by Kay Wilde

June 2004
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Mara Quinn is on the run from an abusive relationship that is now threatening her life. As a result, she has left everything behind in the hopes that her ex-boyfriend will lose her track.

As John Thomas Dalton (J.T.), is enjoying some well deserved R&R, helping out at his friend's Mark business, a hitchhiker arrives. Upon closer inspection he realizes that the young woman has been physically abused, her whole demeanor telling him that she is most definitely on the run. Perceiving that she does need a place to stay, he offers her his own cabin, as there are no other ones available for rent in the vacation area where she is seeking to hide.

Kay Wilde's Independence Day, is a contemporary romance with elements of suspense weaved into the plot. Both main characters are nicely written. One can't help but feel for Mara's plight. Her life having been destroyed by a stalking ex-boyfriend, it is amazing that she can find it in herself to trust anyone again. J.T. makes for a wonderful hero, strong, yet sensitive to Mara's feelings, his line of work and experience certainly helps him understand Mara better, being patient, and even help to protect her. Although given J.T.'s background it is understandable that Mara felt she could trust him, at times it did feel like that trust was given a bit too quickly given her circumstances. Overall, Independence Day is a nice story that will appeal to those of you seeking a quick contemporary read.

Reviewed in November 2004 by Mireya.

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