Monica Callahan and her father have been estranged for quite some time. So, when Monica is forced to go into protective custody under her father's directive, her resentment for her father- and his duties as a diplomat overseas- only increases. Evan "Coop" Cooper and his partner are assigned to guard Monica while her father tries to successfully negotiate the hostile hostage situation in the Middle East that is the reason behind Monica's protective measures. As the mundane days drag along during the negotiations, Monica and Coop form a bond that begins to turn into attraction. However, when the negotiations don't move fast enough for the terrorists, an American terrorist cell kidnaps Monica to put pressure on her father. In a high stakes race against time, Coop and his team must follow the clues to find Monica and hopefully save her life before it's too late.
This book had a lot of action! There were twists in the plot where the hostage situation was concerned that kept me guessing who the real enemy was. When Monica was kidnapped, Hannon did a superb job at capturing the terror one would experience- especially a woman- under those circumstances. I was surprised by Monica's father's fate, but was warmed by the reconciliation that occurred. The one area of the story that I had a hard time with was actually Monica and Coop's relationship. It was made pretty obvious from the beginning that Coop was a lady's man, so I had a hard time believing that he and Monica would actually be an item. There was just a disconnect there for me. Overall, exciting and action-packed read!
This review contains my own thoughts and opinions. I have not been compensated for this review in any way.
Irene Hannon is the best-selling author of more than 35 novels. Her books have been honored with the coveted RITA Award from Romance Writers of America, the HOLT Medallion, the Reviewer's Choice Award from Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine adn the Daphne du Maurier Award for mystery/suspence. Irene and her husband make their home in Missouri, USA. To learn more about Irene Hannon, visit her website at www.irenehannon.com.
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