I have to make note that CSM’s Thompson Series is one of my all-time favorites. I feel so invested in this family and they are truly some of my favorite characters to read about. That being said it is hard for me to rate this series separately from his first series. For me, this book is a 5-star read, hands down. However, the tidbits of information that we get about some of the characters that mean so much to me and make it 5 stars most likely wouldn’t hold the same importance to someone who hasn’t read the other Thompson Sisters books. The emotions that I feel and the “AHA moments” that this book creates might not be as strong for someone that doesn’t have the whole background story of these characters. I am not saying this to encourage new readers to stay away from this series…not at all. What I’m encouraging is for you all to read the first Thompson Sisters series first and then dive in to these books. There really is no way you could be disappointed, these books have it all.
I also want to comment on something else… I try to never compare one author to another in fear of offending either author but I just can’t help myself this time. In high school I was obsessed with John Grisham books. OBSESSED. I read them for pleasure and when an assignment came up that we could choose our own reading material I would somehow find a roundabout way to make a Grisham book I hadn’t read yet meet the criteria. I eventually grew tired of reading those kinds of books and started branching out into different genres but always remembered Grisham my first “adult” favorite author. CSM, I hope that you don’t hate John Grisham and that this doesn’t offend you but I want to say that these stories remind me of his political thrillers. Your words, your crazy twists and turns and the time that you put into adding the important details all blow me away in the way only his books have ever done. I can only hope that one day your books make it big time like his do and get the attention that they truly deserve.
So anyways, if you are a romance reader that has read CSM’s Thompson Sisters series but don’t think you’ll enjoy these political thrillers please take a chance on them. They are amazing…truly amazing. If you haven’t read any of CSM’s books and would rather only read the political thrillers that is okay too but if you have the time to read his other books first I’d highly recommend that so you get the full effect and fall in love with this family like I have. None of CSM’s books are cookie-cutter novels and they all hold something truly special and unique that I honestly feel everyone would enjoy.
Another 5-Star read from Charles Sheehan-Miles. It is official, I love everything he writes.
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