Author: Joanna Wayne
Read copy: eBook
Published: November 1, 2009
Former navy SEAL Hawk Taylor never knew fear—until he met Alonsa Salatoya. Her young daughter had been kidnapped, and after two years the trail had grown cold. Hawk was certain he'd find the girl, but the sensual woman with a fragile heart scared him. She made the Texas loner yearn to belong where he never could—in her life and her bed.
Exhuming long-buried clues led only to dead ends—until the kidnapper turned his sights on Alonsa. Now, with a taste of fear, Hawk knew what he had to do: find the child, keep Alonsa alive and then walk away from the one woman he'd never be able to forget....
Two years ago, Alonsa Salatoya's four-year-old daughter had been kidnapped, and there still are no clues of what happened to her. Or if she's even alive anymore.
Former SEAL Hawk Taylor comes to Dobbins, Texas to work for a former frogman, and is immediately taken with Alonsa's plight. He would help her find her daughter. But what makes him think he will succeed, when even the FBI had failed?
This was a book with an awesome premise (someone kidnapped a child two years ago, but still torments the mother with creepy phone calls), a great hero (who can resist a former SEAL, even with the emotional baggage?), great tension, wonderful suspense, a jilted ex-lover slash FBI agent, a dead husband slash FBI agent, great secondary character cast, and a really creepy villain.
The bad part was the heroine and since she was the leading female, she pretty much ruined the story. Her character was all over the place, the author couldn't seem to decide just what to do with her, she was a sexy mama so the hero could drool after her, she was a preoccupied mother so the female audience could identify with her, she was overprotective so she could draw everybody nuts, she was strong, she was weak, she jumped to conclusions, even after two years she continued grasping at straws, despite Hawk's warnings this couldn't be solved overnight she continuously built hope only to be trampled down...Sheesh. Someone strap the chick down, please! Or, easier solution, change the heroine.
The heroine singlehandedly succeeded in ruining what could've otherwise been a great read. Disappointing.