My Thoughts: Alison Taylor is finally recovering from the scars – both mental and physical, from the accident that robbed her of one of her most coveted dreams. Having one elder brother is bad enough, but Alison has two and she is about to her limit! Her detective brother, Cole is asking her to be his new partner’s date for a family wedding to deflect the wondering eyes and questions of the women with single daughters. Little does Alison – or Mitch realize that this one “favor” may turn out to be the start of something more.
This book was quite the pleasant surprise especially give my reaction to the first in the series. Though I liked that one it was far from my favorite. Deadly Pursuit had a set-up that was ten times better and I loved how the character’s inter-acted with each other. From the opening chapter, I was already more intrigued by Alison’s story than I was by her brother’s. At the first meeting in Alison’s doorway, sparks fly between she and Mitch, and it didn’t hurt that I loved them together – their flirting and his tender understanding is the stuff real heroes are made of. From their first moments together to the end of the book, I loved this couple together. Their banter was fueled with sparks and their emotions driven by attraction instead of true love which is a relegation I liked. Here’s why.
So many stories lead us to believe that love – lasting love, is there before it has time to even grow. I would argue that in fact, that emotion is based on nothing more than physical attraction. With Alison and Mitch, when he is faced with losing her, he is worried sick and realizes what she has come to mean to him but after a mere two dates, he doesn’t “love” her yet. That grows after five months of dating – and it feels all the more genuine for it. If there are some flaws it would be the repetitive mentions certain tasks get. Some examples would be talking of going to the ice cream stand Alison frequents or the continuous mention of her puppy, Bert. (The latter could be because I am not an animal advocate but still… it didn’t read well.) Ideally, Hannon would have also come up with a different crisis to avert in this scenario. Petty complaints aside, this was a darn entertaining novel. The characters are easy to like, the story is an easy read and the happy-ever-after is promising.
In Summary: Great pacing tells a fabulous suspense novel and characters who “feel” real make the reader feel right “at home” within this story.
The Story: Social worker Alison Taylor has a passion for protecting children. But now it seems she needs protecting. When her tormentor’s attentions take a violent turn, she calls in reinforcements–her police-detective brother, Cole, and his new partner, ex-Navy SEAL Mitch Morgan. As her relentless stalker turns up the heat and the danger intensifies, Mitch takes a personal interest in the case. Because protecting Alison has become more than a job; his future depends on keeping her safe.
Filled with nail-biting suspense and heart-melting romance, Deadly Pursuit is Irene Hannon’s storytelling at its very best.
– via the publisher