Nora Trier catches thieves. As a forensic accountant and partner in her downtown Minneapolis firm, she’s unearthed millions in every corner of the world. She prides herself on her independence, the most essential currency of accounting, until her firm is hired by Strike.
An anti-corporate, feminist athletic empire, Strike is owned by Logan Russo, a brash and legendary kickboxer, and her marketing genius husband, Gregg Abbott. They’re about to host a major kickboxing tournament with twenty million dollars in prize money, and the chance for the champion to become the new face of the company. Gregg suspects his wife already has a new face in mind—a young trainer named Aaden, for whom Logan feels an unexpected connection.
Days before the tournament begins, it’s discovered that the prize money is missing. Gregg hires Nora’s firm to find both the thief and the money but Nora has a secret connection to Strike that threatens her independence. Her partner pressures her into taking the case anyway, hinting he has information about Strike that could change the course of the investigation in a shocking and deadly way.
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★★★★ 4 𝓢𝓽𝓪𝓻 𝓡𝓮𝓿𝓲𝓮𝔀 ★★★★
I keep wavering on how to rate this book. If there were a way to give it half stars, it would be more in the 3½ range. I know a lot of people ask how do you give a half rating. It's hard to explain. I liked this one, but I didn't like this one.
Overall, this is a great story. It's unique. It's mostly exciting. It's a race against time. I had no problems reading this book. BUT, if I'm honest. The who did not surprise me. I had it figured out pretty early. I think that kind of killed the book for me. I was just reading to see how it all played out at that point.
This book is full of strong characters. Honestly, I just wasn't all that invested in them. I didn't get a connection to them. I think that is a result of the writing style. I have read a few books from this author, and for the most part, I have wavered on her books. Her writing style either works for you or it doesn't. It definitely just didn't work for me in this book.
This will be one of those books where you either really like it or don't. I don't foresee too many being in the middle like I am. It's hard to separate my personal tastes in writing from the story since the writing didn't really make the story better for me.