by Meryl Sawyer

November 2003 Reissue
ISBN: 0-8217-7667-3
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Mass Market Paperback

When reporter Kelly Taylor stumbles onto a story about a Senator’s long lost son, she’s aware she has the scoop of a lifetime in her hands. Having been presumed kidnapped from his father’s estate many years ago, the returning man is hailed as a miracle…even though he’s been a covert government operative and very protective of his privacy for a long time. Yes, Logan McCord is the ultra alpha hero – he can make love and gut and cook a lizard with equal skill.

Thus begins an involved and complex romantic suspense story with a very well-thought-out plot and the requisite number of twists and turns along the way. Kelly is, fortunately, a very smart heroine. None of the eye-rolling antics that some women seem to indulge in for her. She’s spunky, intelligent, and other than a slight hesitancy when it comes to romance is pretty much as “on the ball” as we could wish. And Logan? Yum. He’s the typical loner, guarded both physically and emotionally, and it’s lovely to watch him fall under Kelly’s spell.

This is a long and convoluted story. Don’t expect to pick it up and finish it in one afternoon, since it requires your full attention. The plot is fully fleshed out, with various and sundry nasty characters, all with important roles to play. The action travels from Sedona to South America and back again – with a hefty “ick” factor for those who aren’t terribly fond of native remedies for gunshot wounds. (Shudder.)

If you’re a fan of romantic suspense, and have plenty of time to lose yourself in a good story, then this is the book for you. I wouldn’t recommend it for a quick beach read, but for those long winter evenings? It’s ideal.

Reviewed in January 2004 by Celia.

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