Wednesday, 29 February 2012
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... Book #344
Rancher's Perfect Baby Rescue - Linda Conrad
Harlequin Romantic Suspense
From the back cover:
"Susannah Paul had been grateful to the Devotees for helping her when she was pregnant and alone. But when her baby was born with a minor defect, she discovered the horrible truth about Cold Plains. And she ran. Desperate and exhausted, she found refuge at the Pierce ranch…and a savior in surly Nathan Pierce.
Nathan had plenty of reasons to distrust the Devotees…and Susannah had been one of them. But as the delicate beauty insinuated herself into his life and his heart, Nathan realized she was different. And very much in danger. Soon nothing mattered more than protecting Susannah and her child from the evil closing in around them."
I'm getting very near to the end of my challenge now!
The heroine Susannah finds shelter in a barn, exhausted after spending all of the day on the run with her two week old baby. She is found by the hero Nathan, whose family owns the ranch she stumbled into, and she reveals to him that she has run away from the town of Cold Plains that has been taken over by a cult called the Devotees, after fearing for her baby's welfare as she was born with a large birthmark. Although initially wary of any that has been involved with the Devotees, Nathan takes Susannah and baby Melody in until they can regain their strength. Nathan has also heard the rumours about the Devotees not allowing anyone not 'perfect' and after his ex-wife got involved with them then ended up murdered he knows Susannah is in danger. He keeps them safe as much as he can as well as trying to help 'deprogram' Susannah from the cult's way of thinking, and he slowly begins to fall for the lost but beautiful woman she is. Susannah has never felt like she belongs as much as she does with Nathan, but she knows that the Devotees are looking for her and the only way to keep her and Melody safe is to leave.
This is the second book in the 'Perfect, Wyoming' mini series, and follows on nicely from the first book (Special Agent's Perfect Cover). But it did feel slightly flat and the suspense part didn't really move forward. The heroine, at times, is frustratingly weak, yes she had had a bad life and had a lot of people walk over her, but she needed a backbone, stat! The issue raised about her having to prostitute herself in the past was not dealt with at all - she said it, then it was forgotten about - I couldn't understand this at all, it's too much of a big thing to just throw in. The hero saves this book, he was just wonderful!
Overall, not a bad book but I was left asking a lot of questions.