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Expendable Paperback – July 20, 2011
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"Maggie Jaimeson's debut provides a page-turning, complex, suspense-filled story with passion and characters who will stay with you long after you finish the book." - Roxanne St. Claire, New York Times Bestselling Author
"Beautifully flawed characters come to life in Maggie Jaimeson's thrilling debut." - Jenna Bayley-Burke, Amazon Bestselling Author
"Expendable is a heart-pounding thrill ride wrapped in a heartfelt romance that is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. A fantastic debut offering that has Maggie Jaimeson on my must-read list! Romantic suspense at its best! " - Gemma Halliday, Mystery and Romantic Suspense Author
"Gripping and sexy as hell, Expendable is everything you want out of a book...only more. I loved it and am breathlessly waiting to see what Maggie Jaimeson will come up with next." - Delilah Marvelle, Historical Romance Author
"Against the backdrop of the magnificent Columbia Gorge, fall in love with Reed Adler--a true blue ex-Marine, tough yet tender, willing to take on a truly chilling villain to save a little boy and a woman he's only just met. This one is going on my keeper list." - Cathryn Cade, Samhain Futuristic Romance Author
From the Author
The Story Behind Expendable
I believe all authors insert something of their own life experiences into their novels. In the case of romance, our heroes and heroines are sharing their most hidden wounds and most intimate thoughts with the reader. For me, my stories are a conglomeration of many incidents over time, frequently combined with current events. I call it "mashup" story development.
The original idea for EXPENDABLE actually came from an incident early in my own life. Because of cervical cancer in my early 20's I was never able to have children. Several decades ago someone very close to me offered for me to take her unborn child. She was not married, poor, and could not support a baby. Unknown to her, I was getting divorced and I didn't feel emotionally or financially able to take the baby. Fortunately, she decided to keep the baby and I have had the privilege of watching him grow up and become a wonderful young man.
When I remarried, I had the great fortune to inherit two amazing step-sons. When I began writing this book, the oldest was returning to Iraq for his second tour. After hearing only a few stories about his first tour, I was scared to death he would come home with PTSD. That is why the hero of my story has PTSD. Again, fortunately, our son came home without injury (physical or mental) and is now in law school.
While our son was in Iraq, there was a lot of news about stem cell research and whether it was ethical to use cells from aborted fetuses to do the research. That was the final piece that tied together my story. Now I had a heroine with an impossible choice from her pregnant sister, a former-Marine hero with PTSD, a murder, a child with no identity, and biogenetic experiments. A "mashup" made for romantic suspense and one I hope you can't put down until you get to the very end.
In addition to the reviews already listed, here are what two additional reviewers have been said about the book. Check out the full review on the linked sites.
"Wow! I was breathless trying to keep up with the action in Expendable...Expendable is a wild ride, especially after you learn what is considered expendable. No, I'm not giving that away. <grin> A truly frightening villain makes this a fantastic story. If you're in to mysteries and romance, this is definitely a keeper."5 hearts from Kathy F. at The Romance Studio
"...a world that is crazy enough to exist in today's world! It is a scary thought but makes for great page turning, sit on the edge of your chair, Suspense! I am a huge fan of Romantic Suspense and Expendable delivers just what a reader wants. Jenna and Reed are characters that are flawed and human and there are supporting characters that I hope just might find their own stories! Go grab a copy today!"5 coffee cups from Matilda at Coffee Time Romance
" Expendable was such a fantastic read that I wasn't able to stop. I read the whole book in one sitting and found myself often sharing parts with others around me. I hope that there is more to come by Maggie Jaimeson and certainly more with these characters!" -- M Dobson at Sizzling Hot Book Reviews - 5 hearts
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Top Customer Reviews
The first I read was a series telling the story of an all female band. She wove life and love along with
some very real modern day issues into each book. She brought the characters into your home and
invited you to join them. I immediately pigeonholed her into "Romance". I couldn't have been more
From her Sweetwater Canyon series I moved onto her Forest People series. I was in for a surprise. Yes,
the love was still there but was now played out by a race unknown until now. A race in tune with nature
and transported by lichen and dragon like creatures, of powers long dormant being discovered. Loving
the words and feel of nature, I was mesmerised.
Now I've finished Enabled. Once again Maggie Jaimeson has taken me by surprise. As in her other books,
there is love but oh so much more. The death of a woman. The survival of young boy whose life slowly
emerges as he and an ex-Marine suffering through PTSD. The experiments of medical research taken too
far. The readers need to know ... what is happening? Why? Could this really be going on somewhere in the
I couldn't put it down.
Reed. I absolutely loved his character. Of course, I'm a sucker for a military (or ex military!) man. There's something about them being protective that just melts me. I loved seeing him interact with David, when he found the body of the murdered woman. Now, the question is...who would do this to this woman?
David. That sweet little boy. So young and frightened, being found alone with the murdered woman. Having two boys of my own, David's character really touched my heart. I can't imagine what David was feeling but I wanted to reach out and hug him!
Jenna. I felt for her. The murdered woman was her sister. Jenna hadn't seen her in years, and they weren't on speaking terms. Now, she's being sought out by the murderers and finds out she has a nephew. Meeting Reed just sets the scenes for some romance, and together the 3 of them, along with friends and fellow Special Ops soldiers, they set out to find the whys and who's of the murder. Will they find them in time? Or will they be expendable to the murderer's minds?
I absolutely, with out a doubt, recommend this with 5 Books and two thumbs. This book was AWESOME! It's not a light hearted read, when you think about the murder, but it's fast paced, and you don't want to put it down. Each page turn brings a roller coaster of ups, downs, ins and outs, along with some sparks between Jenna and Reed. If you are looking for a well written story filled with emotion, suspense, romance, and passion filled characters....look no more! GRAB A COPY OF EXPENDABLE NOW! You will fall in love with Ms. Jaimeson's work. I know I am a fan for life now and can't wait to go back and read more of her work!
*This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review*
Jenna, while exhibiting definite contrition about her part in her sister's disappearance--and admirable tenacity in not making the same mistakes with her sister's child--is more fragile and not quite a match for her counterpoint Reed.
The fast-moving story succeeds in keeping the reader turning pages. Several points do strain credulity, especially the quick determination of custody of ten-year-old David and the way that Reed and his ex-Marine buddies take the investigation into their own hands with little or no opposition from law enforcement in several jurisdictions.
For those who enjoy a true contemporary thriller interspersed with sizzling romance, Expendable will be a satisfying read.
Review by Judy
Book Provided by Publisher
Review Originally Posted @ Romancing the Book
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Jaimeson writes a compelling book that invites us in and won't let go.
Reed suffers from war.Read more