Such a Pretty Girl by Tess Diamond
FBI profiler Grace Sinclair has a reputation on and off the job. In her work she gets deep into the minds of killers and she’s one of the best the FBI has, but in her personal life Grace keeps most people at a distance, especially the men she sleeps with. Two years ago Grace shared a passionate night with then cop Gavin Walker but now Gavin is her new partner and she has to learn to work with the man who’s making her want to break all her rules. When a string of murders reveals a connection to Grace’s dark past Gavin will do anything to protect the woman he’s never forgot.
Such A Pretty Girl was a wonderful suspense thriller with the great romance blended in and I enjoyed it even more than Tess Dimond’s last book, Dangerous Games. I was completely along for the ride as Grace and Gavin looked for this unusual killer on a murderous spree. I found the writing to be a nice improvement over the last one and many of the small problems, like over repetition of phrases, were gone, making the story and pacing much stronger this time around.
I’ve always found criminal profiling really interesting so watching Grace do her job was fascinating and I loved the times she used it to put people in their place. Grace is clearly a strong, independent, and feisty woman who refuses to let anyone belittle her, her work, or her place in the FBI. A traumatic experience from college has caused Grace to keep men at a distance but I was happy to see she wasn’t stubborn to a fault and she was willing to admit what she felt for Gavin was different than what she normally felt. She didn’t want to find a connection with him but she didn’t try to delude herself once she realized it was there.
“She was the most beautiful thing he’d ever seen, a gun in her hand, confidence and ease and strength in every inch of her body. A warrior queen, a fierce protector, a woman you wouldn’t want to reckon with.”
Gavin was also a perfect hero and when I say perfect, I mean perfect. Some might say that’s a criticism but in this case I actually really enjoyed having a hero that supported is love interest 100 percent and was there for her from the beginning to the end of the book. Gavin was your quintessential protector hero but he never wanted prevent Grace from doing her job. I loved his confidence in her as an FBI profiler and a strong woman. He never once hesitated to stay behind and let Grace chase their killer because he knew she was a professional and could do her job. On top of all that Gavin was also incredibly charming and I loved his suave but slightly dorky personality. Overall, I really enjoyed this read and I can’t wait to get the next one that comes out.
4 out of 5 stars
In Grace Sinclair’s bestselling crime novels, the good guys win and the bad guys always get caught. As the FBI’s top profiler, she knows that real life is rarely so straightforward. But her new case isn’t just brutal—it’s also personal. The victims look like Grace. And the FBI recruit assigned to her team is trouble of another kind.
This isn’t how Special Agent Gavin Walker imagined running into Grace again. Two years ago they shared one earth-shattering night, then she vanished from his life. She’s brilliant, fiercely independent, and in mortal danger from a killer masterminding a twisted game …
The body count is rising. Entangled in the case and in each other, Gavin and Grace are running out of time and chances. And as Grace puts the pieces together, she knows she’ll have to confront her own deepest secrets before the final, fatal move is played.
Published by Avon on September 26, 2017
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