- Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin (April 5, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0373695403
- ISBN-13: 978-0373695409
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,309,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mountain Ranger Recon Mass Market Paperback – April 5, 2011
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Ian Dempsey knew he'd have a lot to answer for when he bumped into Meg, the wife he'd left behind to complete an undercover mission. Nearly three years had passed since he'd last seen her, but she was as beautiful as everand as angry. Before he could explain his reasons for temporarily walking away, shots rang out and Ian quickly went from husband to bodyguard. Investigating his enemies would take time. And whether Meg liked it or not, he wouldn't leave her side until he could guarantee her safety. One step back into her life, though, and Ian knew the stakes were even higher. She had a two-year-old son. And he looked exactly like Ian .
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When his agent wife is killed on their guided tour, Megan steps up to assist Ian with his mission. She knows he can't be pulled off the case, so she's there for him as the sheriff questions Ian's involvement in all of this. As the sheriff feels, dead bodies seem to be piling up with the arrival of Ian.
Ian also finds out something he hadn't planned on...he has a son. With his past, Ian feels he isn't dad material. Meg feels guilt over keeping father and son from knowing one another, and Ian has to work through his anger on being left in the dark as well as his still burning attraction to Meg.
Ian, a former member of the covert ops group Prospero, knows he's up against Propero's arch enemy Farouk. He needs to keep focused on his mission and getting to the biological weapon before Farouk's men do. He also has a wife and son to protect through it all.
Meg has to deal with how secretive Ian has always been about his missions, and what she says ruined their marriage. By working together, Ian opens up more to her than he ever has in the past. Meg is also doing all she can to alleviate the guilt she feels for not telling Ian he has a son.
When they discover the hiding spot of the weapon, action ensues. Farouk's people are also trying to get to it and use Meg to do it. With the help of Buzz Richardson, another Prospero member and hero in the next book within the series, one of Farouk's men is captured and the woman is killed...by Buzz. This sets up Buzz's story since the woman is Farouk's girlfriend. Ian warns Buzz of this, and Buzz is fine with it. As long as they can get Farouk and find their missing Prospero leader.
Ian wants to give parenthood and his role as husband another try. Meg is all too willing to give him that chance.
Another book in a series full of adventure and twists and turns.
Ms. Ericson did a bang up job of leading a reader into the thick of the intrigue so she could get into the good stuff - the messed up relationship between Meg and Ian. They'd once been in love but Ian's job got in the way one time too many and they went their separate ways. Fate doesn't like to be thwarted so, fickle rascal that she is, she brought them together by the very reason Ian left in the first place. It was an intriguing way to bring the conflict into the picture and it worked for me.
Meg is an interesting heroine. She's atypical by virtue of her job and her view on life in general. She's moved on and is doing the best she can. She's content and has a whole other reason and purpose to live for -- she doesn't need a man. I love it when heroines believe that.
Ian is fascinating from the get go. How can he not be, he's a secret agent and those naturally are very sexy alpha men who drive the women they love absolutely nuts. Not in a good way. And that is why the internal conflict between Ian and Meg worked so well. He wants to protect her and treat her differently than his fellow agents. Meg on the other hand, doesn't want nor needs to be coddled. She's independent with a good head on her shoulders and has the mettle to deal with Ian's employment demands. So, why can't he see that? He will. That alone was reason enough to keep me reading.
The external conflict was gripping and out of control. What I mean by that is that every time poor Ian turned around, mayhem and bad things just kept happening. It was enough to give a guy a complex. It was certainly enough for the local law enforcement to view him as a bad penny they'd just wish would go away. The author used that interplay between Ian and the secondary characters to illustrate Ian's personality, his trouble shooting skills and his perception of things when it comes to Meg. He ends up putting two and two together and finds a treasure greater than the goal his employer has sent him to obtain. How he reacted and his actions after that point made him a hero and convinced me he'd make a real husband for Meg after all. He just needs to survive this current crisis.
Despite Ian being in charge of a risky situation, he has his own personal conflict that he needs to deal with and heal. You'd think a guy like him would have it all together but in fact he has insecurities just like anyone else. It's another mark in his favor because I could empathize with his character.
I want to mention that the prologue and epilogue don't have much to do with what's in the middle but after reading the story, I have a pretty good idea who it's about. I am guessing that it's being used as a hook or story arc lead in for his story when it eventually comes about. It does sound promising; I just found it odd that the beginning and end had nothing to do with the current story. I've never seen that done before.
When Meg and Ian finally get to reacquaint themselves with the physical side of their love, it's explosive and emotional. It forced them to revisit the choices they've made and the possibilities for their future - together, not apart. It's romantic and solid. No flowery and silly promises will do - they've matured and finally realize what is important in life. Now that is a romance that gives me assurance they'll weather life's bumps just fine.
Mountain Ranger Recon is a gripping and exciting read which entertained and amazed all the way through. Every time I thought they'd get a break something else happened. By the time the happily ever after came about I was more than ready and it was satisfying. Romantic suspense readers should find a lot to enjoy throughout this story because I know I did.
Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews