"She wanted Zach. It sounded so simple, but everything she felt told her it wasn't. She wanted to sob, to laugh, to cry out wildly in order to release whatever was tearing at her to get out. She wanted to hold on tightly to Zach because he would anchor her in the chaos of a world gone mad."
FINAL DECISION: This is one of my all time favorite books. The characters are larger than life, the story is unrealistic, but I love the strong connection between the characters and the swift resolution of the story.
THE STORY: Zach Steele, the head of security for a billionaire, has been convinced by Hagen, the head of a secret government agency, that he has an assignment that just cries out for his talents. Out in the middle of nowhere, Hagen believes that he has finally gotten around his unwanted ability to make matches for his agents. Unexpectedly, Teddy Tyler, an animal control officer for the city of San Francisco, arrives in the area as she travel cross country. Her car dies on the road and she runs into Zach Steele. Temporary held hostage by Zach, Teddy knows immediately that he will be special to her. Unfortunately, Zach has dealt with an inexperienced woman falling in "love" with him in stressful circumstances before. He is determined to now allow his heart to be broken again.
OPINION: I love this book. Teddy is spunky but strong willed and different than what she first appears. She is quirky and I loved how she deals with the stubborn Zach. One of the best parts of these books is how active the women are to the resolution of the activities the men are engaged in. Honestly, however, my favorite hero of the series is Zach. Strong, loyal, determined and hurt in the past, he finds Teddy irresistible. Despite his determination to avoid entanglements with her, he is helpless before this woman. Their romance is at times a bit sad, but the story never goes too deep into the darkness. Written as a category romance in the 1980s, this book is not particularly deep, but is filled with characters that are bigger than life with incredible situations. Realistic it is not, but I like it anyway because the story is ultimately fun and well written.
WORTH MENTIONING: Once again the other couples from the prior books in the series make significant appearances here.
CONNECTED BOOKS: ZACH'S LAW is book three of the Hagen series (sometimes the first book is listed as SERENA'S WEB but that book is really a prequel to the series).
STAR RATING: I give this book 5 stars.