Author: Jenna Ryan
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: November 1, 2005
For billionaire Jack Ransom, the holidays always hold bad memories. This year was no exception as the self-proclaimed Ghost of Christmas Past kidnapped his sister. To get her back alive, the reclusive corporate raider had only one hope.
Attorney Noel Lawson saw a side to Jack that was kept hidden from the world and made him want more than money could buy. But even she couldn't figure out the madman's twisted mind games.
As the holiday approached and the games grew deadlier, it became clear the kidnapper wanted more than Jack's money. He wanted Jack's woman—and his life.
Noel Lawson finds herself surrounded by five men in her house. Five men asking for her help in finding millionaire Jack Ransom’s kidnapped half-sister. But the man who captures her attention isn’t the guy in a power suit, a sleek ponytail and stud earrings in both ears. Nope, it’s the guy with collar-brushing hair, only one pierced ear, wearing faded jeans and worn boots. Jack Ransom in all his disheveled glory.
The kidnapper has taken quite a "liking" to our Noel, choosing her as liaison between Jack and himself, but soon his true motive becomes clear. He wants revenge on both Jack and Noel. And he will stop at nothing to achieve his goal.
This book doesn’t reach Ms. Ryan’s true potential that she so masterfully shows in her recent work, but it’s still a good RS with just the right balance between romance and suspense, a great male lead, a female lead that is his perfect match, good pacing, great tension, and a villain that you won’t see coming (in the identity department) until the very end.
The chemistry was evident, the suspense pulsating with tension. 4 stars