After hitting rock-bottom, former Major-Leaguer Sam Kincaid returned home to guide canoe expeditions in the Maine wilderness. He needs to make this gig a success. He doesn't need a smart-mouthed city girl reminding him how far he's fallen, even if she's damned sexy. The last thing he needs is to care what she thinks.
Annie Wylde, an investigative journalist, embarks on a canoe trip to keep the pact made with her friend, murdered by a serial killer called the Hunter, a man she's been profiling in her stories. She struggles with nature's challenges and fights her attraction to Sam, considering him an arrogant jock like her ex. But soon he proves to be much more than testosterone and dimples.
When the trip turns deadly, they realize the Hunter has followed her into the wilderness. With Annie's life on the line, Sam faces the challenge of his life because she's become much more than a client to him. If they survive the ordeal, can they find a way to each other?
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"We never saw Emma again. That was October. In April, loggers found her body near Rangeley Lake. Tonight I scattered some of her ashes in Gomagash Lake." Her voice broke.
Sam started to wrap his arms around her, to offer sympathy, but she'd misconstrue his intentions. Hell, no, she wouldn't, but he'd keep his hands off anyway. "So probing her death was what led to uncovering the other murders?"
"Yes, there was something too ritualistic about the way he left her body. I couldn't leave the story alone." She passed a hand over her eyes. "Ironic, isn't it? That perverted bastard commits his vicious crimes in the woods, and here I am smack in his playground."
"He's not here. You'll be all right. My tent's next to yours." He winked at her and slid a hand around the back of her neck. Her skin was soft, smooth. Tempting. "If you have nightmares, call me. I'll be over before you can yell twice."
That coaxed a wider smile out of her. "That would be a nightmare." She sidestepped his caress, unzipped her tent and crawled in. "Good night."
He frowned at the star-filled sky.
"...stabbed with a big hunting knife like--"
"Like mine," he whispered. Even though he'd stopped Annie's words, everyone knew what she'd been about to say. No need to give the thought power by uttering the words.
No way his knife going missing had anything to do with the Hunter. More likely losing it was an omen of his incompetence at guiding. That thought sent a sharp pang to his gut, as if by that very knife.
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Primal Obsession is a well-done combination of romance and suspense thriller. There is a delightfully spunky, intelligent herione, Annie; there is the 'hero' Sam: a has-been Boston Red Sox player, no longer able to play due to injuries and who is now a Maine wilderness guide; there is "The Hunter"- a bad bad dude if there ever was one, and there is a beautiful setting - the Maine wilderness, which can make any book a delight to read. Ms. Vaughan writes as if she has definitely been there and makes the reader feel and hear and smell every tree limb, lake shore, campground and pine tree Sam and Annie see.Vaughan manages to artfully weave several stories at once: * There's Annie's tale: she's a newspaper reporter who first made the connections between the killer's various victims, who is now receiving threats from him; at the same time, she is mourning a friend who was a victim of the serial killer and has actually gone on this wilderness expedition to fulfill a promise to her dead friend to spread her ashes in the woods. * The pshycho thriller story-- a very nasty serial killer stalking his prey (Annie) and the law enforcement types trying to find him before he kills again; one of the lawmen is Annie's brother who thinks that 'parking' her on a Maine wilderness adventure will keep her safely out of the Hunter's reach. * Sam's attempt to stop drinking to drown his sorrows at not playing baseball anymore and prove to himself and his family that he can be a successful wilderness guide; as things start to happen on the adventure, he finds himself tested - can he truly live up to his and everyone else's expectations? * Sam and Annie's almost stereotypical romance: Girl meets Boy, boy meets and immediately likes girl, girl rebuffs boy and refuses to acknowledge the attraction; boy and girl suddenly are faced with the physical threat to girl from the killer and boy must save girl.The writing grips the reader from the beginning, and the book becomes a good old-fashioned page-turner. Ms. Vaughan has done an excellent job of taking what could have been a garden variety romance or a standard ho-hum thriller and combined the two into an exciting, vibrant, well-plotted story with well-drawn (if unsurprising) main characters, and enough plot twists and other characters to hold the reader's interest to the end. Even while changing point of view often (something I normally find distracting in a book) she manages to hold our attention and keep the story moving forward. I only wish the romance had been less cliched. I could already figure out exactly what was going to happen, and when this kiss would lead to that, or what Sam was going to run through his mind while watching her in a wet tee-shirt, etc. Probably the reason I don't read too many straight romances. The suspense action saves the book. It's real, it's thrilling, and it goes right to the end.I'd strongly recommend you try this one if romance and/or thrillers are for you, and especially if you love the Maine woods. You won't be disappointed.
Annie Wylde is committed to honoring her friend by scattering her ashes in Maine's wilderness waters during a canoe trip the two had planned the year prior. The trip gives Annie a much needed break from her obsession about reporting on the serial killer who murdered her friend. In a fast-paced adventure, Annie, a resolute city-girl reporter, leaves her comfort zone to face her fears on a trip that turns out to be the journey of her lifetime. Susan Vaughan pulls out all the stops in a highly sensual thriller that keeps the reader on alert for the entire book as she moves her heroine and hero through the life-changing wilderness trip. Vaughan uses all the senses to weave a tale that launches the reader into the very canoe carrying Maine Guide Sam Kincaid and his paddling partner, Annie Wylde. An adept interlacing of baseball metaphors gives the reader a greater insight into the character of Sam, an injured major league ball player struggling to prove his worthiness and eventually his love for Annie. With equal skill in developing her characters, Vaughan provides an eerie look into the troubled mind of the killer as the villain ratchets up the tension of the wilderness expedition, fraying the nerves of the stalwart heroes. Vaughan weaves the threads of an edge-of-your-seat must-read thriller with the emotional angst and blossoming relationship of the heroes. The tapestry of this riveting novel artfully displays a beautiful Maine setting as a backdrop to a chilling mystery, leading to a heroic ending and a satisfying happily-ever-after.