Author: Lia Fairchild
Page count: 245
TBR Reviewer: Victoria
Rating: 3 Stars - A Good Read.
Heat: 1 - Tame
As the blurb says, Annie has been living a double life for the past year, ever since she recovered from the same attack that left her fiancé, and fellow cop, Michael dead and her heartbroken at the loss. She’s been searching for his killer, but the cops have come up with no leads, and she has been recruited by the
mysterious “Agency” who has promised to find Michael’s killer in exchange for her using her skill set for them.
Used to reading romances as I am, I fully expected there to be some romance in there and at times forgot that Vigil Annie wasn’t supposed to be a romance so found myself wondering which of the two men in Annie’s life (Joe and Ted) she would end up with. Joe is her new next-door neighbor, a very quiet, meek-seeming man, while Ted was the man who brought her into the Agency after Michael’s death.
Annie truly doesn’t want a new romance, but rather revenge, or at least vengeance against the one who killed her fiancé.
The bulk of this story, I felt left a bit adrift. There seemed to be relatively little personal conflict for Annie. She’s accepted what she’s doing (though before each Agency assignment, she visits the confessional to get some sort of personal peace from it). She wandered from assignment to assignment, also running her security agency. Toward the last third of the book however, the pace picked up
and I honestly couldn’t put this book down. There were multiple deaths (obviously Annie survives, since she’s the heroine), but there were times I was genuinely in doubt about whether she would make it to the end.
Annie is a good woman who had to make a choice about how much she wanted to find Michael’s killer. A year into that quest, she’s begun to seriously question how much she wants his killer, because she has her doubts when activities performed for the Agency end up going in unexpected directions. Ms. Fairchild strikes a strong chord, showing Annie’s attempt to balance some of her personal life
(she’s cut herself off from her family for the most part, save for her beloved niece) and her need for vengeance. She’s somewhat drawn toward Joe, but doesn’t think she should consider him seriously because of her double life issues.
In the end, when Annie unmasks Michael’s killer, I can’t say I was entirely surprised. I’d guessed at the truth behind it, though not all of it, after a particular fact was revealed (sorry, not going to spoil it!), but I felt the door was left wide open for more books about the Agency. There were far too many unanswered
questions about the Agency itself. I’m pretty sure it’s still in existence despite the elimination of certain key personnel tightly tied to Annie and the assignments she got from them. I could be wrong, and may well be, but I hope not. I’d like to read more about this Agency which goes and does the jobs the
There was nothing really disappointing in this book, not even its conclusion (though it wasn’t a big surprise either when Ms. Fairchild wraps up Annie’s story), but the pace was so slow in the first half of the book, I can’t give this above a 3-star rating. I will definitely keep an eye out for more books by Ms. Fairchild though, and that comes strictly from my enjoyment of the latter portion.
The Tech Guy by Lia Fairchild
Genre - Romance
Length - Novel
TBR Reviewer - Daniella
Rating: 3 stars - A Good Read.
Emma has worked very hard for the last few years to get where she is now career-wise, not letting anything or anyone get in the way. That is until Guy, the hot tech guy, shows up. With them having to work closely on the digital launch of the magazine, will Guy find out the secret that Emma has guarded so closely?
This was an ok read for me. It had some interesting characters in it, although I think the secondary characters were more interesting than the leading lady. Some of the dialogue was witty and flirty, but parts of the narrative focused on not-so interesting details. The story in general got better towards
the second half where the real story started.
I might have enjoyed it more I think if I hadn´t felt mislead by the blurb. I was expecting a different story. This is maybe not so much a romance (I never got the sparking chemistry between Emma and Guy) and big secrets being exposed (although Emma´s "secret" was an interesting story twist).This felt more like Emma coming to the realization that she doesn´t have to live a life closed off from people around her, focused on only the organized world that is work, but that she can actually live life and let people in. That building relationships with people around you, and letting them be a part of your life, can bring much happiness. Also that many times one feels the need to build a persona, when people really like who you are beneath the façade. That is probably what I will take away from this read.