"DO WHAT WE TELL YOU OR YOUR SON WILL DISAPPEAR..."
Master gemstone cutter Carly Rose Kelley will do anything to keep her son safe...but with blackmailers insisting she forge priceless antique stones, she needs help. With Christmas days away, the desperate widow has only one hope--the brother-in-law she never met.
Hostage rescue specialist Dallas Morgan never knew about his nephew or his estranged late brother's wife. Now their lives are in his hands. But the sweet child and vulnerable woman remind Dallas of the family he once had and lost. And he can't afford distraction.
Now that they're trapped in the sights of ruthless blackmailers, nowhere is safe...but Dallas won't let anyone stand in the way of him saving Carly and her little boy.
An engaging and energetic romantic suspense story that captivated my mind. It was a great read for a rainy evening with the entertaining plot with plenty of twists. The suspense kept the intensity high, the romance was alluring yet sweet, and little Zane, he was just too cute and endearing, saying the funniest things to make you smile.
Carly Rose Kelley was a strong female lead. She knows who she is, what she wants, what she is good at, and where she needs help with and how to go about getting the help. She learned the hard way to stand on her own, but she does it beautifully while raising her son. Her late husband taught her not to trust men, not to count on other's word, not to rely on anyone. Could it be possible that his brother would be the person to teach her to trust again?
Dallas Morgan grew up in a rough environment and getting adopted with his brother to a good, loving, Christian home was something he would always be thankful for. His losses in life were still sore in his soul, but he was getting on with life, making his mark after finding his place with HEART.
The connection between Carly and Dallas was instant yet believable. It had time to grow while the investigation was developing, giving the relationship depth and sincerity. The attraction between them is palpable and even with all the tension, threats, and danger lurking around, they were rather adorable with the budding feelings festering inside their hearts and minds.
Little Zane and Jazz made great secondary characters and deserve a mention. I wish that one day soon after she is healed, Jazz would find a true love as well.
Even though their faith in God is evident in the few thoughts and quick prayers across the story, it has by no means a center stage in the tale, nor is it talked about or gotten into in depth.
A compelling tale with appealing, charming characters with interesting life stories and heartbreaking destinies mixed in a life-threatening situation with thrilling, high-speed action and puzzling motives.
~ Four Spoons
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me