Series: Capital Confessions
on September 15, 2015
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Kate Reynolds has just graduated from college and is determined to make it on her own. Her job as a junior political analyst at the CIA is a dream come true and the perfect opportunity to find answers about the night that’s plagued her for four years—the night she lost her fiancé, Matt, on a Special Forces mission in Afghanistan. Kate’s consumed with uncovering the truth and avenging the man she loved and lost, even if it means risking her own life to prove that his death wasn’t an accident.
When she gets too close to discovering what happened that fateful night and danger arrives on her doorstep, Kate’s stunned by the man who comes to her rescue. Together, they begin to dig for the truth, fighting to stay alive as they’re dragged down into a world of secrets and lies. But when the threat hits close to home, Kate must choose between vengeance and a future with the man who’s ignited a fire inside her that she thought died long ago.
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With each of Chanel Cleeton’s books I become more and more anxious for the next. Falling for Danger was no exception. After reading a snippet in the back of Playing With Trouble, I needed this book. It promised to be even more intense, suspenseful, and sexy. I was so excited to finally get some answers to many of the questions that had plagued me since the first book! While Falling for Danger took some turns I didn’t expect, overall I thought it concluded the Reynolds’ sisters’ story quite nicely.
At this point, Cleeton has familiarized us with Jackie and Blair’s stories but Kate is still a little bit of a mystery. It’s obvious in the first two books that Kate is still grieving for her childhood-best-friend-turned-fiance, Matt. Four years ago, Matt was killed in an ambush during a Special Forces mission in Afghanistan. After overhearing a conversation between her father and Matt’s, Kate wholeheartedly believes her father had something to do with it. Being a U.S. Senator, Kate’s father had the means and the opportunity and she is prepared to do anything to exact her revenge. In her quest for her father’s demise, Kate joins the CIA in hopes of gaining valuable intel about Matt’s mission.
In the first two books I was really unsure about my feelings towards Kate. Like most people, I’ve never been in a position where I suspected my family member of killing my significant other so it was hard for me to put myself in her shoes. Many times I felt that she showed a blatant disregard for her safety, as well as her sisters’. While I still feel this way, after reading Falling for Danger, I realize that she was blinded by her grief and getting revenge was more important than who she hurt along the way. This actually made me feel sad for Kate. I cannot imagine being filled with such hatred. As the story progressed I grew to like Kate a lot more but not nearly as much as I liked her sisters. I just felt she was so much like her father that it kind of freaked me out.
The plot of this story really revolves around Kate figuring out what happened to Matt, why it happened, and how her father/Matt’s father were involved. I really liked the suspense and trying to figure out what was going to happen next. I think the thrill of Kate trying to figure all this out while simultaneously trying to avoid threats on her life was what really kept me turning the pages. Unfortunately, I didn’t love this book as much as the first two. I felt that the conflict was resolved entirely too quickly and I struggled at times with the romance. It seemed like we were building up to this epic conclusion throughout the entire series for it to be handled really quickly.
Below are my detailed thoughts about the romance but it is kind of spoiler-y so I figured I’d tag it.
View Spoiler »Matt miraculously survived the ambush and has been living on the run as a mercenary ever since. He only reappeared because he realized Kate’s life was in danger and the romance between them is really Matt halfheartedly pushing Kate away. It’s hard to describe my thoughts on this matter, but I was hoping that there would be a little more conflict-resolution. I think the emotional fall-out was kind of glossed over and fixed with the physical aspects of their relationship. I did like Matt but sometimes it frustrated me that Kate focused on who Matt was before and would seemingly forget that this was not the Matt that she remembered. « Hide Spoiler
Overall, I enjoyed Falling for Danger and was satisfied with the conclusion to the series. I know some readers might have expected more or a different ending but I thought it fit perfectly. I would definitely recommend this series as it is sexy, fun, and full of intrigue. I can’t wait to see what Cleeton has up her sleeve next!
Review of Book 1 (Flirting With Scandal)
Review of Book 2 (Playing With Trouble)