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Posted November 2, 2013
Reviewed by Marissa
Book provided by the publisher for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
With not one but two bad-guy scenarios playing at once, this book keeps you on your reading toes. And that doesn’t even count the semi-truck of explosives or the grizzly bear. Last Resort starts off with both Rena and Neal undercover at a beautiful Canadian resort, but each has their own reason for their covert games.
While starting off a bit slowly, the story quickly builds around the undercover work each character is involved in and the issues Rena has with her younger sister. I was soon engrossed in the suspense and found it hard to put the book down at bedtime.
The characters are well-developed, although it would have been nice to learn more about Neal’s past the way we did Rena’s and Sarah’s. In fact, I would love to see a book for Sarah come from this – her struggles with family and Muslimism at odds with what she feels in her heart and her new-found friendships.
As for Last Resort, definitely a must if you like suspense with a little romance thrown in. Put this one on your list of beach reads for this summer.
Posted October 5, 2011
Readers are in for a wild ride when a stressed heroine and a man who isn't what he seems connect and fall in love at the worst possible time in either of their lives.
Rena Gordon has a ton on her plate. Not only is her job overly challenging, she has a family member show up to rock the boat. Rena also has skeletons in the closet that come out to play amidst possible saboteurs, and that's just for starters. I liked that she wasn't a quitter and was actually pretty smart. A strong heroine and perfect for the hero.
CIA agent Neal Jackson might be faking it as a fishing guide but he can't hide from the truth of his feelings for the intrepid Rena. He's a macho and professional guy and I enjoyed how he just couldn't keep those pesky emotions of love and attraction at bay.
It's not often I get to see a fishing resort used as a romantic location. It seems a little strange, but the author sure pulled it off. In fact the whole thing was well crafted and I was pretty happy with the results.
Ms. Anderson did an excellent job of keeping me on my toes. Readers are going to find lots of intrigue and deception as well as intricate story threads that at first seem disconnected but come together for an amazing and exciting conclusion. I enjoyed trying to figure out who the "bad guy" was, and certainly the author did a bang-up job of keeping me guessing.
Another aspect of the book I appreciated was that the drama and suspense were light enough to be an enjoyable read - no heavy darkness to endure.
The sensual tension between Rena and Neal was entertaining and made it quite romantic. Last Resort also has the benefit of being a book both mainstream romance readers and romantic suspense readers can get into because it was perfectly balanced between the two. The best part is the wonderful happily ever after.
Secondary characters are integral to the plot movement. Rena's sister causes conflict and interest with her penchant for partying and the employees who may or may not be bad guys kept me guessing. I appreciated that the author didn't paint the bad guys with a broad brush. In Last Resort, the guys in the story are specifically radical Muslims bent on terrorism and mayhem. The author was clear on that.
Last Resort is an interesting read that will keep your nose firmly planted in its pages. Make sure you leave enough free time to enjoy this one from cover to cover!
Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews