Holding The Line (The Firing Line #2) by Kierney ScottHolding The Line by Kierney Scott
Published March 2015
Series: The Firing Line #2
Genres: Romantic Suspense
five-stars
Format: eBook
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It’s been four years since Armando Torres disappeared. He was DEA agent Beth Thomson’s best undercover recruit – and the best lover she ever had.

In the time since he left, she has forced herself to move on. So when news reaches her that Torres is dead, she isn’t expecting the wave of emotions that overwhelm her. It’s a gang hit, and there isn’t much of a body left to identify. But when she visits the morgue, her horror soon turns to disbelief at what she finds.

With notorious gang leader El Escorpion still evading capture, her mother’s health deteriorating, and her daughter starting school – can Beth recreate the passion from her past, even when her whole world is changing?

Beth Thomson is a Texas-based DEA agent assigned to the Drug cartel and organized crime task force. Her main concern is investigating the Los Treinta gang and their deadly leader El Escorpion.

She used to have Armando Torres work for her as an undercover agent infiltrating the rival gang – whom she lured into the DEA knowing he would want to personally execute revenge on his best friend murderer.

For a brief period of time, Torres and Beth hooked up. But just as good things started to get serious between the quirky yet strong-willed agent and the rough-looking Mexican, Torres vanishes into oblivion.

Now four years later, Torres is back in Texas and in her life. But things have definitely changed and Beth can’t for the life of her look pay the anger, sadness and betrayal that happened so long ago.

What I loved about this book:

  • The suspenseful storyline
  • The great realistic characters
  • The fun and the steamy scenes

What I felt needed improvement:

  • Nothing!

Blurring The Line is the sequel to the book Holding The Line by Kierney Scott. I read this as an ARC about a month ago and I loved how peculiar and suspenseful the story was, dragging you straight into the world of organized crime and drug cartels; and the DEA’s never ending war against them. To enjoy the story best, I suggest you read part 1 before moving on to part 2.

Book 1 ends in a huge cliffhanger, with Torres’ sudden disappearance. Beth never really got over his disappearance and when after 4 long years, she learns that Torres is dead, every emotion she felt about him is back, and her reaction was understandably confused.

“She waited for the news to sink in. Why didn’t she feel something? Where was her anger? Her sadness? Shit, she would settle for any emotion. No, there was one emotion left: confusion.”

The storytelling was great and from the first page on, I felt thrown back into the story. No awkward moments like “Wait, who’s this character again?” and no drawing blanks. And the quality of the writing was just as good as in the first book. Kierney Scott writes a very elaborate 3rd person POV, alternating between Beth and Torres, but with a major focus on Torres. The steamy scenes however, are even better than in Book 1!

Wait – you’re asking me how there can be steamy scenes and a whole lot of Torres-swooning? Well you guessed it, Torres is not really dead, and he is back in full force to win Beth back. Needless to say that this creates even more confusion and a kaleidoscope of feelings where Beth is concerned. One of the most prominent ones being anger, and “hate” towards Torres (even though it is blatant that she still loves him).

“He would gladly welcome any cooling, anything that eased the pressure in his chest when he thought of a life without her. He would love to hate her. But that wasn’t going to happen. Four years hadn’t changed the way he felt.”

I found Beth and Torres to be one of the most realistic set of characters I have come across, literary-speaking. Their emotions, their reactions, and finally – their interactions – made for a wonderfully true and realistic story with many turning points. And that’s on top of a very suspenseful storyline, that’s just as gripping as in Book 1. I also very much enjoyed the fun and banter between the two, when the story had moments that were less pregnant with the intrigue.

“No sex tonight.”
“Just to confirm, is that a firm no? Or is it a you-will-give-rectroactive-consent-once-I-start kind of no?”
“It’s a I-will-strangle-you-if-you-don’t-stop-rubbing-your-tight-ass-against-my-cock no.”

The end of the book was definitely a huge bummer. It was completely sudden and unexpected, and I wonder if this type of ending was exactly necessary. But it does mean that Beth and Torres still didn’t find peace, and that they will fight for it in a third book – and hopefully find their happy ending. Now if the first and second book are any indication of what the third book is going to be like, I say bring it on, because this series is by far one of the best I have read his year.

Detailed Rating
Storyline
5 Stars
Characters
5 Stars
Writing
5 Stars
All the feels
5 Stars
Overall: five-stars