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Close Pursuit (Hqn) Mass Market Paperback – February 25, 2014
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I found that Close Pursuit was not an easy read and the plot was difficult to follow. There were spies everywhere and many organizations were not as innocent as they first appeared.
I didn't take to the characters. Katie went from adventurous and bold to very stupid. Alex was odd. He had such a difficult past that he was virtually unemotional. There was nothing about him that was attractive other than his body. I didn't see why Katie was so hot for Alex. So he is attractive but why does she want to sleep with him so badly? She doesn't seem to be attracted to him in any other way, so no emotional draw until much later in the book.
I expected this book to be romantic suspense but I didn't see that in Close Pursuit. It turned out that this was not my favorite genre but if you like spy novels, you might enjoy this book.
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I loved Katie McCloud's character. She was determined, sweet, caring, and very likable. However, I did not connect to Alex Peters. He was suppose to be an irresistible, and sexy playboy. I found him to be awkward, unappealing, cold, and a bit strange. The intimate scenes were very hot and well-written between Katie and Alex. However, I just didn't feel the connection between these these two characters. It felt forced, fake, and very contrived to me.
Even though I wasn't a fan of this story, others might be. Some of the great elements in the story included running, hiding, and wild car chases from unknown enemies that would stop at nothing to capture and harm Katie and Alex. As the reader, I found myself contemplating all options, and trying to put the puzzle pieces together to find out who the "bad guys" were. I enjoyed reading about Katie and Alex as they worked together to deliver babies in dangerous, and war ravaged villages.
I give, Close Pursuit, by Cindy Dees, 3 War Torn, On the Run, Suspense Filled Stars! This story wasn't for me. However, if you enjoy complex plots, with espionage, action-packed suspense, and a puzzle to solve, give Close Pursuit a try!
Alex does not “do” relationships. His father taught him that it was unwise to form attachments to anyone or anything as they can be used against you, especially when emotions are involved. Katie is the youngest child and only daughter to a former policeman and all her brothers are in the military in one form or another. They have always coddled her and treated her with “kid gloves” not believing she can take care of herself.
I liked the flow of the story and the writing style of the author. This was a very interesting story. I enjoyed “going along for the ride” as I read this book and watched as each character grew and matured. I felt that the sex scenes could have been fewer and a little less detailed but it didn’t detract in any way from the story itself. The suspense part of the book kept me guessing until the end; I really didn’t see it coming.
Harlequin HQN, Feb 25 2014, $7.99
Kindergarten teacher Katie McCloud joins Doctors Unlimited as a translator in a war torn Karshan village. She will assist brilliant Dr. Alex Peters as he provides medical help to pregnant women. Both understand the danger if caught as he will be tortured and killed, and she will suffer worse. When they run into peril, Alex, showing skills a geek should not possess, gets them to safely while she carries a newborn.
Back in the States, Alex the mathematician calculates the odds of a bad luck assault on them leading him to a hypothesis that most likely Katie was the target or worse. Filled with distrust and believing in the theory of keeping your enemies nearby, Alex hangs around Katie until they fall in love. Meanwhile the illusion of safety in American ends when adversaries attack Katie and Alex who vows to keep his woman safe.
Close Pursuit is a taut romantic suspense with a terrific twisting climax. War torn Karshan comes across as genuine with little anchors like the endangered pregnant woman demanding the teacher rather than the physician perform a life-saving C-section. Readers will relish the enigmatic Alex and the spunky kindergarten teacher as they fall in love while battling to survive in Karshan and the USA against mercenaries.