by Shannon McKenna

April 2005
ISBN: 0-7582-0562-7
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Trade Paperback

Margot Vetter is a woman on the run. She trusts no one, with good reason. Eight months ago, she was a normal young woman with a live-in boyfriend, several close friends and a job as a web designer that she enjoyed. Then one day, the bottom fell out of her world as she discovers her boyfriend has been cheating on her, both his lab assistant and he have been found murdered and she gets kidnapped. After escaping from her kidnapper, she discovers that she has been framed for the two murders!

Davy McCloud is a martial arts instructor and a private investigator. He is slowly phasing out of the P.I. business in order to go into business with one of his brothers and a good friend. He notices Margot, and immediately starts lusting after her, because she teaches gymnastics in the same building as his dojo. She is having stalker problems and she seeks out Davy for his expertise, not to hire him.

Although he gently rebuffs her at first, he realizes that she does have problems. Davy wants to help but Margot doesn’t have the money to pay him, plus she has way too many secrets – she just needs some advice. Davy isn’t one to take ‘No” for an answer; besides Margot intrigues him! Davy invites himself over to Margot’s that night and brings dinner. He offers to help and she refuses him!

Thus begins a very rocky “relationship” that I was uncomfortable with, at times! Add in the psychotic villains, their rather brutal tactics and the extremely short timeframe in which this book takes place and it just doesn’t add up to an enjoyable read for me, which could explain why it just didn’t hold my interest.

Out of Control by Shannon McKenna is the third book in this series and while I enjoyed the first two, I can’t say the same for this one. Davy was too “harsh”; too alpha and way too “cold” for me to believe that he fell in love in 3 or 4 days. Whereas Margot comes off strong, inside she’s scared, as she should be, but she still manages to do something so stupid it could very well have her dead or kidnapped again. Parts of the book worked but other parts just didn’t make any sense.

Reviewed in July 2005 by PamL.

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