Review: Hands of Evil

Hands of Evil caught me from the get go. It’s incredibly well written but that’s not what got me. What caught my interest and didn’t let it go was the humanity of the characters, their honest appeal. Add to that the fact that the book is like a fantastic version of CSI and I was hooked.

We meet JJ who’s a tough guy who is also caring and protective without losing a sliver of that meanness. JJ is the kind of guy I’d want watching my back. He’s smart, dedicated and can drop a bad guy in under two seconds. I liked him from the start and reading the book only increased his appeal.

Grace is a survivor of abuse. Not a victim. The difference is powerful and delightful. She’s a woman determined to find her wings again even if life has thrown her some tough cards. I loved that she was into self-defence and she worked out. I loved that she had a job and stood up to bullies without caving in. She was awesome.

There’s a bad guy in Hands of Evil and I won’t say too much because I don’t want to give anything away. Suffice it to say that this particular nemesis had a tragic past that gave him a touch of humanity sometimes laking in romance.

This book is rich with stories and likeable characters without taking away from the main love story. I wanted to know more about Justin and the rest of the team. I was curious about their lives and histories. They were tough as nails, smart as they come but somehow approachable and funny. I got a sense they’d be awesome friends.

I love romance and I don’t usually like mystery but this book had me. I had to find out what happened. The pace wasn’t rushed or slow, it was exciting. I had to stop myself from gobbling up the book and I know I’ll read it again to savour it slowly. A really great read, I’d highly recommend it.



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7 thoughts on “Review: Hands of Evil

  1. Reblogged this on Melissa Barker-Simpson and commented:
    I’m sure every author experiences self-doubt. There are the times, usually after the first draft, when we look back and wonder what the hell we were thinking, because there are so many plot holes we could bury ourselves. Then there are the time when our muse goes on strike, or our minds shut down like a disused computer. At those times I remind myself of the wonderful community I belong to. The people who know how passionate I am about the words and never fail to show their support and understanding. And no matter how many words I write that are destined for the trash heap, or how many times I read a scene and shudder at the number of flaws, I recognise that there are times when I do write something to be proud of. When I’ve touched someone else with my words. The simple fact is – it’s worth it. When you get a review that identifies with the story, from a reader who sees the characters as they are in your head, it’s the best feeling there is. So, thanks, Taylor.

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