by JoAnn Ross

June 2006
ISBN: 1-4165-0165-7
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Mass Market Paperback

When Will Bridger moves to Hazard, Wyoming itís to give his teenage son a chance of a better future. What he gets is a long-desired and unexpected reunion with is his former lover Faith Prescott, a serial killer on the loose and his son as prime suspect.

First Faith is none too happy to encounter Will again. As an undercover agent he lied to her and broke her heart, and as Hazardís new Sheriff heís getting too close to finding out about her past. A past that is catching up with her. But running is no option and Willís kisses can be very convincing. Now she only needs to find the courage to tell him the truth.

JoAnn Rossí latest release should have been a winner. At least I wanted it to be one. However, it seems that the author tried too hard. Let me first mention what I loved about this book. The weather! In this small mountain town in Wyoming the weather is harsh. Strong winds and lots of snow play an important role in Impulse. And the way the author described natureís strengths made it an intriguing and dangerous secondary character.

The weather upstages the hero and heroine. Which is easy, as they donít grow. Too many hang-ups that donít seem to matter, with too much conflict that is too easily solved. The heroine is given a gruesome past, but the reader has no chance to see her struggle and how she comes to terms with it. The hero is given big responsibilities, and again the reader isnít allowed to delve deeper in his psyche. All characters in this book are victims, struggling with unfit mothers, missing fathers, alcohol, drugs and the search for love. Itís exhausting. Too many stories, not enough pages. It doesnít work as a romance, as the characters and the relationship are given no room to develop and it doesnít work as a suspense, as the villain is far too obvious.

Sadly Impulse is only for the lovers of JoAnn Rossí previous releases wanting to complete their collection. A warning though: With all the pop-cultural-references fans need to read it soon, as this novel will seem very dated in a very short time.

Reviewed in May 2006 by Kris Alice.

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