Saturday, September 19, 2009

Review: His Secret Life by Debra Webb

Title: His Secret Life
Series: Colby Agency
Author: Debra Webb
Read copy: eBook
Published: September 1, 2009
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 1426839456
ISBN-13: 9781426839450

Mission: Find the hero who doesn't want to be found.

Client: A wealthy businessman who won't rest until he repays the man who saved his family from a car crash--and fled the scene.

Investigator: Jane Sutton, former army counterintelligence officer, is the proverbial "plain Jane." Smart, tenacious, tough as nails, but longing for love. Didn't bargain for the danger that surrounds her target, Troy Benson...or her irresistible attraction to him.

Supervisor's Comments: On the lam from witness protection, Troy lives with a devastating secret from his past and trusts no one. Unwilling to let Jane help him reclaim his true identity. Reluctant to believe that what she really might find is the hero of her dreams

My rating:

Meh. Two plots running parallel to each other is never a good sign.

The first plot: A Colby Agency investigator, Jane Sutton, is trying to locate a man that doesn't want to be found. Troy Benson had saved a woman and her child and then promptly disappeared. Not the woman's husband wants to thank him properly, but first they have to find the hero and corroborate he doesn't have a criminal past.

Troy Benson is an eighty-something living the life in a nursing home. The thirty-something Troy Benson that Jane Sutton has found took on the old man's identity four years ago and is in hiding. Unfortunately Jane's investigation appears to have brought his past charging back and Jane is probably the only person who can help him. Pity he doesn't want her help...Or anything to do with her or the agency she works for.

Rather weak plot with more holes than a chunk of Elemental, bland characters, and rather banal action scenes.

The second plot: Someone wants to kidnap the granddaughter of Victoria Colby-Camp, the owner of the Colby Agency. This someone is apparently a bad guy from her (and her son's) past.

This second plot was obviously tied into the series and, since this is the first book of this series I've read, I had absolutely no clue as to what was going on. Victoria's son had been kidnapped in the past, apparently brainwashed into becoming a ruthless assassin yadda yadda yadda. Huh? Come again?

Anyway, the second, "kidnapping" plot was (though only three chapters long), distracting and had absolutely nothing to do with the bigger picture (involving Troy and Jane). Though it was strongest than the first, the fact that it brought up more questions than answers didn't sit well with me at all.



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