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Loved the Surprise Villain - Great Romantic Thriller for Jax & Maya
Reviewed in the United States on October 31, 2020
Barbara Freethy has once again delivered an incredible romantic thriller with Fearless Pursuit. Each book in Barbara Freethy's Off the Grid: FBI series gets better and better, and I think that Fearless Pursuit is my favorite book in the series. Although, I think that after I have read each book in the series. I absolutely loved Fearless Pursuit, the eighth book in her Off the Grid: FBI series. Fearless Pursuit had me guessing throughout the story what was really happened to Natasha Pertova and the other thrilling events that took place. It was truly a surprise villain that I did not see happening. I could not put it down. I loved every page. I really enjoy how the book is told from the perspective of the main characters. I love getting the insight and feelings from the different characters. Barbara Freethy has once again proven that she is a master storyteller. Fearless Pursuit is the story of Jax Kenin, FBI Special Agent who was working undercover as a bartender at the Firebird Club and Maya Ashton, film maker working on making a movie about what really happened to her paternal grandmother, Natasha Petrova, a famous movie star, who is believed to have committed suicide over thirty years ago. Maya wants to tell the real story about Natasha for her grandfather, Phillip and hopes for a different ending. Jax and Maya meet at the Firebird Club, the private club where Jax is working undercover as a bartender investigating Russian spies. Maya’s grandfather, Phillip recently located Natasha’s journals in a long-forgotten safety deposit box. Maya goes to the Firebird Club in an attempt to talk to some of the men mentioned in her grandmother’s journals. Maya sees photos of her grandmother, from the former Russian House club that burnt years ago on the same location as the Firebird Club. After multiple attempts on their lives, the relationship between Jax and Maya changes. Jax fights his feelings because he does not want Maya’s search for answers into her grandmother’s death to interfere with his case. Maya breaks things off when Jax admits that he is an FBI agent working undercover, and she does not trust him because he lied to her. I loved the relationship between Jax and Maya changed and that Maya was willing to give Jax another chance. Jax reaches out to his team for help when things got complicated. I love how Jax gets answers into his own past and the death of his own parents when he was a small child. Eventually all clues lead them to who they think is really behind Natasha’s murder, but they were wrong and I did not see that happening. That was such a surprise twist for me. I really enjoy the poignant and bittersweet moments, the plot twists and the surprises that I have come to love and expect in Barbara Freethy's books and Fearless Pursuit did not disappoint. One of my favorite parts of the story are the poignant moments that Maya has during conversations with her father, Rex and the guilt that he felt over Natasha’s death, and her relationship with her grandfather, Phillip. I loved all the secrets that Jax and Maya shared with one another. I love that all the characters from the previous books were included in Fearless Pursuit. It felt like a family reunion and I loved catching up with the other characters from the series. I love how all Barbara Freethy's epilogues, wrap up the ending of the story and are always my favorite part of her books. I love how all the loose ends got tied up. I love all the characters and the way Barbara describes the locations in and around Los Angeles. It was really an incredible story and I loved every page.