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To the Brink (The Bodyguards, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – December 27, 2005
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“A tense, sexy story filled with danger. . .romantic suspense at its best.” ―Kay hooper, New York Times bestselling author on To the Edge
“Passion. Danger. Excitement. Cindy Gerard delivers top notch sizzle.” ―Cherry Adair, USA Today bestselling author of On Thin Ice on To the Edge
“Cindy Gerard takes you on a roller coaster ride of heart-thumping thrills, sleek sensuality and unforgettable characters. I have one word for Nolan Garrett. Yum!” ―Vickie Lewis Thompson, New York Times bestseller of The Nerd Who Loved Me on To the Edge
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Bestselling author Cindy Gerard spins the third sizzling novel in her romantic suspense series featuring sexy and daring bodyguards who will go to any lengths to protect the ones they love…
HER LIFE HANGS IN THE BALANCE…Working on highly sensitive diplomatic affairs, Darcy Prescott is a natural target for terrorist kidnappers. But when she's mysteriously plucked off a street in Manila one sultry night, Darcy's disappearance isn't what it seems…
AND THE ONLY MAN WHO CAN SAVE HER…The moment Special Forces soldier Ethan Garrett laid eyes on Darcy, he knew she was the woman he would marry―and he did. But when their marriage fell apart, Ethan never really recovered. Now a highly paid bodyguard, Ethan quickly slips back into combat mode when he learns of Darcy's disappearance and calls in old favors to assemble a rogue rescue team….
IS THE HUSBAND SHE LEFT LONG AGO…Tracking Darcy all the way to the jungles of the Philippines, Ethan knows every move he makes could mean the difference between life and death. His love for Darcy burns stronger than ever. But when he learns the true reason for her abduction, it may be too late to save her―or himself…
"Romantic suspense at its best."
"Edgy and intense, this tale of romance, danger, and past regrets is a keeper."
--Romantic Times on To the Edge
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However, eight years later, Darcy is again on an assignment, this time in the Philippines, where a dubious murder occurred in the U.S. embassy. Darcy knows that only Ethan, meanwhile her ex-husband, can help her. She calls him and leaves a voice message on this phone. He reacts to her distress call but is too late - before he arrives in the Philippines, Darcy was abducted.
A classical Gerard book: fast-paced and action loaded. Irresistible male hero and a heroine who could meet him on equal terms. Inspired sex scenes that are related to the plot. Reunion with old friends from previous books and a rewarding happy end.
Why the mixed feelings? Firstly, I didn't like the flashbacks. There were just too many of them and they ripped the flow of the story apart rather than supporting it. Secondly, the reason why Darcy literally ran away from Ethan was so shallow that I couldn't relate at all. She claimed that he withdrew into himself but besides asking him what's bothering him she didn't do anything else but walk away from him. Finally, I thought the end of the book was rushed and blunt.
In any case, if you have read the previous sequels you might not lose this one.
This story was in a whole other level of suspense (compared to the last two books) and I really liked it. Sure, I was tensed and I got stressed, but everything that happened felt realistic. I felt like I was with the characters and went through what they went through. Cindy Gerard did an incredible job with the suspense part of the story.
The romance aspect though...
I liked Ethan and Darcy as a couple but I didn't feel their chemistry was mind-blowing. I didn't see sparks flying (and that did happen to me with Nolan and Jillian). Also, the reason behind the break up was a little… 'meh'.
The flashbacks to know how they met and their relationship--five years earlier--were cute but the present story was more interesting. I wanted to be in that world instead of the one back in the past. And sometimes it bothered me that there were abrupt cuts when it'd turn from the present to the past.
Individually, I liked them both. Perhaps, Darcy a little less. Once she was rescued, she started getting on my nerves with the whole "I won't put anyone in danger so I won't say why I was abducted and blah blah blah" Girl, they'd already been through a lot because you. Did you really want to harm them by not saying anything? *facepalm*
Luckily she got over that phase fast. Thank you stubborn Ethan for that!
What I really liked about this book (that I didn't feel the first two books had, especially the second) was the family interaction. I liked that Nolan and Dallas were part of the rescue mission so I could see them together. Wish Eve could've been there too, though. And I loved knowing more about Nolan and Jillian's relationship.
'To The Brink' dealt amazingly with the suspense. It gripped me from the first to last page. The romance, though not mind-blowing, was a nice addition. I'm so looking forward to reading more from E.D.E.N (like Dallas and Amy's story, yes?)
Although haunted by his failed marriage, former Special Forces soldier Ethan has moved on with his life...or so he thought. Upon hearing Darcy's panicky phone message, he is ready to drop everything and help her. When he finally discovers that Darcy has been kidnapped, Ethan assembles a small team to go to her aid.
With the help of his two brothers and a friend, all former soldiers, can Ethan rescue Darcy? Even if they do the impossible and pull her out of the jungle alive, will Darcy be safe? Obviously, she's in the middle of something big! Finally, what does all this mean for Darcy and Ethan's broken union? The connection is still there, but is that enough?
The third book in The Bodyguards series, To the Brink is the best one yet, and I can't recommend it enough! With pulse-pounding action and sizzling romance, it is so much more than the previous books. I loved the story's edgy realism. It is one of the more believable military themed romantic thrillers I have read in quite some time. The use of flashbacks to show the evolution of the couple's relationship was brilliant. You get a fully developed relationship without interfering with the suspenseful action.
Darcy and Ethan are strong, likable characters. I was hoping they would have the strength to handle the complex problems in their marriage as well as Darcy's current predicament. Immediately drawn into the tale, I was unable to put the book down. To the Brink left me begging for more from The Bodyguards. I can't wait for the next installment!
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