FACING FEAR
by Gennita Low

February 2004
ISBN: 0-06-052339-5
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Mass Market Paperback
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Gennita Lowís world is of Navy SEALís, secret agents and government operatives. Itís a world of danger and covert missions, a world where agents are assets not human beings. With Facing Fear Ms. Low delivers a much anticipated follow-up to her debut release Into Danger. And let me assure you, it is just as enthralling and intriguing.


Once more sheís created a heroine strong and independent. Nikki Taylor might not be as mysterious as Marlena Maxwell in Into Danger, but she certainly takes her time in revealing her secrets. Nikki is a secret government agent; send in to investigate CIA Operations Chief Rick Harden. Rick is a disillusioned field agent turned bureaucrat, looking for answers about the disappearance and murder of his late wife. His character and his position make him the perfect scapegoat in a case of national security.


Itís to be Nikkiís last assignment, the one to reward her with long searched for answers about her past. Itís not an easy task, as the closer she gets to Rickóand he does want her very closeóthe harder it becomes to fight the ghosts of her past. His attraction for Nikki is crucial in bringing down her inner barriers, in revealing a woman that resembles his late wife in more than just her looks. It is his passion and her grandmotherís Chinese wisdom that keeps her sane and allows her to face her fears.


Facing Fear is an intriguing romantic suspense. For the first half it is a steamy and seductive romance. Remember the pearls in Into Danger? This time itís seatbelts that find a whole new use. The second half concentrates on the suspense. Too much emphasis on it leaves not enough room for the romance to further develop. It didnít keep me from enjoying the story though. However, its many twists and again the introduction of too many secondary characters left me a little distracted. It is still up there though with the Adairís, Brockmannís and Howardís. And with all the secondary characters being obvious hero and heroine material Iím sure that we wonít have to go without Gennita Lowís books for a very long time. And that is good so!


Reviewed in January 2004 by Kris Alice.

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