by Liz Johnson

July 2009
ISBN: 978-0373443482
Reviewer Graphic Button Steeple Hill
Trade Paperback

Kenzie Thorn is the governor’s grand-daughter and working as a GED instructor in prison. Her life is in danger, the only trouble is, Kenzie doesn’t realize it. As far as she’s concerned she’s just an ordinary civilian doing a job she loves, even though her grandfather is doing his best to talk her into quitting and going to teach kindergarten, not criminals.

Myles Parsons is FBI, but his job is to pretend to be an inmate and to protect Kenzie from whoever wants her dead, without letting Kenzie know who he really is. So, when the opportunity presents itself, Myles is quick to kidnap Kenzie, hoping to get her to a safe house where he plans to reveal all, and she’ll be kept alive while he goes back and finishes the investigation.

It’s the perfect plan. Except Myles fails to take into consideration Kenzie’s strong personality. Myles attempts to get her into a safe house, but the stubborn woman won’t go! As Myles’ plans start crumbling, he finds himself falling in love with the woman he needs to keep alive.

The Kidnapping of Kenzie Thorn is the debut novel by Liz Johnson. I have to admit that this is a unique premise, an FBI agent masquerading as a criminal in order to protect someone. I had to admire the writing, even though I wasn’t entirely sure that the situation would work in real life.

Kenzie is a plucky heroine, full of fire and vigor, willing to do whatever it takes to achieve the desired end result. Myles thinks quick on his feet, and while he may take the time to make plans they seldom followed along the way he hoped, so he had to react more often than not.

I enjoyed reading this debut novel and look forward to seeing many more books by Ms. Johnson. Discussion questions are included at the end of the book.

Reviewed in June 2009 by Laura.

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