Series: Last Chance Rescue #9
Published by Ballantine on December 27, 2011
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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WHEN RISK IS THE REWARD—LET THE DANGER BEGIN
Adrenaline junkie Jared Livingston has found the perfect blend of exhilaration and danger in his new job at Last Chance Rescue. Raised to depend only on himself, Jared tried marriage, but the end of the relationship renewed his belief that he was meant to be a loner. Now a desperate plea from his ex-wife puts Jared in the unique position of using the skills she despised to rescue her missing daughter. The case brings Jared face-to-face with Mia Ryker, the only agent ever fired from LCR—for playing too far outside the box. Now Mia’s back, and as a team, they’re as compatible as fuel and fire—blowing off tension in each other’s arms, blowing open the secret life of a wealthy philanthropist and his shameful dealings. Their search for the innocent child takes them to places neither have been before—to the edge of danger and to the edge of their hearts.
Jared Livingston was married and working as Kane Enterprises’ lead investigator in his last major appearance. He’s now divorced, an LCR operative and almost nothing like the character we knew from that story. He’s remote and has a reputation for taking significant risks but doesn’t have relationships with anyone aside from his existing one with Lucas Kane. Mia Ryker runs a rescue operation in Chicago and reaches out to LCR when she encounters an infant abduction case that seems to connect with one of theirs. She’s teamed with Jared and it’s an unlikely but brilliant match.
What I liked
Mia is now one of my favorite heroines and only she could bring down the cold and stoic Jared. She’s natural and underneath that sweet personality and delicate frame is a well trained operative who handles herself. Jared never had a chance of getting away but not because of any guile or planning on Mia’s part. It was her genuine nature that disarmed him and floored him. You won’t find any games or trite misunderstandings in this romance. I loved them together.
We learn early on who’s behind these infant abductions and I really liked the parallel scenes coming from the villains’ points of view. I never wanted to see a bad guy taken down as much as the narcissistic jerk in this story. The final showdown was really well done as it’s not just a test of skills but also an extraordinary connection established between Mia and Jared.
The bottom line
I wasn’t excited about starting this story but quickly got engaged. It’s a very good balance of suspense and romance, all developing at a perfect pace. The climax was perfectly suited to the characters, weaving the romance and the op skillfully. This is one where the romance captured my heart.
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