When her best friend is killed, leaving Regina da Silva with her young child, Brooks Anderson is sent to bring the child to the U.S. Circumstances bring them together in Brazil, where Regina and Brooks are pursued by a killer while protecting the orphaned baby. As the danger heightens, so does their attraction. They've both been broken by violent pasts, but while Regina relies on her faith, Brooks has turned away from God. Will they realize their true feelings for each other when their pursuer strives to keep them apart forever?
published in 2013 by Abingdon Press
My thanks to my public library for keeping me in retro reads!
Intense. Gritty. Definitely edgy. This debut romantic suspense pushes boundaries even as it delivers a riveting read. Some aspects of this book aren't for the faint of heart. There's plenty of action and violence and even some of the romantic scenes are more detailed than I'm used to seeing in a Christian Fiction novel -- so it might not be for every reader. It is in no way explicit or inappropriate but definitely a wee bit edgier.
And what a desperate story this is! Regina, with her heartbreaking past and her commitment to care for the orphans and street children in the ghettos of her city. She walks with God, but even so, she is held captive by her abusive history. Her goal is to protect other children from living the horrors she has.
Brooks is all simmering rage and hard edges. A tough soldier who has been betrayed and can't let it go. He's not particularly likable when we first meet him. Very self-centered and bitter, nursing his wounds -- both physical and emotional -- and not in the healthiest of ways. He tries to mask it, but there's a decent and compassionate heart under that brusque exterior and it comes to the surface when Regina and little Eduardo are threatened.
Action-packed, nail-biting scenes collide into one another as Mann takes this hero and heroine -- and her readers -- on a breathtaking race to the finish line.
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