Series: Last Chance Rescue
Author: Christy Reece
Read copy: eBook
Published: April 28, 2009
Publisher: Ballantine Books
A covert operative of Last Chance Rescue (LCR) Enterprises, Eden St. Claire has made secrets her life’s work. Seven years ago, an evening of emotional vulnerability and pure pleasure almost destroyed her. Now Eden wears her beauty like a mask, concealing any hint of vulnerability or the demons of her past.
A daring rescue of an innocent girl on a Greek island leads Eden to a new partner. Jordan Montgomery has been looking for Eden–though he knows her by another name, from another time. But his search for her is overshadowed by a case that’s gone international. A powerful, ruthless, organized network is stealing women and children around the world. And a lover, a traitor, and a killer all wait for Eden’s next move.
Devon has been in love with Jordan all her life, dreaming of marrying him since she was thirteen. Eight years later, her dream of love finally comes true, but a terrible lie almost destroys her life.
Seven years later, Devon exists no more. She’s resurfaced from the terrible tragedy of that long ago night a new woman, with a new face, new body, and a new name. But unfortunately, the past can never be buried for long and hers comes back with a vengeance when Jordan, needing closure, contacts her boss asking for help in finally finding out what happened to Devon.
This could’ve been a really good book. The theme of human-trafficking was intriguing—not something other books deal with or deal with at a quite smaller scale— and the main conflict between the two leads could’ve been astonishing. Unfortunately the said two leads ruined it for me.
For someone who apparently could hold his cool under any circumstances, Jordan was quite adept at channeling his inner prick and jumping to wrong conclusions at the throw of a dime. Okay, this might have added that extra touch of realism, but I just wanted to smash his face into a wall.
Eden a.k.a. Devon was a true pearl in the dysfunctional-heroine department. I know the trauma she’d experienced was horrendous and left a huge impact on her, but the therapists she’d seen after it should’ve been fired on the spot, if their idea of healing the deep emotional scars and using the horrific experience to turn her into a strong resilient woman was to turn the fragile, shy little girl into an emotionally-detached, rather schizophrenic woman. I just couldn’t stand her!
And the two of them together convinced me even less. Sorry, but I just didn’t feel the love, people. And their communication simply blew. Why is it that most conflicts in romance novels stem from the fact the h/h can’t (or won’t) communicate. A good long, cathartic talk could’ve speeded up the process and spared me some extensive eye-rolling.
Now, onto the good points of this story. The main theme, as I mentioned earlier. Chilling, suspenseful, gruesome at times, and extremely well executed. I wouldn’t have minded a little more info on the inner-workings of LCR, and maybe an extra action scene or two.
And the second, biggest good point—Noah McCall. I kept looking forward to his scenes, and though his rather Machiavellian machinations (why do hunks always like to play God with people around them?) reminded him a lot of Jonas Wyatt (director of the Bureau of Breed Affairs in the Breed series by Lora Leigh), I loved the guy (or maybe I loved him because of that). He was the perfect romance hero, attractive, harboring potentially dark secrets, good at what he did...And when he met his heroine (I peeked at the blurb for the next one, I admit it), I could literally see sparks flying. He more than compensated for the lack of sparkage between Jordan and Eden.