This is my first time reading anything by Suzanne Ferrell and it won’t be the last. The title, book cover, and the synopsis pulled me in. The storyline kept me engaged from start to finish and the twists and turns made for a wonderful story of romance, danger, and suspense. 

Meet Jake Carlisle, an undercover FBI agent on the run with Nicky, a nine-year-old Russian kid with a photographic and phonographic memory whom he saved from the Kreshnin brothers (Russian mafia). Both are injured and in need of medical attention and shelter before the Kreshnins get a hold of Nicky who witnessed a murder and has details that could put them away. Not wanting to risk going inside a hospital and someone reporting their injuries to the police, Jake decides to kidnap someone (preferably a nurse or a doctor) who could help them. 

Lucky for Jake he kidnaps Samantha Edgars, a feisty nurse who possesses a heart big enough to help and eventually come to care and love both Jake and Nicky under grave circumstances. Also, lucky for Jake, Samantha has three brothers (two are police officers) who along with Jake’s old partner, Doyle comes up with a plan to expose the Kreshnins and get them arrested. At the end, they are also able to figure out the mystery inside man who has helped the Kreshnins stay under the police radar to conduct their illegal business. 

Overall, I enjoyed the pacing of the novel, the character development, motivation, dialogue and suspense. The romance heated up between Jake and Samantha being in close quarters as they were hiding out and trying to figure out their next move. The author did a great job of showing Samantha overcoming her depression from recently losing her daughter to leukemia. Her resourcefulness made her a great companion for Jake and someone he could rely on. A very good read and one I would recommend! 

Some of my favorite lines: 

“Okay, what do I know about Jake?” Sami spoke aloud, hoping to keep the crazy voice from answering her. “First, he’s in trouble up to his sexy blue eyes. Second, he cares very much about what happens to Nicky. Nicky is Russian. Third, Jake knows police weapons and procedure.

Either he’s a rogue cop, ex-military or maybe even a federal agent. From his clothes, I’d guess undercover at least. Fourth, he’s convinced the police are out to get him.”

Considering he had a bullet hole in his shoulder, the man is probably right. 

Rating: 4 stars  

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Deliah Lawrence Attorney, Author, Blogger, Workshop Facilitator

Deliah Lawrence is a Maryland-based attorney and award-winning author of two romantic suspense novels (Gotta Let It Go and Gotta Get It Back) set in Baltimore. She’s also a blogger and workshop facilitator who writes poetry and short stories.

When Deliah isn’t writing, you can find her reading a book, indulging in her addiction to investigation discovery shows; or painting her yet-to-be exhibited oil artworks of landscapes, portraits or whatever else comes to her creative mind. Constantly on the go, she is also a member of the Black Writers’ Guild of Maryland and Sisters in Crime.

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