For Love or Vengeance by Caridad Piñeiro

For Love or VengeanceThe Reborn, 1Caridad PiñeiroParanormal RomanceEntangled Publishing, LLCSeptember 23, 2013eBook250

FBI Special Agent Helene Alexander is a goddess.  An actual frickin’ goddess. And her mission is clear, see that justice is served at all times or her days as a goddess are numbered. Helene’s new FBI partner defines good-looking, but Miguel Sanchez, wants nothing to do with her ends-justify-the-means attitude. He knows through experience the type of guilt her actions can bring and Miguel wants nothing to do with Helene’s careless ways. Even if she’s so damned hot she makes him burn with the need. When the serial killer they’re tracking strikes again, Helene and Miguel are drawn into a case that will challenge their most fundamental beliefs about justice and vengeance. But it’s the passion between them that forces a goddess to choose: eternal life with all her powers…or death—to save the man she loves.

I personally loved this book. Crime, Greek mythology, and romance all rolled into one? Bonus for me was the nature of the serial killer (“The Butcher of Broadway”) because I love theater.

Anyway, Nemesis/Helene was a strong, yet vulnerable woman whose internal struggle was artfully portrayed. I found myself rooting for her throughout the whole story. I never got annoyed with her, which can happen often with me, and that in itself was a great feat accomplished by the author.​

Miguel was the perfect dreamy work partner who you love to tease at work and fantasize about having a romantic relationship with. Honest and brave, he’s all a girl can ever ask for. Like Helene, his history also haunts him, but unlike some male protagonists who completely fall apart, Miguel pushes forward while simultaneously holding onto his guilt for a past mistake (accidentally killing a bystander during a case).

When the two meet, I was expecting utter and complete cheesiness, but I was pleasantly surprised. I recommend this book for fans of team Benson and Stabler from Law and Order: SVU and Tony and Ziva (ship name: “Tiva”) from NCIS.

I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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