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Good, but not great
on November 11, 2008
This book is what I would call a mixture of "pros and cons". On the one hand I enjoyed several things about it, on the other hand there were some things in it that I didn't like.
The chemistry between Sean and Ellie was very good. And I loved the banter between them, when they did banter. Sean is a likable hero, if only he wasn't a womanizer. On the other hand, here he is, in most of the book being sensitive and protective of Ellie, and risking his life to find her kids, that the reader can't help but like him.
Ellie is also a good heroine, she is strong and vulnerable, and she doesn't do foolish stuff just to prove that she is independent. I loved how she mostly followed all of Sean's instructions when they were searching for her kids.
Although the storyline isn't very original, it has the reader always interested. Also, there is a secondary love story between the villain's daughter, and an undercover FBI agent (Drake) sent to investigate her father. Now that story was wonderful, and it ended on a bitter/sweet note. I just hope that the author writes a book for those two.
Sean was with another woman, when Ellie's kids got kidnapped. So when the relationship between Ellie and Sean started after the kidnapping, I couldn't shake the feeling as if he had cheated on her, although technically he hadn't. Plus there is the icky factor of how close the period of time was between him being with one of his girlfriends, and him being with Ellie.
I also didn't like that h/h got intimate while Ellie's boys were missing. Now I can understand the first time, it just fit with the plot. But the second time was just gratuitous, and unnecessary - instead they should have just cuddled.
Last but not least, it took Sean so long to finally realize that, "Gee since I'm risking my life for this woman and her kids, and since I almost died in the quest to protect her and find her kids, I must be in love with her". He should have realized it earlier in the book.
In conclusion: It was an entertaining read despite the flaws, but it could have been very good, had it been written a little differently.