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Everyone has a secret. Some are worth killing for… some are worth dying for… FBI agent Flynn MacKenzie is no stranger to deception, but when the brutal murder of a federal judge unravels an intricate and shocking web of lies, he finds himself tangled up in personal life-changing secrets and in the arms of a woman he isn't sure he can trust. Callie Harper not only wants justi Everyone has a secret. Some are worth killing for… some are worth dying for… FBI agent Flynn MacKenzie is no stranger to deception, but when the brutal murder of a federal judge unravels an intricate and shocking web of lies, he finds himself tangled up in personal life-changing secrets and in the arms of a woman he isn't sure he can trust. Callie Harper not only wants justice for her stepfather, she also wants to protect her family. Staying close to Flynn seems like the smart option, until she starts to fall for the man who could hurt everyone she loves. The lines between good and bad, guilty and innocent, are blurred. Callie and Flynn quickly realize their search for the truth could take them somewhere they don't want to go... if they can stay alive long enough to get there.


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Everyone has a secret. Some are worth killing for… some are worth dying for… FBI agent Flynn MacKenzie is no stranger to deception, but when the brutal murder of a federal judge unravels an intricate and shocking web of lies, he finds himself tangled up in personal life-changing secrets and in the arms of a woman he isn't sure he can trust. Callie Harper not only wants justi Everyone has a secret. Some are worth killing for… some are worth dying for… FBI agent Flynn MacKenzie is no stranger to deception, but when the brutal murder of a federal judge unravels an intricate and shocking web of lies, he finds himself tangled up in personal life-changing secrets and in the arms of a woman he isn't sure he can trust. Callie Harper not only wants justice for her stepfather, she also wants to protect her family. Staying close to Flynn seems like the smart option, until she starts to fall for the man who could hurt everyone she loves. The lines between good and bad, guilty and innocent, are blurred. Callie and Flynn quickly realize their search for the truth could take them somewhere they don't want to go... if they can stay alive long enough to get there.

30 review for Ruthless Cross

  1. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Oliphant

    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I love this series and I love the way this author can tell a suspenseful story and keep the content fresh, engaging and entertaining. Flynn has been a character in the previous books as an FBI agent. He receives a request from an old friend to attend an Art Exhibit because he needs a favor. He arrives at the exhibit and his friend tells him that he believes he is being followed, but will share more at the event. Flynn doesn't get the chance to I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I love this series and I love the way this author can tell a suspenseful story and keep the content fresh, engaging and entertaining. Flynn has been a character in the previous books as an FBI agent. He receives a request from an old friend to attend an Art Exhibit because he needs a favor. He arrives at the exhibit and his friend tells him that he believes he is being followed, but will share more at the event. Flynn doesn't get the chance to learn more because his friend is murdered during the exhibit. This is just the first chapter and there are many suspects. Flynn recruits the stepdaughter, Callie, for help as her mom may be a suspect. However, as the two uncover clues, they learn that his friend had secrets and they are revealing some old wounds and Flynn is unsure if he wants to learn the truth. Callie becomes a rock for Flynn and he is having feelings for her that he has not experienced before. Their feelings are tested as they find themselves in a dangerous plot and Flynn must make a choice between his heart or what is required as an FBI agent. This is my favorite series and I am so happy that there are more characters and more stories to come. They are an addiction and each plot has a unique twist that keeps you engaged from the beginning.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    I was hooked from the first page until the last. When Flynn’s old friend and the father of his deceased girlfriend calls up asking for help, Flynn goes to him. Before he can find out what the judge wanted, the man is murdered. Now Flynn, along with the help of the judge’s stepdaughter, Callie, must unravel what happened before someone else winds up dead. Callie is weary of Flynn. Not only because he suspects her mother may be involved in the murder, but she hasn’t had much luck with men in the pa I was hooked from the first page until the last. When Flynn’s old friend and the father of his deceased girlfriend calls up asking for help, Flynn goes to him. Before he can find out what the judge wanted, the man is murdered. Now Flynn, along with the help of the judge’s stepdaughter, Callie, must unravel what happened before someone else winds up dead. Callie is weary of Flynn. Not only because he suspects her mother may be involved in the murder, but she hasn’t had much luck with men in the past. Flynn is weary of Callie because he worries Callie is trying to cover for her mother. Both have issues trusting one another, but it was fun watching them learn how to do so. The suspense was well-written, and there were so many potential suspects that it made it difficult to pinpoint who was behind murder and why. For those who have read the other books in the series, characters from those books do make appearances in this one. It was nice to see them all again. For those that haven’t, don’t worry, this book can be read as a standalone. If you enjoy great romantic suspense, look no further. This author is one of my go-to authors for romantic suspense, and she has never let me down. **I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy**

  3. 4 out of 5

    Becky Claxon

    This is another exciting, fast paced, suspenseful book by Ms. Freethy. It is amazing that Flynn works for the FBI and is such a good person. It sure didn’t happen through his father’s example. Flynn did learn so much about art from his father. Flynn is determined to find the killer of the judge who stood in as a father example to him growing up. The judge’s step daughter Callie is horrified how he died and has to take care of her sensitive mother. There are many secrets in the art world as well This is another exciting, fast paced, suspenseful book by Ms. Freethy. It is amazing that Flynn works for the FBI and is such a good person. It sure didn’t happen through his father’s example. Flynn did learn so much about art from his father. Flynn is determined to find the killer of the judge who stood in as a father example to him growing up. The judge’s step daughter Callie is horrified how he died and has to take care of her sensitive mother. There are many secrets in the art world as well as stolen paintings. Flynn and his team has their work cut out for them to figure out who killed the judge. Callie wants to stick by Flynn to help prove her mother had nothing to do with the murder. I felt bad that Callie has had to take care of her mother most of her life. Callie definitely doesn’t feel like she can have a relationship in her life even though she starts having feelings for Flynn. This is a book that keeps you on the edge of your seat trying to figure out all the twists and turns the book takes. I strongly encourage you to read the book. I was given a copy of the book and voluntarily wrote a review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Isha Coleman

    The time has come. The stage has been set. There's danger on the horizon and fear is a sure bet. Count on Freethy to thrill your socks off, while running away with your heart. Ruthless Cross had me holding my breath and biting my nails as I sat on the edge of my seat. Caught in an epic battle of good verses evil, two strangers risk everything to get to the truth. Flynn may come across as the man in charge, but Callie is no shrinking violet. With a smart mouth, a quick mind and an aching heart, t The time has come. The stage has been set. There's danger on the horizon and fear is a sure bet. Count on Freethy to thrill your socks off, while running away with your heart. Ruthless Cross had me holding my breath and biting my nails as I sat on the edge of my seat. Caught in an epic battle of good verses evil, two strangers risk everything to get to the truth. Flynn may come across as the man in charge, but Callie is no shrinking violet. With a smart mouth, a quick mind and an aching heart, this duo of necessity grabs hold of the senses and powers their way under your skin.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jennie Fortna

    ARC for honest review with no compensation Ruthless Cross is book 6 in the Off the Grid: FBI series by Barbara Freethy an a great addition to this series! We have read about Flynn MacKenzie, another FBI agent in the prior books in this series and now it’s time for his story... When Flynn is contacted by his friend Arthur who is also a federal judge that he needs help but before they can talk the judge is murdered with one possible suspect being his wife. Callie Harper wants justice for her stepfat ARC for honest review with no compensation Ruthless Cross is book 6 in the Off the Grid: FBI series by Barbara Freethy an a great addition to this series! We have read about Flynn MacKenzie, another FBI agent in the prior books in this series and now it’s time for his story... When Flynn is contacted by his friend Arthur who is also a federal judge that he needs help but before they can talk the judge is murdered with one possible suspect being his wife. Callie Harper wants justice for her stepfather, the judge and to protect her mother who is a suspect in his death. Flynn and Callie need to work together to solve the murder but Can Flynn trust Callie? Deception, murder, lies and secrets keep you on the edge of your seat and when you think you have it all figured out...something else happens...

  6. 5 out of 5

    ROBIN RUIZ

    Ruthless Cross continues the FBI Off The Grid Series with another great adventure ! This time is Flynn .. Flynn has been exposed to the art world both legal and illegal since he was a kid. His dad is an art thief who left him and his mom years ago to avoid prison. Callie has been taking care of her mom since she was a little girl. When he’d mothers new husband is murdered at an art gallery, her mother is the first suspect ! Callie and Flynn stay close together during the investigation, attracted to Ruthless Cross continues the FBI Off The Grid Series with another great adventure ! This time is Flynn .. Flynn has been exposed to the art world both legal and illegal since he was a kid. His dad is an art thief who left him and his mom years ago to avoid prison. Callie has been taking care of her mom since she was a little girl. When he’d mothers new husband is murdered at an art gallery, her mother is the first suspect ! Callie and Flynn stay close together during the investigation, attracted to but not necessarily trusting each other. Theft, murder, secrets , exploring the past and present only add to the adrenaline rush, that only Barbara Freethy can write !

  7. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Eyre

    This latest addition to the FBI series is exciting and enthralling and I just could not put it down! Well written it’s filled with action, suspense, murder, mystery, grief, heartbreak and romance and of course the team is right in the thick of it all! I love Flynn and Callie and got totally lost in their story as I followed them as they unravelled this thriller / mystery . I have loved all of these books and would totally recommend them.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Linda A.

    Suspense, Danger, Love The Off The Grid:FBI series continues to be a joy to read. The plot of #6 is fascinating and believable. I love how each FBI character has an individual story brought to "life", yet it you happen to read the series out of order, you will not be confused or find less enjoyment. Ms. Freethy dives into the world of art and the result is a well plotted story with great characters. I am eager for book 7! Suspense, Danger, Love The Off The Grid:FBI series continues to be a joy to read. The plot of #6 is fascinating and believable. I love how each FBI character has an individual story brought to "life", yet it you happen to read the series out of order, you will not be confused or find less enjoyment. Ms. Freethy dives into the world of art and the result is a well plotted story with great characters. I am eager for book 7!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Brandy

    I loved this book. Flynn is fascinating, with an interesting personal history and a present that is getting more complicated by the page. Callie was awesome, although I got a bit frustrated - how dare you horn in on an FBI investigation?? This book kept me on tenterhooks from beginning to end!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Patti Lucas

    Wow! Barbara Freethy has once again delivered an incredible romantic thriller with Ruthless Cross. Each book in Barbara Freethy's Off the Grid: FBI series gets better and better. I absolutely loved Ruthless Cross, the sixth book in her Off the Grid: FBI series. Ruthless Cross had me guessing throughout the story as to who was behind the murder of Arthur Corbyn and the other thrilling events. I could not put it down. I loved every page. I really enjoy how the book is told from the perspective of Wow! Barbara Freethy has once again delivered an incredible romantic thriller with Ruthless Cross. Each book in Barbara Freethy's Off the Grid: FBI series gets better and better. I absolutely loved Ruthless Cross, the sixth book in her Off the Grid: FBI series. Ruthless Cross had me guessing throughout the story as to who was behind the murder of Arthur Corbyn and the other thrilling events. I could not put it down. I loved every page. I really enjoy how the book is told from the perspective of the main characters. I love getting the insight and feelings from the different characters. Barbara Freethy has once again proven that she is a master storyteller. Ruthless Cross is the story of Flynn MacKenzie, an undercover FBI agent and Callie Harper, a chef and step-daughter of Judge Arthur Corbyn. Flynn and Callie meet at an art exhibition at an art museum. Arthur invited Flynn to the exhibition, because he needs his help. Arthur has been a father figure to Flynn, since the death of Arthur’s daughter, Olivia, who was Flynn’s girlfriend. As the exhibition begins, Arthur’s body falls from an upper floor. Flynn decides to get to the bottom of Arthur’s murder and the reason why Arthur wanted him to attend the exhibition. Callie wants to help Flynn with his investigation, especially since her mother Julliette, is Flynn’s prime suspect. Flynn cannot interview Juliette, because Callie had her admitted on a seventy-two-hour psych hold. After multiple attempts on their lives, the relationship between Flynn and Callie changes. Neither is sure if their relationship is just fueled by the adrenaline from the chase. I loved the relationship between Flynn and Callie. Flynn reaches out to his team for help. Eventually all clues lead them to Arthur’s secret life and the reason behind his murder. I really enjoy the poignant and bittersweet moments, the plot twists and the surprises that I have come to love and expect in Barbara Freethy's books and Ruthless Cross did not disappoint. One of my favorite parts of the story are the poignant moments that Callie has during conversations with her Mom. I loved all the secrets that Flynn and Callie shared with one another. I love that all the characters from the previous books were included in Ruthless Cross. It felt like a family reunion and I loved catching up with the other characters from the series. I love how she resolved the Arthur’s murder; I did not see that happening. I love how all Barbara Freethy's epilogues, wrap up the ending of the story and are always my favorite part of her books. I love how all the loose ends got tied up. I love all the characters and the way Barbara describes the locations in and around Los Angeles. It was really an incredible story and I loved every page.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Marti

    Ruthless Cross by Barbara Freethy Ruthless Cross by Barbara Freethy is a romantic thriller! It is the next book in the series Off the Grid: FBI #6. The storyline caught my attention from the outset and even with all the twists and turns I found myself becoming more entranced. I felt lots of concern for the characters and worried how the resolution would happen. FBI agent Flynn MacKenzie was contacted by an old friend for help. When he met up with him at an art opening, it was in time to see his d Ruthless Cross by Barbara Freethy Ruthless Cross by Barbara Freethy is a romantic thriller! It is the next book in the series Off the Grid: FBI #6. The storyline caught my attention from the outset and even with all the twists and turns I found myself becoming more entranced. I felt lots of concern for the characters and worried how the resolution would happen. FBI agent Flynn MacKenzie was contacted by an old friend for help. When he met up with him at an art opening, it was in time to see his death. Callie Harper is the step daughter of his old friend and Flynn immediately is drawn to her. She is protecting her mother and seems to have some knowledge he needs. Add into this maelstrom, Flynn’s father’s (an art thief and blackmarketer with art) name keeps coming up. Flynn and Callie work together to find answers and unravel the new questions that come up. Then there was the threat on their life. Both want a resolution, before the stakes become too high. Ruthless Cross by Barbara Freethy is a good read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Horton

    Not the best I have enjoyed all the books in this series so far but found this one lacking. I expected more from a book about Flynn. He came across a strong leader in all the other books but this book about him he was wishy washy and I didn't enjoy the book at all. I ended up skipping they most of it Not the best I have enjoyed all the books in this series so far but found this one lacking. I expected more from a book about Flynn. He came across a strong leader in all the other books but this book about him he was wishy washy and I didn't enjoy the book at all. I ended up skipping they most of it

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sherri

    Good but for 6th in series, getting predictable Have to admit that the first 3 books were better. It seems to run a similar theme. This book involved Flynn's dad. Previous one in series involved Diego's mom. Agent and civilian partner hook up around chapter 20. Crime/murder solved in 23-26 chapters. Good but for 6th in series, getting predictable Have to admit that the first 3 books were better. It seems to run a similar theme. This book involved Flynn's dad. Previous one in series involved Diego's mom. Agent and civilian partner hook up around chapter 20. Crime/murder solved in 23-26 chapters.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Rudolph

    Wonderful book This series has been amazing! I have loved every book in this series! The characters are so real and the storylines are wonderful! I can't wait to read the next book! Wonderful book This series has been amazing! I have loved every book in this series! The characters are so real and the storylines are wonderful! I can't wait to read the next book!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Carolee Taylor

    Fast-paced and suspenseful. Really good storyline well-developed characters. Nice visiting with some of the old crew from Quantico. Nice light hand on the romance aspects of the relationship between Flynn and Callie.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Another winner I really enjoy this series, and I'm starting to feel like a broken record going on about how great they are. If you haven't started reading this series yet, you really should put it on your "to read" list. Another winner I really enjoy this series, and I'm starting to feel like a broken record going on about how great they are. If you haven't started reading this series yet, you really should put it on your "to read" list.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    You have Flynn who gets a call from and old friend, a mentor and ask for his help in a personnel matter. Flynn meets his step daughter, Callie. Together they find out what is going on, and the sparks fly between them. But, can they trust each other. Sexy, mystery, romance!

  18. 4 out of 5

    kari heinitz

    After reading one of Freethy's books, she became one of my favorite authors. I haven't read anything I didn't enjoy. This book was no different. I was hooked after the second page. Couldn't put it down.. Give it a read....you won't be disappointed. After reading one of Freethy's books, she became one of my favorite authors. I haven't read anything I didn't enjoy. This book was no different. I was hooked after the second page. Couldn't put it down.. Give it a read....you won't be disappointed.

  19. 5 out of 5

    J

    Should have been a good read, but I just couldn’t get into it. Skimmed

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    Just not for me. Somewhat repetitive.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sonnetta

    I am enjoying this series. It is great that we still get to see the other characters interacting with the current hero/heroine.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Glenda Bettin

    Great series

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Sturtevant

    Suspenseful

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mary Russo

    So good! Another fantastic suspenseful romance! So had to put it down! Loved these characters! This is my favorite series of Barbara!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bernie

    Ruthless Cross review Ruthless Cross is the sixth fast paced romantic suspense book in the Off the Grid: F. B. I. series written by author Barbara Freethy.

  26. 5 out of 5

    VEL

    4.5 stars

  27. 5 out of 5

    Charlee James

    Love this series This is such an engaging, suspenseful series. I’ve loved every book. Real characters, high stakes plots, beautifully crafted romance, and palpable danger.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Debbi

    This is the sixth book in the Off The Grid:FBI series. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this series by Barbara Freethy is phenomenal. Wow! It just keeps getting better. It is so very well written. Full of mystery, intrigue, suspense, a plot loaded with twists and this time a romance between FBI agent Flynn MacKenzie and Callie Harper. Callie’s mother’s new husband, judge Arthur Corbyn, falls to his death at a museum event before he gets to talk with Flynn. Again I was so caught up in r This is the sixth book in the Off The Grid:FBI series. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this series by Barbara Freethy is phenomenal. Wow! It just keeps getting better. It is so very well written. Full of mystery, intrigue, suspense, a plot loaded with twists and this time a romance between FBI agent Flynn MacKenzie and Callie Harper. Callie’s mother’s new husband, judge Arthur Corbyn, falls to his death at a museum event before he gets to talk with Flynn. Again I was so caught up in reading this book, that I couldn’t wait to finish it. Well done Barabara! You definitely know how to weave a tale of mystery and suspense, along with some wonderful romance. Now I’m curious and looking forward to reading Savannah’s story in Critical Doubt.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    Ruthless Cross I loved this book as with the others in this series ,it has all the bells and whistles. Great character s engaging story line and believable story. Barbara Freethy is one talented writer., she could have really ramped up the sex but instead she kept it real and believable. That's part of the reason I keep coming back for more. Next. Ruthless Cross I loved this book as with the others in this series ,it has all the bells and whistles. Great character s engaging story line and believable story. Barbara Freethy is one talented writer., she could have really ramped up the sex but instead she kept it real and believable. That's part of the reason I keep coming back for more. Next.

  30. 4 out of 5

    robyn h. golden

    Keeps you on the edge of our seat.... A must read!!! Twists and turns you won’t see....Great continuance of the series....cannot wait for the next book in the series...

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