Made to be Broken

Nadia Stafford, with her dual lives of hitwoman extraordinaire and outdoor pursuits lodge owner, gets worried when one of her employees, a young girl with a baby goes missing.  Neither the local police nor the girls own mother seem to care.  Jack comes to stay at the lodge after breaking an ankle following a job and he wants to help.  Quinn comes on board confusing Nadia further where he is concerned and then Evelyn invites herself into the mix, hinting at a vigilante organisation she thinks Nadia would be perfect for.  As always with Evelyn, is her help worth the cost.

This book progressed much more slowly than the first one but I think given the investigative nature of the plot, it needed to be much less frenetic than the first.  I still love the character of Nadia and her principles, and the chemistry between her and Jack continues to cloud how she feels about Quinn.  I think I preferred the first book more but it was definitely enjoyable, the plot solid and I was disappointed to find that there aren’t more books in the series forthcoming.  I hope that changes in the future!

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Book Information
  • Author: Kelley Armstrong
  • Series: Nadia Stafford (2)
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Exit Strategy

Nadia Stafford is an ex-cop with a tarnished reputation, forced into retirement after she shot a child-killer.   Needing money to survive, she is recruited by a local mafia family to carry out hits on criminals that cross them.   A serial killer starts leaving calling cards on innocent victims, carrying out the murders in the manner of a professional and suddenly the authorities are focusing too hard on Nadia and her colleagues.  Nadia, her mentor, and a few others decide to go after the killer and mete their own justice while trying to maintain their anonymity from the world, and each other.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book.  I loved Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld series but wasn’t sure how well she could cross genres.  I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Exit Strategy.  It’s extremely well written, engaging and the story flowed smoothly.  The characters of Nadia and Jack I particularly liked, you come to understand their ethics and morale compasses.  Their histories are well rounded, you can empathise with them easily and they become people you care about in very short order.  All in all a very enjoyable book and I look forwards to reading the next one in the series.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Book Information
  • Author: Kelley Armstrong
  • Series: Nadia Stafford (1)
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