Series: Buchanan-Renard #12
Published by Dutton Adult on July 29, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Cordelia Kane has always been a daddy’s girl—her father raised her alone after her mother died in a car crash when Cordelia was just two years old. So when he has a serious heart attack, Cordelia is devastated, and the emotion is only intensified by the confusion she feels when he reveals the shocking truth about her mother.
Cordelia can’t suppress her curiosity about the woman who gave birth to her, and when she discovers the answers to her questions lie in Sydney, Australia, she travels there to get them.
Hotel magnate Aiden Madison is Cordelia’s best friend’s older brother. He’s oblivious to the fact that she’s had a crush on him for years. When he gets railroaded into taking her along to Sydney on his company jet, he unknowingly puts her life at risk. He’s recently angered a powerful congressman by refusing to purchase overvalued land. Congressman Chambers is not a man to let such an offense slide, and he has the resources to get even and to get what he wants.
In Australia sparks are flying between Cordelia and Aiden, but multiple attempts on Aiden’s life are made while Cordelia is with him, and he realizes he must put a stop to the madness before he loses the thing he values most.
Cordelia (Cordie) Kane’s life gets turned upside down when her father dies and she discovers the huge secret he’d kept from her for her entire life. The secret is so explosive, it puts her life at risk. In the meantime, Cordie decided it was time for her to move on and forget Aiden Madison, her best friend’s brother and the man she’s crushed on since she was 5-years old. Her plans to leave town get delayed until her safety is no longer an issue but it thrusts her and Aiden together in the meantime.
It’s a good story that held my interest through the end but it failed to create a strong connection for me to either Cordie or Aiden. I admired both of them separately but their romance was pretty sterile. And, Cordie vacillated between being treated as helpless and helpful. Aiden came across as overbearing and diminishing, never really exhibiting any emotion close to love, maybe strong affection. Their sexual exploits, however, were off the charts. Reuniting Cordie with Regan and Sophie in this story was certainly a highlight. And, the secondary characters and storylines made this more interesting.
I’m always going to read the books in this series because, at worst, they’re entertaining. However, neither the suspense or romance hit the mark for me in this one. It was just okay.