A daring escape by a dangerous fugitive puts US marshals Eric Montgomery and Hailey Shelder's careers on the line. With the criminal vowing revenge, Eric feels duty bound to protect his risk-taking partner. He doesn't agree with her methods, but he's drawn to the single mom who wants to prove she can make it in a demanding job. When her daughter is almost kidnapped, Eric and Hailey go from uneasy partners to a true team. But with floodwaters threatening the town and a killer on the loose, can their newfound trust survive the final showdown that awaits them?
I read Manhunt all cozied up in my house during a torrential downpour which created quite the ambiance, let me tell you! I think my fingers were shriveled by the time I reached the end. Hunting down fugitives is a tough enough job without having to add a flood warning into the mix. I think poor Hailey and Eric spent more time sopping wet then they did dry on this manhunt.
Phillips creates a dubious start to this romance. Hailey and Eric barely tolerate each other. Eric is a reluctant transfer from WITSEC. Hailey is determined to prove herself in a male-dominated environment. They're not so much partners as two individuals with personal agendas who just happen to work together. Still, there's a glimmer of a spark between the two that gives a reader hope.
And then a prisoner transfer goes wrong and the two are thrust into a manhunt of epic proportions as they battle the elements to catch the criminal before he can do more damage. A sink or swim situation -- learn to trust each other and work together or let murderous mayhem reign. Eric has to learn to live in the moment and accept what happened in the past so he can be at peace with his present. Hailey has to learn to let go and to put her faith in others. Neither makes those changes gracefully and that makes a riveting (and often frustrating) read. Honestly I wanted to bash their heads together more than a few times. There's nothing worse than a stubborn US marshal...unless it is two stubborn US marshals!
Intense. Action-packed. Emotion-laden. Really good read.
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