The Prey by Allison Brennan
Also by this author: Sudden Death, Fatal Secrets
Series: Predator Trilogy #1
Published by Ballantine Books
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Read in: November 2017
Source: Personal Collection
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First, she imagined it. Then a killer made it real.
Rowan Smith is living in a borrowed Malibu beach house while her bestselling novel is made into a Hollywood movie. A former FBI agent with a haunted past, Rowan thinks she has outrun her demons. But fiction and reality collide when a dismembered body is found in Colorado: the real-life victim had the same name, occupation, and looks as a character in Rowan’s novel. By the time the FBI, the LAPD, and her own private bodyguard gather around her, another person is killed–again, the murder ripped from the pages of Rowan’s book.
In the company of a former Delta Force officer with secrets of his own, Rowan faces an excruciating dilemma: the only way to chase down the tormenting killer is by revisiting the darkness of her past–and by praying for some way out again.
After the prey is chosen, the hunt is on and the kill is certain. - via GoodReads
It has been some time since I have read a full fledged romantic suspense. At one point it was my favorite sub-genre. When I read Shattered I decided to go back and start at the beginning. It’s been several years since I originally read The Prey by Allison Brennan. It was the perfect time to go back and start at the beginning.
I was concerned that I would remember too much of the story to enjoy it. My memory apparently isn’t what it used to be because I had forgotten one major plot point. I really enjoyed The Prey and had forgotten how messed up it was. I mean that in the best way possible. Basically I had completely no idea what was going on or who was involved until Brennan wanted me to know. That is the best way to ensure that I am going to enjoy a suspense novel.
The characters were sort of so-so. I was invested in their survival but I didn’t love them. That’s the only thing that kept The Prey from being a 5 star read. I didn’t connect with Rowan. Sometimes I felt like the characters’s reactions were a little over the top and dramatic. I think my taste for alpha males may have changed over the years too. Or maybe I just didn’t connect with John either. Yes they were in volatile situations throughout the course of their relationship but he was pretty damn bossy. And sometimes she was kind of stupid but felt like she was right because she had been trained by the FBI!
I look forward to continuing the series and I’m hoping that having a re-introduction to the genre will make me a little more accepting of the next book.