Book One in the Edgars Family Romantic Suspense Novels
A Man in Desperate Need
FBI Agent Jake Carlisle is in deep trouble. While undercover he's been shot, but he's not sure if it's the crooks or local cops behind it. Worse, if he can't get help fast, two lives will be lost - his and that of the young witness, a boy whom he's sworn to protect. On the run from both the police and the Russian Mafia, Jake will do anything to save the child at his side, even something illegal. In desperation he kidnaps a nurse from a hospital parking lot.
A Woman at the Edge of Despair
ER nurse Samantha Edgars has been living in an emotional vacuum since the death of her daughter. Abandoned by her husband not long afterward, she struggles just to get through each day, but now all she wants is for the pain to stop and to finally be at peace with her child. Mentally and physically exhausted following a difficult shift, she walks through the hospital's dark parking lot lost in her own thoughts. Suddenly she's jolted from her stupor when she's bound, gagged, and tossed into the back of her car.
Danger on Their Heels
When they arrive at her home, she's terrified and forced to tend to a bleeding FBI agent and his injured witness. But Samantha quickly learns the rogue agent and orphaned boy need more than just her professional skills. With a menace bearing down on them, she must learn to trust Jake - and her heart - if they're all going to survive.
©2011 Suzanne Ferrell (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
This was a fun and exciting read. Yeah, Sami had some pretty stupid thoughts of attraction to her kidnapper, Jake, but her arguments with herself over them were kinda funny. LOL, especially when she called it Amsterdam Syndrome instead of Stockholm and her inner self corrected her. None of the 1 and 2 star reviews bothered to tell you about that, did they? Oh well, we all know how reviews go.
By page 170 I was still really interested in the story, Sami’s brothers Luke and Matt just left Jake, Sami’s and Nicky’s hideout with their plan all put together so I knew things were about to get exciting. Excited to see what misery was going to come down on Petrov and the rest of the Russian mob. Personally, I wanted them all dead, after how they’d tortured Nicky! Geez, he’s just a little boy, 9 if I remember correctly, but Sami had a hard time guessing his age because he was so small and malnourished.
Overall, this was a terrific read, even though a little wordy, with kidnapping, murder, torture, sex and love. You really can’t ask for more than that. Yeah, they fell in love quickly but you have to remember that the whole story was only a matter of days, not weeks or months. Jake had to hurry and clear his name and find the real bad guy, the one pulling the strings, so everything was hurried. And even though they were attracted to each other right off the bat they didn’t have sex until 40% of the book. It’s not like they did it the minute she came to. Geez!
I did think the author kind of went overboard with Sami’s grief over Aimee. I mean she had 3 prescriptions for sleeping pills that she thought about taking? Aimee had been dead for 4 years so why was she having stupid thoughts now? A few months, a year, maybe! But not 4 years. She was a nurse, for Pete’s sake. Also, the italic conversations with her daughter when she was alive were a little too much. I definitely skimmed those.
AND I have to admit I did skim quite a bit. There was just sooo much crap I just couldn’t read. I had to get to the good stuff. As much as I like romance when a story is exciting I want to get to it and leave so much romance and stuff behind. When they’re running for their lives I don’t want to read about how sexy Jake is or how he wants to make love to her again. Or how Jake makes Sami feel so safe and loved, but does he care at all for her? Will he leave when this case is over? Enough! Just get on with it. That’s just filler and I hate filler. This book had 373 pages and that wasn’t necessary. The other books in this series have as many or more pages as this one so I can’t see myself spending $6 on books I’m going to skim.
There was sexual attraction all through the book and a couple of nicely written bedroom scenes.
There was swearing and the F-bomb was released only 3 times.
As to the narrator: Paul Boehmer was pretty good through the entire book. He laughed, whispered, yelled, whatever the book called for. His voice for Sami was a little deep but not too awfully bad, but it could have been better. He read with a lot of emotion. I would definitely listen to him again.
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