Review: Thirst Trap by Lani Lynn Vale (Carter Brothers #3)


Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Give Me Books Promotions.

Thirst Trap is the third novel in Lani Lynn Vale's Carter Brothers romantic suspense series, and this is Quinn Carter's book. Quinn is the last among the set of triplets including of Quincy (No Cap, the Carter Brothers series starter) and Quaid (I Can't Even, book two in the series), and his is a second chance romance. There was never a doubt in his mind that Shayne Rodriguez was his first and forever love. If you asked Shayne, however, there was a whole lot of doubt regarding that statement, no thanks to the fact that Quinn broke her heart when he was twenty and she was seventeen, reiterating it was his dream to enter the police academy, join the force, and then sign up with the Marines--a dream that clearly didn't include her. From then on, their lives diverged, only converging for brief blips in time. After all, what sort of future could they have with Shayne's older brother and only remaining family being part of a criminal gang Quinn has sworn to take down?

You know how they say hindsight is 20/20? Welp, I'm pretty sure that was a constant thought in Quinn Carter's head in the months and years following his break-up with Shayne Rodriguez. Now, if I'm being honest, I think putting their relationship on pause would have been a good idea. Where Quinn went wrong was the manner in which he did it. It was impossible to not feel bad for Shayne, but kudos to her doing what she needed to in order to get her life in order. There's a quote I heard on a podcast today reiterating that rejection is redirection (full disclosure: I googled and the original quote is from Byrant McGill), and that made me think of Shayne. There were quite a few times where Quinn said or did something, and I just shook my head in exasperation. Still, he was protective and undeniably in love with her, and they did get their happily-ever-after. Also, it needs to be said: Shayne was a standout main character and kudos to Lani Lynn Vale for making her that way. Overall, Thirst Trap was a good romantic suspense read. Four stars. 

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Read my reviews for the Carter Brothers series:


No Cap (book one) - 4.5 stars - My Review

I Can't Even (book two) - 4.5 stars - My Review

Thirst Trap (book three) - four stars - My Review (posted above)

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Release Date: 09 July 2024

Date Read: 26 June 2024

Learn more about Lani Lynn Vale.

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