by Mary McBride

December 2004
ISBN: 0-446-61375-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Warner Books
Mass Market Paperback

Whereas Mary McBride had me raving for her two previous releases, I'm a little disappointed when it comes to Say It Again, Sam. It's a romance with a suspense plot to it and not delivering the necessary mysteries and thrills. This one is for her fans only.

Beth Simon and Sam Mendenhall are two characters previously introduced in Ms. Simon Says. Both characters I was curious to read about. Beth is the underachiever in her family; at least that's how she sees herself. Running from the place she most loves, her parents' old Victorian home, she set up a business with her boyfriend, a man proclaiming to love her but treating her with bodily harm. Beth is clever and splits to return to her hometown and the dream of running a B & B. What she doesn't expect is to run into the reason she left for in the first place, Sam Mendenhall her childhood and teenage sweetheart. The man who broke her heart when he married someone else.

Sam is a small town constable trying to catch the one stealing cakes, flags and women's underwear. Not what he had planned for his life when he joined the military and joined the Delta Force. What he definitely hasn't in his plans is the return of the woman who let him go 16 years ago.

The attraction is still there and when the crime series turns more chilling and geared against Mary it's only too obvious that it is now up to Sam to protect her. I did like the characters, but had problems with the suspense plot. Not for one moment was I left in the dark of who the villain could be. And when it comes to the ending let me just say that I don't appreciate martyrs in romance novels. They depress me.

I'm still a fan of Mary McBride's and Say It Again, Sam is not a bad story, but I missed the heart and hope for more in her upcoming releases. And if it does have to be suspense then please deliver the danger.

Reviewed in November 2004 by Kris Alice.

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