An edge-of-your-seat suspense and fearless romance!
Bud Mac Phearson’s job is to protect Mallory Christiani and her young daughter, Emily — not to get personally involved with either.
But after Emily disappears and the trail leads directly to a well-known crime boss, Mac can’t refuse the beautiful single mother’s pleas for help.
With assassins hot on their trail and danger around every corner, the tentative partners race to find the missing key needed for the ransom…even as they try to fight the attraction blooming between them.
But when Mac trades his own life for Emily’s, Mallory must risk it all to save the man she’s come to love…
A true 'throwback Thursday' yesterday, when I started to read this story. It was originally published in 1990, and now published as a reader's favorite. It has a 'dated stamp' on it, with talks of the Vietnam war, phone booths, Volvo, typewriter, and VCR, it all made me smile and think about how much the world around has truly changed in a short period of a time.
But the story itself was full of intense action, danger and fear are constant companions. The desperation, agony and despair for Emily is palpable. Mallory's terror is real.
The romance is slow to build. Mac has disliked Mallory for years, not even knowing her. He has preconceived notions about people with money and certain background, and Mallory has always fit the bill in his mind for a spoiled princess.
At first the affection between them was more of comfort and compassion. And when the attraction and intimacy comes, even that is tainted by Mac's suspicion of Mallory's judgement.
After all the high-speed action, plotting to escape, and the future still very much uncertain, I felt the story could have used an epilogue.
But overall, a refreshing step back to the nineties, in a story filled with suspense, threats and menace
~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
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