Series: Southern Comfort #2
Published by Self Published on August 1, 2012
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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It’s a dog eat dog world for Ava Martinez. On the surface her life seems charmed – beauty, brains, a successful veterinary practice – but Ava harbors a secret. And one rash act on a foggy night threatens to destroy it all. The niece of one of the most ruthless crime lords in the country, Ava has lived her life as an unwilling pawn in her uncle’s illegal game. When Ava accidentally stumbles upon an unknown man lying unconscious in the trunk of a car – a man destined for death at the hands of her uncle’s men – she risks her life to get him to safety and to thwart her uncle’s nefarious scheme. Little does she know that lifting the lid of that trunk will be like opening Pandora’s box. When Assistant District Attorney Jordan Wellington – the man she rescued – brings his dog to the door of her veterinary clinic, she does her best to thwart his amorous intentions, but fate has a different idea. When a walk in the park, a friend’s blind date, seemingly everything throws them together, the normally strong-willed Ava finds herself irrevocably drawn into a seductive and deadly game. Because if Jordan ever regains his memory of that night, both of their lives could be in danger.
When I started this book I was curious as to how the story would explain the title. It soon became clear how aptly it was named as the two main characters’ meeting was certainly serendipitous. Ava Martinez and Jordan Wellington were destined to connect in spite of their circumstances and the dramatic differences in their backgrounds.
She’s a veterinarian and he’s an assistant district attorney. She’s from a fragmented, “colorful” family and he’s from a close-knit, successful one. Ava’s pretty tough and isn’t afraid of the goons working for her uncle (she should be) and Jordan’s got a strong sense of justice, even if it puts him in the crosshairs of some dangerous people.
There’s lots of action and sexual tension as Ava tries to resist getting involved with Jordan for obvious reasons. He’s tenacious though and I loved how he refused to back off. Their snappy dialogue and clever repartee is one of the many highlights. It’s some of the best I’ve read in awhile. And, there’s no lack of heat between these two.
Ava’s failure to be upfront about her background almost derails their relationship but thankfully the story didn’t go down a clichéd path or belabor the point. There was more of a romance balance than suspense but it was sufficient.
The bottom line
Jordan’s got quite a few brothers, too, and I’m looking forward to seeing them in future stories. This was a wonderful find and I’m glad I trusted my friend and read it. It’s a well-written, fast-paced story with surprises and twists throughout. The retro looking cover is completely in keeping with the storyline. You’ll just have to read it and find out for yourself. It’ll be worth it.
Giveaway: Digital copy of Serendipity to one commenter.
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