Monday, April 14, 2008

Pursuit - Elizabeth Jennings

Elizabeth Jennings
Grand Central/Forever

Romantic Suspense

Robert Haine is second in the command chain at Court Industries. At the moment, he’s sitting on a Pentagon contract worth roughly $8 billion. The only thing standing in his way? Charlotte Court, daughter of the ailing owner. With her father on his deathbed, Robert figured all he’d have to do is wine and dine Charlotte, marry into the family, and take over things. Charlotte, however, wanted nothing to do with him.

Now he has a new strategy. He’ll kill her father – through a hit man, naturally – and then Charlotte, making the scene look like a mercy killing and suicide. It’s a good plan if you’re into that sort of thing, but it almost immediately goes awry when the hit man enters the hospital room to find Charlotte already there. Now Charlotte’s father is dead, she’s wounded and on the run from both Haine’s assassins and the police, who consider her the most likely suspect in her father’s murder.

Matt Sanders spent the past three months in a coma after being grievously injured in Afghanistan. Determined to heal, he headed to Mexico to stay with a buddy of his who owns a dive shop. Every day, he drags himself across the beach on crutches, swims, and does pushups. His progress is painful and painfully slow. But he’s not alone. There’s a woman on a terrace who watches him. He’s come to think of her as his Guardian Angel. The two acknowledge each other without words. It might have continued that way, except for the fact that Charlotte eventually fell off a rotten quay and into the ocean during one of Matt’s swims.

Readers looking for a darker kind of romantic suspense will be thrilled to find this novel. There’s nothing cute about either main character. They’ve both been close to death and lived to tell the tale. Both are running from something; and both need help to get back to where they started. The author manages to paint vivid pictures of their sufferings, and their strength. Everything about the relationship and their reactions make perfect sense in the context of the plot. For a gritty, fast-paced roller-coaster ride, you can’t go wrong with this one.

Rating: 7 ½
April 2008
ISBN# 978-0-446-61891-5 (paperback)


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