Thursday, November 08, 2007

Never Say Never - Geralyn Dawson

Never Say Never
Geralyn Dawson
Signet Eclipse

Romantic Thriller

Eighteen months ago, Torie Bradshaw met Matt Callahan, a CIA operative, and the man who saved her life. The trouble is, he thought he was saving her twin sister, molecular geneticist Helen, from a fiancé with ties to a South American terrorist organization. When Torie confessed her identity, and also the fact that Helen was not in any danger since she was out of the area, Matt naturally felt betrayed. Instead of saving an innocent scientist, he felt he was suckered into saving her “evil twin,” a paparazzo photographer.

Torie is used to getting a nasty reaction to her career choice, but she loves the challenge, and claims that most of her subjects (some would say, ‘victims’) aren’t innocent, anyway, and so should not be given privacy in which to commit affairs or crimes. All of this becomes a fairly moot point, when, eighteen months after their meeting and acrimonious parting, Torie arrives at Matt’s Texas vineyard, looking for protection from a stalker.

From Matt’s point of view, the situation is pretty much karma. Torie spends her time basically stalking and photographing people, so she’s getting a bit of her own medicine. And she’s got a rather unusual way of asking for help. She points a gun at him, demands his assistance, then shoots out the headlight of his truck. He’s not feeling any too charitable, but his sense of justice is too great to allow a real criminal to get away with a crime. And the stalker has been invading her home, taking photos of her sleeping, and leaving serious threats.

Torie isn’t really a very sympathetic character. Her job is ethically iffy, at best, although she makes the excellent point that her job wouldn’t exist if the demand for those pictures didn’t exist, too. It’s really to the author’s great credit that she makes the story so involving that my ambiguous feelings about Torie as a person didn’t get in the way of my enjoyment. There’s plenty of action, and some great verbal sparring between Torie and Matt. Their relationship evolves, despite the obstacles, in a very believable manner, while never overshadowing the thriller plot. This novel should appeal to fans of thrillers as well as those looking for good, strong, romantic suspense. This was my first novel by this author, but it definitely won’t be my last.

Rating: 7 ½
October 2007
ISBN# 978-0-451-22243-5 (paperback)


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