by Catherine Mann

November 2003
ISBN: 0373273274
Reviewer Graphic Button Silhouette #1257
Mass Market Paperback

I had to wait long months for Catherine Mannís newest release, Strategic Engagement. Now that the wait is over I can indulge once more in her excellent writing and the men and women that live by the credo Anything, Anywhere, Anytime. The Wingmen Warriors.

Mary Elise McRae would do anything to help escape two innocent orphaned brothers out of an unstable Middle Eastern country. Even face her ex-fiancť, Air Force Captain Daniel Baker, and return to the States, where the danger of a crazed ex-husband is definitely real. However, back on American soil, itís her awakening feelings for a man who broke her heart years ago that pose the greatest danger.

The danger is not just in how he devotes his time to the two boys, his half brothers, but also how he wonít be satisfied until he knows her to be happy, content and ready to take on anyone and anything. He doesnít see her as an object, but as a living and breathing being. A woman to be cherished and loved for who she is and not for what she can do. He wants to be her Knight in Shining Armor. Is it any wonder that she falls for him?

But Mary is resisting it, unwilling to share her pain, preferring to fight her own battles for peace and happiness. She doesnít want to depend on others. To be asked of favors in return. Itís the theme of friendship and helping your loved ones that carry this story. Itís about trust. Trusting someone to protect your body and soul. Itís a strong message, one clearly important to Ms Mann.

And yes, this story has children in it. But they are well observed Ė an easy task for a mother of four. Are they needed? Definitely! If only to show Danielís growth. Donít fear though. Even with kids around the sensual aspect of this excellent story isnít missing. Think of strawberry preserves and feast! And the suspense? Itís toned down, not in your face, but always there. Hovering.

Catherine Mann is the proud recipient of a RITA award. An award well deserved, as can be seen in the flawless and emotional style of her writing. An award that comes as no surprise to her devoted readers. Read a book by one of todayís most captivating voices in romance and be taken on a thrilling flight of passion, caring and love. Anything, Anywhere, Anytime

Reviewed in October 2003 by Kris Alice.

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