Series: Stars of Mithra
Author: Nora Roberts
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: June 20, 2011
It should have been a piece of cake. All he had to do was pick up some pretty little bail jumper who wasn't even bothering to hide. But cynical bounty hunter Jack Dakota soon discovered there was nothing easy about spitfire M.J. O'Leary—or about this case.
Someone had set them both up. Now they were handcuffed together and on the run from a pair of hired killers. And M.J. wasn't talking—not even when Jack found a gigantic blue diamond hidden in her purse. Everything told Jack this alluring vixen couldn't be trusted...everything, that is, except his captive heart.
M.J. O'Leary is an easy target for an expert bounty hunter like Jack Dakota. She's not even trying to hide, waltzing around town with apparently no worry on her mind. Well, she's about to see that skipping a bond should be a worry.
Unfortunately for both of them, M.J. didn't skip bond, but it's obvious someone's getting pretty desperate to get their hands on her for forging enough papers and siccing a bounty hunter on her. Or maybe they just want the blue diamond, worth a fortune on its own and priceless when it's combined with the other two, in her purse, sent to her by her best friend. A best friend that's suddenly missing, her apartment ransacked, and yet another friend AWOL.
So what's a girl to do when she's saddled with a diamond she doesn't particularly want, but needs to keep safe, and cuffed to a rough-around-the-edges, captivatingly handsome bounty hunter? Well, brace herself and enjoy the ride.
This was nothing like Hidden Star, the first book in this trilogy. For one, everything happened even faster than in the previous one (going from kicking each other's asses to I-love-yous in about a day), and the main leads were nothing like Bailey and Cade. M.J. was tough-as-nails, didn't listen to orders, knew exactly who she was and what she wanted, and didn't trust easily, while Jack was simply Jack, rough, tough, gruff, didn't care what means he used to get what he wanted, but there was a tender core underneath the steely exterior, a core he showed only to the woman who captured his heart.
Did I think the romance was rushed? Depends on how you look at it. If we go by the timeline (a weekend at best), yes, but then, the first book in the trilogy also happened in the same weekend, and could also be deemed unrealistic and rushed. But if we look at it from the point of view of what and how much happened in this short amount of time, everything seemed longer, and there are those heightened sense of imminent danger and high amount of stressful situations to take into account.
Yes, as far as the romance happening with the speed it did, there was a huge amount of disbelief to be suspended, but we're talking about fiction here. And fiction of entertaining sort, so I was happy to suspend anything that needed to be.
Because the story worked. It was rushed, it was hectic, it was dangerous (more so than the first book), but it was fun, exciting, and hot, and I loved every single sentence of it.
The pacing was spot-on, the plot tight, the characters wonderful and perfect for each other, the mystery kept on being mysterious (who is the guy pulling all the strings, I wonder), what needed to be solved was solved, and now I only have one more book to go. And I can hardly wait to read the conclusion to this amazing trilogy.