Saturday, 16 July 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #103
Hook, Line and Shotgun Bride - Cassie Miles
Mills and Boon Intrigue 2-in-1
Harlequin Mills and Boon, 2011
From the back cover:
"As a trained lawman, Shane Gibson was known for remaining calm, cool and professional, regardless of the situation. But when it came to the danger his best friend's widow and her little boy found themselves in, things became incredibly personal...
Angela Hawthorne's life hadn't exactly gone as planned, but Shane had been there for her even in her darkest days. This time, desperate to stay one step ahead of those threatening to harm her, Angela wasn't sure that relying on Shane was a risk she should take. Though he claimed protecting her was all part of the job, the way his heart raced when he held her said otherwise."
A little while back I reviewed the book 'Lock, Stock and Secret Baby' also by Cassie Miles (yes, the superbabies one!). Well, this is the second book in that 2-in-1 and it's another superbabies book.
Angela, the heroine, is a widow and about to re-marry but is having doubts about it. She's also been suffering from anxiety and insomnia recently. When her long term friend Shane, the hero, arrives she feels more relaxed. However Shane finds signs that Angela is being stalked and vows to protect her and her son. When events start taking a strange turn and it looks like Angela's fiancé may be involved, Shane realises that Angela is in more danger than they thought and he takes them to safety. During this time Angela and Shane discover that she was a baby from a genetic engineering IVF program 25 years ago and that her son may also have been created like this, without her knowledge. Angela and Shane also grow close and discover that they have always had feelings for one another.
This is a more serious book compared the the previous book in this mini-series (Lock, Stock and Secret Baby), and was quite enjoyable. The plot was able to focus more on the relationship part since the 'superbabies' plotline was explained in such detail in the last book. But this book also suffers from moments that are rather baffling, that really let down the story. It didn't help that it was so bloody obvious what was going to happen and who was involved.
An OK read, with an original plot.