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Posted June 18, 2007
Caught Up In The Romance & Suspense
'Caught Up' was apparently one of Mrs. Deatri King-Bey earlier novels. I had to back track to some of her earlier work after reading and enjoying 'Beauty and the Beast'. I found this novel to be fresh and captivating.~~~~~~~~Rosa Bolivar is the only child of powerful CEO of Bolivar International, Ernesto Bolivar and she is definitely a daddy's girl. Ernesto divorced her mother, who is an alcoholic, years before and raised Rosa without her. As the story opens, Rosa is graduating from school and has just broken the news to her father that she does not plan to immediately go to work for him at Bolivar International. Later, when she overhears an argument between her parents, Rosa discovers some shocking truths that cause her to question everything she has ever known. As she looks for answers, she suddenly finds herself in the midst of a DEA investigation. As a result of this involvement she meets Samson Quartermine, a lawyer turned DEA agent who is investigating Rosa's family. Samson is any fantasy man -- attractive, thoughtful, intelligent, and ever the protector, and Rosa is immediately drawn to him. Soon they accept their mutual attraction, but how can a romance work between Rosa and the agent who is investigating her and her family? Add to the mix all the drama associated with a drug cartel, a host of secrets that Ernesto has spent a good portion of his life trying to hide, the bitterness and need for revenge that has consumed Rosa's mother for years, and a reality that is never quite the way it seems, and you have the makings of a whirlwind of a story.~~~~~~~~The book started off a little slow for me, and I got worried thinking I wouldn't be able to get through it. However, I was seriously mistaken, after getting to the second chapter, it definitely turned out to be well worth the read. It was a very intriguing romance, drama and suspense. I thought the way Mrs. King-Bey combined the present with flashbacks to the past flowed nicely, as if you were getting two stories for the price of one. She develops a solid set of characters. I found myself empathizing with their situations and how their pasts issues influenced many of the decisions they made, be it a right or wrong decision. This novel had a fast-moving and unpredictable plot, that constantly kept you wonder what would happen next. I enjoyed the instant attraction between Samson and Rosa and the fact that David, her real father, even thought that it was fate that brought them together and approved of Samson taking care of his daughter when he couldn't. Definitely a novel you will enjoy getting 'Caught Up' in!
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