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Library JournalThis plot-driven romance opens with longtime CIA team members Jaime, Stephen, and Collin in trouble in Argentina. Jaime witnessed a hit against a coworker gone bad, with the assassin another coworker. Now, she’s been framed for that murder and several others. Her high-ranking uncle gets her and her compatriots out of the country until the situation can be safely resolved. Jaime opts for a vacation in Hawaii and uncharacteristically invites Stephen along. Suddenly, the pair realize they’ve been in love for years and decide to elope. Sixteen months later, the story takes up again when Jaime goes to see her uncle. Arriving early, she overhears something she wasn’t supposed to, and her life is turned upside down once more. From there, the novel is fully plot driven, with our couple frequently in great peril and Jaime rescuing them both from improbable circumstances, Hollywood repartee zinging between them during those perilous situations, Stephen behaving like an ass, Jaime forgiving him in two pages’ time, and the reader having no emotional investment because there has been no time to get to know anyone. Because the relationship started well before the book and all quiet moments occur outside the action, the characters remain two-dimensional.
Verdict The nonstop action keeps reader interest if one is in the mood for an adventure novel that is a bit light on romance.—B. Allison Gray, Santa Barbara P.L., Goleta Lib., CA
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