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Publisher's Summary

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.

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  • Trish R.
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 07-04-16

Great read and listen..

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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Narration Needs Work

The story was good but it was difficult to get into at the beginning, due to the odd way the narrator spoke. He has a good voice but often spoke so stilted that it was almost mechanical. Eventually you get used to it and can just enjoy the story.

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A Romantic Thriller With a Touch of Good Luck

What did you love best about Kidnapped?

What did I love about the book? Well, I was in tune with the 'thriller' aspect of the book than the romantic side of the book... though I won't deny that the romance made the book more ... sentimental than anything else.

This book is definitely a romance type of book rather than a thriller. Yes, there is a mystery/cops/action and the like... but the romantic scenes pretty much started in the first chapter or two. If you like a romantic thriller -heavy on the romance-, then this is the book for you.

I was looking for more of the 'thriller' aspect of the story line and not the romance side of the story, but I still love the book. It is very well written, it is a fast paced book, and the characters were well developed.

Personally, I do love the child who is a prominent part of the story; he is the one who brings the two prominent adults in the story together. If it had not been for the child, they would have never met, fallen in love, and gotten married.

That is probably my favorite aspect of the story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

See above.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene came towards the end of the book, when Samantha and Jake are talking with the district attorney about how to handle the press and getting what Samantha, Jake, and the young boy want they want ... no, not what they *want*, but what they *need*.

Samantha was quick to defend Jake, about how he saved both her and the young boy... and that Jake should not be charged at all for his actions in protecting the child. Jake settled her to some extent before he told his side of the story, and came to an understanding with the district attorney.

Jake would willingly help deal with the press if the district attorney gave Samantha custody to the child, adopt the child, and then let Jake himself marry Samantha. It would mean that the three of them would become a bog, happy family.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. While I didn't particularly want as much romance as what there was, the romance theme provided a different outlook for the characters than what could have been...

Any additional comments?

Just a quick note... this story does mention the death of a child (Samantha's daughter, and she died of cancer), depression, and suicidal intentions (that never came to fruition).

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  • Maggee
  • Coral Springs, FL United States
  • 08-31-16

Mind numbing

This story is corny at best. unfortunately the story had potential that went unfulfilled. Wouldn't recommend it.

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Gets better with each chapter

At first I thought it was a bit much, an all or nothing book. But the more I heard, the better it got. I recommend it.

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An exciting story with minor hiccups

This was my first experience with Suzanne Ferrell, and the story kept my attention throughout. The love story was fun and almost believable (a little tooooo instant, but the book had suspense issues to deal with), with the good guys being super good and the bad guys sufficiently evil. The passion between Jake and Samantha was beautifully written with just the right level of heat. Certain flaws, however, kept my ratings lower than my normal generous ones. Most grating to me, as someone with a good familiarity with Russian, was the annoying mispronunciations of some Russian words: Bábushka, is the correct pronunciation for grandmother; Babúshka, as the narrator said repeatedly, is a woman's head scarf. Similarly, the plural of the Russian word for brother was wrong (it's irregular). These are minor, but if a writer/narrator chooses to use words from another language, they should be used correctly. That said, there were numerous ENGLISH grammatical errors (to him and I, etc. - shudder). Then there were the plot inconsistencies and yeah-right moments: serious injuries magically disappeared in less than 24 hours (and this happened twice!), one dose of unprescribed antibiotics healed an infection, and people were able to stand around at length in river water in Ohio in November immediately following a snowfall with no serious discomfort (!). So if you're looking only for a good quick love story with some exciting suspense, I'd definitely recommend Kidnapped. The story was sweet with a particularly satisfying happily-ever-after thanks to the entertaining subplot involving a lovable, plucky orphan.If you're a nit-picking cranky old reader/listener like I am, you'll finish the story but probably not go on to seek others by the author.

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it was ok

The male character, Jake was a bit cheesy from time to time, so was the boy child. But overall it was ok. Lost interest in it from time to time, as you can read into what would happen.

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Acrion packed romantic suspensr

i enjoyed reading this action packed romantic suspense. Kidnapped has likeable, engaging characters including a tough heroine plus a solid plot. Good narration, too.

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A new favorite

This book was excellent. The story kept me wanting more. But even though the book was fantastic, the real star to me was the person reading the story. He did a wonderful job of using his voice to add suspense and reality to me as I listened. I hated for it to end. I am now going to order other books by this author/narrator combination.

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Great first story.

I love a good series and this one has started off with a bang. I really like Jake. Tough as nails, hard, cold & determined on the exterior but melted ay by a little boy in danger and the sassy nurse he kidnapped. Samantha has been trained by her cop brothers to be no one's victim; except her own. Watching this woman, so lost in grief she's barely existing, yanked into action by a sexy man and a little boy in need is amazing. And then there's Nicky, the little boy, who is absolutely precious! I love his character and I don't blame Jake or Samantha one bit for laying it all on the line to save him and themselves. Can't wait to see what her brother's get themselves into.