“Exposed” by Carla Cassidy (Tough Justice serial – part 1)

Anyone who enjoys fast-paced romantic suspense will enjoy this story.  It is the first novella in an eight part serial which features FBI Agent Lara Grant.  ExposedLara is a beautiful, though damaged woman who has recently just come back to work after spending time deep undercover infiltrating the Moretti crime family.  She was responsible for putting this evil, manipulative man behind bars and has spent a year in a safe house following his arrest and the arrest of some of his crew.

Upon her return to work she is immediately thrown into a new case which has links to her former life.  Also, she has a new partner, a ruggedly handsome, yet secretive, agent.

Set in New York City, this serial is to be written by a different author for each part.  I like the serial aspect and think it encourages reading for those with busy schedules.  Also the cliff-hanger ending fills the reader with anticipation for the next installment.

This novella reads like a TV movie of the week, with lots of action, physical attraction, and a somewhat far-fetched story line.  I can understand its appeal, but this is not my cup of tea.  I found some of the plot to be quite unbelievable and although I know fiction should stretch the imagination, I think that crime fiction, even romantic suspense fiction such as this, should be more true to life.  Some of the plot devices are ones I’ve seen before, so I found them quite predictable.  I won’t be reading any more of the Tough Justice serial.

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FBI Headquarters, New York City

Thanks to Harlequin via NetGalley for providing me with a digital ARC of this novella in exchange for my honest review.


About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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3 Responses to “Exposed” by Carla Cassidy (Tough Justice serial – part 1)

  1. Trisha : Tale of a Bookworm says:

    I think i will pick it up soon *_* It sounds too tempting!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. skyecaitlin says:

    I was interested until I saw that it is a novella and then your review a second time; we usually like the same books; thank you!!!


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