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  • Posted May 16, 2012

    Overall Rating: 4.45 // Action: 3.5 / Emotion: 4 / Romance: 4

    Overall Rating: 4.45
    // Action: 3.5 / Emotion: 4 / Romance: 4 / Sensuous: 2.5 / Suspense: 4.25 // Laughter: 0 / Teary: 1
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    All in all, *Enigma*, the second book in Dee Davis's "The Last Chance Trilogy," is an entertaining, suspenseful, romantic read. Will leave it on "to be re-read" list, since reading it a third time has to be just as engaging as the first and second reads.
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    Liked: {1} The hero, Payton Reynolds, an über-alpha, ex-Delta Forces, off-the-books CIA mercenary, who revealed his vulnerabilities to {2} the heroine, Samantha "Sam" Waters, a way-too-independent, strong-willed, ATF Explosives Enforcement Officer, who had to risk her heart instead of her life to find a happily-ever-after. {3} The inclusion of interesting, further-developed secondary characters introduced in the first book. {4} The constant state of suspense as wondered why the bomber, J.T., was fixated on Sam and how the team would catch him. {5} The way Davis was able to incorporate some really romantic moments between Payton and Sam during the investigation. {6} The combination of sizzle and emotional connection during the love scenes.
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    Disliked: {1} Davis failed to instill the deep emotional connection to Payton and Sam that should have been present (given their backgrounds). {2} Although book was mostly police procedural, the action scenes that did occur featured Sam more than Payton (particularly the big finale).
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2005

    Wonderful romantic thriller!

    Samantha Waters is the youngest Explosives Enforcement Officer in history, a position she worked hard to attain. Her background includes crime scene investigation and working with the FBI's Emergency Response Team. Cool and collected, Sam knows her stuff and, a loner, prefers to work alone. .... Payton Reynolds is a government operative, a mercenary whose background includes the Delta Force, CIA and experience with bombs. He's also a loner, a man haunted by the past. .... After three senators are killed in a bomb blast in San Antonio, Cullen Pulaski asks Sam to join forces with members of his Last Chance, Inc. team of experts the President uses for special cases. This highly select team, headed by Cullen, includes Gabriel Roarke, Payton's friend and a CIA counter terrorist operative Gabe's wife, Madison, an FBI profiler and Cullen's god-daughter and Harrison Blake, a computer forensics guru. .... When Sam flies to Austin and meets the Last Chance team, she recognizes Payton as a man who possesses panther-like skills and self-confidence. Her unsettling reaction to him also means he's trouble ¿ a man to avoid, despite the fact their job puts them in close proximity on a daily basis. That night, a jack-in-the-box bomb blows up into her hotel room. Fortunately, this one only contained confetti, but it's an obvious message, meant to get her attention. .... Sam is moved to a room adjoining Payton's for her own protection. That night, when Sam hears Payton having a nightmare, she enters his room through the adjoining door and sees Payton's scarred body. Payton reveals that he obtained the scars during a Delta Force raid meant to free a friend of Cullen's. What Payton doesn't reveal is that his brother and wife died during that raid, and he blames Cullen as a result. Nevertheless, the brief discussion establishes a bond between Payton and Sam. A relationship that leaves each of them curious and apprehensive one they begin to explore as the investigation continues. .... Then Walter Atherton, the FBI Director and Sam's ex-boss and friend, is killed by a bomb in his home garage. Sam now realizes that her hotel room bomb and Walter's death are connected. After all, the jack-in-the-box was similar to one she received from her father, one stolen in a robbery at her apartment and the bomber's targeting Walter was definitely personal. .... Sam and the Last Chance group soon realize that the senators' deaths were unintentional. When Sam and Harrison they discover a clue, the Tai Chi symbol, a link between good and evil, the race is on to discover the bomber's identity before he strikes again. .... But can Payton keep Sam safe? .... Dee Travis has written a thoroughly exciting, romantic thriller in 'Enigma.' The developing romance between Payton and Sam, and the search for clues leading to the bomber's identity, kept me thoroughly enthralled. The minor characters, including the bomber, were well-developed and brought an added touch of romance and suspense to Dee's story. If you want a great page-turning, thrilling read, don't miss Dee Davis' 'Enigma'!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2005

    Second of the Last Chance trilogy.

    Samantha 'Sam' Waters may look like a dainty and fragile person, but the true is the opposite. Sam is an Army Brat who, as her father before her, loves the challenges that come with living on the edge. She now holds the coveted position of EEO, Explosives Enforcement Officer. And she is one of the best alive. Because of this, she is asked to join an elite secret government agency, Last Chance. Her help is needed to find out who placed a bomb in an almost empty hotel (undergoing extensive renovations) in Texas, killing three senators. ............................................. Payton Reynolds is a CIA black ops specialist with a dangerous and deadly past that still haunts his nightmares. His primary concern is to keep Sam alive. Hard to do though. Sam's passion for taking risks to get her job done quickly and thoroughly is shredding even his nerves. But this is one, of several things, that attracts Sam to him. ............................................. But evidence soon shows that the bomber has been preparing for a special event for many years. Everything he has done was to get Sam's attention. He wanted Sam on the elite team. He wanted her to figure out his messages. He wants her! ............................................. ................. ............................ ***** The first book in this trilogy is 'EndGame'. The main characters for it return as secondary characters in this tale of intrigue. The last book will be released 9/05 and should be titled 'Exposure'. Each novel is a stand-alone story. Yet they all center on the elite team of Last Chance. ............................................. I did not think that the author could possibly do better than 'EndGame'. Yet Dee Davis has surpassed all my expectations. No matter how much I needed to get things done around my home, I simply could not put this book down. Chores could wait. Dinner can be delivered. So make sure you will not be interrupted (A.K.A. take the phone off the hook) and get comfortable. Then let Dee Davis take you on one heck of a ride! *****

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    An exhilarating thriller

    Cullen Pulaski, chief of the Last Chance, recruits ATF Explosives Enforcement Officer Samantha 'Sam' Waters to join his top secret agency. She accepts.......................... Someone placed a bomb in the Plager Hotel in San Antonio; among the dead are three senators so her new superiors want her to ¿identify¿ the bomber from the explosive ¿signature¿. No longer caring about his life since an Afghan fiasco, CIA Agent Payton Reynolds receives a simple assignment for the elite black ops professional; keep Sam safe while she does her job. However, the assignment proves difficult as Sam is a risk taker and his heart palpitates whenever he sees her.............. As Sam and Payton fight to hide their mutual attraction, they find mounting evidence that the bomber has been organizing and training for an extraordinary incident while having Sam play cat and mouse with him. If she wins, the villain knows he is dead, but if he triumphs as he expects she will be at his side forever. First however, there is the matter of the pesky CIA agent who wants his charge safe for personal reasons............... ENIGMA, the sequel to the ENDGAME, is an exhilarating thriller starring two strong protagonists playing cat and mouse against a shadowy deadly foe. The story line is action-packed, but the audience also understands what motivates the key players; for instance the deaths of his brother and his lover in the Afghan fiasco have Payton feeling guilty for surviving as much as for the failed mission. The return of the heroes from the first novel add to the strength of an action-packed thriller that the audience will appreciate is not the end game with one more romantic suspense to follow................... Harriet Klausner

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    Posted October 21, 2012

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