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Kindle Edition  Ó Rival's Break MOBI á 3.75 StarsThis is the ninth book in the Sharpe Donovan series by Carla Neggers Carla is a must buy for me but I have to say this wasn t my favorite of the series Above average, of course because it is Neggers, but not what I was expecting.I really felt like there was almost too much backstory in the beginning I felt lost amidst that and the actual poisoning missing painting storyline I didn t know where to really focus at the start I don t think I caught my reading groove in this until I 3.75 StarsThis is the ninth book in the Sharpe Donovan series by Carla Neggers Carla is a must buy for me but I have to say this wasn t my favorite of the series Above average, of course because it is Neggers, but not what I was expecting.I really felt like there was almost too much backstory in the beginning I felt lost amidst that and the actual poisoning missing painting storyline I didn t know where to really focus at the start I don t think I caught my reading groove in this until I was over halfway though Then it flew and the real point of the story started comingto the surface I was relieved Basic premise A bunch of people get poisoned on a yacht owned by a rich dude Donovan spies a known British intelligence agent and suspects that this poisoning is muchthan it seems To top it off, there is the theft of a painting to uncover as well Then you add in all the espionage stuff and things get heated pretty quickly.I think part of my problem with this is that I haven t read a book in this series in a long time and my Sharpe and Donovan radar is a bit clouded and rusty I should have read a book or two back and then picked this one up afterward I think I neededlead in instead of just being deluged with the backstory at the start which wastelling me stuff than showing me stuff I getinvested when I can connect with the characters and that didn t happen until later in the book.Above average suspense, espionage thriller but I felt like it lacked something I can t really put my finger on But don t take my word for it Pick it up and judge for yourself.I received this as an ARC Advanced Reader Copy in return for an honest review I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title Another great mystery in this series I really have enjoyed each book and I feel like I ve gotten to know all of the characters as this series has progressed I look forward to the next one. A deadly poisoning, a stolen painting and a criminal mastermind challenge the skills of FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan as never before in their latest high stakes case New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers has crafted a gripping novel of international intrigue and suspense not to be missedEmma Sharpe is recovering from a shattering loss while her husband, Colin Donovan, is deep into his latest undercover mission So they re grateful to enjoy a peaceful autumn weekend together on the southern Maine coast to celebrate Colin s brother Andy s wedding But the peace is short lived when Kevin Donovan, a marine patrol officer, receives a call to check on suspected food poisoning at a party aboard a yacht Colin decides to tag along He is surprised to recognize one of the victims as an undercover British intelligence officer, and it quickly becomes evident they re dealing with something very sinister At the same time a valuable painting by Irish artist Aoife O Byrne a friend of Emma and Colin s is missing from the yacht, and the connections make the investigation international and extremely personalEmma and Colin discover they are up against a deadly foe who plans to strike again With the help of HIT, their small, elite Boston based FBI team, they must foil an attack that will have devastating effects It s a case that will alter their lives beyond anything they ve ever imagined I expectedof a thriller suspense and to me, this book was not that, which was fine Instead, we are drawn into the Donovan and Sharpe families along with their friends The book takes place in Maine and Ireland and I liked both settings a lot they fit the mood of the book, which was contemplative This isn t a book where a bloody body count stacks up instead, it focuses on friend and family relationships and there is also a good mystery.In the midst of a wedding, the Donovans I expectedof a thriller suspense and to me, this book was not that, which was fine Instead, we are drawn into the Donovan and Sharpe families along with their friends The book takes place in Maine and Ireland and I liked both settings a lot they fit the mood of the book, which was contemplative This isn t a book where a bloody body count stacks up instead, it focuses on friend and family relationships and there is also a good mystery.In the midst of a wedding, the Donovans are called to investigate a potential poisoning on a yacht It just looks like a case of food poisoning, but Colin recognizes one of the stricken passengers as a fellow agent There are lots of secrets, some dealing with loss, and I read much later than I d planned to see the resolution This is the first book I read in the series I could tell there is a lot of backstory I missed that didn t detract from the story, but it did make me want to go back and read previous books Thank you to netgalley for the ARC I received this ARC from NetGally and the Publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.I have read several books from this series but not all of them, having said that this book can definitely be read as a stand alone one I love the Donovan brothers and enjoy them having recurring roles in the books There is alot of espionage and intrigue in this book, never know what is going to happen next As always Neggar s books are very well written, and draw you in I would certainly recommend th I received this ARC from NetGally and the Publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.I have read several books from this series but not all of them, having said that this book can definitely be read as a stand alone one I love the Donovan brothers and enjoy them having recurring roles in the books There is alot of espionage and intrigue in this book, never know what is going to happen next As always Neggar s books are very well written, and draw you in I would certainly recommend this book to others I would give this book 4 1 2 stars if I could I really enjoy this series by Carla Neggers This is the 9th book in the Emma Sharpe Colin Donovan romantic suspense series The characters are what make these books so enjoyable and most of them make an appearance in this story The mystery takes backstage to all the characters various on going storylines The reader gets to know Colin s youngest brother, Kevin, better and Finian s struggles continue There is a mystery and it is resolved to the r I would give this book 41 2 stars if I could I really enjoy this series by Carla Neggers This is the 9th book in the Emma Sharpe Colin Donovan romantic suspense series The characters are what make these books so enjoyable and most of them make an appearance in this story The mystery takes backstage to all the characters various on going storylines The reader gets to know Colin s youngest brother, Kevin, better and Finian s struggles continue There is a mystery and it is resolved to the reader s satisfaction I would highly recommend these books They should be read in order to get the most out of them This is the ninth book in this series Emma Sharp and Colin Donovan just want to finally spend some alone time together but that gets cuts short quick when people with food poisoning about a yacht pull them back into action This has nice twists and turns The scenery and feel of Ireland I loved as much as the action.Dawnny BookGypsy would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this bookpoisoned mushroomsstolen paintingyacht filled with people sickall adds to an interesting story, with a vicar whose past is haunted with tragedy and several donovans that are in security loads of names to get your head around but once you get into the story and can follow who is who its not bad This is the ninth book in the Sharpe Donovan series and I have only read one other Having said that, for the most part, this story is fine being read as a standalone, but I want to go back and read them from the beginning I was sometimes a bit confused about relationships and some of the backstory This story has a lot happening There is a stolen painting, a yacht full of sick people, a poisoning by mushrooms, and some espionage The FBI and British Intelligence are both involved as well as This is the ninth book in the Sharpe Donovan series and I have only read one other Having said that, for the most part, this story is fine being read as a standalone, but I want to go back and read them from the beginning I was sometimes a bit confused about relationships and some of the backstory This story has a lot happening There is a stolen painting, a yacht full of sick people, a poisoning by mushrooms, and some espionage The FBI and British Intelligence are both involved as well as parts of the story being in the US and part in the British Isles I was a bit confused at the beginning of this story, but about 1 3 of the way in, the story took off and held my interest The characters are charming, family oriented, smart and loyal There is some romance but that is not the major storyline at all The story was well written and plotted besides the slow beginning If you like an enjoyable, suspenseful story this might just be for you I will go back and start at the beginning.I listened to the audiobook of this story provided by the publisher, Harlequin Audio Narrator, Carol Monda, is a new narrator to me I found the voices were well done and gave distinctive characteristics to several of the characters which I liked The problem I has was that I thought the narration was too slow and the pauses were a bit too long Before I make a final judgement about this narrator, I would need to listen tobooks she performs Rival s Break is the ninth book in the Sharp Donovan series I think , but it s the first one I ve read I was confused There are numerous characters immediately thrown at you, and many important twists and turns are happening I didn t know which way was up The story premise is good, and it s a well written sharp and intelligent story It s engrossing once if you get past the initial what is going on stage Although still confused, I did gradually get a better sense of who was who and what t Rival s Break is the ninth book in the Sharp Donovan series I think , but it s the first one I ve read I was confused There are numerous characters immediately thrown at you, and many important twists and turns are happening I didn t know which way was up The story premise is good, and it s a well written sharp and intelligent story It s engrossing once if you get past the initial what is going on stage Although still confused, I did gradually get a better sense of who was who and what they were doing and why The story is thrilling and moves quickly through numerous twists and turns all the way to the end I enjoyed this one overall, but reading the series in order would be best Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review

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