NO TURNING BACK (Kathleen Turner, #1)
Author: Tiffany Snow
Published on: December 18, 2012 (first published June 2011)
Genre: Romance, suspense
Published by: Montlake romance
Format: E-book, paperback, Audible
Being a bartender by night and law firm runner by day helps make ends meet for Kathleen Turner. Mostly. Being 23 and single in Indianapolis wasn’t exactly a thrilling adventure, but then again, that’s not what Kathleen wanted. At least, not until she met Blane Kirk.
Navy SEAL turned high-profile attorney, Blane is everything a woman could want. The only problem? He’s her boss.
Blane is known for playing the field and the last thing Kathleen needs or wants is to get involved with him. But when her friend is murdered and it seems Kathleen will be next, she may not have a choice.
Now Blane is the only thing standing between her and people who want her dead, including assassin-for-hire Kade Dennon. Beautiful but deadly, he’ll kill anyone who gets in his way, even the woman who makes him question everything he’s become.
The deeper she sinks into the web of lies and murder, the more Kathleen realizes she can trust no one if she’s going to survive. No one is innocent. Not even Blane.
This is one of my favorite series this year. It’s got the right mix of thrills, mystery, and romance. Not to mention the covers look great.
No Turning Back is one of those books that compel you to keep turning page after page (no pun intended), until you lose track of time. The book centers on Kathleen Turner, a young “runner” at a prestigious law firm. She’s named after a famous celebrity (I know loads of actresses, but I had to turn to Google to find out who the real-life Kathleen Turner is.)
Kathleen is a pleasant, driven young woman who aspires to outperform herself at work and find her place in Indianapolis, a city new to her. By the time I finished this book and the next, Kathleen seemed a bit like Reese Witherspoon’s character in This Means War. You know, a pretty average–but very attractive–woman who is suddenly thrust into more action and thrills than she’s had in her life so far. She’s not exactly a wallflower, but not a standout either. That is, until Kathleen has a funny little accident in front of one of her law firm’s partners.
Kathleen’s life was pleasantly normal, until her life changes the day she meets Blane Kirk. He happens to be her boss. Their introduction was highly amusing. From then on, Blane developed a special interest for Kathleen. However, she’s not the least bit interested. Kathleen is fully aware of Blane’s reputation with women. She has no intention of being another of his short-lived conquests. Kathleen ignores Blane for some time, until circumstances force them to work together.
One night, Kathleen’s neighbor and friend Sheila is found murdered. Blane shows up to help her right away. They have no idea that Kathleen’s life is never going to be the same again. It’s about to become a lot more fast-paced and have more action–and romance–than before. Along the way, Kathleen and Blane develop feelings for each other. Kathleen has always seen Blane as handsome, and she makes him feel things he’s never felt for another woman before.
Things quickly become more complex than initially thought. What I believed to be a crime that was going to be on a level above open-and-shut turned out to have more layers to it. Out of loyalty for her murdered friend, Kathleen sets out to investigate on her own. I admired her determination and lack of fear. Kathleen turns out to be smarter than she seemed at first, although sometimes she has no idea of the danger she walks into. Her actions rattle the cages of people who promptly put a price on her head. The most dangerous of these new enemies? Kade Dennon, a highly lethal assassin-for-hire who unwittingly finds himself affected by Kathleen’s charm. Despite her fear, Kathleen feels attraction towards him for some reason. This makes her torn between two handsome but very different men.
I feel the reader gets to learn a lot about Kathleen, even after just one book. It’s told in the first-person POV, so we get unparalleled insight into the main character’s thoughts. One experiences the story the way Kathleen does. This means she’s in every scene, but then that’s what first-person POV is about. Kathleen’s an interesting character, for someone with a rather lacking social life. The only good friend Kathleen has is Clarice, who also works at the law firm as Blane’s secretary. The two often get a kick out of watching Blane go from woman to woman. It’s a good thing for Kathleen to be a bit over her head, though. The book would be less fun if she could handle herself in dangerous situations without difficulty.
No Turning Back is an awesome first entry in the Kathleen Turner romantic suspense series. The book’s a bit slow at first, but it quickly picks up the pace and keeps you wanting to read more. Also, the ebook formatting is really well done. I have no complaints about that. The only quirk that stood out to me as I read the series is that the characters (mostly Blane and Kade) keep doing a “curt nod” all the time. Those words were so sprinkled throughout the books, like chocolate chips, that it made my neck stiff.
A stunning page turner!
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