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The Last Warrior Hardcover – Large Print, September 30, 2008
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Photojournalist Delaney Carson had endured the nightmares of Middle Eastern gunfire that had ruled her life for the past two years.
Now an unknown assailant was determined to silence her. Dangerous man Investigator Joe Youngblood was tougher than his warrior ancestors and more rugged than the desert he called home.
In shielding Delaney from her attacker, he had become the biggest threat she had to face â because his fierce passion forced her to believe in forever!
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THE LAST WARRIOR is a relatively quick read and was a well written romance, with just enough mystery and suspense to keep it interesting. Delaney and Joe were both vivid and life-like and utterly endearing. Delaney was strong and gutsy but had ghosts and demons to fight, including PTSD and alcoholism. Joe is a man with a lot on his plate, including an ongoing drug investigation that resulted in the deaths of three young men, a custody battle with his ex-wife, worry over his grandfather's health, and now protecting Delaney from an unknown assassin.
The chemistry and attraction between this couple was hot, and the sparks they created whenever they were together unmistakable. I've read a couple of books by Kylie Brant before, and boy does she know how to write a sexy love scene! Everything Joe and Delaney did be it talk, argue, or make love, was done with fire and passion. I also enjoyed learning a bit about the Navajo way of life and there were plenty of twists and turns throughout. The ending was completely unexpected and the main villain was a total shocker. However, it took until about the halfway point before the story really hooked me, and I wish these two had been together more than they were. Overall though it was a solid and intriguing romantic suspense that I really enjoyed and I look forward to reading more by Ms. Brant soon.
Delaney has reported in various dangerous places. In fact, she has just gotten over the worst parts of post-stress trauma from being buried alive for more than two days with seventy-one corpses in Baghdad. When someone begins shooting at her, déjà vu crashes all over her. It is impossible for Delaney not to have flashbacks of mortar fire and shots from sniper rifles. Given the fact that her boyfriend was one of those killed, it is easy to understand her hesitation of letting anyone else close to her.
Enter Joe Youngblood. Joe is a criminal investigator with the Navajo Tribal Police. Though the office is busy dealing with investigating three execution-style murders, drug runners, and various other priorities, Navajo Nation President Frank Taos insists that Delaney be first priority. (Since this is the first book Delaney has accepted to do since her near death experience, the Tribal Council hopes her name on the cover will turn their book into a bestseller.) Joe has a strong connection with the land and the people that live upon it. Though he does not agree with his grandfather, Charley, that an outsider should do the book, he abides by the decision. In order to keep an eye on Delaney and still follow the leads on the murders and drug traffickers, he has her tag along whenever her local guide is not around.
That is enough trouble for anyone to deal with at one time; however, Joe is also having trouble with his ex-wife, Heather. Currently Heather has their five-year-old son, Jonny, with her. Trial for custody is only a few weeks away and it looks like Heather is getting ready to run away with Jonny if things do not go the way she hopes. The LAST thing Joe wants is to get involved with another woman, especially an outsider. Yet the more time he spends with Delaney, the harder it gets to even imagine letting her go once the book is completed.
***** Author Kylie Brant brings the Navajo Nation to vivid life for readers in this story of romance and suspense. More illegal activities are going on than I mention and as things got more and more tense, I often found myself biting my fingernails. This is one tale that readers will never forget! I am hoping to see more stories in the future about some of the secondary characters in this story. The story is so well written that I felt drawn to some of the other local characters, especially others on the police force. Outstanding! *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
Delaney Carson is still affected with the residual effects of the nightmares that continue to haunt her. How about a bottle?
She just doesn't like the way Joe Youngblood just comes into her house without making a sound or warning of any kind.
We are very soon made aware of the side effects of stubborn women and their careers. She thinks she is getting a grip on her fears until she is asked to follow Joe into a cave.
There is a mystery going on here on the Rez that she stumbles onto without any warning. What does it have to do with her? Joe is not happy about having to keep her out of trouble.
Hormones kick in and lead two disfunctional people into a hot and heavy . . . . scene. What did that prove? Neither wants a commitment of any kind.
Joe saved Arnie, his partner, when Quintero comes up shooting. Now who were his workers'. They had to call in the FBI agent Delmar Mitchell because of the Navajo aversion to touching dead bodies. Quintero was carrying five thousand dollars.
Joe was trying to find out if or how Brant Greywolf was involved. He was a cocky kid. He figures his father's money will keep him out of trouble. Or at least, the lawyer will.
Delaney was introduced to Cowboy Nahkai to gather more information for the book she was working on. What did his grandson, William have to do with the caves?
Delaney is fascinated with the beautiful country, the gorgeous sunsets the land that brings a sense of well-being.
Now me, I was voting for one of the Border guards or the guide - ha, did I goof.
Most excellent characters - great story plot - hot and heavy. . . . - illogical between two, determined to not stay together.
Recommended to those of sound emotional maturity. --M