Monday, December 23, 2019

Manview: Tightrope (Burning Cove, California #3) by Amanda Quick

Welcome to another Manview. It's been ages since we've had a Manview and Steve has kindly read a couple of books to give us a few. Hopefully, he will find the time to write the other ones since he's getting pretty busy with work again. I'm delighted for this one.

For those of you who are new to Manviews, these are reviews of romance novels specifically from a man's perspective, the reader today is my very own Steve. You can find previous Manviews here.

Tightrope by Amanda Quick

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Tightrope by Amanda Quick blurb

ManviewIn one or two sentences can you sum up your overall impression of this book and how you feel about it?

I really enjoyed the story line, the characters, the setting and everything about the book. It was a great sequel to the previous two books in the series and Quick did a great job of introducing new characters and story lines while weaving in a few interesting characters from the previous books.

What did you think of Amalie and Matthias?

I liked them a lot. They both had integrity, were willing to take risks, and knew what they wanted and went after it.

What did you think of Amalie's first impression of Matthias and the time it took for her to warm up to him? Did that seem reasonable to you?

It did. First of all, she could easily be concerned he was associated with gangsters and a bit reckless, but once she got past that, they really clicked.

Matthias has quite a reputation following him around. Do you think that helped him or harmed him?

It depends on the situation. But I think it mostly helped him as people were never quite sure what to trust about that reputation, so they respected him or feared him and both worked to his advantage.

Amalie has a past that ties in to the plot of this story. Do you think it added or detracted from the main mystery?

I thought it added greatly to the enjoyment of the overall read as I could not figure out how it would come together, but it did with a few interesting plot twists along the way. And it was like two different stories that could have tripped over each other and confused the reader, but they wove together nicely to a good conclusion.

Both Amalie and Matthias have rather unusual careers and skills. How do you think they helped in this instance?

Amalie’s skill helped save their lives, so that was useful! And Matthias was able to solve quite leading-edge puzzles with the unique combination of his skills.

There were many supporting characters in this story. Who surprised you the most in their role?

The character who was introduced in the Prologue and popped in and out a few times until his big final scene.

What historical aspects of the story intrigued or interested you the most?

I love Quick’s settings and the time frame they take place in. Obviously, robotics was not as advanced then as they presented it to be (through deception) to the general public, so how they used robotics to perform a murder was interesting. And how they used the robot to hide components of the code-breaking machine was also interesting. I love the early-on encoding and code-breaking technology, even though that did not feature in the story. But the engineering to make the machine work was and how they used that to ensure no one had access to all the working parts to make the machine work was played out well.

What did you enjoy about this story?

I really liked that the relationship between Amalie and Matthias was straight-forward. They both knew what they wanted and ended up getting it from each other. No drama-llamas of accidental misunderstanding in this book! Just good old-fashion getting to know each other, liking each other more and becoming more attractive to each other quickly was the course of the story, so I did not need to wonder if either had screwed it up permanently or not.

What's your next read?

Little Secrets by Anna Snoekstra. It is not a romance novel, but a mystery. Not sure what romance novel I am reading next, but think I would like to try one of Annie West’s books.

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Jayne Ann Krentz

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