sheila's job choice as a high-dollar escort.

It's the middle of the night when Kathleen hears fighing coming from Sheila's apartment. As disturbing as that is, it's the ominous sound of silence afterwards that keeps Kathleen from falling back to sleep. Slipping from bed with the intention of making sure everything is okay, Kathleen knocks on friend's door, only to find Sheila murdered, her naked body sprawled on sheets stained crimson with her blood.

Shock and horror are followed by gritty determination when it becomes clear that Sheila's death isn't random and it isn't the result of a jealous boyfriend. It's the opening gambit in a web of murder, deceit, conspiracy, and fraud that stretches to the law firm for which Kathleen works. Maybe to the very office that Blane Kirk commands.

And Kathleen Turner, law office runner, can trust no one if she wants to survive.


I bought this book during the summer and never got around to reading it. A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to finally read it and I was pleasantly surprised how much I got into it. The story had a funny start and from there I wanted to keep reading. 
Kathleen Turner is a Runner for a prestigious law firm. One day when she is delivering a package to one of the senior partners, Blane she accidentally trips and falls face down into Blane’s lap. Not exactly the best way to make a good impression and get noticed by your boss. Later that day Blaine comes to her department to inquire about her…

“Oh God. I panicked when I heard Diane tell him where my cube was.   This could not be happening to me.   What was I supposed to say?   What if he thought I’d done that on purpose?   I'd have to get a new job because I'd be too mortified to work here any longer.
Tossing aside my pride, that ship had sailed, as well as the thought that perhaps I might be acting more like a twelve-year old rather than a mature twenty-four, I dived underneath my desk, and not a moment too soon.”
-Snow, Tiffany A. No Turning Back (Kathleen Turner Series)

After Sheila, her friend and neighbor is murdered, Kathleen feels an obligation to make sure her killer is brought to justice.  She turns to Blane for his help since he is a good lawyer. Kathleen did not completely trust Blane at first, yet even though her dad was a cop she never thought to tell the police everything she knew. That I had an issue with. I kept thinking if she didn’t trust Blane, why not just go to the police. During her quest to find out what happened to Sheila, Kathleen gets into trouble a few times and her life is put in danger more than once. She ends up meeting Kade during one of those danger moments. Kade is more or less a gun for hire, but even though Kathleen knows he is dangerous to be around there is a part of her that likes him regardless.  While she wrestles with her feelings for these two men, she is still trying to solve Sheila’s murder and keep herself alive in the process. I admire her determination, because if it were me, after my life was threatened, I don’t think I would have kept putting myself in harm’s way like that.

I really enjoyed this book and rushed to pick up the second one in the series after I was done with this one. It had just the right amount of suspense and romance to keep me interested. No Turning Back is told through Kathleen’s POV which makes for entertaining and funny moments. I liked Kathleen. Her lack of judgment or inability to connect some of the dots was a bit annoying, but other than that I thought she was caring and a quick thinker. Blane is nice enough, but I am rooting for Kade to be the final winner of Kathleen’s affections.  No Turning Back is a breezy and fun romance suspense book that is worth the read.

                                                        No Turning Back (Kathleen Turner, #1)
Rating: 4 out of 5.


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