When You Dareby Lori Foster
Professional mercenary Dare Macintosh lives by one hard and fast rule: business should never be personal. If a cause appeals to him and the price is right, he'll take the mission he's offered. But then the lovely Molly Alexander asks him to help her track down the men who'd had her kidnappedand for the first time, Dare's tempted to combine work with
Professional mercenary Dare Macintosh lives by one hard and fast rule: business should never be personal. If a cause appeals to him and the price is right, he'll take the mission he's offered. But then the lovely Molly Alexander asks him to help her track down the men who'd had her kidnappedand for the first time, Dare's tempted to combine work with pleasure.
Fiercely independent, Molly vows to trust no one until she's uncovered the truth. Could the enemy be her powerful estranged father? The ex-fiancé who still holds a grudge? Or the not-so-shy fan of her bestselling novels? As the danger heats up around them, the only anchor Molly has is Dare himself. But what she feels for him just might be the most frightening thing of all .
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Midnight came and went with only the quiet buzz of meager traffic along the beach. An occasional horn blew or tires squealed. Two people exited a bar nearby, laughing too loud before piling into an SUV and steering drunkenly onto the road.
In the shadows of a weed-ridden parking lot at the back of the rundown motel, no one noticed them. Avoiding the glow of the full yellow moon, they stood behind the south wall beneath a broken security lamp.
A lamp Dare Macintosh had broken.
Ocean breezes stirred the air and heightened his senses. While scanning the area and repeatedly peering at the black van he'd rented when first arriving in San Diego, Dare waited. His friend, Trace Rivers, embraced his younger sister with choking emotion.
It had been a long two days filled with frantic preparation, little sleep, less food and loads of pumping adrenaline: the conditions in which Dare operated best.
With the job done, and then some, he desperately wanted something to eat and a place to sleep. Even more than that, he wanted to check on the skinny, abused woman still out cold in the backseat of the van.
"Tell me," Trace said, not to Alani, whom he kept crushed close, but to Dare.
After again glancing at the van, Dare nodded. He'd
found Alani and returned her to Trace as he'd sworn to, but neither man knew yet what she had suffered.
"She was in Tijuana, as you said. Locked in a trailer with some other women in an isolated area."
Trace drew a strained breath, and uttered what they both had known: "Human traffickers."
Dare nodded. "Not much in the way of food or drinks. Dirty, airless with the windows screwed shut. They had the women " He hesitated, knowing how Trace would take it, but he needed to know. "They were leashed, chained to grommets in the floor, with just enough chain to reach a toilet. No sink."
"Fuckers." Overcome with rage, Trace knotted his hand in his sister's hair and squeezed her tighter, protectively.
She didn't complain.
Trace never used coarse language in front of his sister, which meant he was on the ragged edge, barely aware of what he said or did. Dare looked away from them, understanding the lack of control.
He focused on the rented van. "I had to go through several lookouts and a few armed guards to get her out of there."
"Quietly." Trace made it a statement, not a question.
"There wasn't much fuss." Dare always worked in efficient silence; an alarm would have brought more armed guards, possibly too many for him to combat. As much as he wanted to kill them all, he hadn't.
Only those most responsible.
By the time the empty trailer was discovered, Dare was already heading over the border into San Diegowhere Trace waited. Over the years he'd built up alliances
everywhere, and sometimes worked with the coyotes who made a living taking people back and forth over the border.
Thanks to those contacts, even with the extra cargo slumped in his backseat, no one had stopped him as he went through the border checkpoint. The van had been given only a cursory inspection, his weapons ignored, and the excuse of the women being tirednever mind that one was beaten and haggard, only half-dressedhad satisfied all questions.
Both men were damn good at what they did. But Trace couldn't go after his sister himself as he'd wanted, because the men holding her knew what he looked like. Before he'd have even gotten close to Tijuana, Trace would have been spotted by lookouts.
So Dare had goneand come back with more than he'd bargained for.
Making a small sound, Alani tucked her face in closer to her brother's shoulder. The siblings shared blond hair and light brown eyes, but that's where the physical similarities ended. Trace was thirty, of an age with Dare, eight years older than his sister. He stood six foot three and weighed over two hundred poundsall of it muscle.
Next to him, Alani looked tiny and fragile and, presently, wounded. Even since Dare had removed her from the trailer, fresh bruises continued to show on her arms and around her narrow wrists. Because the bastards had planned to sell her, they hadn't harmed her face.
Innocence was a huge commodity, and at twenty-two, having led a sheltered life, Alani gave off a definite vibe of innocence. Blond-haired, blue-eyed women brought the most profit, but he had a feeling that Alani's golden-brown eyes, in contrast to her very fair hair, would have fascinated the sick pricks.
Dare prayed they hadn't raped her, knowing a woman ill-used would bring less, but he left that uncomfortable discussion for Trace.
Hearing a noise like a soft moan, Dare zeroed in on the van with his senses on alert. He'd left the rear door open so he'd hear her if she moved, if she awoke . But she did no more than readjust.
Three hours had passed since he'd carried her out of that trailer. Worry gnawed at him.
Why didn't she awaken?
"Dare?" His eyes filled with pain, rage and relief, Trace whispered, "Thank you."
Alani gave an audible swallow, and then she, too, said, "Yes, thank you. So much."
Putting a hand on her shoulder, Dare replied without words. He'd known Alani for years, watched her grow up, and felt like a pseudo big brother in many ways. He'd attended her graduation, both from high school and college. He'd been there with Alani and Trace when they buried their parents.
They had become part of his hodgepodge family.
Two days ago human traffickers had snatched Alani outside her hotel while she vacationed near the beach. Tomorrow she would have been sold, and finding her after that might have become impossible.
Right now, what the siblings needed was time alone, and Dare needed to sort things out with his remaining passenger. "I should get going."
Trace followed Dare's attention toward the van, saw the slim, dirty foot that appeared out of the open rear-passenger door, and lifted one eyebrow in an expression of disbelief. "You have a passenger?"
"A small complication, that's all."
Dare shrugged. "There were six women in that small trailer, Trace. Four of them were local and scattered as soon as I got them free." He nodded his head toward the van. "That one was drugged, near starved, grimy." And in many ways, even in the cramped confines of the rusty trailer, she'd been separated from the others, kept alone.
For certain, she wasn't the typical woman kidnapped for the growing sex trade.
Trace grew curious in that quiet way of his. "An American.complication?"
"I think so." From what he'd seen of her grubby face, she didn't look foreign. "She hasn't come to yet, so I haven't been able to talk to her."
Alani turned in her brother's arms, and she, too, looked toward the van. "She fought them whenever she came to. She called them names and almost egged them on." Alani shivered in remembered fear. "It was so horrible. The men slapped her around for being mouthy, but she didn't stop. She just cursed them more."
Dare frowned. The little idiot might have been killed. "Foolhardy."
"I think she was really angry." As if she couldn't fathom such boldness, Alani took a breath. "Even when they held her down to force more drugs on her, she didn't cry. She.raged."
"Did she speak English?"
Nodding, Alani said, "She sounded American to me. I mean, no accent or anything."
Considering all that, Dare said aloud, "She wasn't there for the same purpose as the rest of you."
"Probably not. Sometimes four or five of them would come in the trailer, but they'd stand around her and I couldn't see what they did. As far as I could tell, they
never really leered at her like " She bit her lip, shivered again. "Like they did the rest of us. They never seemed to be sizing her up for anything. They just picked on her."
Trace hugged her again. "It's all right. You're safe now."
She nodded, shored up by the courage her brother had given her, and faced Dare. "She was there when we got there, already looking pretty bad. Once, before the men drugged her, she told me her name was Molly."
Alani shook her head. "We weren't supposed to talk, so I was afraid to ask her anything."
Trace tucked her back in close and asked over her head, "What are you going to do with her now?"
"No idea." Dare thought of her insubstantial weight when she'd been over his shoulder, of that tangled, light brown hair that had concealed much of her bruised face. "Hopefully someone will pay me for bringing her home."
Without releasing her brother, Alani reached out and punched Dare for the callous comment. He grinned, caught her wrist and kissed her knuckles.
She'd been given a terrible fright, and two days had probably felt like a month, but Alani had spirit. She'd get through this, thank God.
But the other one. How long had they had her? And why? Impatient with thoughts of her, Dare said, "I gotta run."
"Hold up a sec." Trace caught his arm, then dug in his jeans pocket and pulled out a fat envelope.
Pissed, Dare took a step back. "What the hell is that?"
"Expenses. And don't curse in front of Alani." Hell, just because he usually hired out didn't mean he'd
charge a frienda brother. He'd have gone after Alani if he'd had to crawl the whole way. "I don't need it."
Solemn, Trace held the envelope out to him. "But I need you to take it."
It hit Dare anew how difficult this was for Trace, not just that his sister had been hurt, but that he hadn't been able to go after her himself.
Dare took the envelope. "Thanks." He leaned in close. "And for future reference, I resolved the issue of you being recognized." There was no one left who knew Trace.
Deep satisfaction glittered in Trace's eyes. He gave a sharp nod. "I should have doubled the amount."
"No." Dare's smile wasn't friendly. "That was all my pleasure."
With no further discussion of money, Trace and Alani said their goodbyes and left the lot in Trace's silver Jag. They'd stay in an upscale hotel for the night and fly home tomorrow. Until then, Trace would keep his sister under very close guard.
Dare stood there, watching them until the purr of the engine faded and their taillights could no longer be seen. Moon shadows surrounded him. Night creatures gave a gentle call.
The peaceful ambiance didn't deceive him.
Hands on his hips, he looked again toward the van.
The hospital, with all those questions and a lack of answers?
A hotel room? That would be his preference, but not with a woman on the brink of death.
If she was on the brink of death. Drugs could be a real complication, giving false symptoms and concealing a true state of health. It was possible that if she'd just come to, she'd be okay.
But maybe not.
Dare needed her to drink, to eat. And it wouldn't hurt to get the bugs out of her hair.
Before he even realized it, he strode that way, anxious to look in on her again.
One hand on the top of the open door, the other on the side of the car, Dare leaned inand found her awake. Enormous, bruised eyes dominated her face.
Before he could register that she'd come around, he got a very dirty foot to the face. Hard.
He jerked back. "Son of a"
The attack took him by surprise, and even with her meager strength, a heel to the nose hurt like hell. But he didn't want to compound things by overreacting. She'd recovered with a vengeance and most probably a lot of confusion. Though blood trickled from his nose, Dare wasn't disabled in any way.
With no help for it, he leaned into the backseat and, after a very brief struggle, pinned her down with her arms over her head, her legs caught under his.
Those large, slightly unfocused eyes glared at him. They were dark brown, like rich chocolate, and at the moment filled with a wealth of fear and rage.
She didn't scream, thank God, just breathed hard and fast and strained against him.
"You're safe now," Dare told her while trying to control her in a way that wouldn't allow her to hurt herself. "You're in San Diego, not Mexico."
She blinked fast, giving away her nervousness.
Dare sought the right words to reassure her. "I was there to retrieve a friend, one of the girls trapped in the trailer with you. And there you were, too, so " Lacking a sound business argument for his decision, Dare rolled one shoulder. "So I took you."
She stilled a little, wary, uncertain. Hopeful.
"Your options now are the hospital, hotel or police. Take your pick."
Seconds ticked by. A drop of blood from his nose landed on her chest to mingle with dark bruises, numerous scratches and dirt. She didn't flinch, and short of releasing her, there wasn't much Dare could do about his bleeding nose.
Lifting her head, she looked beyond him, but it was dark, too dark to see and recognize the dubious safety of an American parking lot.
Then, just as suddenly as she'd attacked, she went limp, her head falling back, her muscles weak. Either from her recent exertion or continued terror, Dare felt a fine trembling in her slim body.
Voice quaking, she whispered, "Hotel, please."
But appreciated. "Wise choice." He waited for theatrics, for that scream that didn't come. Cautious, Dare eyed her. "I can let you go without more violence?"
She gave one jerky nod.
Slowly, he sat up and levered himself out of the van. She didn't move. She didn't look capable of moving.
Stripping off his shirt, he used it to clean the blood from his busted nose.
What to do now? If he went to the front desk to register them, would she try to skip out on him? Dare could see that she wasn't yet herself, didn't have much left of strength or composure. If panic sent her running, she wouldn't get far, and could end up right back in trouble again.
But he couldn't very well traipse her into the motel with him.
For one thing.she reeked.
Not that he held that against her. Thanks to the conditions he'd found her in, personal cleanliness would have been impossible. But to add to that, the space they'd provided her hadn't been much better than a dump. He'd seen rat holes near the moldy mattress they'd supplied her, as well as a variety of bugs crawling around.
For another, she wore only a long T-shirt that didn't quite reach her very dirty, scuffed knees, with another oversized man's button-up shirt over it. The clothes dwarfed her small body, looking absurd. Mud and more caked her bare feet. Her brown hair looked like it had been through a blender.
While he tried to sort out his next move, she slowly sat upright, holding tightly to the back of the seat for balance. She swallowed convulsively. "Do you have anything to drink?"
Meet the Author
Lori Foster is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author with books from a variety of publishers, including Berkley/Jove, Kensington, St. Martin’s, Harlequin and Silhouette. Lori has been a recipient of the prestigious RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award for Series Romantic Fantasy, and for Contemporary Romance. She’s had top-selling books for Amazon, Waldenbooks and the BGI Group. For more about Lori, visit her Web site at www.lorifoster.com.
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In Tijuana to rescue the sister of a friend, Dare Macintosh gets more than he bargained for when in a separate room he finds a badly beaten and drugged American woman, his honor won't let him leave her but what's he going to do with her. Molly Alexander has learned the hard way to only rely on herself, when she finds herself kidnapped and abused she still won't let her captors break her and then she's rescued by Dare Macintosh and he's appointed himself her personal protector which rubs the independent part of her the wrong way now with the attraction literally causing sparks between them the fireworks begin. If they can only keep their heads in the game, their hands off each other long enough to find out who's behind the abduction they may make it out in one piece. NY Times Best Selling Author Lori Foster hits her adrenalin addicted fans over the head with When You Dare, the first in her Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series. It will be followed by Trace of Fever in May 2011 and Savor the Danger in June 2011, so have no fear there are more bigger than life and buffer than Greek God bad boys coming. Her really imaginative plot for this one will make the hair stand up on the back of your neck as she takes her readers down the slippery slope of private security, so private that they're practically ghosts. She brings us this tale with a dialogue that might surprise you with it's at times almost modesty when compared to the characters, but have no fear you lovers of rough and tumble romance, she gives us just what we want too. And wait until you meet the characters, we'll start with the co-stars some very good, some very bad and some in between but they all are so important to the story that she couldn't have left even the least essential out or the tale would suffer. And that leaves us her hero Dare who is one of the most over the top and yet down to earth characters you'll ever meet, in fact it's his sincerity and sweetness that Ms. Foster gives him that makes him so endearing. Her heroine Molly is the most unsinkable character since, well, since the unsinkable Molly Brown, she faces her adversities head on and chin up and has that hard headed quality that makes her so real, while being incredibly vulnerable without being fragile. The romance, ah the romance is quite the adventure like rafting on rapids for the readers and while at first glance these two seem so different as you get further into the story you'll see how those differences compliment each other and if any couple deserve their happy ever after it's these two. The love scenes are hot enough and sensually sexy enough to scorch the paint off any surface but at the same time her readers will feel the vulnerability not only in the heroine but refreshingly also in the macho hero as well. So if you like your heros on the darker side of good, your heroine with moxie out the wazoo and a story that will take you on a thrill ride that never stops, look no further. If you like love stories that are far from tame, here it is. If you like characters that carry the entire novel and then some, find it here. This is fiction to the ninth degree. Kudos to you Ms. Foster for another incredible journey thanks to your amazing storytelling talent.
I'm very picky when it comes to this kind of storyline. They usually consist of parts that I find myself skim reading because I get a bit bored. Totally not the case with this book! Read every page and really enjoyed it! The characters were really great. I'd say, so far, this is my favorite Lori Foster book. I'm new to her as an author, so I've only read a few, but "When You Dare" is topping my list of favorite books by Lori. I felt like this book got to the point quickly and didn't stray off topic. Moved a long quite nicely. I loved it. My mom normally doesn't like these books, but she read this one and loved it, also! So that's saying something. ;) I look forward to the next one!
This book was a great read. Lori Foster once again created a book I couldn't put down. I recommend this title as well as any other in the "Edge of Honor" series. Lori Foster grabs your attention from the first page and keeps it until the very end. I loved it!
I enjoyed the characters. I would have thought the female lead would be a bit more traumatized from her ordeal but she seemed to recover fairly quick. The male lead is awesome. Everything you would hope for and more. The only thing I didnt love was when the kidnapper was revealed. I would have preferred it be someone else more believeable. Would have liked a bit more action too. He didn't have to do much when it came to protecting her until the end. The rescue is never discussed in much detail which was a bit disappointing. I would have preferred to get some details. I felt like there were some situations in the book that needed to move on sooner than the did. Overall i enjoyed it and want to read the next one!
What an awesome start to a new trilogy! Great characters and story development. A lot of mystery (although I figured out who was behind it quickly) and a lot of romance make for a thoroughly engaging read! Can't wait for Trace's story and then Alani's. Love big strong men who can take care of business but still fall in love hard!
Tried this book on a whim, loved it. Cute love story. A little slow moving, but over all i give it a thumbs up!!!
In Tijuana, mercenary Dare Macintosh raids a human trafficking trailer to rescue his friend and Trace Rivers' sister Alani. Incarcerated in the same containment facility was an unconscious female who has been tortured by the kidnappers; he took her out with him too; while four local females were freed as well but left on their own. Alani explains the other American was not taken for selling like she and the four locals, but for some other unknown reason When she awakens she breaks his nose, but he remains calm and helps her quickly adapt to being in San Diego. As he assists her with healing, romantic suspense novelist Molly Alexander from Ohio tells Dare she has no idea why anyone would take her as she has no enemies at least who would go to such an extreme. Dare is attracted to and respects Mommy's courage under fire. She hires him even as he vows to find out who her predator is anyway, but first must know why. This is an exciting extremely well written romantic suspense that will have readers up late trying to figure out who the culprit is and the motive. Several viable suspects surface, but determining who would go to the extreme is in plain sight but difficult to fathom. Various relationships to include dysfunctional, maturing and changing, and respectful make for a powerful thriller. Harriet Klausner
Great story, great chemistry, great characters. Had to buy this book after reading , Ready, Set, Jett. About 100 pages into the story, I knew who the perpetrator was, but had to keep on reading to know absolutely whst was the motive. Great nook!
Good book. I have read all the others in the series this far and enjoy all of them!
This is a great fast paced book that stars a hot alpha mercenary. Dare is trained to kill with his bare hands, but he also excells in the fine art in lovin. Lori Foster continues to write books that not only have great plots but, but also she blends in some really hot sex. 318 pgs and loved every one. Enjoy:)
Suspenseful with a interesting twist. Wonderful romance blossomed through out the story. Ms Foster keeps getting better and better!
When You Dare by Lori Foster is an edgy, sizzling and smoking hot story of romance that will make you hungry for more. Dare Macintosh is tops in his field. He is a professional mercenary that does what is necessary to protect those in his care. On a mission to help a friend retrieve his missing sister he stumbles into a woman in desperate need of saving. Dare at first was just going to get Molly Alexander back on her feet and on her merry way. But something about Molly that pulls at the heart Dare had thought was dead. Dare was always strictly business but Molly has him rethinking a lot of his long held beliefs. Molly Alexander was lucky to be alive after being kidnapped. She couldn't figure out how she ended up across the border let alone who wanted to harm her. Molly doesn't trust easily and at first gives Dare a rough way to go. She is determined to find out who is behind her kidnapping and enlist Dare's help. Under Dare's guidance they try to ferret out the enemy. Could it be her father, her former fiancé or an unhappy reader? As they get closer to the truth the danger keeps them barely one step ahead. Spending all their time together has Dare and Molly going beyond client and bodyguard. Their attraction is so spectacular that neither has experienced anything close to it with anyone else. In When You Dare has a strong Alpha male and an equally strong woman. Dare and Molly relationship is sexy, hot and challenging. Their conversations are witty and emotional. When You Dare will have you enthralled with their relationship as well as who is out to harm Molly. Lori Foster's stories are always auto buys for me. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in this intriguing series.
Dare Macintosh, a professional mercenary, is my all-time favorite hero. When You Dare is the book that got me hooked on reading. Lori Foster is awesome at writing hot & sexy heroes! If you haven't tried the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series, I highly recommend it. After reading this book, Lori Foster became an auto-buy author for me.
First and last book I will read by this author. Tedious.
Man, maybe i should ask you to do my poetry homework, i always get stuck on the first line.
When You Dare has a riveting, fast-paced story line and terrific characters. Dare is a mercenary who has been hired to rescue his best friend's sister who has been kidnapped by white slave traders and taken to Mexico. When he gets there he also finds Molly who has also been kidnapped. She doesn't look like the other girls that the traders kidnapped and has been treated more deplorably. She has been starved, beaten and tortured while being held separately from the other kidnapped women. Dare rescues both women but is determined to find out why Molly was taken and who ordered her kidnapping. Dare was an amazing man who would stop at nothing to rescue his friend's sister from her kidnappers. When he was working on finding out who wanted Molly kidnapped it was easy to see how capable and ruthless he was. Dare was an amazing man who was so competent that you just have to admire him. Even after Molly went through the agony of being kidnapped, she knew she could trust Dare. Molly was a very brave woman who came through the kidnapping quite well, or so she wants everyone to believe. She actually hides her fears and emotions remaining calm and polite to everyone. This romantic suspense kept my interest so that I didn't want to put it down and read it in one sitting. The suspense will have you on the edge of your seat and the romance is beautifully written.
When mercinary Dare Mactavish goes to Mexico to rescue his friends sister he finds another woman, unconsious and beaten... So, he rescues them both... When his friend and his sister are reunited Dare feels responsible for Molly (the second woman) since she has no knowledge of why or by whom she was kidnapped...Then when thugs try to kidnap her again Dare is determined to get the answers and protect her... What follows is an interesting tale, well written, with all the suspense and intrigue you would expect in a Lori Foster book... Good reading and a book that will keep you up well into the night...
Another reason to keep Lori Foster on my favorite writer of all time pedestal.
320pgs... good read. I kind of expected who the bad guy was, but I enjoyed the story.
Lori Foster is a master (mistress?) at crafting tense romantic suspense that is all wrapped up in the heightened emotions of hero and heroine. Her characters are always dealing with more than most humans could bear. And together they find the strength to prevail. When You Dare is one of her complex, rich, human stories of friends and lovers and triumph over sadistic adversity. Dare Macintosh is a professional mercenary. When he rescues his best friend Trace's young sister who's been kidnapped by white slavers, he stumbles upon another woman who's fate appears even more grim. Beaten, tortured, starved, she won't survive and Dare is not the kind of man who'd leave anyone behind. He rescues Molly and returns her to the US, but who had her kidnapped? And why? Until she knows, she can't be safe. Could it be her cold father who is disgusted by her carnal career as a romance author? Her stepmother who'll do anything to preserve her husband's reputation? Or is it one of the unsavory types in his world? The possible culprits are legion so Dare refuses to allow Molly to face the unknown and he takes her under his wing - and into his heart. The secondary cast is stellar, including Dare's lifelong friend and right-hand man, Chris. Oh, and his girls - his slavering and adoring Labrador retrievers. Molly has survived her terrors, but when it's clear the danger is only just beginning she is forced to rely on Dare. As the two navigate the razor edge to keep each other safe, emotions become engaged as well. They are from different worlds. He kills without a blink. She writes tales of happily ever after lovers. Even if they survive - will their love? Foster's writing has depth, complexity, humor, compassion, thrills, chills and humanity. Plus that scrumptious bonus of smoking hot lovers and friends who'll die for one another. Start with Dare, and then indulge in the rest of her Edge of Honor series. You'll thank me!
I was hooked when I read the first chapter from Lori and had to get this book. Dare goes on a mission to Mexico to rescue a young woman who is like a sister to him. She had been kidnapped and was to be sold into slavery. Dare rescued an additional woman that he wasn't intending to. Molly is a strong independent woman that was kidnapped and being held in Mexico with other younger women. Molly's strength and intelligence throughout the book helped reaffirm my faith in heroines in books. I love a smart woman. Much of this book is the evolving relationship between Dare and Molly - as it should be. Dare gets progressively more protective and possessive of Molly as we read. I really enjoyed them as a couple. There were a few parts that fell a bit flat for me. While Dare does backgrounds and investigates people before he even thinks of trusting them, he seemed to take Jett at his word and even left Molly with him. He's a PI dating Molly's sister. Jett's ex-cop, ex-military, ex-FBI. Why all the exes? I was concerned that Jett may have been a plant to re-kidnap Molly. I was not surprised by the identity of the kidnapper. I think that this is the first book from Lori where I saw it coming. I may just be starting to think like her though, so I don't know how big of a deal this is. I was, however, surprised by the reasoning behind it. The big action scene at the end needed more action. There was too much that happened where the reader is left to infer and decide how they came to be. Being a witness to the interrogation would have been wonderful. All in all, I will gladly tell people to read this book. Lori's use of the English language is refreshing. Her story is engaging, interesting and kept me coming back for more.