- File Size: 581 KB
- Print Length: 204 pages
- Publisher: Red Sage Publishing (March 1, 2012)
- Publication Date: March 1, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007GNO208
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #957,420 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jinx Collins is a US Marshall who finds herself involved in a human trafficking ring almost by accident. Jed Kane is fully immersed in the world of human trafficking and he is there completely by choice. Jed has been working undercover for an unknown agency for years trying to rescue some of the victims of human trafficking. When Jed and Jinx cross paths, they discover that they share a dark past. What they need to discover is if that past will keep them from also sharing a future.
This story and its characters were told in depth and with great emotion. The weaving of the plot to include the past and the present was done very well. The author did a great job of portraying the emotions that a past trauma can cause, and how those emotions can affect every aspect of your life well past the time of the trauma.
The story also explores the emotions that are associated with making tough choices that don't always result in a happy ending. Jinx has to deal with the struggle of not remembering her past but knowing there were important people and events that have shaped her. Jed has to deal with his work and the secrets he keeps, making him feel like he is not deserving of happiness. Together, they uncover some of the secrets shrouding both of their pasts and work to recover from the emotional damage that has been experienced.
The story was mysterious, steamy, and fast-paced. I enjoyed both the plot and the characters. The author wrote about the good and the bad and did not try to sugarcoat or downplay the darkness of human trafficking. Great read.
Reviewed by Lynn
Jed Kane is an undercover agent deep within a world filled with the horrors of human trafficking. It is his mission in life to take down every one of the rings buying and selling humans and he carries each loss deep within him. When he is finally getting close to the person in charge of his latest operation, he hits a bump along the way. Dressed as the very man he despises, he is hoping to catch the ring leader but instead he is captured by a sexy young woman determined to get answers.
Jinx Collins finally found him! The man in the picture; Aztec. A known dealer in the business of trafficking humans, she knows he is evil. But that is not why she wanted to speak with him. She wants to know who the girl in the picture is. She knows her from somewhere, and realizes that the woman may be the only connection she has to a past that she can't remember. When she finally gets the handcuffed Aztec to a safe place to talk, she realizes that all is not as it seems. The man is a decoy. A gorgeous decoy that she can't take her eyes off of and there is a connection between them that she just can't deny.
When Jed turns the tables on Jinx, he thinks he has everything going his way. But when she escapes his efforts, he swears they will meet again. He has to know why she is looking for the girl in the picture. The girl that he has been hiding for years. What is the connection between them? And why after he promised himself he would never get involved with a woman, did not deserve to ever love a woman, was he willing to risk everything for Jinx Collins.
I was blown away by the complexity of the characters in this story. Both Jinx and Jed have very difficult pasts. Jinx was in the foster system but can't seem to remember much before her sixth year. Her parents made her feel unwanted and she barely ever speaks to them. She wants desperately to figure out her past, and who the girl from her memories is and will do just about anything to find out. As she follows the clues from her past, and some from the present the answers to her questions, become closer than she realizes.
Jed's past reveals itself slowly throughout the story. He is a tortured soul with an angry heart. He is attracted to Jinx more than he should allow himself to be and is afraid that he will lose control. He wants to claim her as his and own her in every way possible. This is painful for him because he believes that no person should be owned in any sense and he hates himself for his feelings. What he doesn't realize, is that perhaps Jinx wants him to own her heart and soul, if he would only allow himself to try.
The scenes between Jinx and Jed are powerful and erotic. The electricity sparks heavily when the two get intimate and every time Jed decides he doesn't deserve the pleasure it is simply agonizing (you might want to beat him over the head a few times for leaving a girl hanging). But oh their moments together are nothing less than awe inspiring and when they are tender, they will make you melt.
Within the story, we also meet a young boy that is being held captive deep in the basement of one of the stash houses. He has been beaten, starved, and forced to do unspeakable things (none of which are actually described). His one redemption; he tells stories to help the other children hold on to hope that one day they will be saved. Your heart will break for him throughout the story and tears will fall for him as his story comes full circle.
This is an absolute must read!!! Like, stop what you are doing and go get it now! It is not just a steamy romance (though it does get steamy) but a thrilling, suspenseful, story of hope that will pull your emotions in every direction.
I love this author's voice. Kelly has a way of pulling in the reader to the story and not letting go. The pacing is great, the plot strong, and the sizzling sexual tension? Mmm, one could start a fire with that kind of spark. Jinx and Jed are captivating, and the feeling between them will leave readers needing a cold shower after reading. There's plenty of that, there's plenty of suspense an intrigue. I'm so glad I was able to pick this book to review. Don't miss the chance to get a copy of your very own!
Originally posted at Storm Goddess Book Reviews & More