Loved Mia! Sweet Reward by Christy Reece

Posted July 10, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 4 Comments

Loved Mia! Sweet Reward by Christy ReeceSweet Reward by Christy Reece
Series: Last Chance Rescue #9
Published by Ballantine on December 27, 2011
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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four-half-stars
five-flames

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.

 

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Quick summary

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.

About Christy Reece

Growing up in a tiny Alabama community boasting only one stop sign and a gas station gave Christy ample opportunity to create daring adventures in her head. When she wasn’t thinking of her story characters, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys kept her entertained and out of trouble. Later came the chills of Stephen King and the thrills of John Grisham, but the romance genre always held a strong place in her heart. After years of talking to the characters in her head, she finally decided to write the stories they had been telling her. Now, she and her characters couldn’t be happier.

Christy lives in Alabama with her husband, five incredibly cute but precocious canines, and one very shy turtle.

Review Breakdown
Writing
four-half-stars
Overall: four-half-stars
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4 responses to “Loved Mia! Sweet Reward by Christy Reece

    • Jonetta (Ejaygirl)

      She’s one of the best in this genre. The scales are often tipped heavier towards the suspense, though that’s my preference.