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Some people might consider this place hell, but Olivia Strohm knew it wasn't. No, Kambia was far from it, and since she'd been to hell on earth twice already, she considered herself something of an expert.
It was nearly dark, but the heat wasn't retreating. Wouldn't.
She wrapped the rag around her hair and rubbed another cloth over her neck. She took a long drink of water because her body demanded it, even though she'd long grown used to ignoring most of her body's needs in exchange for freedom. She had work to do, and that superseded anything else.
She hadn't needed much money here. No, with her services, she'd been able to barter for the more important staples, like food and clothes and places to stay. This house was hidden behind two others, abandoned long ago. But the women she'd met had hustled her back there and helped her settle in without question.
Later that first night, they came back. Shy. With questions, with medical problems, some she could help with and some she couldn't. There was a clinic twenty miles away that she could refer some of them to. For women like Dahia, who'd lost her child to typhoid two months earlier, Olivia had to be the one to reiterate to her after an exam that more children were impossible, just like the midwife had.
Sometimes, she felt as if she did more harm than good, but Dahia brought her cassava and bread later as a thank you.
For the last two days, there had been ripples of gossip in the small village that a pregnant woman was looking for help and running from an important man who followed, intent on taking her back.
Olivia had run too, and she'd learned that no man was that important.
In the past months, she'd killed several men--on purpose--and in the aftermath, struggled with her conscience. Wondered if she could even function back in the real world, and decided no.
She was safer here. Alone, with no real ties. And even though the local women insisted that she shouldn't get involved with the pregnant woman heading her way, that the men who ran the human trafficking ring would take her away and lock her up--or worse--she didn't listen. Told them her home was open to give shelter to whomever needed it.
She'd survived so much already--she would not let the threat of a random stranger take her down or destroy her will.
Outside the small, three-room house, she heard a rustle in the bushes. It could be an animal . . . or it could be a woman, too frightened to come inside.
She'd left a candle burning outside--a signal, Ama once told her. Ama, the angel who'd helped her for a month after she'd escaped and taught her some of the ways to survive this harsh place.
Ama, who had not deserved what had happened to her.
The lump rose in her throat but she pushed it down ruthlessly. No, not now.
She grabbed a heavy iron skillet before she stepped outside onto the creaky porch and stared out, unable to see anything but shadows.
"Come, come," she said, her voice low and urgent in the dark. She repeated herself in Krio as well, kam naya, to encourage the woman to come forward.
You can't save them all. But you can help some.
Those words from her first year of residency rang in her ears more often than she'd like to admit.
And so she waited, impatiently shifting from one foot to the other, fighting not to let her nerves get the better of her. But it wasn't a woman who came forward. No, it was the outline of a man. She saw the fatigues and the guns and thought it might be one of the soldiers coming to try to close down her makeshift office.
She would have to pay--or close up and move. Or possibly fight for her life.
She tightened her hand around the cold handle of the skillet held behind her back and waited for the bark of an order.
But this man stepped into the light with his hands in view, free of weapons. Blond. Blue-eyed. Face of an angel and the devil mixed, and the throb in her belly overrode the sudden, sharp fear.
She was being rescued. And that was the worst thing that could happen to her now.
"Dr. Strohm? Olivia?" The voice was deep and dark, washed over her like a sudden rain.
He knew her. But she'd never seen him before in her life--she would've remembered. "What do you want?"
He came closer, through the tangle of bushes and up the small red dust path to the house she'd taken over. She'd moved in, swept it out and cleaned it as best she could. It didn't matter what it looked like. It was temporary.
Everything about her life now was temporary. "Who are you?"
"I'm Zane Scott. A friend of Skylar's."
Skylar. Her former patient. Her friend. One of the reasons she was in this mess to begin with, and yet she felt no malice toward the woman. Only the hot stab of fear at being found. "What are you doing here?"
"I'm here to help you."
There was a calm in his voice that nearly mesmerized her. He'd gotten close now, was in front of her and had extended his hand toward her. When she glanced down, she saw that she was actually holding out her free hand as well.
She pushed it down by her side again.
"Has anyone else come here tonight?" he asked.
"No, you're the only one." Her voice came out more softly than she'd intended. Fear, she told herself. Nothing to do with the contact with someone who might be from her not so distant past.
The wind rustled the bushes again, and when Zane turned to check that no one was behind him, she struck, surprised him with a blow to the side of the head.
He sank to the ground with a heavy thump and her heart beat wildly because she had no plan. There was nowhere for her to go tonight. No, she'd have to wait until morning to leave, to escape this seemingly well-meaning man.
Which meant she'd have to keep him with her.
Zane Scott was tall--over six-foot-three--and heavy with muscle, although he wasn't overly broad when he'd stood in front of her. No, he was just right.
It took all her strength to get him inside the door and close it behind them. She stood, panting, realized that she'd only been here for three weeks.
How had she been found?
Trouble comes in pairs, Ama used to say. A warning for Olivia that just because one bad thing had happened, she was not to let her guard down against the possibility of more.
That was rare. Even her sleep was broken and uneasy. Dreams replaced by nightmares. If she could physically do so, she'd stay awake all night, every night. As it was, the few hours cost her. Her hands shook and her focus was off.
Good thing the medicine she practiced here was battlefield, because oftentimes, it wasn't pretty.
From the Paperback edition.
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Posted February 21, 2011
I enjoy reading books about Black Ops, Navy Seals, & Delta Force, so when I came across this author I thought I would give it a try. Total disappointment. The story was too long and drawn out. I had no connection to the characters or the story. Actually there were 3 separate storylines, and still it didn't capture me. It was a struggle to finish this book hoping it would get better, and it didn't. I will stick to Cindy Gerard books, her black ops stories are more interesting.
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Posted June 5, 2014
"May i please join? If there is a med cat already, then can i join as med cat apprentice? If there isnt a med cat yet, then may i join as med cat?" The pure white, blue eyed shecat asked. (She is not deaf)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 3, 2014
My mate was Frostmoon then I left my Clan for a week or so and came back to see she left. I thought maybe youd be her becuase before I left we both dided and were reincarnated into Redkit and Frostkit.. and kits ca havw differ warrior namesWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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I would like to be a warrior.
Gender: She cat
Looks like: cream colored long fur with dazzling amber eyes
Mate: tell me if you want to mate with me.
Personality: Loving, hard working, kind but tough in battle
Anything else: just ask! =^.^=
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Read the first book and thought that was great! This book was just as great - action packed, lovable characters and a nice amount of steamy love parts, without getting too raunchy or going over the top! Making this critique short because I can't wait to read the third book in this series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted April 6, 2011
I had been somewhat anticipating reading Promises in the Dark, the story is based around Zane and Olivia (who had been kidnapped in the previous book). Zane has been searching for Olivia for the past 6 months that she's been gone and has now found her. Only to find out that she doesn't want to be rescued. She is avoiding DMH (her kidnappers) while on the run and feels that if she was to go home, it would put everyone around her in danger. While Zane is away, Cael also manages to find love in the form of a computer specialist, who also happens to be suspected of cavorting with DMH on the side. A third side to the story is that of Tristan and Rowan, both of whom are originally with the army and end up in Africa at a merc training / missionary relief camp.
I thought that this book had a lot of potential, and I still enjoyed reading it. However, there were some flaws that just ruined parts of the book for me.
1. There was too much sex in the book. Completely unnecessary, it was as though the author was trying to lengthen the book with as many love scenes as possible. None of the sex scenes, fortunately, were too graphic or erotic.
2. I was actually really enjoying Cael and Vivi's story...up until they had sex. OMG...one second he has her handcuffed to a chair and is interrogating her (she is crying and upset during this whole episode). And then once he FINALLY believes her innocence, they don't even have a conversation about the whole 'distrust and captivity' before he unwraps her towel?!?!? I found it incredibly difficult to relate to Vivi in this scene, in the book, it made it feel more like rape because of the situation that they were in. And yet Vivi doesn't feel the need to make Cael work for her forgiveness or her trust. It even seemed completely outside of Vivi's character to completely forgive Cael on the spot. I found it nearly impossible to be rooting for this couple because of this. The first half of the book they did great, but then my support of their love got trashed by both of their attitudes during the whole kidnapping scenario. Cael's story could've been told MUCH better than it was.
3. Vivi's character seemed to clash with itself. At some points she's brave and shows some real strength. And then other times she has no backbone whatsoever and practically begs at times when she should be standing up for herself.
Aside from these issues, I still enjoyed the book. One the positive side, I really enjoyed Tristan and Rowan's story (aside from the random alpha male scene that first occurs in the tent). The author also did a great job with Zane and Olivia's story, you really bond with those characters. Stephanie Tyler does a great job with world-building and bringing the reader into the situation. I will still read the next book in the series and can only hope that the next book finalizes the story of Vivi and Cael and that both of them will grow some balls and stand up to each other!
Posted December 13, 2010
I was looking forward to this book coming out after reading the first book. As usual, it had many dips and dives that you would not expect. I truly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the third book in June 2011. If you like suspense, little bit of drama and strong characters. This is the book for you! :) Enjoy!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 10, 2010
couldn't wait to read this one since Stephanie Tyler's Lie with me was GREAT. This one was really good too but I like the first one better.
still you can't go wrong with this one.