by Jenna Mills

March 2003
ISBN: 0-373-27282-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Silhouette #1212
Mass Market Paperback

To gain the trust of general Victor Zhukow, the overthrown leader of an Eastern European country, undercover special forces operative Sandro Vellenti needs to kidnap Miranda Carrington, youngest daughter of the American ambassador to Viktor Zhukow’s former home.

Miranda’s quest for freedom and independence brings her to a small Portuguese village. A handsome stranger approaches her; she is wary, but the attraction is there. Suddenly bullets are flying and men assigned to protect her end up dead. It’s up to the stranger now to bring her to safety… but can she trust him?

She is a terrorist target and to survive she needs to stay close to Sandro. With no other choice, she puts her life in his hands… hands that not only promise to protect but to seduce. Forcing her to face yet another danger - the one to her heart, her spirit, her identity.

The threat to her life and her heart are dangers that do not easily fade. Not everything goes to plan and nothing is easy in this intriguing story - something that also goes for the uncompromising and always true character of Sandro. He is a lost soul, surrounded by darkness, who finds his strength and purpose in Miranda, a heroine who is light to his shadow, strong and courageous but still in need of him. How they come together and learn to trust and surrender is beautifully told in a story that has to have come from the heart.

The Perfect Target is very visual and emotional, but never too much or too overpowering. With Sandro and Miranda being chased through Portugal’s countryside, it’s beautiful to get a very good sense of the setting. And chosen locations very often mirror the character’s emotional state - from isolated castles on islands to abandoned but stately mansions.

Once more Jenna Mills seduces me with shadows and danger, with burning desire and courage. Leaving me with unforgettable and true words that I will cherish.

"Identity had nothing to do with what was scrawled on your birth certificate, but rather, the ideals you carried deep inside."

And the lesson that not all freedom has to necessarily come from breaking free and away but is possible with giving up and in.

Reviewed in February 2003 by Kris Alice.

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