by Cynthia VanRooy

March 2001
ISBN: 1-59025-004-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Sands Publlishing
Mass Market Paperback

Operation Rescue is a fast paced book that kept my interest from page one thru the very end. I was forced to put the book down or I would have been up until the wee hours of the morning reading. It deals with two people who have been friends since childhood, went their separate ways, but stilled stayed in contact with each other over the years, which for them was very easy to do. Nick Delgado is the son of the housekeeper and cook for Paige Mayfield's father, Senator Mayfield.

The "Banderos" kidnapped Paige while she was on vacation in Peru with her father. They wanted to exchange her for a fellow Banderos who was due to be executed. Paige had been taken to a very remote hiding place in Peru and other than walking; the only means of reaching the hideout was by horse.

Nick Delgado now worked for "the company" and Senator Mayfield wanted him to rescue Paige and bring her to safety. Nick found Paige in better shape than he had hoped for and he was just the right man to bring Paige home. Nick is handsome, caring, and sexy and his protective instincts go into overdrive with Paige. Although they were barely able to escape the hideout with their lives, Nick and Paige had to travel through the jungle to get to safety, and it was not a walk in the park - that was for sure - with snakes, tarantulas, missing bridges, and the rainy season's weather conditions ranging from warm to hot during the day and cold at night.

Sharing close living conditions added to the conditions of the jungle, the feelings Nick and Paige are trying to deny couldn't be denied for long, especially sharing a sleeping bag. Paige realized she was in love with Nick, but Nick ran from the love she was offering. Paige is a very strong willed, caring, she fights for what she believes in, and what she wants - and Nick is what she wants! But Nick, (thinking like a MAN!) does not think they can be together as he feels he is not good enough for her, and will not fit into her life, since he is the housekeepers' son.

Once safely back home in Washington DC, Paige is determined to show and tell Nick that she truly does love him, but Nick refuses to listen to her, thinking (again) that he knows best. How can men be so stubborn? Of course that is part of their allure, trying to get them to see reason, that they do love you and you love them. Paige was finally able to make Nick realize she does love him and he loves her. She gives him a gift that Nick tries not think about - - but he can't stop thinking about it. To find out what the gift was that finally brought Nick around to admitting his feelings, you will just have to read the book. I'm sure you will love the gift as much as I did.

I enjoyed reading and seeing Nick and Paige finally come to terms with their feelings for one another. Cynthia VanRooy was able to draw me into this book and gave me the feeling that I was right alongside Nick and Paige. The descriptions of their surroundings were quite vivid: from the hut, thru the jungle, and in Washington DC.

Reviewed in December 2001 by Pam.

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