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Like a Knife Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2003
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A bad boy with a shady past and a Goody Two-Shoes with an equally sad history come together to bring down a nasty villain in Solomon's debut romantic suspense novel. Handyman Nick Raine, an orphan who was adopted by an illegal arms dealer, lives with the painful knowledge that he could have saved a boy's life during a deal gone wrong. The past catches up with Nick when his former father figure summons him to find a boy of mysterious parentage. Nick balks at returning to the life he renounced and the man he loathes, but when Rachel Goodman, a friend and previous employer, shows up beaten at his doorstep, he realizes he has no choice. An abundance of explosions and shootings keep the suspense alive, but Nick and Rachel never fully transcend the pat, familiar roles assigned to them. Readers looking for a few thrills wrapped up with an explosive conclusion will be pleased, but those seeking more substance and character development should look elsewhere.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"...a chilling story...Solomon knows how to keep the reader glued to the page..." -- Rendezvous, March 2003
"Dark, riveting, and emotionally dense, this is one powerful read..." -- Romantic Times, March 2003
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Rachel has painful memories of her mother's violent death and her father's aloofness after the death. I didn't need the father thing to explain Rachel's actions at all. Her passion to help kids that had violence in their past was groaning to me. I think the author could have worked the need in by being a normal caring person that sees the need around her. Or helping kids that need not to fall through the cracks of living in a tough city neighborhoods.
Nick was very well written. Not so hot of a guy the first twenty pages, not because he was a janitor, he just wasn't interesting. But he really picked up to be a hotty as the character developed.
The author didn't choose the easy way out on events she brought into play. I liked that. Otherwise it would follow suit to many of the romance books.
I think this author will grow with a few more rewrites and the editor being pickier for not so complicated character building that doesn't work or is needed
Six months ago, Rachel hires reticent handyman Nick Raine to make repairs at St. Anthony. Unbeknownst to Rachel is that Nick is a former gunrunner who quit the profession six years ago. Now Nick's former boss and mentor Spier demands he locate a six year old son he did not know he sired as his recently murdered wife hid him with her aunt from him. If Nick fails to do Spier's bidding or fails at his task, Rachel will suffer.
LIKE A KNIFE is an exciting romantic suspense that spotlights how love can provide the opportunity for redeeming for the darkest of souls. The story line is fast-paced though how Spier's wife could hide the child from him so easily and why Spier wanted the kid is never quite clear. Still the audience will relish the activities of the lead couple, Rachel with her almost obsessive need to help those youngsters following the ugly path of her youth and Nick needing a soul cleaning after years of selling weapons to murderers and terrorists.
Nick was adopted by a crime lord when he was abandoned on the streets at a young age. He naturally progressed into a life of crime emulating his "father" Rennie. A former gun runner, Nick has vowed never to return to the life but is drawn back in when his former lover turns up dead and Rennie asks Nick to find the son she kept hidden from him. He makes Nick an offer he can't refuse by involving Rachel.
Once Rennie locates Isaac, it is pretty obvious that Rennie is not the kid's father, and together, Nick and Rachel race the clock to try to get Isaac back from a madman - Nick fears that Isaac will be brought into the same violent world he found himself in. His growing love for Rachel gives him a new lease on life.
Filled with plenty of action, this quick paced thriller is sure to keep you glued until the last page.
Nick's foster father, Rennie Spier, wants him to find the child his now deceased wife hid from him. When Nick refuses, Spier has Rachel beaten, and worse will happen if Nick does not cooperate. A nightmarish race to find the child and keep him safe from opposing forces brings Nick and Rachel closer together, but just as they find love, death may tear them apart.
***** This exciting novel heralds a promising debut. Characters you really care about and a touching romance hold your interest along with fast paced action and self sacrificing committments.