After a Russian mission goes south, Falcon Securities agent John "Mac" McKinsey is stranded with assassins on his trail. His boss arranges for him to hitch a ride with the corporate attorney Emily Richards, who is in Russia as a mediator.
Emily Richards wants only to return home then on to a peaceful vacation with her best friend. When armed men invade her hotel room minutes after Mac arrives, Emily is forced to depend on Mac to stay alive. Anger that Mac has entangled her in a life or death struggle quickly turns to fear when the men pursuing them call her by name.
Together Mac and Emily engage in a tumultuous ride to escape with their lives and capture a crazed bomber and a vindictive drug lord. More difficult is tearing down their own emotional walls. Can they succeed and admit love is the most precious thing in life?
©2013 Mary G Foster (P)2016 Mary G Foster
In reading this book I realized something that’s in 99.9% of all romance, since that’s all I read. SLEEP! Or lack thereof. I don’t know why these book characters don’t just pass out from exhaustion. In this book Mac hasn’t slept in 3 days. Really? Anyway, Mac finally falls asleep and then wakes up a couple of hours later and makes mad passionate love to Emily. Then goes back to sleep and gets up still exhausted, and so does Emily. Every single book I’ve ever read the hero or heroine can’t sleep, from worry, from too much on their mind, from desire for someone, from being toooo tired, from too much of something. When an author wants to add words to a book all they have to do is put them to bed then fill up 10, 15, 20 pages of tossing and turning, and thoughts of whatever is bothering them. If you think I’m wrong then pay attention to the next few books you read, you’ll see.
Overall, I loved this book. Mac and Emily spent time falling in love and being angry with each other about it, and having sex. Mac did his best to try and concentrate on keeping Emily safe while Emily insisted that the bad guys wanted him dead, not her. He was a spy, after all, and between the RPG’s used on the plane in Moscow and the attempted kidnappings at Heathrow and in Dallas it was never ending excitement.
I liked the secondary characters, Brody, Frank, Tony and Brenda. I especially liked when Brenda punched Victoria in the face (that girl was soooo stupid.) I felt sorry for Emily having such a selfish dimwit for a sister.
AND I have to admit that I can’t remember a villain as bad or vicious or murderous as Ramon Marino in all the books I’ve read. He was just so horrible in the things he did. He was soooo sick! So diabolical! I couldn’t wait for him to be dead. I didn’t want him captured! I wanted him dead!!!
There was sexual tension and sex in the story and swearing. The F-bomb was used 33 times.
I was surprised at the end of the book. The end was just so abrupt I couldn’t believe it. Still a great story, though. With a HEA.
As to the narration: David Brenin did a wonderful job on the voices and he read decently BUT he has NO emotion whatsoever. Never a laugh or a whisper, or anything. That was pretty disappointing. But the men sounded sexy and the women sounded like women. With a little bit of work he could be an excellent narrator.
This story was just okay for me. A lot of flaws and annoyances between these two characters. Insta lust for sure happening here. I think the hero Mac was a bit cheesy for being a bad a$$ Falcon Agent. And Emily was a bit too wishy washy at times that it became annoying. The chemistry and sex between these two was just okay and felt forced to me.
The story line and plot was pretty predictable and the ending was sort of eye rolling cheesy. There were some very good action scenes though and a lot of dialogue, I like lots of dialogue.
I may read\listen to the next book in the series, sometimes books get better as they go along.
The narrator did a great job! I really liked him and he probably made the story better for me to be honest. The women sounded like women and he read with emotion, all the characters got their own distinct voice. David Brenin is a very good narrator.
This book was free on amazon and 1.99 for the audible so it was worth it. A credit, not so much.
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